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by nikeherc
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33080

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

International trade 101. Dumping is selling a product in a foreign country for less than you sell it for at home. It doesn’t have to do with profit or loss per se. Boeing won at the WTO, but the U.S. government declined to place a punitive tariff on the C Series. The factory in Mobile was an attempt...

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by nikeherc
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1289
Views: 244280

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

It wouldn't exactly need it considering its supposed to fulfil the similar missions as the 77W, which aren't ULH flights. The 777-8x would benefit because of its mission requirements, but couldn't weight be saved on the -9x by simply reducing the fuel tank size? :wink2: They already reduced the tan...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1289
Views: 244280

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

They are verifying that the various antennas on the aircraft do not interfere with each other or other systems in the aircraft.

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by nikeherc
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 5828

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

There are many forms of anti-aircraft systems. Some are either infrared or radar homing systems. Some are radar command guidance. Some fly in tail chase mode, some in a snap-up trajectory and some are guided to a predicted intercept point. Some are man-portable (MANPADs) some are motorized and some ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA
Replies: 32
Views: 12477

Re: Minor dies on DL flight LAX-SEA

I think we should remember that Delta’s transport service is branded. Airline staff are intrinsically brand conscious. By mentioning Porsche, the airline is letting the public know that Delta did everything they could to assist this family in their time of great loss. If people thought Delta used Ub...

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by nikeherc
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Planes for scrap - window panels on high demand?
Replies: 8
Views: 2516

Re: Planes for scrap - window panels on high demand?

Perhaps cutting the widow belt out makes it easier to recycle the air frame.

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by nikeherc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC7B inbound to ATL for DL museum.
Replies: 37
Views: 9018

Re: Delta DC7B inbound to ATL for DL museum.

Beautiful! I was able to fly on Delta DC-6s and DC-7s in the late 1960s. I am delighted to see that Delta will honor one of its greatest planes in its museum. I know this puts me in the minority, but I always thought the '7 was the most attractive of the four-engine prop-liners. It looked like it wa...

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by nikeherc
Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nothing landing at LHR at the moment?
Replies: 27
Views: 9357

Re: Nothing landing at LHR at the moment?

This is not a new phenomenon. I remember arriving at LHR in 1970 before the curfew was lifted. Looking out the window was quite a sight. It looked like planes were everywhere and going in every direction. I have never experienced anything like it even at ATL or ORD.

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by nikeherc
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulfstream Aerospace launches G700
Replies: 35
Views: 7668

Re: Gulfstream DEBUTS G700

Just a slow $75 Mil.....not expected to beat the Global 7500 in range and the shower is optional not standard https://aviationweek.com/nbaa-2019/gulfstream-unveils-new-g700-flagship-nbaa-bace Actually, if you read and understood the article, AW&ST thinks Gulfstream is understating the range by ...

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by nikeherc
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is everything at EWR Brown?
Replies: 54
Views: 14764

Re: Why is everything at EWR Brown?

I lived in NJ in the early 1970s. I made several trips through the old terminal. Now, that was a brown experience. When the current terminal opened, I thought it was heaven. The circular concourses seemed spacious and inviting compared to similar structures at LAX and ATL. Now, I guess it’s old and ...

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by nikeherc
Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?
Replies: 99
Views: 21201

Re: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?

So what? It’s not as if airlines have any obligation to onboard photographers. Some people claim they don’t get dark enough. You’re clo plaining that they are not transparent enough. Based on the blog replies, I’d say Boeing. Got it just about right.

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by nikeherc
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 245135

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Actually, it looks like Charleston is now keeping up with Everett, and they are working down their undelivered aircraft. 898 was for Suparna, and aircraft with higher line numbers than 902 are in test. Maybe Eva Air isn’t ready for 902.

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by nikeherc
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?
Replies: 69
Views: 12768

Re: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?

WayexTDI wrote:
SpaceshipDC10 wrote:
aemoreira1981 wrote:
keep in mind that DC-10 tankers are usually dispatched at only 60 percent of MTOW.


Part of the reason must be related to the lack of center MLG.

Do you mean that they deactivated or removed the Center MLG?


The DC-10-10 Did not have a center main landing gear. That came with the -30.

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by nikeherc
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)
Replies: 63
Views: 13066

Re: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)

Indeed a great loss, but what a life well-lived. Captain Haynes, Captain Denny Fitch, First Officer Records and Second Officer Dvorak were all heroes in my book. In spite of never having met, Captains Fitch and Haynes pulled off one of the greatest feats of airmanship imaginable. Their cockpit resou...

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by nikeherc
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Mini Horse Service Animals on Airliners
Replies: 11
Views: 1318

Re: Emotional Support MiniHorses on Airliners

The article is NOT about emotional support mini-horses, this is about genuine service animal, fully trained for specific tasks. ADA (although it doesn't apply to airlines, but still) directly talks about accommodations for service miniature horses. SO title change is suggested to accurately reflect...

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by nikeherc
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 46100

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Folks, purchasing a ticket is entering a contract. Folks flying for business should be careful about trying to game the system. If you violate the terms of a contract for carriage, your employer may frown upon your actions. Your employer doesn’t want their contacts violated and probably considers it...

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by nikeherc
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 4994 CHS-MKE?
Replies: 25
Views: 2955

Re: DL 4994 CHS-MKE?

CHS gets more service than one might think based on its size. Of course, there are several drivers: tourism; military; international trade; automotive industry; and Boeing.

I guess using the logic of this board, BA should be flying CHS-LHR with a CRJ.

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by nikeherc
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reus plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway
Replies: 37
Views: 11927

Re: Barcelona plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway

First of all, that is just rude. Second of all, why the hell would this happen? I am a spotter myself, and even if people think of us as “Vandals” and “Criminals,” we are actually very nice people. I suppose the saying one bad apple ruins the bunch just stands out here. Apart from this incident, we...

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by nikeherc
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reus plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway
Replies: 37
Views: 11927

Re: Barcelona plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway

They aren’t spotters, they’re vandals and criminals. They’re also stupid kids whose parents should take away their toys. First of all, that is just rude. Second of all, why the hell would this happen? I am a spotter myself, and even if people think of us as “Vandals” and “Criminals,” we are actuall...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reus plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway
Replies: 37
Views: 11927

Re: Barcelona plane spotter throws rock onto active taxiway

They aren’t spotters, they’re vandals and criminals. They’re also stupid kids whose parents should take away their toys.

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by nikeherc
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.
Replies: 118
Views: 21306

Re: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.

If it were whistle blowing, it would be reported to a competent authority. Agreed, you are right. Should have raised it with a competent authority. Providing the source were kept confidential. Should not have posted on an aviation website unless the competent authority had been contacted but had de...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.
Replies: 118
Views: 21306

Re: Unverified: Fiji Airways skips 737 MAX quality inspections.

Not knowing the process in detail, it seems to be more like a problem on Boeings QA side. And instead of speaking to your supervisor and/or the competent authorities about that matter, you decide to toot confidential information into an open aviation forum, frequently followed by all the experts in...

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by nikeherc
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions
Replies: 128
Views: 16094

Re: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions

That’s not as bad as it may sound. I’m not denying that it is an eye watering amount of money, but BellSouth took multiple hits of over a billion just for restructuring about 20 years ago. What they do is take a loss on the books upfront and then reduce the accrual as they pay out the penalties in w...

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by nikeherc
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence
Replies: 23
Views: 10539

Re: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence

That’s what happens when you think you are in a restaurant or a hotel and not a metal tube in the sky. We like to think we are so smart that we can avoid all turbulence and never have to make sudden maneuvers to avoid traffic, etc. but it will happen. Anything with any mass greater than individual f...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Engine spinner detaches mid-flight.
Replies: 45
Views: 15847

Re: Engine spinner detaches mid-flight.

I don’t know that much about the JT-8-D, but it seems like that might be more of a stationary nosecone than a rotating spinner. That would explain it not flying around and doing more damage to the engine and possibly to the aircraft. It would appear that bearing failure is actually the cause of the ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 21400

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site

Why don’t we wait and see if the knee jerk probes turn up any thing. Until then you guys are spouting wishful thinking and pure B.S.

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by nikeherc
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 21400

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site

Why don’t we wait and see if the knee jerk probes turn up any thing. Until then you guys are spouting wishful thinking and pure B.S.

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 100 Year Festivities To Be Without First KL 787-10
Replies: 34
Views: 10095

Re: Boeing Screws Up KL 100 Year Festivities

I have a suggestion for the title. “Idiot screws up blog”

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 36538

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

I wonder if Airbus considered suing Boeing for price dumping (CSeries) instead of addressing their own cost and production issues? 'Dumping' means selling them for less than they cost to produce. Where is the evidence of that? Ok people, according to Investopia: “Dumping is a term used in the conte...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 70834

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Have Boeing pulled another United-Style order here? ....mmmmmm, interesting thought. Its gonna be sure interesting to find out what IAG paid per unit for these MAX's. If Boeing have priced this deal at rates under production cost; the WTO is sure gonna be interested....... Boeing might be able to p...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 398
Views: 70834

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

If I may add a word about containers, albeit very reluctantly. Containers are not unheard of on non-airbus narrow bodied aircraft. I remember as far back as the 1970s that Eastern used containers on DC-9s. I particularly recall this because I was sitting on an EA DC-9 at ATL looking out the window w...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 90617

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

A couple of quick points. The photo of the press release clearly shows 737MAX. This is a letter of intent. While they certainly can fall through, LOIs are not issued as bargaining chips. Give it a rest, people. The MAX will continue to fly and also to sell. Boeing is not going to go out of business....

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by nikeherc
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3712

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

“No one dares to speak out.” What unmitigated hogwash. Everybody and his idiot cousin is speaking out about Boeing. If there were to be an AD that said it was dangerous to fly Boeing airplanes in to mountains, it would get sensationalized reporting and a demand for grounding. Let’s put things in per...

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by nikeherc
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Korean Air signing LOI for 30 787's
Replies: 150
Views: 27673

Re: CEO: Korean Air widebody order imminent

I can't speak for why the Bloomberg article didn't list the NZ order, unless it was published just before the order was announced? While the MAX issues do not affect the 777 or 787, it all traces back to the culture and management at Boeing and that shouldn't be ignored. 737MAX troubles resulting i...

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by nikeherc
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 16963

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

Cool! By crazy I mean something that doesn't really make much financial sense / weird routings, etc. The one that got SMI/J fired from UA. That one was not entirely crazy. In the 70s and maybe 80s, both EA and DL did CAE-EWR several times a day. New York was and probably still is the most popular d...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 63
Views: 16625

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

S I'm not familiar with South Carolina's economy, what kind of business demand does Charleston see to the UK? Or is it mostly UK tourist traffic? I would say that tourism is the biggest draw to Charleston. There is a good bit of industry and one of the larger container ports on the east coast. There...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 245135

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

musman9853 wrote:
CassidysVacay wrote:
ikolkyo wrote:


Yup. The only real conclusion for now.

Maybe it had to do with the construction issues chs has been having?


I’d think that if it has to do with build quality, we would have heard something by now. With all of the Boeing bashing going on right now, somebody would have said something.

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by nikeherc
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?
Replies: 63
Views: 16625

Re: LHR-CHS: How's it doing?

Charleston has a fair amount of service for a city of its size. The main factors in my opinion are: U.S. government and military; tourism; Boeing; and other industry. I can’t rank those factors, but they are all important. CHS drains a large area of SC reaching as far as Columbia and Myrtle Beach an...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More safety issues for Boeing...
Replies: 37
Views: 5978

Re: More safety issues for Boeing...

Please note that the issues addressed by this AD were covered in a Boeing Information Notice date June 12, 2018, almost a year ago. It does not affect the general body of 787s and may well have already been implemented on many if not all of the affected aircraft. If this blog is going to be used to ...

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by nikeherc
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Heli-med rescue went very wrong
Replies: 6
Views: 1464

Re: Heli-med rescue went very wrong

Hate to be a spoil sport, but the winch did not begin spinning. The litter on the end of the winch line began spinning, apparently as a result of the rotor wash of the helicopter. A stay line would have been a good idea.

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 24506

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

Back in the 70s Delta used to fly DC-10s and L-1011s into CAE and Eastern flew A-300s. They were usually full or very close to it. Instead of 9 or 10 daily flights between CAE and ATL or CAE and CLT there may have bee 4 or 5. This was also before people would drive 100 to 150 miles for cheaper fares...

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by nikeherc
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Wing Issue?
Replies: 21
Views: 6256

Re: Boeing Wing Issue?

I’ve just about quit this blog because of crap stories like this. This is the kind of thing that happens regularly. It is not a Boeing problem, it is a supplier problem. ADs are issued quite frequently. That’s what the system is there for. The sky is not falling and Boeing is not crap. Will we have ...

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by nikeherc
Thu May 23, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't McDonnell-Douglas get bailed out?
Replies: 17
Views: 2456

Re: Why didn't McDonnell-Douglas get bailed out?

In the 90s the U.S. government decided that having seven or eight major defense contractors was causing inefficiency. Although McD was the largest defense contractor for much of that period, with the AV-8, the F-18 and the F-15 among other projects, it really irked the navy with the A-12. The govern...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 21, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 246
Views: 39724

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

Apologies if this has its own thread or there's already a dedicated place for A220 news, but this is quite noteworthy: the A220's MTOW is being boosted by 2.3T, giving a range increase of roughly 450nm for the A221 and A223. http://www.forbes.com/sites/marisagarcia/2019/05/21/airbus-extends-range-o...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 21, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8491

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

As far as I know, the Martin, Sikorsky and Boeing clippers were built for Pan Am. I know that’s going back a ways, but an earlier poster mentioned the DC-2 and the DST or DC-3.

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by nikeherc
Mon May 20, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 19595

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Heres what I don't get about this.... If a plane is designed to fly with one pilot, it has to be designed to fly with none. Because that pilot "system" has too high of a failure rate to operate without a backup. And if a plane can fly with none, why would it be designed to fly with one? A...

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by nikeherc
Wed May 15, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?
Replies: 21
Views: 4100

Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

Its funny how crews make less than ever but CEOs make more than ever... where could the problem be? The problem is with the United States and its capitalism. Profits over people. That's the American way. No one is forced to be a pilot. If you can't make enough money being a pilot for a regional, ge...

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by nikeherc
Tue May 14, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Class Narrowbodies
Replies: 81
Views: 9853

Re: Three Class Narrowbodies

Antarius wrote:
keesje wrote:
United Economy PM Plus, Delta Comfort Plus, KLM Comfort, AA Extra. All bigger seats, cabins, perks. One is a class, the other not? Fine! Back office discussion from my perspective.


Isnt there an anti-Boeing thread you can troll instead?

:relieved:


Best comment of the year!

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by nikeherc
Mon May 13, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ironic DL Flight Number
Replies: 53
Views: 10751

Re: Ironic DL Flight Number

Many years ago, I took DL 707 to Atlanta from CAE. The 707 family (including the 720) was the only Boeing jet family not operated by Delta until the 787. Additionally they operated the DC-3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and MD-11. Also, the Connie, L-1011, Convair 240 and 880, plus a bunch of other types.

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by nikeherc
Mon May 13, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 8107

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?????

Ha, I just booked that flight. It exists for convenience, just like CHS-ATL, BLI-SEA, and many others. No reason for DL to to give up passengers to other airlines just becasue their closest hub is closer than others'. No reason to drive all the way to Detroit and deal with vagaries of traffic and l...

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