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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.
Replies: 60
Views: 11057

Re: ANA 787 faces extreme winds on approach, goes around.

The first Twitter video is labeled in Japanese as at Haneda Airport. The second one is labeled as at Narita, as is the YouTube video

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?
Replies: 59
Views: 5604

Re: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?

When Donald Nyrop built a headquarters building at MSP, it was windowless, so employees wouldn’t waste time looking at the airplanes, and the stalls in the bathrooms had no doors, so people wouldn’t waste time on the throne.
That building was demolished when theHQ was moved to Eagan, long after Nyrop.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 46
Views: 5531

Re: LATAM adds more flights to Melbourne, Australia

I am curious about why MEL, not SYD, is LATAM's gateway. Business ties?

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?
Replies: 85
Views: 12496

Re: B-747SP

I flew CI's 747 SP several times from SFO to TPE, which was at the time the only nonstop from the mainland US to Taiwan.
The SP flew higher than other passenger aircraft - if I recall, 40,000 feet. At that altitude you could see the curvature of the earth. Do any airliners today fly that high?

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by SFOThinker
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wyoming Aviation Thread
Replies: 18
Views: 1444

Re: Wyoming Aviation Thread

So far as I know, JAC is the only airport of its size in the US that relies exclusively on hard stands. I have seen 10 or more airliners there at one time, including 757s, but no air bridges.
The terminal is nice, so it isn’t a lack of funds.
Is this arrangement because of the seasonality of demand?

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16590

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

When AA bought AirCal, it was a disaster, and ended up handing California to WN.
I suspect something similar would happen if UA somehow pulled off this awful idea.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 28272

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

This probably is at least in part a bargaining threat to get Boeing to back down on some of the customization costs on a brand new build. They can be compared to this option. There may well be advantages to a brand new build that would be lost, but the question is whether they are worth the extra pr...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10388

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

I am surprised that no one has mentioned that the DC-8's windows were much larger than the 707's, when the two airliners were competing. From the passenger point of view, that was the most obvious difference, and a clear win for the 8. Also, the reading light for passengers was not overhead, but in ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident
Replies: 72
Views: 6377

Re: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incidentp

I despise lawsuit abuse, but United needs to feel some pain here in order to prompt system-wide changes in rules to prevent repetition. There is only one language they understand. The compensation they offered of lounge access and business class upgrades cost them no cash, just opportunity costs, as...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Fukuoka-Frankfurt flights?
Replies: 31
Views: 5271

Re: Why no Fukuoka-Frankfurt flights?

Fukuoka's municipal population is as irrelevant as San Francisco's in judging air travel demand. It is the hub of an urban agglomeration as big or bigger than Nagoya's 10 million. The problem in sustaining polar flights to Europe is the availability of connections at ICN, NRT and HND as well as in C...

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by SFOThinker
Mon May 29, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 upper lounge
Replies: 8
Views: 2275

Re: 747 upper lounge

I am fortunate enough to have experienced an upper deck configured as a lounge, on a UAL 747 between Honolulu and San Francisco. If I recall correctly, ît was in 1976. It was supposed to be a cocktail lounge, it seemed to me: couch-like seating and room to move around. There was no piano bar (I beli...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 79
Views: 11664

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

DAY became a hub for Piedmont Airlines, having not even been served by the airline previously, if I recall correctly. They funneled a number of East Coast cities and Midwest cities into the airport for an east-west transfer hub. Their service was glorious, with good hot meals on relatively short sta...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Light rail/metro and heavy rail connections
Replies: 54
Views: 3353

Re: Airports with Light rail/metro and heavy rail connections

If you count a monorail as "light rail," then Haneda in Tokyo has both. The Keikyu Railroad has heavy rail.
Meanwhile, Narita and Kansai have two competing heavy rail lines.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Record Year for SFO
Replies: 37
Views: 5486

Re: Record Year for SFO

There is an unused maintenance hanger at OAK originally built by World Airways and later leased by United. That could absorb some of the SFO maintenance activity, though it is somewhat smaller.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9352

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

Only jets? I never flew on a Constellation, and they had their operational issues with engine reliability and baggage capacity, but I not only miss them, I seek out the survivors and take a look whenever I get the chance.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where did Northwest get its name?
Replies: 30
Views: 6139

Re: Where did Northwest get its name?

Northwest endured a series of crashes in the early 50s. A Martin 404 or 202 even went down in an expensive residential area in Minneapolis. The board brought in Donald Nyrop -- from the CAB (if I recall correctly) -- to straighten out the problems. He did so quite aggressively, cut costs, antagonize...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airlines flying to all 50 states
Replies: 23
Views: 4837

Re: US Airlines flying to all 50 states

United st one point flew to all 50 states, and made a big PR push when they added their final station, making 50. I believe it was Wilmington, DE, in fact. The 50 state service did not last a long time.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW
Replies: 20
Views: 3812

Re: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW

For takeoff, SNA's revving engines, steep climb, and sudden de-powering has no peer.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edelweiss thinking about nonstop ZRH-HNL flights
Replies: 29
Views: 8235

Re: Edelweiss thinking about nonstop ZRH-HNL flights

#12 Will this airline be the first European airline to fly to HNL?

BOAC flew to Honolulu on their round the world flights for quite a few years. I took them fro SFO to HNL to HND in 1971. We were bussed to a hotel for a complimentary night's stay just off Waikiki.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 10785

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

MSP named its second terminal after Hubert Humphrey in 2001. The airport itself was first named Speedway Field, was renamed Wold Chamberlain Field in 1921 for two World War One fighter aces, and was subsequently renamed Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, although it is unclear to me if the ...

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by SFOThinker
Thu May 26, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Ends IAH-LOS; SFO-TLV Goes Daily
Replies: 140
Views: 24709

RE: UA Ends IAH-LOS; SFO-TLV Goes Daily

=<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DeltaXNA" class="quote" target="_blank">DeltaXNA</a> (<a href="#17" class="quote">Reply 17</a>):<br/><i> TWA served not just Cairo but Tripoli ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon May 23, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports With Too Much Capacity
Replies: 110
Views: 26273

RE: Airports With Too Much Capacity

I haven't been there in a long time, but <acronym title="Dayton - James M. Cox Dayton International (DAY / KDAY), USA - Ohio">DAY</acronym> built up for the Piedmont hub, and when it lost that, there was a lot of vacant space. Similarly, <acronym title="Colorado Springs - Municipal (Peterson AFB) (C...

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by SFOThinker
Sun May 22, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest Purely Domestic Airport
Replies: 59
Views: 13670

RE: Busiest Purely Domestic Airport

Number two after <acronym title="Sao Paulo - Congonhas (CGH / SBSP), Brazil">CGH</acronym> likely is <acronym title="Osaka - Itami International (ITM / RJOO), Japan">ITM</acronym>, which despite its formal name as Osaka International Airport, is purely domestic. It had 13.8 million passengers in 201...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sharing Planes
Replies: 48
Views: 8978

RE: Sharing Planes

In the 1950's and 60's, there were a number of important city pairs that lacked nonstop and even direct service, so domestic carriers did interchange flights, using the same aircraft for through service. Probably the heaviest trafficked one was Houston to Los Angeles. (This shows how ridiculously cu...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does FedEx Not Fly The 747?
Replies: 35
Views: 20142

RE: Why Does FedEx Not Fly The 747?

If I recall correctly, FedEx acquired the 747s when they bought Flying Tigers, which brought them coveted rights to Asia. I suspect that for the reasons mentioned they never desired to buy them on their own.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was UA Criticized For Their Caravelles?
Replies: 47
Views: 7058

RE: Was UA Criticized For Their Caravelles?

I remember United advertising it as the "captivating Caravelle." With the names given to them (thanks, Viscount 724!), they were clearly marketing them as French.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA
Replies: 57
Views: 7057

RE: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/SQ773" class="quote" target="_blank">SQ773</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>Quoting SFOThinker (Reply 28): Did it stop in ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA
Replies: 57
Views: 7057

RE: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA

I flew L15 between SFO and Osaka Itami on Pan Am.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Last DC-6 Flight
Replies: 47
Views: 7779

RE: United's Last DC-6 Flight

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Tan+Flyr" class="quote" target="_blank">Tan Flyr</a> (<a href="#25" class="quote">Reply 25</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Many thanks t...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Last DC-6 Flight
Replies: 47
Views: 7779

RE: United's Last DC-6 Flight

I remember taking a <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> DC-6B from <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (Orchard Field) (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> to <acronym title="Columbus - Port Columbus International (CMH / KCMH), USA - Ohio">CMH</acronym> via <acronym...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New LAX Video From 1960s, Early 1970s
Replies: 34
Views: 3569

RE: New LAX Video From 1960s, Early 1970s

Thanks!
Am I the only one who loves the American lightning bolt livery with the orange engine decoration?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Makes A Good Freighter?
Replies: 18
Views: 2718

RE: What Makes A Good Freighter?

Why do we see so many older types, such as the MD-11, still used for freight after passenger use has ended?

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by SFOThinker
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pics: San Francisco Downtown Heliport 1968
Replies: 11
Views: 2579

RE: Pics: San Francisco Downtown Heliport 1968

I took a helicopter from <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym> to <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> and back at no extra fare connecting to Tokyo in the late 80s, booking a ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Hong Kong
Replies: 160
Views: 20162

RE: Delta Hong Kong

Yes, <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA</acronym> has less O&D than <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> and <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</a...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mission: 747: Air France Final Scheduled 747-400 J
Replies: 10
Views: 11810

RE: Mission: 747: Air France Final Scheduled 747-400 J

Thank-you for a wonderful <acronym title="Transbrasil SA Linhas Aereas">TR</acronym>! I am old enough to have experienced the excitement of Pan Am beginning 747 service and well remember my thrill at my first trip <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acr...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was Eastern Ever Considered A Good Airline
Replies: 72
Views: 15086

RE: Was Eastern Ever Considered A Good Airline

I am surprised nobody has mentioned the great innovation of the Eastern Shuttle. Bare bones service but ultra convenient. I took it many times from <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym> to <acronym title="New York - La G...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Intrastate US Widebodies
Replies: 85
Views: 12435

RE: Intrastate US Widebodies

Long ago I flew to Austin Mueller Field from <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> via <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (Regional) (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym>, and the the intrastate leg was an American DC10. It wa...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO Using LGW Instead Of LHR
Replies: 80
Views: 9804

RE: MCO Using LGW Instead Of LHR

Quoting atct (Reply 45): Quoting rutankrd (Reply 28): Both are more than a little offensive however reference is based on Walt Disney being a Nazi sympathiser Which is completely false. Nothing more than an urban legend. Didn't say I believed it did I . Right wing for certain through. I guess you do...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble
Replies: 25
Views: 14406

RE: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble

The <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> news report says passengers claimed they were threatened with removal from the plane while spending 14 hours on the ground in Lubbock if they made videos of their experience. Would any airline actually make such an announcement? It seems lik...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Routes Do You Want From Santa For 2016
Replies: 155
Views: 11626

RE: What Routes Do You Want From Santa For 2016

KE: <acronym title="Minneapolis / St. Paul - International / Wold-Chamberlain Field (MSP / KMSP), USA - Minnesota">MSP</acronym> - <acronym title="Seoul - Incheon International (ICN / RKSI), South Korea">ICN</acronym> <acronym title="Norwegian Air Shuttle AND Air Djibouti">DY</acronym>: <acronym tit...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:47 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trio Of Sweet Suites With SQ, EY, EK (Part 3 - EK)
Replies: 9
Views: 13303

RE: Trio Of Sweet Suites With SQ, EY, EK (Part 3 - EK)

Thank-you for an enlightening trio! I salute an insightful connoisseur.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: J.D. Power 2015 North America Airport Study
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

RE: J.D. Power 2015 North America Airport Study

Surprised <acronym title="San Diego - International / Lindbergh Field (SAN / KSAN), USA - California">SAN</acronym> made the top ten. It is awfully crowded in the SWA gate area during busy times. Facilities need expansion that is planned. Also surprised <acronym title="Minneapolis / St. Paul - Inter...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Proposes OAK-LGW
Replies: 54
Views: 5884

RE: Norwegian Proposes OAK-LGW

Funny and maybe a bit sad that a point of pride for the Bay Area's three intercontinental airports leads to a urination match. I think Los Angeles is great and so is the Bay Area. It doesn't require one to be bad for the other to be good. The Bay Area has three intercontinental airports because well...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Proposes OAK-LGW
Replies: 54
Views: 5884

RE: Norwegian Proposes OAK-LGW

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/SCQ83" class="quote" target="_blank">SCQ83</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> So now the Bay Area b...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Core Truths Of A-Net
Replies: 340
Views: 28930

RE: The Core Truths Of A-Net

There will never be another 4 engine airliner developed.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Direct U.S Flights, Why LAX & NY, But Not SFO?
Replies: 68
Views: 7907

RE: SQ Direct U.S Flights, Why LAX & NY, But Not SFO?

No question: Geater Los Angeles more than doubles the Bay Area population, but the economic weight of the two metropolises is not at all in proportion. I have lived in the Bay Area for 3 decades and watched the stunning transformation into the world capital of the internet, which is the most dynamic...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA To Tunisia In The Late 60s Early 70s
Replies: 5
Views: 1397

RE: TWA To Tunisia In The Late 60s Early 70s

TWA operated Algiers and briefly Benghazi in the 1960s and maybe 1970s. Tunis was not operated in that era, and I am reasonably certain never received jet service.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:29 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Aussie Trip Report 2015 Part 1:77W J Vs 330 Suites
Replies: 13
Views: 9856

RE: Aussie Trip Report 2015 Part 1:77W J Vs 330 Suites

Thanks for showing three different aircraft types. VA looks like a great way to travel in business class.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA At ORD
Replies: 29
Views: 3887

RE: TWA At ORD

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/WA707atMSP" class="quote" target="_blank">WA707atMSP</a> (<a href="#9" class="quote">Reply 9</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Although TW...

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