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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 757's Parked at RIC
Replies: 12
Views: 2714

757's Parked at RIC

There are two all white 757's with Rolls engines parked near a hangar at RIC. There are no "N" numbers on them, just an American flag on the tail. Does anyone know anything about these mysterious planes?

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope
Replies: 417
Views: 221582

Re: Announcement: Airliners.net has been acquired by VerticalScope

For what it is worth, these are the things I miss about the old format: 1. The "Respected Readers." It gave you a clear idea of who was a responsible user, who was new and who you could trust that what they were posting was accurate. Plus it was fun to earn the respect of fellow A.netters....

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service
Replies: 78
Views: 23378

Re: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service

China manufactured the MD-80/90 series under license from McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing. This is just using the jigs supplied and tweaking it a little.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle
Replies: 44
Views: 14906

Re: PIA admits taking extra passengers in aisle

Qantas - the doyen of airline safety - in 1974 jammed 673 people into a 747-238B, evacuating people from Darwin following cyclone Tracy. You cannot tell me that they all has seats... http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/history-jumbo-jet/global/en This has been done before in emergency evacuations...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years
Replies: 36
Views: 6114

Re: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years

Three years as a ready reserve was tough, but you couldn't pay me enough to go IFS. Talk about unskilled labor. Not hardly. Most of use have at least two years of college and the majority have a degree, some with advanced degrees including MS, MSN, MD, JD and others. We are most definitely NOT unsk...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years
Replies: 36
Views: 6114

Re: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years

Prost wrote:
DTW Purserboy, I think you were thinking of only flight crews. Delta does have ready reserves in other job classifications.

In all honesty, when you're a crew member (guilty) you sometimes forget how other departments staffing is organized.

That is true. I was referring only to flight crews.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years
Replies: 36
Views: 6114

Re: Delta to add up too 25,000 jobs over five years

Are a lot of the entry level jobs at Delta flexible staffing, ready reserve, with no benefits? I mean are we talking quality jobs here, or will Delta be replacing a lot of former full-time benefitted employees with lower cost workers? Delta does not use ready reserve or any reserve system. Everyone...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2015
Replies: 68
Views: 53255

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Spring 2015

johnwest wrote:
Chaostheory wrote:
johnwest wrote:
What would be the lease price for such a bird? does delta owns them?are they bought?


According to my data (different source to Laxintl), the MD90 would command a monthly lease of 60-80k usd with a market value ranging 2.5-4mn usd.

Thx

Delta owns all 65 of them.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 747 retirement
Replies: 35
Views: 14651

Re: Delta 747 retirement

DL has repeatedly said it has NO interest in the A380. Waaaay too much airplane. I would see them eventually ordering the A350-1000. It is the right size for long Asia flights with the right number of seats.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 Search Officially Suspended
Replies: 59
Views: 13657

Re: MH370 Search Officially Suspended

IMHO in years to come as technology improves, someone may come across the remains. It was obvious that the person responsible for the accident did NOT want the wreckage found and carefully shut of ACARS and other instrumentation that would have been useful. Perhaps someday, instead of onboard flight...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?
Replies: 33
Views: 5292

Re: Cabin crew based on seats on plane or seats sold?

And don't even think about doing what Braniff did in the late 70's. We had a 727-100 with 103 seats. One flight attendant was hospitalized during the night with appendicitis and they could not get a replacement f/a to the station in time for the scheduled departure. So some not-so-smart guy gets the...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces first A350 base
Replies: 57
Views: 14386

Re: DL announces first A350 base

I would look to see an A359 add-on order before too much longer. Unless they already have reserved some slots on the production line.

Isn't the A359 eventually to be built in Alabama, too?

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Airways to Start PHF Service
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Elite Airways to Start PHF Service

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... z1jAPuO2sg
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The Daily Press is reporting that a 1000 press conference this morning will announce the start of service with Elite Airways.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... z1jAPuO2sg

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Buys Six MD-11(F)'s???
Replies: 28
Views: 13761

Re: Delta Buys Six MD-11(F)'s???

bigbird wrote:
They were purchased for the engines.


Now that makes sense.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Buys Six MD-11(F)'s???
Replies: 28
Views: 13761

Delta Buys Six MD-11(F)'s???

The latest issue of Airliner World say that Delta has purchased six MD-11F's from Boeing. This has to be a mistake. With all the DC-10's long since retired they have no need for spares and they certainly have not made any noise about restarting a freighter operation. So I have come to the conclusion...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can an Obese or person over a certain weight range put an Emergency Slide at a certain risk?
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Re: Can an Obese or person over a certain weight range put an Emergency Slide at a certain risk?

In a word--no. The slide rafts are equipped to accept the weight of about 100 people. They are quite sturdy.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta, United Said to Near Avianca Bid
Replies: 33
Views: 7899

Re: Delta, United Said to Near Avianca Bid

DL already has a large financial stake and a good relationship with GOL. Avianca would be a good fit short of flying DL metal to Latam.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification
Replies: 176
Views: 17036

Re: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification

Airplane evacuations are the wrong place as an entertainment venue. There are enough videos online that you can watch. Seriously - I've seen thousands of videos and I'm 100% certain that I would still be unsure what I'm doing. A couple of goes in a simulation drill would do wonders. Of course you d...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification
Replies: 176
Views: 17036

Re: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification

I've suggested it before in another thread about (the pointlessness of) the safety video; I think a programme to provide airport simulators for evacuation drills would be a) very educational and b) fun. I myself would certainly like to try it out to see exactly how that overwing exit works and if I...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification
Replies: 176
Views: 17036

Re: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification

I can tell you with absolute certainty that if you want to stay on a burning airplane to retrieve your bag full of dirty underwear and retrieve a precious charging cable you are too dumb to try to save. What it is going to take is another incident where the airplane explodes and those messing with t...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification
Replies: 176
Views: 17036

Re: Chaotic Evacuations may Lead to Recertification

You may as well sit down and wait to choke and be consumed by flames as run out into extreme conditions without appropriate clothing. Hypothermia and death will take a matter of minutes out on an exposed runway in some conditions and well before the passengers can be taken into a warm terminal. I d...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA aircraft on fire @ORD
Replies: 332
Views: 67075

Re: AA aircraft on fire @ORD

A fast response by the cockpit and cabin crew. Thankfully all aboard are safe and sound. AA had a similar uncontained engine failure on a 763 in LAX a few years ago during a maintenance runup. She was scrapped on sight, just as I am sure this one will be after the investigators are finished with it....

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by DTWPurserBoy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can you still order the 777-200LR? Will Boeing build it?
Replies: 44
Views: 14127

Re: Can you still order the 777-200LR? Will Boeing build it?

DL operates 10 77L's but with the A350-900's coming on line next year I can't see them ordering any more.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to Start Chicago-Asia Service Next Year
Replies: 31
Views: 4219

Re: Rumor: Delta to Start Chicago-Asia Service Next Year

DL has Asia well covered out of DTW and MSP or through SEA. There would be no need to add ORD to the list unless it is through a JV. Now I could give a good argument for ORD-AMS, ORD-LHR rather than Asia. But with the exchange rate between the Euro and Sterling against the dollar being so low it is ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGA expansion
Replies: 25
Views: 6428

Re: LGA expansion

LGA's problem is geographic. Unless the City of New York decides to relocated Rikers Island Prison (not likely) there is no additional land available. For more parking I guess they will have to go underground.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New DL Uniforms
Replies: 117
Views: 16012

Re: New DL Uniforms

For those who say this "passport purple" isn't part of the brand, I have a sneaking suspicion that we will see more and more of this color as we near the 2018 official rollout. There is already purple accents in the new concourse B Sky Club at ATL. I'd look for more of this in the coming ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New DL Uniforms
Replies: 117
Views: 16012

Re: New DL Uniforms

I want to say at the outset that I state this as a non-American, therefore my perception may be off. But... isn't Land's End a former Sears label? Therefore, it is a bit (read: a lot) downmarket? In contrast, Delta London uses Vivienne Westwood, but Delta uses... Sears . Ew. Actually, Land's End is...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?
Replies: 74
Views: 9734

Re: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?

One problem is that many 757's are simply running out of cycles and/or airframe hours. Delta is scrapping a number of them. Another thing to remember is that airplanes are designed around engines, not the other way around. A clean sheet airplane made of composites with a twin aisle for rapid turnaro...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Flight Diverts Due To Missing Pax
Replies: 42
Views: 22174

Re: RE: Air France Flight Diverts Due To Missing Pax

Quoting smi0006 (Reply 8):Good to see AF security took this seriously, and returned to JNB. I have see other captains decided on the ground they wouldn't wait to offload a bag and simply go with it onboard- big no no. Why can't they carry the bag without the passenger? All hold baggage is scanned n...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight diverts to BOS,"disruptive" pax
Replies: 12
Views: 2541

Re: BA flight diverts to BOS,"disruptive" pax

I saw a BA 787 on approach to BOS yesterday afternoon (9/8) at 4:30pm. They don't have any flights that arrive at that time and their first flight of the day arrived on time earlier in the afternoon. Was this another diversion or a charter or something? Tried to check TheBAsouce.com on movements bu...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight diverts to BOS,"disruptive" pax
Replies: 12
Views: 2541

Re: BA flight diverts to BOS,"disruptive" pax

It should be jail-time. Bad behavior on aircraft needs to be deterred IMHO. I don't think it can really be deterred, given that it's usually something that happens while drunk. Only thing that really comes to mind is per-passenger alcohol sales limits, or something. Guy is going to have a hard time...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2016
Replies: 84
Views: 12201

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2016

TK had developed a reputation for high quality service, a rapidly advancing fleet--things were looking so bright until the present political situation took hold. We were on a cruise a couple of months ago that was supposed to stay for two days in IST but it was changed to a few hours in Kusadasi. I ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport Food Options: Getting too High-End, too Expensive
Replies: 61
Views: 8230

Re: Airport Food Options: Getting too High-End, too Expensive

One of the problems, in addition to the higher costs of having the food screened by security and prepared by cleared workers is the exorbitant rents charged by the airports to the vendors. Many simply cannot offer their products at street prices, pay the high rents and stay in business. Grab and go ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America Announces Layoffs if Merger Approved
Replies: 95
Views: 16100

Re: Virgin America Announces Layoffs if Merger Approved

Typically, during the merge process the personnel records are opened and examined. Some may have negative performance reports, excessive absences or their position just become redundant. A f/a supervisor can only handle a certain number of people efficiently. You typically see station management, ma...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does an airline see about you on the computer?
Replies: 66
Views: 12934

Re: What does an airline see about you on the computer?

So forgive my ignorance here, so VC10er is told by an agent on the phone that the seat is held and then rocks up at the gate and the seat is gone. Who is this gone to? I can only assume it was a last minute upgrade? Would it not make sense to tell that upgrade, I will put you in J but until we clos...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What does an airline see about you on the computer?
Replies: 66
Views: 12934

Re: What does an airline see about you on the computer?

I doubt anyone lied to you ..knowingly... The person on the phone is sitting in a cubical in some call center who knows where. They can see your seating on the flight at that moment, but it can change five seconds later without their knowledge unless they refresh the display. Also, the decision to ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The problems with El Al
Replies: 43
Views: 10055

Re: The problems with El Al

LY wisely chose an enhanced security presence at every airport they fly to after a hijacking attempt in the early 70's. All of their flight attendants are veterans of the Israeli armed forces so I would suggest not messing with them. I have had the opportunity to chat with some of their onboard secu...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about crew rest areas
Replies: 34
Views: 17943

Re: The Secret Airplane Bedroom Where Flight Attendants Sleep

Seafood is generally not an option for the pilots although occasionally one will make a quiet request. I have looked at this food for nearly 40 years and none of it appeals to me. I usually pick at a salad or leftover fruit and cheese. I eat when I get to the hotel or at home. The bunks are not grea...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta RFID Bag Tags
Replies: 17
Views: 4680

Re: Delta RFID Bag Tags

My wife is a runner. The vast majority of running bibs (the paper with the number that is pinned to the shirt) have chips. So, if you have a race with several hundred (or several thousand) runners, your bib starts you clock at the start line and stops your clock at the finish. I think "chipped...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PHX TSA detains 9 year old boy for pacemaker
Replies: 11
Views: 2091

Re: PHX TSA detains 9 year oly boy for pacemaker

How quickly we forget. Prior to 9/11 all airport screenings were done by private contractors. Many were rude, had limited training and from what I could see very little in the way of social skills. People used to joke that these companies took the people that McDonald's turned down. The establishmen...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000
Replies: 42
Views: 13766

Re: Differences Between A350-900 And A350-1000

The six wheel main bogey spreads the weight out more evenly for tarmac and runway use. Reminds me of when McDonnell Douglas added the center gear to the DC-10-30/40 series.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Routes
Replies: 111
Views: 35608

Re: Delta A350 Routes

Does anyone see DL opting to convert or add the A350-1000 to the -900 order? They could use the additional capacity on some routes.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Routes
Replies: 111
Views: 35608

Re: Delta A350 Routes

I'm guessing around 300 like their 777s (which are currently 37/36/218). The A350 will have a smaller J cabin than that, but it is also expected to have a more spacious Y+ product, vs the current Y with just more legroom as currently featured on DL's aircraft. OK, down ~85 seats. Does that mean the...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline without uniforms for crew (hypothetical)
Replies: 15
Views: 3064

Re: Airline without uniforms for crew (hypothetical)

They are required to be fire resistant, easily identifiable by passengers in an emergency and are a major part of branding by a carrier. Some upstart carriers with a unijet have tried to get by with giving (or making them purchase) a polo-type shirt.

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by DTWPurserBoy
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-ticketed persons past security?
Replies: 42
Views: 13003

Re: Non-ticketed persons past security?

Persons meeting or dropping of an unaccompanied minor or a passenger with special needs can be given a gate pass at the counter. We don't want 7 year olds or nice grannies with Alzheimers wandering around a busy airport alone. Family take the best care of them when the airline staff are overwhelmed ...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Investor Day Predictions 12/17/2015
Replies: 56
Views: 9590

Re: DL Investor Day Predictions 12/17/2015

The not-so-quiet dismantling of the NRT hub is having a lot of repercussions. Flight attendants based in Asia have been axed, BKK shut down and a serious loss to the local economy in and around NRT. The US-based flight attendants are nuts if they do not unionize and protect their jobs with a scope c...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ExpressJet suspends F/A because of unwillingness to serve alcohol
Replies: 76
Views: 10960

The carrier

From what I have heard she was a very recent convert to Islam. If she feels that strongly she should resign. Many middle eastern carriers serve alcohol and while many of their f/a's are westerners many are Muslim. The carrier has the out in that when you claim that you can no longer perform ALL of t...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut JFK-NRT, NRT-BKK/KIX; MSP-NRT decision 'pending'
Replies: 282
Views: 34681

Re: Delta to cut JFK-NRT, NRT-BKK/KIX; MSP-NRT decision 'pending'

NW had dropped JFK-NRT at one point and DL reinstated it. Watch the yen/dollar ratio. Plus with the retiring of the venerable 744 something had to go. Sadly, that was the first flight I ever worked with Northwest Orient and has always had a special place in my heart. But don't count her down and out...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 787 Routes
Replies: 22
Views: 7821

Re: Delta 787 Routes

Both Richard Anderson and Ed Bastian have repeatedly said that they see a place in the Delta fleet for the 787. They bought one 777 for parts (and a former Korean 744 for the same purpose.) IMHO they will watch the development of the 787-10 and if they like the numbers (and the price) they will jump...

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by DTWPurserBoy
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS/Blue1 Retires The Boeing 717
Replies: 44
Views: 14700

Re: SAS/Blue1 Retires The Boeing 717

I read in an airline publication that HA was picking up two aircraft from somewhere. Maybe one of these?

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