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by reffado
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are people allowed to paint their plane in old airline liveries?
Replies: 24
Views: 5355

Re: Are people allowed to paint their plane in old airline liveries?

It’s really no different than people painting “Coca Cola” or any other retro marque on a classic car. As long as it’s not used for commercial purposes, it’s usually allowed.

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by reffado
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home
Replies: 42
Views: 15782

Re: Ex-UA 744 finds a new home

F27500 wrote:
Sad end to a classic well-cared for bird .. ending up with something called Max Air in Nigeria … RIP, 744.


I'm pretty sure that's a better end than the scrappers, and that was just about the only other choice.

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by reffado
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina deregulated today its domestic air market
Replies: 9
Views: 1420

Re: Argentina deregulated today its domestic air market

Let the bloodbath begin. We deregulated the US airline industry in 1978; it's been pretty ugly ever since! But at least ma and pa Kettle can afford to fly Allegiant's $19 fare from nowhere to nowhere else, and clog up the TSA line for thirty minutes as they vehemently explain that their liquid medi...

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by reffado
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 281
Views: 54897

Re: AeroMexico AC Down 7/31/2018

Brazilian media reporting E190 aircraft, XA-GAL. Terrible.

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by reffado
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAS experience question
Replies: 24
Views: 1663

Re: SAS experience question

From what I understand, their longhaul fleet is fairly standardized, with the exception of LN-RKP, which is a former LAN Chile A340, and has retained its outdated interior. IIRC they recently refurbished the rest of their A340 fleet.

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by reffado
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I'm surprised I've never flown on...
Replies: 31
Views: 1366

Re: I'm surprised I've never flown on...

The new F9 (I flew them a few years back when they were a full service). There prices are dirt cheap, but because of getting free luggage from status or free trips from miles, F9 never ends up being cheaper by a margin high enough for me buy a ticket. Flew them once, and I'm not sure if I got lucky...

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by reffado
Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I'm surprised I've never flown on...
Replies: 31
Views: 1366

Re: I'm surprised I've never flown on...

They're all defunct now, but I was always intrigued by the fact that I never got to fly on VASP or Transbrasil as a child. I did a decent amount of domestic/regional flying between 1997 and 2005 in Brazil, but only ever on RG. In fact, my first flight on JJ (in which I even had family members workin...

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by reffado
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM
Replies: 44
Views: 9384

Re: Couple in hot water over "Stupid" stunt at SXM

Looks like a 727, so I’d guess Amerijet or the like. While I have to say the resulting image is really cool, it was certainly an incredibly stupid thing to do, putting their lives (and potentially others) at risk. EDIT: upon looking at it more carefully, other posters seem to be correct. Definitely ...

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by reffado
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: After 8pm, airlines in the USA serve no meals in domestic first class. What do you get on AA on ORD-DEN in First?
Replies: 22
Views: 9693

Re: After 8pm, airlines in the USA serve no meals in domestic first class. What do you get on AA on ORD-DEN in First?

Interesting report! And I wonder if this is different by route? I recently flew AA MIA-JFK in F, after 8PM (my flight departed around 9), and dinner was served, with choice of lasagna or beef. We also got the cookies you showed (which were warm and very tasty). Actual flight time was around two and ...

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by reffado
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787-8 too many doors...why no overwing exits?
Replies: 6
Views: 3079

Re: 787-8 too many doors...why no overwing exits

Isn't there (or wasn't there) some sort of rule stating that every so many feet of fuselage there has to be a full size door? I remember reading about something like that but can't remember now if it's currently a thing or if used to be a thing. If still a current regulation, that could explain why.

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by reffado
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification
Replies: 38
Views: 8521

Re: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification

rbrunner wrote:
She took off from GRU a few minutes ago. It doesn't say where she is going. Possibly MIA...


REC I believe. Then on to MIA during the weekend (tomorrow?).

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by reffado
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a Cessna Citation fly from South America to Europe?
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: Can a Cessna Citation fly from South America to Europe?

The correct answer is they all can, without refuelling. You would however need to install the required ferry tanks on all the models bar Citation X & Longitude. Even then, prudence would necessitate at least one stop (Azores). Exactly. Interestingly though, in the case of the Citation X at leas...

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by reffado
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 294
Views: 77478

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018

Any idea about what's gonna happen to PT-MUI, ex LATAM Brasil, parked at AUH since april? It's a 5 y.o aicraft with no more than 1800 cycles. That plane is still available for leasing: http://www.myairlease.com/available/available_for_lease_777 I'd say it's safe to say it'll fly again soon, but bec...

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by reffado
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to ban pit bulls as service or emotional support
Replies: 78
Views: 7253

Re: Delta to ban pit bulls as service or emotional support

I know many jurisdictions have a ban on pit bulls. Out of curiosity, how did travel to those destinations work before this ban? Was there some kind of exemption for service animals and ESA's?

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by reffado
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 69513

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

I actually hope someone from United Airlines is snooping around here. Even if she's based out of San Francisco, she created a liability for the airline and should be at least suspended with final warning. This woman may have tried to scrub the information from her Twitter, but screenshots are forev...

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by reffado
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!
Replies: 240
Views: 69513

Re: THE Problem With United FAs. Even I'm Fuming At This!

In all honesty, what has me interested in this story is that now Zach is (even?) more famous among the industry workers. And he flies UA a lot. It'll be interesting to see if this has any repercussion on his subsequent flight experiences. What if a "Gianna" is working his cabin on his next...

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by reffado
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV employee fired for smuggling liquor into a Stadium in Russia during the WC
Replies: 30
Views: 4153

Re: AV employee fired for smuggling liquor into a Stadium in Russia during the WC

Wow, is there a trend? Today, LA also fired an employee for posting a misogynistic and sexist video at the World Cup in Russia.

I guess the lesson here is once again for people to watch what they post on social media - especially if they work for a company with a social media guideline policy.

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by reffado
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: British Airways cancels 'incorrectly' cheap tickets
Replies: 52
Views: 5913

Re: British Airways cancels 'incorrectly' cheap tickets

Can customers also get a refund if they mistakenly buy an air ticket? (I think the answer is yes, if caught within 24 hours). Not sure if because of US law, but I believe BA does allow this, if caught within 24 hours. A friend recently purchased an MIA-LHR ticket in the morning, and realized in the...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM A350 next year fleet placement expectation
Replies: 36
Views: 6691

Re: LATAM Br 330 next year fleet placement expectation

I mean, they still do have A332s stored in QSC I believe. As for the rest of the fleet, I've all but given up trying to understand what they're doing. They've been deferring A359 deliveries, but the A35K ones are bound to start soon (next year, I believe?) It seems clear actually. Brasil to operate...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM A350 next year fleet placement expectation
Replies: 36
Views: 6691

Re: LATAM Br 330 next year fleet placement expectation

I mean, they still do have A332s stored in QSC I believe.

As for the rest of the fleet, I've all but given up trying to understand what they're doing. They've been deferring A359 deliveries, but the A35K ones are bound to start soon (next year, I believe?)

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by reffado
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airliner is this?
Replies: 62
Views: 9332

Re: What airliner is this?

Mortyman wrote:
Could it be TAM ?

How about those handles on the luggage lockers … Airbus or Boeing ?


Nope, TAM doesn’t have a separate J section on their nareowbodies. The seat color is also off. I wonder what good these pictures will do though. Even if identified correctly.

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by reffado
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airliner is this?
Replies: 62
Views: 9332

Re: What airliner is this?

They're searching for the location of this photo as well. Could it be an airport bus? Anybody got an idea about the location? https://www.politie.nl/binaries/standaard/content/gallery/politie/gezocht/verdachten/2018/juni/11-le/foto-11-waar-is-deze-foto-gemaakt.jpg Since the OP gave absolutely no in...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification
Replies: 38
Views: 8521

Re: TAP A339neo to visit Brazil and MIA for airport certification

Anyone have the arrival times for MIA? I was able to find the arrival at LIS on 06/24, at 1915Z. But no information on the inbound flight yet. I hope the weather contributes!

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by reffado
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 3407

Re: First Flight and Airline?

My first flight was LIS-GIG on RG, in 1997. I sadly don't remember it, since I was 2. If I'm not mistaken, aircraft was B747-300.

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by reffado
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11028

Re: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

I’d take them with a grain of salt. I’m pretty sure that top right picture was in a widely circulated Vice news article from last year. Regardless, I doubt the truth is very different from these. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwk9j/meet-the-guy-who-photographs-luxury-planes-for-the-super-rich...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked
Replies: 30
Views: 11028

Re: Pictures of Swazi King's A340 leaked

I’d take them with a grain of salt. I’m pretty sure that top right picture was in a widely circulated Vice news article from last year. Regardless, I doubt the truth is very different from these.

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by reffado
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France increases service to GIG
Replies: 6
Views: 1224

Re: Air France increases service to GIG

With the value of the dollar getting ever closer to the Euro when converted to BRL, I wouldn't be surprised to see some tourist traffic shifting to Europe and regions other than the US. In any case, good to see AF is increasing service to GIG.

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by reffado
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL
Replies: 49
Views: 5738

Re: Norwegian announces MAD-FLL

I don't see flying into FLL as a problem, especially if they play it like AD did in Brazil and sell the flight as having the destination: "Miami (Fort Lauderdale)" in order to attract customers not familiar with the area. It's worked out pretty well for AD, and they don't even undercut the...

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by reffado
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?
Replies: 65
Views: 5843

Re: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?

Is someone really asking this question? Wow. I mean, if you think about it, it makes sense to ask. Especially when you consider that, on long haul especially, a Y ticket on DY with a meal and a checked bag will still run you less than a Y ticket on BA after you pay to select a seat and whatnot, for...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM adding Munich
Replies: 54
Views: 6750

Re: LATAM adding Munich

With A35Ks coming and A359s still flying for QR, what are the odds this goes A350 eventually, even if just due to slack in the fleet? They're def keeping the 763s busy. Honestly, I would be surprised at this point if the first A35Ks even got LA paint fresh out of TLS. Their last two A359s have been...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon
Replies: 22
Views: 2911

Re: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon

I wonder if they'll go against TP on other BR-LIS routes? They don't seem to expand much internationally out of Brazil outside of GRU though. I don't expect to see much outside of GRU in the short term, though with G3 adding some MIA-bound flights from secondary cities, I could see LA at least cons...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon
Replies: 22
Views: 2911

Re: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon

More than half of TP A332 fleet is already full-flat Business class in a 1 2 2 configuration. Unfortunately A340s are not. Thanks for the clarification. I'm not familiar with TAP's fleet plans, so I wonder if you'd be able to tell me whether the A343 will stick around long enough to receive the new...

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by reffado
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM adding Munich
Replies: 54
Views: 6750

Re: LATAM adding Munich

I think it is really great that JJ is expanding. It was what everyone was expecting after the merger came through. And if it wasn't by Brazilian ANAC allowing aircraft exchange between two different countries/airlines we'd probably not see this expansion going that fast. Great move by the ANAC. Tha...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon
Replies: 22
Views: 2911

Re: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon

More good news for LATAM. Looks like the route will be served by a 767 according to the article posted by the OP. That means that, depending on the configuration, it will be a 2-2-2 or a 2-1-2 seat layout in Business, with a 2-3-2 layout in Economy. It may not be the A350, but it's still a solid pr...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New SY Paint Scheme Coming?
Replies: 52
Views: 4542

Re: New SY Paint Scheme Coming?

I'm finding it really interesting that LCCs now properly paint their planes while more and more full service/legacy carriers move to plain white with color on the tail and nothing else. As for the posted schemes, I like C. I'm all for curves in the design, but A and B have them in the total wrong pl...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon
Replies: 22
Views: 2911

Re: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon

I never understood why LATAM did not fly to Lisbon of all places. Could they announce OPO in the future? I may be wrong, but I believe the reason is that right around the time when JJ began considering LIS many years ago their then *A partner TP was on the route so IIRC there was a codeshare agreem...

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by reffado
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon
Replies: 22
Views: 2911

Re: LATAM ‘Officially’ Announces Lisbon

Look forward to seeing if they're able to effectively compete with TP who has dominated this market for years.

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by reffado
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 9883

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

RG also had this on their UA-origin 777s.

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by reffado
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing
Replies: 67
Views: 16040

Re: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing

While this has never happened to me on a flight, it did occur once when on a bus tour in Florida. This one family all smelled so incredibly bad the company sent a second bus to pick everyone else up but them, and I guess they all got their private tour. I agree with some previous statements. If you ...

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by reffado
Thu May 31, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop SIN-EWR from 11 October 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 23931

Re: Singapore Airlines to resume non-stop SIN-EWR from 11 October 2018

For those who are interested, here's the seatmap of the aircraft http://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/OurFleet/A350-900-ULR.pdf One thing I'm a little confused about is why the last three rows of Premium Economy are in 1-4-1 configuration. I thought the A350 fuselage didn't taper until after door ...

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by reffado
Thu May 31, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special qualification needed for staffs performing checkin for US-bound flight?
Replies: 5
Views: 1197

Re: Special qualification needed for staffs performing checkin for US-bound flight?

It's probably referring to the required pax security interview for international inbound flights to the US. It's a bit of a charade for sure; I'm always skeptical of the "training" that the staff receive that do these interviews. Pretty sure this is it as well. Besides the security questi...

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by reffado
Wed May 30, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia first A350 takes flight
Replies: 43
Views: 6062

Re: Iberia first A350 takes flight

Other angle, from the DB:

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by reffado
Tue May 29, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why portuguese language is not an ICAO official language?
Replies: 36
Views: 5647

Re: Why portuguese language is not an ICAO official language?

Aren't Portuguese rather close to Spanish that process of translation would be relatively simpler? Enough for a non speaker to maybe guess what's being said, not enough to make it de facto easier. Same thing goes from Spanish to Italian. Similar origin, some similar words, and that's about it. I'd ...

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by reffado
Mon May 28, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soccer Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc. Discussion Thread
Replies: 291
Views: 43365

Re: Football Charters World Cup, Champions, Europa League, etc

Hello, does anyone knows how the Brazil national football team traveled to England? They´re preparing the world cup there. More, does anyone have knowledge of any other national team that already left their countries and how they traveled? Any special charters? Brazil’s team chartered Air X’s VIP A...

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by reffado
Sun May 27, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brazil Airports running on low fuel reserves due to truck drivers strike
Replies: 21
Views: 3555

Re: Brazil Airports running on low fuel reserves due to truck drivers strike

Situation at BSB today was still dire. LA managed to get a few flights out by ferrying one of their 77W aircraft (PT-MUJ) tankering fuel from GRU. Not sure about other carriers.

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by reffado
Sat May 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Brazil open skies agreement finally approved
Replies: 60
Views: 7076

Re: US-Brazil open skies agreement finally approved

LAX772LR wrote:
I know that they've finally gone to online visas... but I'm curious as to whether Brazil is any closer to getting on the US' visa waiver program, and reciprocating likewise.


Not happening anytime soon, sadly. Politics. I do agree it would likely boost tourism, though.

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by reffado
Fri May 25, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8725

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

Pretty sure any program development costs would not be offset by potential (if any) customer interest. Most - if not all - airlines who currently operate 727 aircraft do it because the frames are cheap to buy, not because they need any specific performance only the 727 offers. Any further re-enginin...

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by reffado
Thu May 24, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s
Replies: 119
Views: 17038

Re: Why is DL investing money in 20+ year old A320’s

While obviously there is serious accounting math that goes into the calculations and decision to refurbish older aircraft, it's because Delta (unlike many other players in the industry) understands the marketing value of offering a consistent product across its entire range. Maintaining passenger ex...

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by reffado
Sat May 19, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Executive Flight question
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: Qatar Executive Flight question

[*] Any idea why Delta doesn't brand their private flights? How many other commercial carriers have executive branches? And yeah, I missed the Russia to West Palm Beach connection. I’d wager that DL doesn’t brand theirs because of their nature as a western carrier - they are much more concerned with...

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by reffado
Fri May 18, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on CU972 crashed near HAV: Aircraft probably wrongly loaded
Replies: 470
Views: 81284

Re: 737 down near HAV

Apparently not the I-BPAC. FR24 tweeted "We've deleted a tweet referencing Blue Panorama with regards to the crash in Havana, as the airline states it was not their aircraft."

Looks like it might be a mexican-registered aircraft instead.

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