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by RobertPhoenix
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?
Replies: 144
Views: 14765

Re: Will there ever been a new greenfield major airport in the USA?

No need for new airports, at least for a while, just restart A380 production but this time with a 900 instead of an 800. Would look much better as well.

Solve the loading time problems by putting passengers in containers. Much faster to load.

Need to widen runways a bit.

:D :rotfl:

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by RobertPhoenix
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, February 2020
Replies: 708
Views: 95831

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

Apologies if this has been discussed in detail, but checking everything in these very long threads is a problem ! I can only assume that many or most airlines would have scheduled their MAX deliveries to coincide with the requirement for a D check on an existing aircraft, getting the most benefit be...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 51992

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

You are correct that these are chronically this way. I would prefer a 787 and a later flight because of getting into LHR at 7am is difficult when you don't live in London but I've only seen a handful of times recently where the prices were similar and that was during the promotional sale around bla...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 51992

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

I was idly thinking of a flight from PHX to LHR and took a look at prices. I was surprised to see that for non stop flights the AA flight is half the price of a BA flight. $671 versus $1276. I've checked twice again over the past few days, and the answer is always just about the same. From past expe...

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A321 only a recent success?
Replies: 69
Views: 16050

Re: Why is the A321 only a recent success?

I was once on a long flight, in business or first class and talked to a person who said he was CFO of a European based airline. This must have been 10 years ago. He told me they had just placed an order for more A320. He said they really wanted the A321, but Airbus knew they had a winner and insiste...

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again
Replies: 51
Views: 8621

Re: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again

I think one very good reason to allow non-passengers would be for people meeting passengers who need some help. That would include those who have difficulty getting their luggage, and those visitors from foreign countries that don't speak or read English. Unless I'm not quite following you, baggage...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again
Replies: 51
Views: 8621

Re: SEA to allow non-travelers airside again

I think one very good reason to allow non-passengers would be for people meeting passengers who need some help. That would include those who have difficulty getting their luggage, and those visitors from foreign countries that don't speak or read English.

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?
Replies: 81
Views: 14907

Re: Why the Lone Ranger mask on the new Airbus'?

The Raccoon mask is simply part of the transition to a single piece glass wrap around cockpit window.

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 745648

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Interesting that the replacement for Hamilton is Lynne Hopper, and a quick search showed this quote from her.

And Boeing is changing. When I joined Boeing in 1997 we were still thought of as an “airplane company.”


It might be better if Boeing was still an airplane company.

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 805
Views: 125182

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

wetpantsmcgee wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:
4holer wrote:
AN-124 inbound, due around 11:30AM.

Is it still here?


Yes, interesting view parked next to an Atlas 744 and a C-17


I saw it yesterday at about noon. Does anyone have any idea what it was doing here ? Or if the C-17 next to it was a pure coincidence ?

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 22308

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

"The three-day strike - the first by BA pilots - could cause severe disruption, as Balpa represents about 90% of the airline's pilots." :( ?? The first by BA pilots ?? Google is your friend (maybe). Just do a search and use the "Toole" to adjust the time period to exclude curren...

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets
Replies: 204
Views: 37084

Re: Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 MAX customer, eyes other jets

One thing is certain. Sooner or later WN will retire their last 737 and will be flying one or more new types. (Assuming they remain competitive) Maybe they only need a five year plan and can address this issue at a later date, but if I was GK I would at least be thinking about it. I would also be lo...

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Schedules 787 & 772 On DFW-PHX-DFW
Replies: 50
Views: 9698

Re: American Airlines Schedules 787 & 772 On DFW-PHX-DFW

Granted it’s to London (yes, I know London isn’t in Europe!) Unless you're talking about London, Ontario... I got news for you. What’s the news? Did Boris Johnson move the island to another continent? "Did Boris Johnson move the island to another continent?" Metaphorically, yes. If he rea...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Polling On Which City To Send A380 To (ORD, SEA, TPA, DFW)
Replies: 102
Views: 16130

Re: Lufthansa Polling On Which City To Send A380 To (ORD, SEA, TPA, DFW)

Nothing more than marketing. Any company exec conducting market research with a Twitter poll should go back to school. I'm not so sure about that. The President of the US is using it to great effect ! I did just wonder if it is meant to influence the airport management, by revealing some aspects of...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue May 21, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 19909

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Will people fly on an aircraft without a pilot ? All I can say is that I used to fly fairly frequently on BEA's Tridents. There was nothing more reassuring when coming into land than to hear the engines slowly revving up and revving down. Then you knew you were on an automated landing, and you knew ...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri May 17, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 103
Views: 23691

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

I for one am going to be very disappointed when I can't fly PHX to LHR on a 747, no matter what the class, and no matter which aircraft eventually replaces it (unless by some freak they put an A380 on the route - fat chance) There is something very reassuring about getting on a 747. As far as their ...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue May 14, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”
Replies: 104
Views: 17921

Re: Business insider: Boeing 737-800 is “older version of MAX”

scbriml wrote:
You may think that, but I couldn't possibly comment!


You can't forget House of Cards.

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon May 06, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture?
Replies: 369
Views: 50048

Re: Something wrong with Boeing's safety culture

This 60 Minutes Australia entire episode aired last night about Boeing and the 737 Max. http://www.9now.com.au/60-minutes/2019/episode-14 ""Liz Hayes investigates the disaster of Boeing's 737 MAX jetliner. Why two supposedly state-of-the-art and safe planes crashed killing 346 people; why...

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon May 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 157263

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

We have too much automation in airplanes, and it's killing us. Apologies if I your comment was meant as sarcasm. If more automation meant more accidents it would be obvious from accident statistics. However, even with the tremendous increase in the derided third world pilots, we see nothing but dec...

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu May 02, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop
Replies: 105
Views: 33699

Re: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop

I actually really like the raccoon mask. To me, it makes what I consider to be a chubby looking plane look a bit sleeker. I like it too, especially on an otherwise Eurowhite livery. It's like a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses. The raccoon mask is just an interim step so that there is no change when the ...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.
Replies: 21
Views: 3488

Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Anyone can do this at any time.

In a different age I flew into LHR and had the weekend to myself. I went to the Lufhansa desk and asked what was the next flight on which they had a seat.

I spent a day and a half in Hamburg.

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 20020

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

You are deeply, deeply in denial. First Airbus kills the A380 program. Next the biggest operator says they're basing route planning without 380s - killing the idea that (many, anyway) of recently-delivered A380s will happily be flying another 20 years. That doesn't make sense. There aren't going to...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 315
Views: 58135

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?

Based on released data sheets from the past Boeing assumes more weight per passenger & Airbus uses 95 kg (209 lb.)/pass. This type of issue is also why operators are saying the CS100/A220 series is getting better fuel burn. The spec sheet uses 225 lb./pass. Do you think BA and AB are influenced...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 46668

Re: WN looking at A220

This probably needs another thread, but WN have evolved their business plan over time and I'm sure it wasn't all in the initial plan. Herb was a unique risk taker and very competitive in the best way. People like that are always ready to learn and adapt. Nobody could be a one for one replacement for...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does WN system penalize for early check-in attempt?
Replies: 40
Views: 4941

Re: Does WN system penalize for early check-in attempt?

Sounds like both of your laptop and cell phone are using a time that WN doesn't use. There is nothing inaccurate. There is the time to ping the server and route the data, sound like you are checking in right on time. The laptop may not be synched to a time source, but I would suppose that a cell ph...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 46668

Re: WN looking at A220

I hope Airbus doesn't spend too much on the wining and dining because they aren't going to be getting any business from WN, IMHO. I sometimes think I must be dreaming because I clearly remember that WN paid a deposit to Airbus so that Airbus would spend time negotiating with them (presumably about ...

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by RobertPhoenix
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.
Replies: 226
Views: 49809

Re: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.

ikolkyo wrote:
A said above l, much easier to consolidate a fleet in one airport for storage and fixing.


I guess that this is not like Tesla, where they can upgrade the cars remotely. Or do we think that the fix will be more than just a software update e.g. changing wiring for AOA sensors ?

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: I made a post but my images did not appear for everyone. Why ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1788

Re: I made a post but my images did not appear for everyone. Why ?

You may be right, but one frequent poster, who must be very familiar with A.net, reported they had problems with both Chrome and Firefox. I'll have to try another post with images and see what happens next time !!

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: I made a post but my images did not appear for everyone. Why ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1788

I made a post but my images did not appear for everyone. Why ?

I made the initial post on this thread and put in links to the images (as I think I was supposed to do) http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=21179803#p21179803 However, they didn't appear for a number of people, as you can see in other postings on that thread. Any idea what I might have do...

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 17428

Re: Last VS A340

So much for “4 Engines 4 Long Haul”! :stirthepot: :duck: Interesting, in view of current events, that Airbus didn't believe that the FAA would certify 2 engines planes for extended ETOPS, As I understand it, and paraphrasing someone else's statement, Boeing won, with the B777 given long ETOPS appro...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB
Replies: 8
Views: 2304

Re: Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB

downdata wrote:
Eh. Do you want to label the Y axis, is that orders for each year or deliveries?


It's deliveries. Thanks for pointing that out.

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB
Replies: 8
Views: 2304

Some Statistics for Boeing and Airbus, NB and WB

I'm always interested in trends and I wanted to cross check some perceptions I had about Boeing and Airbus, for both NB and WB, so I created these charts with data from here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_between_Airbus_and_Boeing This is the result http://oparnica.com/airliners/BoeingAnd...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the B747 Rolls Royce in TUS
Replies: 1
Views: 587

Re: Question about the B747 Rolls Royce in TUS

At 1:35 in the video

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP
Replies: 116
Views: 25273

Re: BA492 Unstable Go-Around at GIB / Diverted to AGP

Looking at the two videos from within the cabin, I would say this is a real life demonstration of Keep calm and carry on. After the initial surprise there was laughter in the cabin !

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"
Replies: 45
Views: 9047

Re: Eastern Airlines "WHISPERJET"

Weren't they talking about noise in the aircraft, not noise outside ? Anyone who has flown on piston aircraft, or even a turboprop of that era would notice a tremendous difference.

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by RobertPhoenix
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ
Replies: 98
Views: 14581

Re: FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies- WSJ

Sorry if this has been answered before. I'm surprised if aircraft don't have an indication of their total weight. Wouldn't it be simple to have sensors on the landing gear to see how far they were depressed. That would give both the total weight and also the balance (by looking at the difference bet...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 805
Views: 125182

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

I was at Scottsdale Airpark yesterday, and saw an aircraft take off that looked very much like a YAK 40. Is it possible that it really was that, and if not, what could it be. (Small tri-jet with three tiny engines and about 9 windows down the side of the plane) Looking it up on Wikipedia it looked j...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Delta will postpone A220 operations
Replies: 75
Views: 28757

Re: Official: Delta will postpone A220 operations

jumbojet wrote:
Not surprised, thats one of the many reasons I continue to fly Delta. They actually listen and care and will provide a refund even though a refund wasnt due. Good luck trying to get that on any other airline.


Southwest ?? Cancel for any reason at all, including none.

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop
Replies: 105
Views: 33699

Re: First Delta A330neo Rolls Out Of Paintshop

The always-graceful A330 wings with the new tips are beautiful. On the other hand, the raccoon mask should be put out of its misery (as it should on the A350). It just says I'm Trying Sooooo Hard to be Futuristic. I'm a big fan of the racoon mask makes the plane look fresh and new... Also will help...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the A350 performing for DL
Replies: 261
Views: 56609

Re: How is the A350 performing for DL

So my question is: Does the A350 in its various variants underperform, perform adequately, or outperform the specs that Airbus promised? Anybody have an answer? And the answer to that may never be known, but can be assumed when we look at future DL orders. While the opinion of DL pilots is always i...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead
Replies: 28
Views: 5287

Re: Airlander 10 gets full-production go-ahead

parapente wrote:
Total waste of time.So it crashes twice and is now ready for production - are you serious?
As above what exactly does it do better?


One obvious answer is "Big things that can't travel by road, that can't be broken into smaller pieces"

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by RobertPhoenix
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is the A350 performing for DL
Replies: 261
Views: 56609

Re: How is the A350 performing for DL

seabosdca wrote:
As for alleged pilots creating anonymous threads, if it were up to pilots, payload range would be all that matters, and every widebody in airline fleets would be a 77L.


Yes. What the pilots think is interesting, but irrelevant in determining whether Delta management is happy with the plane !

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog
Replies: 167
Views: 32910

Re: Ten A380 Orders Removed From Backlog

Without Emirates, the A380 would have been a failure. Airbus would have pulled the plug a long time ago already. I assume you mean in recent times. If Emirates did not exist I suspect that many other airlines flying Europe to Asia and beyond would have ordered many more than they did. As many as Em...

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by RobertPhoenix
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO
Replies: 172
Views: 20638

Re: Airbus strategy review augurs clean break under new CEO

The best measure of worker productivity is revenue and profit per employee. Here are some links that deal in the facts of the matter: https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/eadsy/profile https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/ba/profile If both companies had the same percentage of work in...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders
Replies: 46
Views: 5498

Re: Airbus, Lockheed join forces to pursue U.S. military refueling orders

Honestly unless you are building something radically different adopting any other tanker than the one you have already built right now is just stupidity. It’s plenty big enough for anything we have flying. Anyone suggesting a new tanker competition should be shot at dawn. How right you are, and yet...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's
Replies: 172
Views: 33511

Re: United Airlines orders 9 787-9's

I wonder how much leverage the A350 order provides to UA. Does that allow them to get better pricing from Boeing on new 787 orders ? Once they cancel the A350 order, Boeing will have the upper hand. Since the A350 order is old, one might assume it was at advantageous pricing, just like the early 787...

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by RobertPhoenix
Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct
Replies: 154
Views: 27084

Re: British Airways axes entire Hong Kong crew ahead of closure of base in city next month in Oct

Employment law in HK simply doesn’t exist. No unemployment benefits, no state pension. But only an maximum of 10 - 15% tax! When you hear the conservatives saying that post Brexit the uk will be like Singapore, this is what they mean. A capitalist haven! Emotionally I am totally on the side of the ...

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by RobertPhoenix
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Arabia pilots turn an A320 into a STOL aircraft
Replies: 74
Views: 18864

Re: Air Arabia pilots turn an A320 into a STOL aircraft

There are many airports where aircraft take off, and other aircraft are landing behind them, with appropriate spacing to keep everything safe. I'm sure it is common, but I can still remember how impressed I was watching movements at LHR when they had one runway closed on a Sunday. For a long time i...

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by RobertPhoenix
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta joins United, JetBlue in raising bag fees
Replies: 28
Views: 2553

Re: Delta joins United, JetBlue in raising bag fees

As many people say, increased bag fees result in people attempting to carry much more into the cabin. I would assume this increases boarding time, resulting in less flight hours during the day. Since Southwest doesn't charge bag fees, does it continue to be able to have quicker turns than its legacy...

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by RobertPhoenix
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 Engine Fix Won't Come for Months, Lufthansa Says
Replies: 86
Views: 20266

Re: Airbus A320 Engine Fix Won't Come for Months, Lufthansa Says

If it wasn't for military contracts, I suspect Pratt would have been out of the jet engine business many years ago. I wonder how much of their culture and infrastructure is more attuned to military business than to competitive commercial business. Another factor is that Pratt is part of UTC. A very ...

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