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by seat64k
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Among the claims in the article: • The leases for the two A330s (delivered new in September and November 2013) were for twelve (12) years – unusually long. • The leases were for US$785,000 per aircraft, per month. • IATA advised against the deal, recommending the lease of second-hand A330s at US$45...

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by seat64k
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Personal cloud storage
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Personal cloud storage

Agreed on SMR drives - that's why I singled out WD RED. (I don't know which other drives are SMR - haven't been paying attention that closely) Unless your array is like 50TB it shouldn't take days to rebuild your array (unless you got unlucky and have an SMR drive in your array) 50TB is not crazy to...

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by seat64k
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Personal cloud storage
Replies: 7
Views: 596

Re: Personal cloud storage

This is, by definition, not a cloud - cloud being someone else's computer ;) What you're looking for is a NAS = Network Attached Storage. There are two problems to consider here: 1) The actual storage 2) How you're going to interact with it. Problem 1 is easy. Broadly two options: A: Buy a consumer ...

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by seat64k
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Learning a New Language with Duolingo
Replies: 11
Views: 878

Re: Learning a New Language with Duolingo

Duolingo is a great app, best use as a supplement. I find the same issue with Japanese - the audio is not great and quite often flat wrong. It also contains some strange sentences that no human would ever say. German isn't hard to get into as an English speaker (Germanic commonality) so it shouldn't...

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by seat64k
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Bolton Book Reveals Fractured White House Foreign Policy
Replies: 77
Views: 4451

Re: John Bolton Book Reveals Fractured White House Foreign Policy

In sufficient numbers there are trusted attorneys, reporters, or retired military people who have a copy of the damning evidence and are instructed to leak it in the event of an untimely death. FWIW, the whole book has already been leaked - pdf and epub. Doesn't take much to find it if you're even ...

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by seat64k
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 250
Views: 51977

Re: Sources: South African Airways Bailout Agreement

JFKJets wrote:
Seems like the South African Government has warmed to the idea of keeping SAA alive.


"Warmed to"? They never had any other position.

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by seat64k
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiananmen Square Massacre
Replies: 13
Views: 970

Re: Tiananmen Square Massacre

Our great 45th leader’s remarks about that day, praising the Chinese for putting down the demonstration: https://twitter.com/michikokakutani/status/709570919463780353?s=21 The original interview that tweet quotes from: https://www.playboy.com/read/playboy-interview-donald-trump-1990 It's even worse...

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by seat64k
Thu May 28, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19, sugar, beer and sport
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Covid 19, sugar, beer and sport

I stopped smoking long ago. I hardly drink alcohol. But at least I want to enjoy tea. As I lack discipline to stop sugar by myself You know the answer already: A long journey starts with a single step. It really doesn't take that long to get used to. Drop the milk while you're at it, and soon you'l...

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by seat64k
Wed May 27, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19, sugar, beer and sport
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Covid 19, sugar, beer and sport

Obligatory: I am not a doctor. And disclaimer: there's many different strains of this virus now and it's obvious they don't all present with the same symptoms. So this may or may not apply. From what I've read it seems that patients who are on the ventilator needing end of this disease, don't so muc...

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by seat64k
Tue May 05, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

Even though I support worker's rights,and the unionization of workers (optional)-our unions are of another breed. It gets evident every year that they just in it for themselves and not for workers. I think we need to teach South Africans that unionization can be disadvantageous, but that would have...

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by seat64k
Mon May 04, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

I cannot remember whether I read it in a book or news article but it stated that Nelson Mandela and especially Thabo Mbeki weren't very popular among the tripartite because of their policies. It's not just the fact of their policies. As I understand Mandela and Mbeki went against previously agreed ...

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by seat64k
Sun May 03, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "In town" airports / Your favorites
Replies: 58
Views: 4055

Re: "In town" airports / Your favorites

theasianguy wrote:
Taipei - TSA


Another vote for Taipei Sonshan. It's very easy and quick to get to, thanks to Taipei's excellent MRT (underground train system). Another reason I really like this airport: Taipei is surrounded by hills. The take-off/landing scenery here is fantastic!

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by seat64k
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6105

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

I’ve just learned about his illness; let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.

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by seat64k
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

I'm puzzled. After years and years of corruption, half hearted measures, all with government support, since a few months SAA is finally on its way towards becoming a healthy airline again. Now, with COVID-19, something they really couldn't help or foresee, government isn't going to help any more. W...

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by seat64k
Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How many languages do you know?
Replies: 65
Views: 3102

Re: How many languages do you know?

The net result is I can follow a lot of conversations in Lithuanian if they are about day to day things (shopping, work, chores, etc) but can't follow any really complicated conversations nor can hardly speak it. Labas! I dabbled in Lithuanian a bit 6 or so years ago - was dating a Lithuanian. It i...

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by seat64k
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How can we better handle the next virus outbreak?
Replies: 47
Views: 2589

Re: How can we better handle the next virus outbreak?

The NYtimes article about the government order for cheap ventilators fits well in this cacophony of disinformation. Why did the government agree to cancel the contract? If prototypes were ready and considered fit for the purpose, why are they not manufactured now? Why does the government demand tha...

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by seat64k
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is brain drain good or bad for the country of origin?
Replies: 23
Views: 1611

Re: Is brain drain good or bad for the country of origin?

One thing to keep in mind is that people go overseas for different reasons, which are often unrelated to the job they do in either country. Middle class skilled people are unlikely to send back money - if anything (and particularly from countries where the future is uncertain) they're more likely to...

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by seat64k
Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Gambler has folded his last hand ... RIP Kenny Rogers
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: The Gambler has folded his last hand ... RIP Kenny Rogers

The Gambler has folded his last hand ...


I believe, in his own words, he broke even...

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by seat64k
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

If demand for flights picks up after the corona is all over. I would venture that SAA would at the very least return to LHR,JFK,PER and FRA The irony is that, despite SAA's terrible financial status, it's will likely surivive this ordeal, thanks to being the goverment's pet project. They'd sooner f...

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by seat64k
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Telecommuting Be Standard Now?
Replies: 56
Views: 1609

Re: Should Telecommuting Be Standard Now?

I depends greatly on the work. There's a lot of work that can be done remotely but that greatly benefits from face to face cooperation. I work in an (IT) infrastructure team in a very large company (tens of thousands of employees). We're about 20 people in region who take care of all underlyhing har...

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by seat64k
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Large Is The Universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 797

Re: How Large Is The Universe?

https://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pi ... ystem.html
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Let's start smaller. This is a diagram of the solar system at scale, with the moon being one pixel:

https://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pi ... ystem.html

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by seat64k
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)
Replies: 45
Views: 1648

Re: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)

ACDC8 wrote:
You do realize that the patties are only 1.6oz right? All 4 together is the size of a very small steak.


With the calories of a not-so-small steak...

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by seat64k
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)
Replies: 45
Views: 1648

Re: McDonald's Double Big Mac (4 Patties?!?!?)

No judgement, I regularly partake in some MickyD, but Add another ~500 for the large fries and ~300 for the large coke, and you have the makings of a meal. :lol: Large fries, according to their site, is 178g, breaking down as: 560kcal 27g fat 75g carb 6g protein Raw potato has 1.9g protein per 100g,...

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by seat64k
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dow tops 28000
Replies: 211
Views: 7001

Re: Dow tops 28000

A valid concern, I thought of that as well. I'm a noob at all of this honestly. I figure that I know (or at least am very very sure) this will go up even if it goes down first, and if it tumbles even more I may buy more. It already lost 10% since I bought it earlier today lol I largely invest in in...

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by seat64k
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dow tops 28000
Replies: 211
Views: 7001

Re: Dow tops 28000

Something no one has been talking about here: the 10yr yield and how it's been dropping like a rock. Low for today has been in the order of 0.32%, and, depending on how today goes, it may breach past the 0.20%. Yields on shorter treasuries are expected to enter negative territory this month, especi...

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by seat64k
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Consequences of Trump's re-election
Replies: 148
Views: 8578

Re: Consequences of Trump's re-election

I think China will no longer be a national security threat. Right now they produce 95 percent of our antibiotics and I think we will become totally independent of relying on them for anything that could be a threat to our national security. Serious question: Why do you think manufacturing will shif...

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by seat64k
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dow tops 28000
Replies: 211
Views: 7001

Re: Dow tops 28000

I'm thinking of getting UA stock. They were holding $80-90ish for the past year, now they're down to $51.50ish. Of course UA will bounce back from this... Right?? Maybe, just like FlyBe :eek: Only people "winning" are the short sellers. Otherwise, quite the roller coaster indeed. Meanwhil...

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by seat64k
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s the last big purchase you made?
Replies: 115
Views: 5751

Re: What’s the last big purchase you made?

Are we talking big money or big decision? If it's money, the biggest thing I've done, I think ever, is a Canon 5Dmk3 camera about 7 years ago, £2300 at the time IIRC. I have some pretty expensive lenses on my wish list, but the only lens I bought new was the 24-105 f/4 L (mk I), and the rest of my g...

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by seat64k
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

What are the costs due to increased fuel consumption vs. the cost of repair? I've been curious about this ever since this happened to an LH A346 a while back: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1345063 This was on or around 12 Oct 2016 (the date of the first post). The last post was me...

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by seat64k
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/g ... 43.article


I enjoyed hearing the finance minister refer to SAA as our "Sword of Damocles"...
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Williamsb747 wrote:
SA government to pay US 1 billion over the next three years to repay SAA debts.

https://www.flightglobal.com/strategy/g ... 43.article


I enjoyed hearing the finance minister refer to SAA as our "Sword of Damocles"...

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by seat64k
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 59
Views: 16078

Re: Airbus A380 Production/Delivery Thread - 2020

Your last sentence, if not in jest, shows an appalling lack of awareness of the airlines in the USA. Having gotten burned repeatedly for more than 30 years after deregulation by too much capacity, the last thing they were going to do was flood the market with seats with a VLA. If the market was sti...

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by seat64k
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: HS2 Gets Approved
Replies: 51
Views: 1908

Re: HS2 Gets Approved

jetwet1 wrote:
26 years to run 120 miles of track...Why so long ?


Maybe it's underground and they have to tunnel? :confused:

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by seat64k
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 6751

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

747, unquestionably. The hump makes what could have been a pretty sleek aircraft, look absurd. And it gets worse the longer the upper deck is.

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by seat64k
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: SAA shrinks even further, laying off staff
Replies: 250
Views: 51977

Re: SAA shrinks even further

What is the point of keeping SAA around? When was the last time they weren't hemorrhaging money? It has been mentioned a couple of times in this thread that the last year SAA made a profit was 2011 so coming up to 9 years. There's lots of talk that just closing it down will cost the government a lo...

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by seat64k
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iowa Caucuses (US Presidential Nomination)
Replies: 142
Views: 4209

Re: Iowa Caucuses (US Presidential Nomination)

Just read a brief note the the company writing the code for the app were in too big a hurry to have it processed by the normal Apple App Store review, which meant that it could not be down loaded through the App Store. The company writing the code therefore had to write a jury-rig work around to th...

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by seat64k
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How many languages do you know?
Replies: 65
Views: 3102

Re: How many languages do you know?

A good question would be how many languages can the brain learn fluently. Depends on your definition of "fluent". Google's defnition is 1. able to express oneself easily and articulately. 2. smoothly graceful and effortless. While the Cambridge Dictionary says: 3. When a person is fluent,...

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by seat64k
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't Hong Kong Keep Kai Tak open?
Replies: 21
Views: 3307

Re: Why didn't Hong Kong Keep Kai Tak open?

I can understand the reasoning that the area was prime for redevelopment, however, looking at Google Earth, there does not appear to be much redevelopment being done. It's been a while since I was actually in the area, except to transfer on CX which doesn't really count. Are there solid plans or is...

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by seat64k
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drought in Southern Africa
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: Drought in Southern Africa

On a trip last month, Joburg and surrounds were greener than I've ever seen it (grew up in the area). They had an awful lot of rain recently - lots of flooding too. The roads bear witness. I can't speak for the rest of the country. Note, if you go there, Cape Town and some parts of the South Coast a...

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by seat64k
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

TriStar500 wrote:
Another new SAA A350 Destination is FRA. I just found out that the aircraft type on my SA260 trip next July has changed from A346 to A359.


I would have such mixed feelings if this happened to me ;)

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by seat64k
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How many languages do you know?
Replies: 65
Views: 3102

Re: How many languages do you know?

Afrikaans & English: native Setswanna & Seshoto: I was conversational as a teen, but I haven't spoken (or for the most part heard) either in many decades, and I find I'm having trouble remember anything beyond the most basic pleasantries and some random vocabulary. Dutch: I can read and unde...

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by seat64k
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30626

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

Chrisba320 wrote:
My guess at this stage is that they will kill off their domestic operations


Why do you think that? I would think that without their domestic ops, they're dead in the water.

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by seat64k
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s
Replies: 125
Views: 30626

Re: SAA trying to sell 9 A340s

1. LHR-CPT. It is a route that relies heavily (not exclusively) on originating pax from London and nearby cities, VS can't even make it work. As far as I remember I was working well enough. The issue they had was their aircraft was stuck in CPT for a day, they could get two roundtrips to the US in ...

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by seat64k
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Assuming you are South African,and don't fly SAA-you don't speak for the flying public. I was on CPT-JNB flight this school holidays,and the flight was full. If you look at the South African market in general,it is oversaturated.Even comair is canceling some flights in South Africa. Is SAA cancelli...

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by seat64k
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

successessful Are you doing this deliberately? No And no I don't watch the news I have insider information. So maybe you should take into account what the rest of us know before casting judgements? I see the flight is delayed. Hope SAA doesn't go out of business befoe it takes off... You win the pr...

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by seat64k
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

Working numbers are about 90t on the A359 and 120t on the A346, so a savings of about 30t each way. Holy moly! I didn't expect the difference to be that much. How does weight/passenger restrictions compare? Very much so. It took a while to impact them but numbers on some routes have taken a dive in...

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by seat64k
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

andz wrote:
seat64k wrote:
I see the flight is delayed. Hope SAA doesn't go out of business befoe it takes off...

You win the prize for stupid comment of the day.


I guess you haven't been following the news.

andz wrote:
And it is before, not befoe.


Fair play, I'll own my typoes.

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by seat64k
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

@evanb do you have any information on the fuel use on SA203 of the A359 compared to the A346? Would be nice to know what sort of gains SAA are getting in efficiency.

Also, is passenger numbers taking a hit due to the troubles?

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by seat64k
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 244
Views: 60510

Re: SAA Leasing A350

I see the flight is delayed. Hope SAA doesn't go out of business befoe it takes off...

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by seat64k
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 127
Views: 13146

Re: Southern African & Indian Ocean Aviation Thread - 2020

It appears they operate 737-300 as freighters. Interesting, thanks! I had no idea there as a 737 freighter variant. The R2 billion loan did or did not come through (some info suggest government didn't, while others suggest it came from other lenders) My understanding is that the private lenders agr...

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