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by ikramerica
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights where same journey could be made by train in under 2,5 hours
Replies: 88
Views: 7792

Re: France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

jetwet1 wrote:
Only an issue when the TGV goes on strike.

Or when the train breaks down and they eventually send another one to push yours, but decide to terminate the route at Sud instead of continuing to CDG, forcing you to take a taxi to CDG at your expense or wait for their bus.

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by ikramerica
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 141
Views: 7695

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

Companies don't have much to stand on currently to make it mandatory to have a vaccine. All of the vaccines are currently only approved for emergency use. They are considered experimental. Even the US military can not mandate that emergency use vaccines are required. I highly doubt that even when t...

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by ikramerica
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 141
Views: 7695

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

The problem I see is that it is under "emergency use authorization" and hasn't been fully cleared by the governing authorities around the world. It will be at least another year before that would change. This is also why it can't (shouldn't) be mandated for children. And considering the r...

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by ikramerica
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 141
Views: 7695

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

It's unsettling to see the anti vax weirdos jeopardize us reaching herd immunity. To think it could mutate and nail our kids or something like that. The majority of people want the vaccine and also want to return to normal life. Anybody not on board should be pushed aside. I don't know about you gu...

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by ikramerica
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 141
Views: 7695

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

The problem I see is that it is under "emergency use authorization" and hasn't been fully cleared by the governing authorities around the world. It will be at least another year before that would change. This is also why it can't (shouldn't) be mandated for children. And considering the ri...

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by ikramerica
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun
Replies: 40
Views: 8957

Re: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun

I get a gender reveal party but why would anyone go that far to just reveal a gender.. Lol people these days... I don’t “get a gender reveal party.” We had 3 miscarriages, 1 normal and 1 very complicated pregnancy and the idea that you throw a huge party so early in a pregnancy before you know how ...

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by ikramerica
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: “The Long Night” - Suspense
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

Re: “The Long Night” - Suspense

I meant to say "worth a listen" as it's an old radio drama. Back in the days of DC-7s and Electras.

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by ikramerica
Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: “The Long Night” - Suspense
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

“The Long Night” - Suspense

Just listened to the 65 year old radio episode listed above. It’s available for download on SiriusXM in the Frank Lovejoy birthday block. It was a very detailed drama regarding an ATC (Rockford IL) and his efforts to talk down a lost GA pilot through clouds and fog. I was wondering how accurate it w...

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by ikramerica
Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KEF Airport preparing for a Volcanic Eruption
Replies: 27
Views: 6749

Re: KEF Airport preparing for a Volcanic Eruption

If it’s just bubbling and flowing, it’s not going to impact aviation other than increasing helicopter traffic to go look at it.

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by ikramerica
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 139
Views: 14515

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

I don’t see anything wrong with renaming an airport to honor a fantastic local politician... Yeah, all we need to do now is find said politician... Well yeah, the problem is that what does “local” mean? Vegas is an international airport meant to welcome many, and whatever Reid did for Nevada, he wa...

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by ikramerica
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 600
Views: 107397

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

https://images.wsj.net/im-302062?width=1260&size=1.5

That’s just how an AVGEEK proposes marriage.
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wjcandee wrote:
My favorite photo is this one from the Wall Street Journal: https://images.wsj.net/im-302062?width=1260&size=1.5

That’s just how an AVGEEK proposes marriage.

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by ikramerica
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PANYNJ curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment
Replies: 106
Views: 22562

Re: PA curtailing, delaying and possibly canceling JFK Redevelopment

The smart money invests in improvements in bad times so that they are ready for good times. Most wasteful US agencies instead wait until things are already overtaxed, then take forever to expand, reducing capacity while doing construction, only to end up with a result that is quickly out of date aft...

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by ikramerica
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing leaving Everett?
Replies: 44
Views: 8351

Re: Boeing leaving Everett after +100 years ?

Washington State has used Boeing as a cash cow, while the pols simultaneously use them as a whipping boy. High taxes, burdensome regulation, etc. There are other alternatives, and Boeing has been slowly moving stuff out for years. Agreed. There are far better alternatives. Not to mention how WA Sta...

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by ikramerica
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus unveils three hydrogen concepts
Replies: 142
Views: 12885

Re: Airbus unveiling three hydrogen concept plane today at 2pm CET

Where will all this hydrogen needed come from? From "clean" nuclear energy? We can produce hydrogen directly by simply splitting water, in a process known as electrolysis, but it’s been prohibitively expensive in large part because it requires a lot of electricity. As the price of solar a...

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by ikramerica
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”
Replies: 69
Views: 14243

Re: Southwest CEO Kelly - If Things Don’t Improve, This Just Can’t Continue”

There is no evidence Covid is seasonal, like the flu. That actually bodes well long term because it is becoming clear that 3-4% total tested positive in a region is enough to bring Covid to flu like levels on an annualized basis. "distancing on airplanes will have to end" Maybe. Since the ...

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by ikramerica
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?
Replies: 67
Views: 9499

Re: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?

What is really different in the passenger experience from an -800 and a -8? 99,999% of the customers have no idea what kind of plane they are on and the 737 is the same inside from almost every perspective. The difference is in economics if the fix works and the plane is certified to fly. It’s the ...

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by ikramerica
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?
Replies: 67
Views: 9499

Re: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?

What is really different in the passenger experience from an -800 and a -8? 99,999% of the customers have no idea what kind of plane they are on and the 737 is the same inside from almost every perspective. The difference is in economics if the fix works and the plane is certified to fly. It’s the ...

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by ikramerica
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 4716
Views: 740635

Re: UNITED: investments stopped and continuing

Stopping construction can be expensive if your permits expire. Your project needs new approvals, codes may have changed requiring rework, materials meant to be covered are exposed for too long leading to degradation, etc.

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by ikramerica
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing to Consolidate 787 Production in South Carolina
Replies: 320
Views: 56069

Re: Boeing Considers Closing 787 Production in WA

I think consolidation was always a long term given, although I expected it not to be considered for another 5-10 years. I also expected that the NMA/797 would take over one of the production lines at the Everett Plant. With that being delayed and sent back to study in 2019 that may be a long way ou...

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by ikramerica
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 11002

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask

kalvado wrote:
killer headline, combining few recent ones:

Airline denies boarding to a 3-year-old autistic NAVY SEAL!

and kicks off man for wearing gas mask.

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by ikramerica
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 11002

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal

The fix to much of the above is for the airline to sell or hand out good quality KN95 masks. Two issues with that are, that people are still going to take off their masks to eat and drink, wear masks incorrectly and children (effective carriers) will still not wear masks. So in other words masks wi...

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by ikramerica
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta bans Navy Seal for Not Wearing a Mask
Replies: 151
Views: 11002

Re: Delta bans Navy Seal

The whole mask thing on aeroplanes is quite stupid. Everybody takes off their mask to eat or drink (then if there is COVID it'll spread). I've flown 3 times during the pandemic and children don't wear masks at all, most people have their noses sticking out, cloth masks don't work at all and N95 mas...

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by ikramerica
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge
Replies: 58
Views: 13205

Re: Plane flies under Mackinac Bridge

Was he returning from Quicky-kiss-it island?

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by ikramerica
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 15062

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

If anyone believes encountering an asymptomatic 3-year old child is the big risk they face when flying, to the point that we ban perfectly healthy children from public life even though some places require them to wear a mask and others don’t, it’s a very sad world you want to live in. The idea that ...

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by ikramerica
Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue
Replies: 122
Views: 15062

Re: Southwest removes autistic child due to mask issue

3 year olds won’t wear the masks anyway. Try to make one.

And considering some states its 8 and over or 6 and over, the 3 and over is the most draconian version of the mask rule.

And the mask orders clearly exempt non-ill people with a disability preventing them from wearing one.

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by ikramerica
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia School in Viral Photo Shut Down for COVID-19 Cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Georgia School in Viral Photo Shut Down for COVID-19 Cleaning

Is anyone sick? I mean, they say the people were there for days because... they weren’t ill. For people under 50, Covid and Flu track similarly for actual illness, and in terms of severe illness, flu is worse in those under 30. To develop herd immunity (which seems to be a verifiable thing with Covi...

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by ikramerica
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14466

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

There’s no such thing as a plane that is “too clean”. That philosophy has killed this industry. If it applies to airliners it would follow that it applies to every other facet of our lives... and that’s an impossible standard. Most of us lived prior to this pandemic, and will live to the next one. ...

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by ikramerica
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777-9 Boarding Through Door 2L Not Possible?
Replies: 11
Views: 4904

Re: 777-9 Boarding Through Door 2L Not Possible?

Looks about the same as the 772. One knock against the 773 is they kept the door spacing which makes placing premium seating awkward.

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by ikramerica
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?
Replies: 70
Views: 14581

Re: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?

You can say a lot about the MD-11 (And trust me I can add plenty from a planning side) but it does a heck of a job in the cargo world. Capacity is massive and the wingspan keeps it in gateways that might lose a parking spot should you put a 747-8 or 777 in there. This is a biggie that people forget...

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by ikramerica
Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?
Replies: 96
Views: 15355

Re: Why did Boeing say that the 727 replacement was the 757?

It’s true, the 757 was never a 727 replacement other than when the 727 was used for field performance. The 757 was the non-ER replacement for the 707 and the 767 was the TATL/hawaii replacement for the 707. Also competitor to DC10. The early 727Adv wasn’t ready for replacement for over a decade from...

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by ikramerica
Tue Jul 14, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 116925

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Or you just do what any Pilot should be capable of - push the control column forward. Don't tell me we're back to the refrain of "It was all the fault of those foreign pilots! Nothing wrong with the plane at all!" :sarcastic: I don't think he said that. He was saying that if MCAS is disab...

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by ikramerica
Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 109
Views: 14139

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Non-refundable deposits could be a thing. Hotels do this for no shows.

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by ikramerica
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 30183

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

PA flew the SP JFK-SFO-HKG-SIN, which I took as a kid, both directions with the family. We also took the Sikorsky flight EWR-JFK to connect to JFK. So 1 hr, then change aircraft, 5.5 hours to SFO, refuel and wait in PA Clipper Club for 2 hours, 13 hours to HKG, deplane, go through security with film...

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by ikramerica
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airport Says 2 MCO Employees Have COVID
Replies: 24
Views: 4620

Re: Updated: Airport Says 2 MCO Employees Have COVID

I'm starting to suspect false positive tests in a lot of these asymptomatic cases. It doesn't make sense for a virus to have absolutely no symptoms in so many people but be serious and kill others. Yes, it does. Most virus related deaths come from the body’s reaction to the virus. Many people have ...

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by ikramerica
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAP engines on 737 and A320 fall way short of on-wing targets
Replies: 42
Views: 11562

Re: LEAP engines on 737 and A320 fall way short of on-wing targets

It was always surprising to me that the GTF was the engine that earned a bad reputation. The LEAP is the version pushing the temps, pressures and material science to gain efficiency where the GTF used the reduction gearset on a more traditional design. Pratt managed to screw up a relatively basic s...

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by ikramerica
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAP engines on 737 and A320 fall way short of on-wing targets
Replies: 42
Views: 11562

Re: LEAP engines on 737 and A320 fall way short of on-wing targets

Were CFM56 that reliable in the DC8 version when they were new? Or are we comparing them to the very mature version we know from the A320 and 737NG?

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by ikramerica
Wed May 27, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10324

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

If the aircraft had to fly through a known icing condition, and the exposed rudder cables are encased in layers of ice.... It certainly could have caused some safety issues, methinks. That was my thought. Any time you lose a fairing, you lose either an aero element or a cover to something that shou...

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by ikramerica
Tue May 26, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 62717

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

Some genius will find out how to lay down a lattice of light carbon fibre or aluminium support rods and beams for the floor and the planes will become attractive for Freight. I'd guess they'll put in some sort of internal lift from floor to floor so that fewer expensive cargo doors are needed. Putt...

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by ikramerica
Fri May 22, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1688
Views: 223726

Re: AA may follow DL and retire 777 fleet

https://www.forbes.com/sites/willhorton ... 990e7d6424

Seems like CV19 is being pretty hard on the world's 77E population.

It hits the old much worse than the young.
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Revelation wrote:
Similar report via Forbes:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/willhorton ... 990e7d6424

Seems like CV19 is being pretty hard on the world's 77E population.

It hits the old much worse than the young.

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by ikramerica
Thu May 21, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 62717

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

It will be very interesting to see how many A380's will return to service in the next year or so. Who would have thought that the replacement for the A380 would be an A350? Have a great day, Many many people here on A.net, that’s who. The A380 prioritizes mass passengers over cargo. Boeing saw this...

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by ikramerica
Mon May 18, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 128919

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Coroner's report was released and shows everyone died of blunt force trauma. So pilot didn’t have anything in autopsy that would scream incapacitation, though it might not be easy to determine if there was something medical that caused him to lose control.

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by ikramerica
Mon May 18, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites
Replies: 64
Views: 16028

Re: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites

I wondered about something like that. Not sure if enough business pax are going to be available.

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by ikramerica
Thu May 14, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 1549
Views: 153153

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Considering the original 777 has been flying my entire adult life, it’s not surprising the retirement would be accelerated. The 77L was bought for specific missions at DL that other more efficient aircraft can now cover. As a passenger, I’ve never liked DLs 777 product. So won’t miss it. The Delta ...

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by ikramerica
Thu May 14, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Widebody Thread - 2020
Replies: 1549
Views: 153153

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Considering the original 777 has been flying my entire adult life, it’s not surprising the retirement would be accelerated.

The 77L was bought for specific missions at DL that other more efficient aircraft can now cover.

As a passenger, I’ve never liked DLs 777 product. So won’t miss it.

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by ikramerica
Mon May 11, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How long will middle seats be deemed “off limits” for most flights?
Replies: 39
Views: 3196

Re: How long will middle seats be deemed “off limits” for most flights?

What United is seeming to be saying is that the flight was booked with middle seats empty, then they took the group of 25 medical professionals for free and basically filled up all the seats. Which begs the question, why won't they let you book your own family with the middle seat, when they will th...

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by ikramerica
Sat May 09, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?
Replies: 58
Views: 5591

Re: Should airlines be allowed to hedge against fuel price flactuations ?

I guess OP wants airlines to either have shop at the spot market daily, or signed price fixed quantity fixed contracts for the future with obligations to pay that price and take that fuel no matter what.

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by ikramerica
Thu May 07, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?
Replies: 70
Views: 11559

Re: Why do so many international terminals have arrivals corridors above the departures level?

At most airports putting this corridor downstairs would bisect a whole mess of support spaces that then couldn’t connect to each other without staff going over or under the corridor. It instead perches over departures so it only takes up space within the high atrium space of the departure level. It ...

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by ikramerica
Mon May 04, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 4716
Views: 740635

Re: United orders 7 787-10s

Arion640 wrote:
As buffet says:

Be greedy when others are fearful.

Must of had a good enough price on these frames!

And yet he dumped all the airline stocks.

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by ikramerica
Sun May 03, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 811
Views: 156576

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

the 767-400 wingspan is 14 ft longer than the 767-300 so there might some issues for the integrators with parking. That might have been why FedEx nor UPS didn't order them in 2011. A folding wing 767X might be the answer. The 767-400 has a raked wingtip extension. There may be a way to get a more e...

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by ikramerica
Sun May 03, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 811
Views: 156576

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

The only problem may be: when has Boeing produced the last 767-400? 2002? 2003? Do they even have the tooling to build that -400 wingbox and wing? If I remember correctly they canceled the 767-400 production long ago. The last commercial delivery was in 2002 with Continental Airlines. One additiona...

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