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by irelayer
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?
Replies: 47
Views: 3628

Re: Simpleflying, thepointsguy, and onemileatatime; are these reliable websites?

These are all, to one degree or another, outgrowths from FlyerTalk's mileage runners, and they seem to be, to varying degrees, thinly veiled referral/affiliate sites for travel credit cards. OMAAT is the best, TPG has gotten questionable, and SimpleFlying is freelance travel industry copy that just ...

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by irelayer
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, 747 fleet retired
Replies: 456
Views: 104879

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

This makes me so sad. No more Queens gracing the skies over my house in SAN. The worst part of this whole thing (aviation wise of course) is the little things we are losing everyday...the things we thought we had for just a little while longer, the things we thought we could count on, the things we ...

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by irelayer
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 694
Views: 78343

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020

Because of the light flight schedule, planes from the north are turning final a little closer in these days just like the old days. With the airport being so quite and no automobile traffic jams on the freeways to flight anymore, reminds me of when I was a kid in 1970. Almost expect a PSA or Wester...

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by irelayer
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery
Replies: 60
Views: 15329

Re: Drake's Private 767-200 New Livery

Wouldn't this make it slightly harder to see against a blue sky?

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by irelayer
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28325

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

Passengers should want this. Or do you really need a cup of coffee that has a lid pressed down on it by the gloved hand of a FA that has been doing tons of other things with that same gloved hand? Or ice for a coke that was scooped up with a small tool that has the FAs hand inside the ice bucket?? ...

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by irelayer
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 694
Views: 78343

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2020

Anyone see this UA 772? https://fr24.com/UAL2572/242fb3ce Just flew over my house. Originated from MCAS Cherry Point. Marine charter I assume? Lots of surprises these days...I noticed that flight from TIJ yesterday, a 727(!) headed to Oakland County (MI) yesterday, and I noticed DL has upgauged the ...

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by irelayer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20190

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

My conclusion is that if you luck out with an over-enthusiastic FA, like T, who called me a ‘darling’ repeatedly, you will get Sam Chui–like treatment. If not, which is generally going to be the case, it is best to let FAs go their own way; but even though you probably should not photograph them, d...

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by irelayer
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20190

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I've always wondered about Chui and his "luck" in getting cooperative crews. He must be quite the charmer... No luck about it, airlines have departments that handle VIP reservations and can flag reservations based on the info you enter while booking. Look at someone like Casey Neistat, th...

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by irelayer
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 20190

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Only time I ever got yelled at was when I was taking a picture of an empty 747 cabin (during boarding) and the flight attendant was standing there (I didn't really see her) and she told me it is company policy (UA) to not take pictures of employees. I've always wondered about Chui and his "luck...

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by irelayer
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Problem on FR24 ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1281

Re: Problem on FR24 ?

Radarbox also down...

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by irelayer
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81098

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Nevermind...the guy is explaining it now.

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by irelayer
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 first flight 25 January 2020
Replies: 970
Views: 81098

Re: Boeing 777-9 first flight 24 January 2020 (weather permitting)

Well I did enjoy watching...

Perhaps this has been explained but why the 10 knot restriction? Is it because it is first flight, or is this normal?

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by irelayer
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1207
Views: 192373

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Happy Day-After-Christmas to everyone!! BIG rain showers early this morning put SAN on reverse operations this morning, even for a while after it cleared up. I had hoped to get to several of the usual viewing locations in order to get some good video, but we're back to the normal 27 operations. The...

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by irelayer
Thu May 30, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award
Replies: 86
Views: 7357

Re: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award

Expectations have been driven so low that it's not surprising that "Airline Satisfaction Climbs to Record Highs". Stockholm Syndrome. :checkmark: Interesting that B6 is considered a low cost carrier. I wonder how much AS is Paying to keep them in the low cost category to win this award. D...

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by irelayer
Tue May 28, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco
Replies: 114
Views: 5418

Re: Impact of Loony Left Policies on San Francisco

"Looney" is a pretty good description for anyone who repeatedly rants about a place they don't know very much about. What you "Loony" Liberals can't seam to understand is that there are thousands of homeless individuals that need our help and you want to throw open the borders s...

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by irelayer
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?
Replies: 188
Views: 25984

Re: Why Are Bus Boardings so Common in Europe and so Rare in the USA?

lots of good answers thus far, all with some element of relevance. I do think there is cultural expectations in the US of higher standard of "comfort" (ie, always being in climate controlled environments) then is widely accepted in Europe (as a comparable). I was recently at a tiny airpor...

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by irelayer
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inner city airline terminals
Replies: 25
Views: 2969

Re: Inner city airline terminals

Abu Dhabi (used to, or does currently) have an in-town checkin facility with bus service to the airport. I used to drive by it everyday.

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by irelayer
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Midwest really a flyover?
Replies: 70
Views: 4964

Re: Is Midwest really a flyover?

Wow so much misinformation and outright bitterness in the this thread. This is my opinion only..."flyover" country, being a colloquial term without a strict definition, I've always thought to mean the states with really low population density. Think of driving from Chicago to Denver. There...

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by irelayer
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General aviation ferry flights
Replies: 14
Views: 3065

Re: General aviation ferry flights

I flew my SR22 from Duluth, MN to Sabadell Spain. It was quite an adventure, specially due to weather as we flew on december all across the North Atlantic. Cirrus itself recommended a Ferry Pilot, Mike. What a great guy. We had a big time together specially when flying between Greenland and Iceland...

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by irelayer
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: General aviation ferry flights
Replies: 14
Views: 3065

General aviation ferry flights

Very interesting article on GA ferry flights. I've always wondered how you get a Cessna all the way to Europe from the factory, for example. I always thought they disassembled and shipped them. Guess not...

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34484972

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by irelayer
Thu May 31, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK
Replies: 60
Views: 10492

Re: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK

Galwayman wrote:
airtran737 wrote:
EK shouldn’t be able to enplane passengers from anywhere by the UAE.
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Utter rubbish . Much more importantly European passengers travelling to Mexico should boycott the anti competitive US3


We are talking about AM. What does this have to do with the US3?

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by irelayer
Wed May 30, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far out of the way will people connect?
Replies: 104
Views: 6497

Re: How far out of the way will people connect?

I just did SAN-IAH-MEX and back this weekend, and that's about as far as I'm willing to go. It's like an isosceles triangle.

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by irelayer
Sun May 13, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California
Replies: 26
Views: 4296

Re: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California

Fascinating. Thank you so much!

We all forget about these early days and how fraught with danger, difficult, and (probably) adventurous flying an aircraft half-way around the world was.

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by irelayer
Sun May 13, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 15994

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

Wow so cool! By far my favorite and the sexiest 737 in my opinion. Does anyone know the stats on how many 732’s are still active today for pax ops? Canadian North, Air Inuit, Nolinor, Air North, I assume a few other northern Canada airlines. You will also find a few down in Mexico, the Bahamas and ...

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by irelayer
Fri May 04, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian lease B777s
Replies: 28
Views: 9061

Re: Norwegian lease B777s

Is this because of the engine issues or they really need that capacity? Hopefully the latter. I wonder how many 787s going forward will be RRs compared to GE How many going backward B787s are Boeing intending to sell? +1. Made me laugh. I hate the phrases "going forward" and "moving ...

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by irelayer
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?
Replies: 63
Views: 8789

Re: Will the ME3 become irrelevant?

aemoreira1981 wrote:
(however, TK can never serve Australasia nonstop beyond PER.


I think they probably could with 777-8 in a premium heavy configuration, but we'll see.

-IR

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by irelayer
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN
Replies: 25
Views: 7046

Re: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN

Welcome to San Diego Lufthansa! Now I have a *A carrier I can go directly to Europe with. Oh the possibilities... You also have British and Edelweiss. You may have missed the qualifier there (*A = Star Alliance). Anyway, British is obviously in One World, and Edelweiss is both seasonal/sporadic and...

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by irelayer
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN
Replies: 25
Views: 7046

Re: Lufthansa's Inaugural flight to SAN

Welcome to San Diego Lufthansa! Now I have a *A carrier I can go directly to Europe with. Oh the possibilities...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad
Replies: 25
Views: 7535

Re: RUMOR: Lufthansa to resume flights to Islamabad

Really you think its strange given they overnight crew in India????? Iran I get. But India? There is no issue of safety for the crew in any of the cities BA/LH fly to in India. Airlines cut Pakistan not because of airport security but because of ME# completion and real security concerns which preve...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BER News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 477
Views: 82482

Re: Report: New BER airport unlikely to open before 2021

Good points. But the fire protection issues could be used as a "comfortable" cover up for deeper problems below the surface (layout, capacity, build quality, lack of documentation and such) that prevent the airport to be opened anyway. I can't comment on this specifically, because I only ...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CS300 @KJFK in the jetBlue Hangar
Replies: 76
Views: 17796

Re: CS300 @KJFK in the jetBlue Hanger

The C series is a perfect example of the ‘if it looks right it will fly right’ The C series is perfectly proportioned, sitting on a nice tall landing gear and the nose section is stunning, futuristic, sleek and ‘just right’ looking Bombardier could give today’s Boeing and Airbus some lessons in sty...

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by irelayer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 997 DFW-EZE diverts due to PTY due to drunk passenger
Replies: 57
Views: 7301

Re: AA 997 DFW-EZE diverts due to PTY due to drunk passenger

There were 245 passengers on this flight. I'm guessing maybe 3 agents. There is absolutely no way they have enough direct interaction with each person to determine whether or not they are intoxicated. Traveling has become so much more automated, needing less contact between personnel and passengers...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 22222

Re: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order

will Bowing go bust without the EK order? NO! EK needs to fly to the USA and if they don't?? Then stay home!! Boeing will do OK! what do they expect Boeing to make US Policy?? YGBSM!! Emirates would survive without flying to the USA, and Emirates would do OK without flying to the USA... It wouldn't...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order
Replies: 124
Views: 22222

Re: EK warns the US against Open Skies renegotiation, threatens 777X order

neomax wrote:
This is Airbus' order to lose...


What in the world are you talking about?

First of all, there are hefty cancellation penalties.

Second of all these orders are already booked.

Third of all, Airbus already lose the order.

Make some sense.

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 5 planes-3 days of hell..
Replies: 9
Views: 9121

Re: 5 planes-3 days of hell..

Wow. I love this! Thank you so much for posting it.

I have one question: Was KAF really a dirt runway in 2005?

-IR

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC
Replies: 24
Views: 3285

Re: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC

I don't have actual numbers, but I would guess there is some traffic, maybe not to OAK specifically, but to the Bay Area in general. It is a pretty long drive from Crescent City to the Bay Area. There would be connecting opportunities, but I assume no interlining let alone codesharing with a major ...

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by irelayer
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 36383

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

The bloody mary cart, Saks bedding, etc., etc., is all a bunch of gimmicks if you ask me. What does that matter if the soft product is lacking? If people really buy a business class seat because of a bloody mary cart, then I guess I'm not normal. Because it was supposed to be the justification for ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Visiting the cockpit of an aircraft inflight
Replies: 107
Views: 4392

Re: Visiting the cockpit of an aircraft inflight

Yeah, there's an established procedure and it's really easy! 1) be a kid 2) ask before 2001 In the late 70s as a kid I used to pester flight attendants with questions about flying and their jobs. Once, and my first time, was brought up front on a National DC-10 mid-flight. What struck me first was ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15579

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Your duty and responsibility as a parent is to...-IR Thanks for letting us all know your opinion on proper parenting. And actually, no thanks. I'm not interested in your opinion on parenting. Parents get that all the time - some scold somewhere or other who weighs in on how they're raising their ki...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15579

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

The parents failed in their duty and responsibility. On the one hand you concede you don't the full circumstances and then you proceed to go ahead and declare the parents at fault. Once again, you nor I have enough information to judge the situation. But you do so anyway. Your duty and responsibili...

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by irelayer
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 14719

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

I was a little surprised to read about these incidents after the Nigeria racism thing, but crew misbehavior seems to be causing BA some headache, as described here: http://www.paddleyourownkanoo.com/2018/02/17/sources-british-airways-cabin-crew-behaving-badly-flight-attendants-done-now/#.Wos7aKgbM2...

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 15579

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Kid has behavioral problems, it happens! Giving the kid a slap is not exactly helpful! I do not agree with that. Upon birth everyone has behavioral problems, simply because the way we're supposed to behave isn't naturally in us. We have to learn as we grow up and learning is done by correcting bad ...

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL - ATL-DEN - 767-400 daily through Feb 15th.
Replies: 19
Views: 4610

Re: DL - ATL-DEN - 767-400 daily through Feb 15th.

Does UA similarly upgauge for ski season?

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F
Replies: 50
Views: 9792

Re: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F

CCGPV wrote:
What is the catering like on cargo flights like this? Is it similar to your standard airline fare? Would there be a selection of meals and drinks? Pre-order by crew?


https://www.quora.com/What-do-pilots-eat-on-cargo-planes?share=8c2a0aab&srid=dWvt

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster
Replies: 78
Views: 8005

Re: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster

Nevermind the fact that it's incredibly irresponsible to bring a rodent on an airplane. Thing gets loose in that plane it could chew through all sorts of wiring.

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by irelayer
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777X. Will it fall if the wing folds?
Replies: 87
Views: 9810

Re: 777X. Will it fall if the wing folds?

If it's only supposed to be operated on the ground, then wouldn't a weight on wheels indicator tied to the retract mechanism prevent this from happening? Unless it needs to be retracted on approach or on climb-out.

-IR

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by irelayer
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop
Replies: 145
Views: 34400

Re: 1st A330-800 emerges from the paint shop

My opinion is that A330 NEO (esp the 800) is technological dead-end, and a risk reduction exercise for the A350 which has turned out brilliantly. Don't even see a huge market for this A/C.

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?
Replies: 104
Views: 11586

Re: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?

The reality is Phoenix and Tucson are in a desert oasis outside of which there is very little for hundreds of miles. To have a good connecting hub you have to have a sufficiently dense network of smaller cities in the immediate vicinity to support the feed and ideally some O/D demand (tourist, busi...

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by irelayer
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insane Jetstream on the North Atlantic
Replies: 20
Views: 4029

Re: Insane Jetstream on the North Atlantic

Relevant link:

https://www.wired.com/story/norwegian-air-transatlantic-speed-record/

Yes this has been going on for a bit now apparently.

779 mph @ 224 mph tailwind!

JFK-LGW in 5 hrs 13 m.

Truly insane.

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?
Replies: 21
Views: 3910

Re: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?

I saw an NK plan the other day in the livery that's two generations old! The bird was still in the silver blocky colors, but obviously NK isn't going to spend the money to pull planes out of service just for a paint job. Legacies however will do just that. AC has been painting their fleet pretty fa...

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