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by VonRichtofen
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 734412

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Would/could Boeing be on the hook for pretty large compensation costs to the airlines considering the grounding is costing them millions of dollars a day?

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport GSE
Replies: 4
Views: 1294

Re: Airport GSE

Dalmd88 wrote:
I think this aircraft tug is still in service with DL at BOS.



We have two of those still in service at AC in YYC. I believe Swissport here has a couple as well. They're the best for snowy ramp. Total beasts.

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airport GSE
Replies: 4
Views: 1294

Re: Airport GSE

Hello past, present, and future ramp rats..... I'm curious, how old is the GSE at your station? Where I work (AC in YYC), we have a mix of old and new GSE. The latest trend being towards replacing older gasoline/propane powered baggage tugs with new electric ones. Our fleet is about 50/50 so far. P...

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787
Replies: 15
Views: 3591

Re: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787

Like you said, introductory fares. WS has a long and hard battle ahead of them. They didn't get those 787s for the same price as AC, and their labour costs are creeping up there. Business people in Canada quite frankly simply prefer AC or even PD before WS - for now, and the last +12 years. It will...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 106
Views: 25070

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

Anybody know if these 321's are containerized or bulk loaded? All Wow 320s & 321s are bulk loaded. Thanks. I know the current A321's at Rouge are containerized. If these WOW birds end up at Rouge it'll be interesting to see if AC can/will convert them to container loading, or just keep them bul...

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW
Replies: 106
Views: 25070

Re: Air Canada to buy 4 A321s from WoW

Anybody know if these 321's are containerized or bulk loaded?

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by VonRichtofen
Wed May 02, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Delays Delivery Of 11 737 MAX
Replies: 47
Views: 10238

Re: Air Canada Delays Delivery Of 11 737 MAX

I've been a ramp worker for AC for years. Here's my take on the whole container vs bulk argument. For ramp loading turn times, containers are far superior, however that doesn't mean the 737 is useless compared to the Airbus for loading cargo. It can carry the weight, it's just that loading them is m...

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines first aircraft in new livery, plans expansion as ULCC
Replies: 52
Views: 10624

Re: Flair Airlines first aircraft in new livery, plans expansion as ULCC

I just tried a dummy booking on Flair's website. YYC-YVR in mid June. Without paying for any carry-on or checked baggage it can be had for as low as $160 with tax. Add in Carry-on bag and it goes to $190. This is roundtrip. Does anybody know how Flair's cost structure is compared to others like WS a...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated Air Canada fleet plan calls for accelerated phase out of E190s, 767s to exit by the end of 2019
Replies: 119
Views: 22900

Re: Updated Air Canada fleet plan calls for accelerated phase out of E190s, 767s to exit by the end of 2019

I wonder what's going to happen to YYC-NRT once the 763's are gone? I imagine they’d most likely use the 788 again or if not maybe the 789, but oddly enough it’s currently scheduled through the summer as a 763 for now even though it usually has switched to 788 for the summer. That's what I'm hoping...

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 45105

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

At first I thought the LD3 capability was a typo. The rendering doesn't look like the Aircraft fuselage is large for LD3's. But it's hard to tell from just a mock-up. LD3 capabilities will make quick transfers from larger aircraft at FedEx hubs that much more seemless! I'd love to see 3 LD3's being...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 45105

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

At first I thought the LD3 capability was a typo. The rendering doesn't look like the Aircraft fuselage is large for LD3's. But it's hard to tell from just a mock-up. LD3 capabilities will make quick transfers from larger aircraft at FedEx hubs that much more seemless! I'd love to see 3 LD3's being ...

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to know how full is my flight?
Replies: 9
Views: 1799

Re: How to know how full is my flight?

You are probably thinking of Expertflyer. That website tells you how many seats (0 to >9) in each booking class (Y, W, B, S, O etc) an airline is willing to sell. In order to use that you will have to know which fare classes correspond to each class of service. When using expertflyer you have to re...

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 103945

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Has anyone up here in Canada seen the Boeing PR commercials that recently started airing? Talking about how important Canada is to Boeing and how important Boeing is to Canada... Canadians jobs etc.?

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?
Replies: 45
Views: 2060

Re: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?

Max Q wrote:
Understand but is the phone speaker at the top of the phone (that you actually hold to your ear)
any louder on the -8 than the -SE or the -7 ?



That I'm not sure. I've never used an iPhone 7 or SE to make a phone call.

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?
Replies: 45
Views: 2060

Re: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?

The larger screen is much easier to read however and I like the better, louder sound, Is the audio when you’re using the phone itself louder and clearer ? With earphones I find the 8 to be much louder than my Android phones. My Android phones I'd have to have on near max volume. The speakers on the...

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?
Replies: 45
Views: 2060

Re: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?

Thanks Vr for your detailed reply, you sound like you’re pretty happy with your -8 Couple more questions, how much memory did you get ? I see you’re using a soft case Do you have a screen protector of any kind? How are wireless headphones ? Does the notch at the top of the screen cause any issues? ...

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?
Replies: 45
Views: 2060

Re: Anyone bought an I phone 8 ?

I have an iPhone 8. If you're upgrading from an SE then I'd say you should go for the 8 and not the 7. The 8 has the same internal specs as the X, so it will be just as future proof and relevant for years. If you already had an iPhone 7 then I wouldn't recommend getting an 8. My real world battery l...

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT to allow non-pax through security
Replies: 81
Views: 10212

Re: PIT to allow non-pax through security

I'm surprised at the number of people on this aviation enthusiast site who think this is a bad idea! Think about the spotters, or the next generation of Aviation enthusiasts. My nephew loves anything transport related (planes, trains and automobiles) and it would be great to be able to take him airs...

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage
Replies: 67
Views: 10726

Re: AS Horizon Cancellations due to Pilot Shortage

Supply and demand. Just like everything else. If AS/QX can't get enough pilots then obviously they're not compensating pilots enough.

Labour is a commodity. If a commodity is in high demand but short supply, then the price goes up.

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest flight with meal service
Replies: 33
Views: 2757

Re: Shortest flight with meal service

I used to fly HKG-KHH regularly on Dragonair. Flight is just over an hour and always got a hot meal in Y. Usually some kind of noodle dish.

Not sure if that's still the case these days.

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 35788

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

I had one of my friends criticized but not pulled off a flight for same issue. She was wearing sandals. It's a rule... not really reasonable in 2017. But if UAL wants to attract millennials and Gen Zs, UA needs to learn the rules of that generation, and follow them. People 17-35 are very important....

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 35788

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

I wonder how many people lambasting United in this thread realize the passenger was a NON-REV traveler. Air Canada has a dress code for non-rev and I've witnessed it enforced many times. It's not suit and tie or anything like that, but sandals, sneakers, sweat pants etc. are a no-no. Business casual...

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery
Replies: 588
Views: 88244

Re: Air Canada reveals new corporate livery

Air Canada is due to receive another 789 on March 24th. I wonder if it will have the new livery?

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Extra" KLM 789 Parked at YYC
Replies: 8
Views: 3021

Re: "Extra" KLM 789 Parked at YYC

There were AC mechanics working on the right wing for quite a while. Looks like could have been a flap problem. Then it was towed to a parking pad so I'm guessing the issue wasn't quite resolved or the crew duty timed out?

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by VonRichtofen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet Pilots Vote Down Agreement
Replies: 10
Views: 2365

Re: WestJet Pilots Vote Down Agreement

They are not happy about a lot of things. This no vote is a barometer of what the pilots think of the WJPPA, the in house representatives of the pilot group. They have tried to organize several times and narrowly missed last time. ALPA is in talks with a group leading the pro union drive. This in m...

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by VonRichtofen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet Pilots Vote Down Agreement
Replies: 10
Views: 2365

Re: WestJet Pilots Vote Down Agreement

WestJet pilots voted against the widebody expansion agreement by an apparent large margin. Sounds like they've had enough. My guess is a very large yes vote towards certifying with ALPA will be next. And soon. https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/am ... ent=safari Anybody know what their grievances...

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Widebody Fleet Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 4475

Re: Air Canada Widebody Fleet Questions

ACB777 wrote:
(4) The Rouge 767s are also quite old.



Actually many of the Rouge 767's are late 90's/early 2000's builds. The youngest being a 2003 build. Considering the nature of AC's flying with the 763 I imagine they're relatively low cycle too.

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by VonRichtofen
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada profit beats estimates as it flies more passengers
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: Air Canada profit beats estimates as it flies more passengers

Indeed very good news! I read another article where it said a further 5 mainline 763's will be transferred to Rouge next year. I thought only two more were destined for Rouge?

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Fleet/Subfleet Activity (2016)
Replies: 139
Views: 15380

Re: 767 Deliveries/Retirement Q2 Update

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
Rouge will also acquire another 3 used 767s from other owners.


Any details on these three?

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Galaxy Note 7 banning thread
Replies: 41
Views: 4060

Re: DOT/FAA banning Note 7

The real fun is for people who have a Note 7 and were away from home while the ban took effect. Now they have to abandon their phone before they fly home. They can send it home via UPS, FedEx, or the US Postal Service. Not so simple. They are only accepting them if they're in specially designed box...

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Galaxy Note 7 banning thread
Replies: 41
Views: 4060

Re: DOT/FAA banning Note 7

The real fun is for people who have a Note 7 and were away from home while the ban took effect. Now they have to abandon their phone before they fly home.

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question about regional trains in London area.
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Question about regional trains in London area.

Buying in advance online is nearly always cheaper, but since you're travelling at the weekend, the difference is likely to be small anyway as weekend fares are normally lower. One thing you would need to be careful about is the dreaded "weekend engineering works" which can easily sabotage...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question about regional trains in London area.
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Question about regional trains in London area.

Howdy folks, I'm going to be in London soon and I'll be attending the "Meet The Fighters" airshow at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. As I'll be staying in London I'll need to get from London to Cambridge train station where the Museum will be running a courtesy shuttle to/from Duxford for...

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tipping Point for Cable News Networks?
Replies: 17
Views: 649

Re: Tipping Point for Cable News Networks?

I cut the cable years ago. I haven't felt out of the loop at all, in fact I'd say I have a way more balanced view by accessing information from various sources online to get a better idea of what is REALLY going on, not just the narrative of what a particular news network is pushing. The only thing ...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet flights to London prompting a wave of complaints and compensation
Replies: 41
Views: 10243

Re: WestJet flights to London prompting a wave of complaints and compensation

I also remember when Air Canada announced that they had looked at these airframes, but declined them, during their continued (and ongoing) search for "good" B767-300s. Apparently the reason though, was that they were about 25,000 lbs lighter than the B767-300s currently flying for Air Can...

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos
Replies: 16
Views: 4629

Re: Camera used to take inflight pictures/videos

Until recently I mostly just used whichever mobile phone I had on me! Then I bought a cheap camcorder which is great for zooming but the audio capture isn't the greatest. For me the best phones were/are the Nokia/Microsoft Lumia phones. Great video but just as important their audio capture is much b...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?
Replies: 181
Views: 15234

Re: Belly cargo: highly profitable or not?

Of that 9% probably 5%+ is generated by dedicated freighters. The remainder which is less than 5% by belly freight. There is excessive amounts of belly capacity available, it outgrew the available dedidicated freighter capacity years ago. The overcapacity in the market has resulted in very poor yie...

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by VonRichtofen
Mon May 23, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Head Neffenger - Expect Even More Delays
Replies: 59
Views: 10821

RE: TSA Head Neffenger - Expect Even More Delays

I didn't know that some US airports have private security screening in the post 9/11 world. Is this a new option available or has it always been an option since the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> was formed? If the latter is true then why did the vast majority...

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yet Another US Shooting, 6 Dead.
Replies: 295
Views: 6499

RE: Yet Another US Shooting, 6 Dead.

A few years ago we had a young guy here in Calgary lose his mind at a house party and kill 4 people with a kitchen knife... I'm not American and even I'm getting sick of the smug, holier than thou threads started by non-Americans whenever a multiple homicide with firearms takes place. This type of c...

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by VonRichtofen
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BRU To Re-open Saturday
Replies: 32
Views: 8065

RE: BRU To Re-open Saturday

Air Canada's flight information is showing YUL-BRU AC832 operating this Sunday.

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by VonRichtofen
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Do You Say You Car Fuel Consumpion?
Replies: 63
Views: 2679

RE: How Do You Say You Car Fuel Consumpion?

My car gets about 800,000 rods to the hogshead!

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A32X Containerized Baggage Operators
Replies: 34
Views: 6286

RE: A32X Containerized Baggage Operators

As others have mentioned <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym>'s A320's (except for the two from Tommy Cook) and A321's are containerized. It's sooooo much better for the ramp crews. Before working at <acronym title="Air Canada">AC</acronym> I worked for 3rd party vendors that worked airlines wit...

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Int Airlines 1st CS100 Hit Paint Shop (pic)
Replies: 35
Views: 17212

RE: Swiss Int Airlines 1st CS100 Hit Paint Shop (pic)

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Viscount724" class="quote" target="_blank">Viscount724</a> (<a href="#21" class="quote">Reply 21</a>):<br/><i>It always amazes me how much longe...

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by VonRichtofen
Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Is There So Much Hate For The TSA?
Replies: 64
Views: 7858

RE: Why Is There So Much Hate For The TSA?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Escapehere" class="quote" target="_blank">Escapehere</a> (<a href="#48" class="quote">Reply 48</a>):<br/><i>Those that say they've never seen an...

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by VonRichtofen
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why Is There So Much Hate For The TSA?
Replies: 64
Views: 7858

RE: Why Is There So Much Hate For The TSA?

I've often wondered about the hate on for the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> as well. Either people are exaggerating or I've just been very lucky? Of the few dozen times I've gone through a <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym>...

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by VonRichtofen
Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cancellations With LOT And An Unexpected AB Q400
Replies: 16
Views: 8474

RE: Cancellations With LOT And An Unexpected AB Q400

Very nice report! Funny I was just watching your <acronym title="Air Berlin (Germany)">AB</acronym> Q400 video on youtube (great channel BTW) before browsing this forum and low and behold here it is again! I had a similar <acronym title="Air Berlin (Germany)">AB</acronym>/BA trip in September <acron...

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Crowded Future Of Air Travel. Any Solutions?
Replies: 19
Views: 2441

RE: The Crowded Future Of Air Travel. Any Solutions?

What about more point to point service vs funneling everything through massive hubs?

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Federal Election Aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 2158

RE: Canadian Federal Election Aircraft

I just landed in YYZ and noticed an AC 319 parked on a pad with Orange "Team Mulcair" titles on it.

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by VonRichtofen
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cannot Choose Between Two Options
Replies: 12
Views: 2460

RE: Cannot Choose Between Two Options

If it were me, I'd choose option 1. Boeing 717 is rare and a 4 hour layover gives more time should there be some kind of delay in IAH. CRJ-900's are a dime a dozen and will be around for ages.

Cheers.

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