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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Sky Lease Cargo 747 (N903AR)
Replies: 6
Views: 1651

Re: Question about Sky Lease Cargo 747 (N903AR)

FWIW, she's been at SBD for a couple of days. They ran her hard during the Air Bridge contracts, so I'm assuming that she's there for a check. 744F N904AR joined her today (July 12) from LAX. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n904ar Huh. Could be that checks are due on both, given how har...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about Sky Lease Cargo 747 (N903AR)
Replies: 6
Views: 1651

Re: Question about Sky Lease Cargo 747 (N903AR)

FWIW, she's been at SBD for a couple of days. They ran her hard during the Air Bridge contracts, so I'm assuming that she's there for a check.

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 110
Views: 26734

Re: A321 P2F first flight

From what I have heard, the EFW approach to move the L1 door forward and make it smaller was due to cost caving. Compared to making extensive structural modifications in the back of fuselage, EFW decided to rather make mods up front. If one compares the EFW brochure with the Precision one, it's cle...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 110
Views: 26734

Re: A321 P2F first flight

Okay, I think I figured out the moving-the-door thing. This is just an EWAG, but...on the A320, perhaps EFW has to move the crew door, so the cargo door can be placed sufficiently-forward of the wing/engine. On the A321, there's more room there, so perhaps moving the door (and restricting the size o...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 P2F first flight
Replies: 110
Views: 26734

Re: A321 P2F first flight

You are correct. Precision retains the existing L1/R1 doors. https://www.precisionaircraft.com/a321/ Both versions carry the same number of pallets (14). Precision retains an operable rear door (L4), whereas EFW deactivates them all. Interesting to see the differences. I haven't seen a cockpit sketc...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Any idea what ABX/CAM is doing with 363CM and 364CM? I’m assuming they could easily be moved to Amazon/ATI. Would be two pretty much ready to go planes...just need some paint. They have already been on the ATI certificate before. Maybe ATSG is going after more international DHL contracts? With thos...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL Network & Fleet Thread - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 1813

Re: DHL Network & Fleet Thread - 2020

The HKG-ANC-CVG lane has been being operated by a variety of contractors recently, with MD11s and 747s, including flights by Western Global. Today (7/8), it looks like one of National's 744s (N919CA) is making the run, after dropping some stuff off on a military flight to Darwin in Australia. Nice t...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 AA aircraft hit each other at DFW
Replies: 28
Views: 9641

Re: 2 AA aircraft hit each other at DFW

If you've ever read the written reports the wing-walkers write in their own hands after an incident like this, you will quickly understand -- at least at some stations -- why this kind of thing happens.

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by wjcandee
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: Sun Country adding St. Thomas (STT)

SteveXC500 wrote:
"Returning" to STT. Also, it's nonstop MSP-STT but on a return it is STT-SJU-MSP.


A little like the old Midway Airlines route from MDW-FLL-STT-STX-FLL-MDW, that I took on a brand new 737-200 in 1984-5.

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by wjcandee
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Does anyone have a list of current routes of Amazon Prime Air or all the contractors (Sun County,Atlas,ATI or any others) that they use for flights? In Europe it is 90% operated by ASL Airlines, with DHL Air/EAT Leipzig operating two routes. USA I'm sure someone will confirm but my understanding is...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Enplaned, very-well argued. I appreciate the back and forth. Agreed it's more complex than one might think. I do continue to think, though, that if you have the opportunity to buy and convert 25 or more virtually-identical 767-300s, bought new and continually-maintained by one of the best airlines o...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Has any other company bought a lot of planes, then paid an airline to fly them? It's usually either wet or dry lease of the airline and selling the cargo space to a company. Amazon has the finances, their airlines couldn't get anywhere near as good leases or finance. Further, if Airline A isn't kee...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 753 and 764 Survival
Replies: 67
Views: 15334

Re: 753 and 764 Survival

Why does every thread descend into a DL-based discussion, or every discussion uses DL as a baseline case? There are other airlines! You are correct. Which of those fly the 767-400 again? Seriously, though, people like to talk about DL because it has for many years been the best-run US airline. Even...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 753 and 764 Survival
Replies: 67
Views: 15334

Re: 753 and 764 Survival

The entire 764 fleet are great candidates for freighter conversion. Boeing has already studied the idea. I doubt there's any variant that Boeing hasn't studied as such. The question is: who'd pay for a conversion program for such a small number of aircraft, the majority of which are nearly 20yrs-ol...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

An article on the Lakeland facility, its heading for completion soon. https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/03/16/amazon-air-cargo-facility# Thanks for posting that! Although it's a few months old, it's a very-well-done and informative piece that actually tells us most everything we need to k...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

The other two "CK"s are BDSFs but I don't remember whether they were done at TLV or MEX. N760CK and N761CK were both converted at TLV. Thank you!! I had in my head that 762CK was the first 767-300 converted by IAI at MexicanaMRO (which would necessarily mean that the preceding two were do...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

And N395AN should be heading over to TLV tomorrow. Interesting that it's planning a stop in SNN; during the height of Covid, some of the conversion candidates flew nonstop ILN-TLV. It has been at ILN since 6/26, so a short-ish stay there before heading over. At a typical conversion speed, this aircr...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

I know when it comes to Amazon delivering on holidays, the federal holidays observed on Monday as well as Veterans Day are normal delivery days for AMZL and USPS. There are no deliveries on New Years Day and Christmas Day. The remaining two federal holidays, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving vary...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

This may have been posted already but it appears a 767 in Amazon livery went into Lakeland, Florida today or yesterday. Thank you FWIW, this was N367AZ. It's still there 2 days later, so I guess it was in fact for training. I thought it also might be for some kind of event, and it may still be. The...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

N457AZ, the most-recent conversion from IAI, which had been at TPA for a couple of weeks for conformity, is now on its way to ROW, presumably for paint (5 July 2020). This was N379AA, which was at TLV from 12/14/19 to 6/2/20. When they brought it back to the US, they sent it to the AMES facility in ...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier Has Cancelled 97 Flights So Far Today??
Replies: 43
Views: 9218

Re: Frontier Has Cancelled 97 Flights So Far Today??

What's even more remarkable is that no C-Suite executive was on top of this before it happened. Good top-level managers are always asking questions and always recognizing that people are imperfect and therefore make mistakes, and it's the job of high-level folks to ask the right basic questions. &qu...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 83
Views: 20195

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

One word: Cargo.
Actually two: Mail and Cargo.

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Harvestman: I just noticed that Western Global used an MD11 (N543JN) to do ANC-HKG-ICN-ANC-CVG, arriving today. And National is coming in behind it today with 744 N919CA, HKG-ANC-CVG. So DHL is throwing whatever it can get at that lane, it looks like. The WGN aircraft had been stuck in ANC for 4 day...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

GoodRide wrote:
LAL is beginning Amazon service very soon. It’s possible they brought one over for training.


Is there a July 4 celebration over there this weekend? I think Amazon participated in a flyover at a celebration somewhere Coastal recently, too.

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

If Atlas can keep staffing its 767s, presumably it will keep the Amazon flying that it has, but I don't see any reason for Atlas to pick up more at the moment. [It would make a certain amount of sense that if Amazon anticipated putting any of the 12 at Atlas, they would let Atlas handle the leasing...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

This may have been posted already but it appears a 767 in Amazon livery went into Lakeland, Florida today or yesterday. I wonder "why not" the larger Tampa airport ? Was this ATI or Atlas ? Thank you Well, they actually do fly to TPA, and the thought is that much if not all of what is goi...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Actually, I really am glad you posted what you did. Everything you say makes complete sense. I do think that Kalitta is hammering on DHL to send more 777s its way, but there's no reason that Atlas/Southern, if it put its mind to getting its labor situation in order, couldn't compete hard for those....

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

I've noticed a couple of AirBridgeCargo 747s coming in on DHL's second-shift ops at CVG. VQ-BRJ seems to be the aircraft of choice. HKG-ANC-CVG-LEJ on Tuesday 6/30 and HKG-ANC-CVG-BRU on Thursday 7/2. Yeah, someone (maybe you?) pointed out to me that Western Global was doing the Asia part of that f...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

N799JN seems to be employed short term by DHL covering one of the UK 767s on BRU-MIA. GDHLF flew to BUD today presumably for maintenance work, having come off MIA 922/923 on Monday. Yes. I saw that. I was thinking that Amerijet briefly did or was going to do that flight, but they don't have the air...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 370
Views: 56754

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

You people have no nuance. I said as an obvious example that if someone ordered 50, they would make them. I also said that such an order wouldn't happen. The question is what number of additional orders would be necessary to make more -- and what is the likelihood that number would be reached? I don...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 370
Views: 56754

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

It's not over yet. But it's not looking good. Not over yet? Triumph Group is not making the fuselage panels anymore, so the writing is on the wall. Once Boeing worked through the spares, the assembly line will be depleted. This thread is going around in circles, circles, circles, circles. Respectfu...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 370
Views: 56754

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Bloomberg pubishes something that could have been taken from this thread on A.net, Reuters repeats it breathlessly, but then admits that when they asked Boeing, it wouldn't confirm. It's not over yet. But it's not looking good. This could have been a flare sent up to see how the financial folks woul...

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Thanks, MO11! Interesting about the sale of the 737-400.

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Atlas is operating a ONT-AUS-ILN flight now. I didn’t know AUS was a new Amazon station. I must have missed that news. Yep. Easy to miss with everything going on in the world. Amazon added SJU and AUS in May. The flight you noticed started operating on 5/28/20. (SJU is served via Sun Country with a...

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

And N449AZ (formerly N153DL, back from TLV 4/14/20) went into service this morning (1-ish AM on 7/2/20) with ATI, flying ILN-JFK. Three more 767-300s scheduled this year after this one. I think that this was one that Spacepope was convinced was being bought for parts. While at IAI in TLV, they found...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Just keeping up with Western Global's apparently-diminishing ability to participate in the Asian cargo scene and Air Bridge flights due to apparent equipment issues and the capabilities of its in-house SHV MRO facility... I notice that N415JN, which has been on the ground at SDF since 6/27/20 (i.e. ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

If Atlas can keep staffing its 767s, presumably it will keep the Amazon flying that it has, but I don't see any reason for Atlas to pick up more at the moment. [It would make a certain amount of sense that if Amazon anticipated putting any of the 12 at Atlas, they would let Atlas handle the leasing...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Clancy223 wrote:
Was an ABX route that was moved to Atlas.


Which means that it went from a 762 to a 763 and now to a 738. Very interesting!

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

FWAERJ: I would say, "Never say never." DiamondFlyer correctly lays out the usual standards, but Amazon has made some interesting calls along the way... The airport location could just be because it has excellent road access, or it could be something else.

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Meh, second thoughts, shoulda kept it Amazon related. Can't delete. Just soak in my throw up of opinions. Actually, I really am glad you posted what you did. Everything you say makes complete sense. I do think that Kalitta is hammering on DHL to send more 777s its way, but there's no reason that At...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

B350pilot: ATSG will add 15 newly-converted 767-300s by the end of 2021. 11 from the new order of 12, and 4 left on the current order. Will they all be flown by ATI? The remaining 4 coming this year on the current order almost certainly will be. As to the 10 next year? Ten is a lot. I don't think th...

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

And so 542KD never left SDF tonight, so we're down to 2 out of 11 MD11s currently in flying condition at WGN, it appears.

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

GoodRide wrote:
There was a clerical issue of sorts on the Chinese side. Seems that the issue is resolved now.


Thanks! Interesting. Curious why they would have to bypass Indonesia, though.

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Astronage wrote:
Overdue overflying fees?


You'd think that would have been addressed during flight planning...but I was thinking along those lines as well...

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 805
Views: 91451

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Looks like BDL is a Southern station as well now. ONT-BDL-CVG which was an Atlas 767 has been downsized to a Southern 737 the last few days. That's an interesting observation. A long leg compared to what the 737s have generally been running, I think. Not exclusively, but not the common run. On anot...

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Interestingly, the ATI aircraft N395CM, which has been doing a run for DHL HKG-GUM-SYD-HKG, did a turnaround over the Arafura Sea last night while flying SYD-HKG, and landed at Darwin, Australia. (The Arafura Sea is the body of water between the area just north of Darwin, and Indonesia.) Initially l...

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by wjcandee
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 459
Views: 55052

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

It seems the entire MD11 fleet is destined to be parked at SDF awaiting maintenance. I thought that was clever and a little snarky. But then there's today: 344KD flying military 356KD ORD since Saturday 411SN SHV (back again) today 412SN SHV since Friday 415JN SDF since Saturday 512JN ICN over 24 h...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines getting a 777
Replies: 71
Views: 19074

Re: Eastern Airlines getting a 777

There is near-zero charter for cruise ships anymore; people want to either book their own airfare or get booked on a major.

This 777 has to have military/government as the main target market; otherwise it makes no sense.

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