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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK launches unbundled Business: to charge for seat assignment, lounge, etc
Replies: 78
Views: 8452

Re: EK unbundling J Class

ek is introducing unbundled j fares with a buyup required for seat assignments in advance and lounge access. will be interesting to see who follows. ba already charges more for seats but includes lounge accesss. im guessing restricting access to lounges is more difficult for airlines in an alliance...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline
Replies: 51
Views: 4315

Re: Airline types that are/were only ever operated by a single airline

767-400 tailor made for DL and CO; 747-400D for NH and JL.

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando
Replies: 33
Views: 9601

Re: Qantas schedules one-time A380 service to Orlando

A388 wrote:
If this A380 heads back to LAX right after it dropped the passengers in MCO, how are these passengers going back to Australia? On another chartered airplane to LAX which is not QF?

A388


sending another 380 from LAX to pick them up.

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 164
Views: 3215

Re: JAL announces first A350 route

Evelop Air a359 is configured for single class 432 passengeres, this must makes the a359 a 10 hour aircraft then..... Compared to a typical long-haul configuration of ~275 passengers, the 432-passenger configuration would knock off somewhere between 2.5 and 3 hours of range. It's still easily a 13-...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights
Replies: 5
Views: 2324

Re: British Airways 744 cancelled domestics flights

I was surprised last week BAW announcement new service for 747-400 late summer London to Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow for a while. But today BAW changed their minds all cancelled flights for 747-400 to those 3 cities. See the source: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/284889/bri...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13652

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

I still think BA should give all those that were booked first refusal of any new flights or events. Why? It was true that a few flights were loaded into the booking system as 747’s, but there was no official announcement from BA themselves that they would specifically be the three retrojets apart f...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13652

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

GLA has been announced as a SuperHi-J aircraft, so will be BOAC if the heritage trio are used. But there are numbers of SuperHi-J 744 in BA fleet, you won't know which flight the BOAC one will fly until last few days. I think with the 25th August being their 100th birthday, and these flights being ...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIVA Macau—— how did it collapse?
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Re: VIVA Macau—— how did it collapse?

At that time, Air Macau has the exclusive right in MFM, any airline based in Macau must get approval by Air Macau before they can start the route. Basically Air Macau rejected all the routes that VIVA Macau wanted to operate, together with the financial crisis, the airline was dead. Thankfully the e...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13652

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

The major problem is their 747s are rotated throughout the system so you won't know which plan will operate your flight. GLA has been announced as a SuperHi-J aircraft, so will be BOAC if the heritage trio are used. But there are numbers of SuperHi-J 744 in BA fleet, you won't know which flight the...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight
Replies: 52
Views: 13652

Re: BA to use all retro 747s on a domestic flight

Out of curiosity I looked at how much a BA 747 return was to JFK in September. Cheapest price was £280 return. So the choice is one way to the glamour of Glasgow, or a return to New York where there isn’t much to see at all. The major problem is their 747s are rotated throughout the system so you w...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 29, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 19
Views: 3602

Re: Seat change - forced

I feel that the GA should, at lease ask the passenger originally assigned to the seat first, before switching the seat assignment then without asking.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 29, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding
Replies: 37
Views: 5088

Re: Question about the A321 and Jetway boarding

I wonder what benefit there would be to using double jetways on single aisle planes. Isn't the purpose of double jetways to board both aisles separately? Not really. Usually premium pax (or whoever is seated between doors L1 and L2) board through L1 while everyone else uses L2. That seems really in...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue May 28, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage
Replies: 17
Views: 5883

Re: China southern A380 receives siginificant hail damage

Nothing serious. The plane is already scheduled to operate as CZ3108 today. Just an inspection, replace the windshield and the nose, that's all. I don't know why so many of Anet-er feel that aviation outside the western world is unsafe, while it is not rare for a plane that suffered certain damage l...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 24, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy
Replies: 13
Views: 8891

Re: Shocking Catering - Etihad 787-9 Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi (EY833) in economy

9w748capt wrote:
Just curious do QR and EK serve 2nd meals in Y on their ex-HKG sectors? I've never flown this route but we've flown KUL-DOH and I'm pretty sure they served a hot snack prior to landing.


Yes but only one meal is a full one. Another meal is a bread (or something similar).

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by hongkongflyer
Sun May 19, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13245

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

I just used the term "spoiled" b/c HKers in general doesn't realized how good they have it with CX flying to every single corner of the world. Yet all I hear is complaints about "how CX suck" and "Premium price for LCC service". Just because you guys can enjoy the fare...

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by hongkongflyer
Sun May 19, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s
Replies: 40
Views: 6059

Re: TN issues with the 789..

This just sounds like, I/we must be treated in France, because I'm/we're French. Never mind the fact that the aircraft stop in a country with some of the best health care in the world, even if it is outrageously expensive and then they have to endure another 10-11 hour flight. Nobody wants to be tr...

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by hongkongflyer
Sat May 18, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13245

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

don't know why they kept on failing in HKG while AA as a late entrance can be successful in LAX & DTW. They have relatively good services and product images in HKG (compared to other US3). Are you not aware of AA's partner Cathay Pacific? DL to HKG is O&D. AA has lots on onward connections....

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by hongkongflyer
Sat May 18, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?
Replies: 111
Views: 13245

Re: Will DL return to Hong Kong anytime soon?

don't know why they kept on failing in HKG while AA as a late entrance can be successful in LAX & DTW.
They have relatively good services and product images in HKG (compared to other US3).

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 17, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7760

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

A380 has set a new standard of airport ground equipment for VLA. Future VLA will be designed in a way to meet the airport infrastructures that is currently made for A380. Wrong. Aircraft are designed for (perceived) carrier needs, not existing infrastructure. Otherwise there never would have been t...

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by hongkongflyer
Fri May 17, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?
Replies: 30
Views: 7760

Re: What are airport going to do with their A380 gates when they are no longer needed?

A380 has set a new standard of airport ground equipment for VLA. Future VLA will be designed in a way to meet the airport infrastructures that is currently made for A380.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 08, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 810
Views: 135761

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

...laptops can be easily replaced, paid for by the airline insurance ....Insurance (again) ....charge it to the airline. I suggest you have an overly optimistic view of what airlines are actually willing to reimburse when it comes to lost luggage. Finally someone said it. The cost of putting everyt...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue May 07, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 810
Views: 135761

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

I think it is time to re-think the evacuation requirements too. As new models tend to become longer and longer (compared to their previous models), new criterias should be added. For example rather then only using the exits on one side, requirements such as only those exits at the front/ rear of the...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65911

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

I know I'm probably sounding like a broken record at this point, but I really still don't understand why no one bothered to save 9V-SKA, either to preserve it for display, or at least to operate it. I mean, surely being the plane that operated the first commercial A380 would have given it some valu...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 810
Views: 135761

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

sadly the rear part of the plane was almost completely full while there were seats available in the front.

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by hongkongflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 810
Views: 135761

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

Do the Crew normally carry a Satellite phone? I assumed they would in case of Radio Issues but several things I have read suggest that after radio connection was lost no communication with the Tower was possible. Response from ES may have been better if communication was maintained. Some comments h...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 810
Views: 135761

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

From the twitter feed it looks like a huge bounce followed by an in incredibly hard landing that started the fire. It would seem the outcome would have been much better with a correct bounced landing recovery(most aircraft it is a missed approach). The cabin could be very wrong that landing was a m...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon May 06, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline owning a airport
Replies: 60
Views: 6920

Re: Airline owning a airport

HU owns SYX in Sanya, China

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by hongkongflyer
Thu May 02, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad increases London Heathrow services
Replies: 33
Views: 8537

Re: Etihad increases London Heathrow services

slot sitting.....

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by hongkongflyer
Thu May 02, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hangar queens, still a thing ?
Replies: 34
Views: 5492

Re: Hangar queens, still a thing ?

What about Boeing 787 Dreamliners with Trent 1000 engines? Even some of the Trent 1000 TEN frames are having engine issues; SQ recently grounded two of their B78Xs with the engines. As mentioned above, hangar queens usually refer to a particular plane, rather then a fleet, that has more issues then...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 01, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions
Replies: 17
Views: 6129

Re: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions

And people from HK need visa to Hawaii, combined with high living costs and relatively low services quality, basically we have no point to go Hawaii without special purpose. We have plenty of substitutes of beach destination from low end to high end. Adding on - I've yet to hear any honeymooners (W...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 01, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions
Replies: 17
Views: 6129

Re: Singapore's Scoot Announces Route Suspensions

For the HNL route - That's the SIN-KIX-HNL tag on? Probably they lose out to AirAsia? Yes, it was announced that they'll end that route for awhile. And yes, that's b/c they cannot compete with AirAsia X (Who is going daily on that route) on the low-cost side. HNL and MLE are not surprising. If you ...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed May 01, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's Terminal 1 in PVG/Shanghai and lack of gate space
Replies: 13
Views: 1704

Re: DL's Terminal 1 in PVG/Shanghai and lack of gate space

T2 is congested as hell as well - a lot of bussing ops especially for those hub carriers when their planes turn from a domestic flight to an intl one (or vice versa). It's just T2 has far more international-capable gates with airbridges (since T2 has dual international/domestic gates for roughly 80...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Long Haul Low Cost Airlines Operations
Replies: 9
Views: 1605

Re: Long Haul Low Cost Airlines Operations

Also, the Boeing 747-400 is an expensive plane to fly. By contrast, if Oasis Hong Kong tried today, they would probably be using the Boeing 787-9, which is used by Chinese operators to second-tier destinations or from second-tier Chinese cities. At 254.5t MTOW, that is much lighter than the Boeing ...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly temporarily replaces A330neo ops with A380 with Air Senegal
Replies: 30
Views: 9361

Re: Air Senegal replaces A339neo with leased HiFly A380 for temporary period of time

: boggled: Are A330/A340/777 so rare that they wet leased an A380? HiFly charges dearly... Lightsaber The last 339neo flight out of Dakar was cancelled as well, so the return leg from Dakar will have passengers from 2 flights (delayed one and the scheduled one) onboard, combined with other factors ...

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14051

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

my fds even had a cruise by themselves (2 person)

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines
Replies: 28
Views: 5735

Re: AD to be issued on 787 RR Trent 1000 TEN engines

LY777 wrote:
What’s wrong with manufacturers these days ???


I feel that we have reached the edge of current technology limits and continuing to push the new models and new engines beyond the limitations.

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Spotting Death Penalty at Phuket (HKT)
Replies: 15
Views: 6656

Re: Plane Spotting Death Penalty at Phuket (HKT) - Just Wow!

You will facing penalty if staying inside the restricted area.

IF you had done something that cause the injury or death of someone else (i.e. causing plane incident / accident) then you may face death penalty as a maximum.

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Qatar Airways doesn’t fly to TPE?
Replies: 6
Views: 2059

Re: Why Qatar Airways doesn’t fly to TPE?

but Taiwan is known as a low yield market, some airlines might not want to fly to Taiwan even without the political issue mentioned above

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay purchasing HK Express
Replies: 89
Views: 10949

Re: Cathay purchasing HK Express

Confirmed here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hk-express-m-a-cathay-pacific/cathay-pacific-to-buy-budget-airline-hong-kong-express-for-628-million-idUSKCN1R801P And Chinese source: https://hk.finance.appledaily.com/finance/realtime/article/20190327/59416633 Purchase Price is HKD4.93B (~628M US...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic’s Northeast Asian routes
Replies: 37
Views: 6133

Re: Virgin Atlantic’s Northeast Asian routes

Huh. Didn't know VA flew MEL-HKG. It's always interesting to follow the world of Australian aviation. So just because I was theorising, did VS actually cut the HKG-SYD flight in favor of the VA codeshare or because of something else? Sidenote, but, considering CX has 6 daily flights to London (5 on...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/3/22/18277694/boeing-737-max-ethiopian-airlines-lion-air-safety?fbclid=IwAR3_uIM_teE6trzcGJBL0CbWP7di2CO5TOQ8ELniJpugCLyjJawh1xtwUt0 Hard to believe that the important features of AOA are treated as an optional upgrade. What a shame to put the profits ahead of saf...

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by hongkongflyer
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN putting the MAX8 in storage at Victorville,Ca.
Replies: 226
Views: 47590

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

Boeing is not conducting Customer acceptance flights. Therefore no aircraft are leaving Boeing’s hands until this is all sorted out. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that the 737 production process has matured to the point where customer acceptance flights aren't typically needed anymore. Could...

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

As for your body count, I take it that you would be fine with all A380s being grounded if just one full one was lost by a quality airline given the number in service is even less than the MAX? If two A380s had inexplicably fallen out of the sky killing everyone in similar circumstances shortly afte...

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by hongkongflyer
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

So finally they admit that two crash are highly similar and willing to ground the unsafe 737MAX.
Sham to FAA and those airlines in USA and Canada, being the last to ground the planes worldwide and claimed that they value the safety as 1st priority.

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

If you had taken the time to read my post, you would have seen that I said: It is easy to forget just how far we have come in a relatively short period of time. When you look at the first and second generation jet transport aircraft, their safety records were downright abysmal My point was that 50 ...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Given the social media hysteria based on speculation and fear I fail to understand why there are no calls for the worldwide 767 fleets to be grounded seeing as the cause of the Atlas Air accident is not yet known? It’s interesting how there is no patience in today’s “now” age (thanks to technology)...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Agreed. There are no facts yet from either crash to put the blame on Boeing. People just want to see Boeing hurt.. Where do people come up with this crap? By your logic, the former head of the NTSB, a former USAF Accident Investigator and fighter pilot, and former FAA safety inspector all want to h...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

Maybe you should rethink that. I found this on page 30 of the crash thread. You are comparing a modern model EIS in 2018 with models 55 years ago? Many thing/ risk which was considered acceptable even 10~20 years ago no longer be the true in 2019. If you had taken the time to read my post, you woul...

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by hongkongflyer
Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

I think it is the first time in the history of aviation that an airplane is being grounded by social media. I think it’s also the first time that 2 brand new aircraft crash in such a short timeframe. Maybe you should rethink that. I found this on page 30 of the crash thread. It is easy to forget ju...

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by hongkongflyer
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 709574

Re: Should airline regulators consider grounding B737 MAX series

As a general comment, is this the first time when the Chinese aviation regulatory authority sets the trend for the rest of the world? Interesting times. Reasons : 1)They have the most MAX except USA 2) High-level gov meetings are being held in Beijing. The entire country is at full alert and the go...

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