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by Chemist
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly
Replies: 88
Views: 23363

Re: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly

ukoverlander wrote:
As we don't see any A321's flying themselves into the ground, or pilots reporting fighting with their aircraft to prevent such events from happening it would seem attempts to draw false equivalence in this case serves little purpose. Just sayin'.


So wait until the crashes then?

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit
Replies: 117
Views: 8119

Re: Passenger on AA from KIN-MIA asked to deboard to change from her romper outfit

I find AAs seats and service more offensive than her outfit.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi
Replies: 54
Views: 7835

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Introduce Free WiFi

Next thing you know AA will start charging a "resort fee" of $40/flight for the snack, restrooms, water, and WIFI. Mandatory of course.

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 873
Views: 126619

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Super easy, ballast in the nose to shift CoG, so after CoG limit can be moved forward. Will probably solve some other issues related to trim Center of gravity has very little to do with MCAS issue. It is centre of thrust that matters (in relation to all surfaces that provide aerodynamic drag that o...

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 873
Views: 126619

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

MrBren wrote:
The MAX will be the worst aeronautic industrial nightmare financially speaking.


I doubt it.
If they are back on the market and sell thousands it will be financially extremely profitable.

This isn't the thread to talk A380, so....

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flyadeal cancels 737 max Commitment
Replies: 72
Views: 14842

Re: Flyadeal cancels 737 max order

The problem for Boeing is that even if they eventually get the software to work they will still have an unstable aircraft. Fighter jets are unstable but the pilots get an ejection seat just in case the software fails, Boeing 737 passengers don't. AIrbus sell a stable aircraft Boeing don't. I can se...

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 6000ft and no chimes
Replies: 25
Views: 2801

Re: 6000ft and no chimes

N757ST wrote:
The pilots forgot and they’d eventually figure it out. Worst case the flight attendants will figure it out when the gear comes down. Chillaxe and enjoy your flight.


I was on a flight once where one of the flight attenants wasn't even sitting down yet when we touched down on the runway.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF447 - 10 Years Later
Replies: 96
Views: 17515

Re: AF447 - 10 Years Later

I will open a can of worms here: How does the idea of the sidestick being a contributing factor to this accident plays out among the aviation community? I'm aware Captain Sully suggested this in an interview. I'm thinking about the subject for some time now. When the PF mentioned he ''had the stick...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire
Replies: 69
Views: 14398

Re: Virgin Atlantic flight cabin fire

Some airlines have streaming entertainment and you are to bring your own device. And they don't have power ports. So a backup battery pack is essential. I always bring mine, also for needing it at destination. But never in checked luggage.

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 18
Views: 1660

Re: B6 or WN?

Oh and WN has no beverage carts, so when you need a trip to the loo you aren't blocked by them. The drink and snack service is done by hand carry.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 20816

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

An improvement would be less cramped seating on delta. Space on an aircraft costs serious money. People who want to pay for it have First/Business and Comfort+ and/or Premium Select on over 90% of DL/DL Connection aircraft. Modest improvements in long-haul coach meal service (greatly overdue, IMHO)...

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: I admit it - I stereotype rude travellers

How about the "how much trouble will that person have stuffing their carryons into the overhead" game?

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX congestion getting out of control?
Replies: 58
Views: 14659

Re: LAX congestion getting out of control?

I find the waits for gates maddening. I once had a choice of flying a connection to BUR or NS to LAX. I chose LAX and I would have been faster to BUR with a connection. We waited 45 mins for a gate. The parking shuttle took 25 mins to pick me up. The traffic on the 405 was a nightmare. BUR would hav...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383337

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Clearly Boeing was really screwed up with MCAS and the general stability software design here. But it seems a bit hyperbolic to say that the plane is a turd, it's unstable in pitch, it should be killed. There are plenty of aircraft with minor handling issues that are fixed through both physical and ...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff
Replies: 54
Views: 10092

Re: Buzzsaw sound on takeoff

Today's cruise ships are designed with hull shapes that create secondary waves that self cancel the primary wake. The result is a relatively tiny wake that would otherwise be huge and a large disruption to other ships.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announcing Something Tomorrow (Space Theme)
Replies: 100
Views: 18258

Re: United Announcing Something Big Tomorrow (Space Theme)

This thread cracks me up. A bunch of us airplane nerds making big whoooha out of nothing!

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 18
Views: 1660

Re: B6 or WN?

I see it a bit differently. B6 is sort of like Urban Outfitters. Kind of nice but limited in scope. WN is like Target. Generally clean, good value, consistent. Frontier and Spirit are WalMart. The legacies are like Macy's. They sell upscale products, but you can't ever find anybody at the register a...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: B6 or WN?
Replies: 18
Views: 1660

Re: B6 or WN?

WN is much stronger than B6 on West Coast; B6 is based mostly in the east. They have two very different business models. Contrary to the snide WN comment, WN compared to the legacy carriers has no bag fees, no FF blackout dates, better Y legroom, better crew service/attitudes (reliably), free snacks...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract
Replies: 42
Views: 8005

Re: United Pilots Say Avianca Deal Violates Scope Clause In Their Contract

I can just hear "Rhapsody in Blue" playing right about now.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where at LAX? (Unpainted DC-10 photo)
Replies: 30
Views: 4376

Re: Where at LAX? (Unpainted DC-10 photo)

I remember LAX well in those days as I lived nearby. My uncle worked for Western. You would often see DC-10s from Western parked just east of Sepulveda Blvd, right before it goes into the tunnel under 25R and 25L.

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?
Replies: 44
Views: 2245

Re: What is Your Favorite Wide Body Aircraft and Why?

767 for the economy seating layout.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Worst Small Airport in the US?
Replies: 6
Views: 996

Re: Worst Small Airport in the US?

Just the lack of crowding alone generally makes up for any deficiencies at small airports.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 138
Views: 12287

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

My first ever jet airliner flight was in 1965 on a four-engined Boeing 720B, Western Airlines. We flew LAX-Denver via SAN and PHX. Two stop continuation/through-flight for what today is a two hour nonstop flight.

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383337

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

AA's CEO gave a crisp answer yesterday (flying mid August, first scheduled flight Sept 3rd) that some partisans are rejecting in favor of a click bait out of context article that was based on selectively quoting part of a statement made by a FAA official said to be trustworthy which in turn was bas...

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by Chemist
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8948

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Deer me, you guys are hawking the bear stories today.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US
Replies: 4
Views: 454

Re: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US

PatrickZ80 wrote:
No surprise, small airports are often better than larger ones.

Surprised to see Heathrow score that high, it's a horrible airport. There are plenty of airports in Europe that are far better than Heathrow.


I've always found Schiphol to be a good airport.

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max
Replies: 18
Views: 5301

Re: German DFS denies transfer flight trough german airspace of an Norwegian 737 Max

:lol: I'm sure the Germans weren't going to let it land at Berlin's new airport!

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US
Replies: 4
Views: 454

Fodor's rates BUR as best airport, LAX as worst in US

https://www.fodors.com/worlds-best/airports
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BUR listed as best US airport. LAX is the worst of all.

I'm local to the area, and I agree with both assessments. BUR is a gem. LAX is a mess.

https://www.fodors.com/worlds-best/airports

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383337

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

They should fire him, if he is responsible for good profits, he is also responsible for this spectacular cock-up. He should take his responsibility, just to put some confidence back into the company because he took his responsibility. Get the big bucks, you also got thrown out when it goes wrong. I...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17918

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

May be not from Boeing. They are sometimes so old school. (Control yokes, no FBW, etc...) The yoke vs sidestick UI doesn't really affect the ability of the plane so I don't know why you bring that up. Boeing's newest models are also FBW. Control yokes are a thing from the past. Especially in a FBW ...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 267
Views: 21683

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another rea...

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by Chemist
Tue May 21, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 267
Views: 21683

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another rea...

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17918

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

This is a great idea! Boeing can have a well-trained pilot who will have trouble staying awake on flights without another crew member in the cockpit. The electronic pilot will be named Emily Cass and she will take over, will be called MCAS for short.

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?
Replies: 177
Views: 17918

Re: B 797 - One pilot cockpit?

Heinkel wrote:
Bricktop wrote:
Not. A. Chance.


May be not from Boeing. They are sometimes so old school. (Control yokes, no FBW, etc...)



The yoke vs sidestick UI doesn't really affect the ability of the plane so I don't know why you bring that up.
Boeing's newest models are also FBW.

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by Chemist
Mon May 20, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown
Replies: 267
Views: 21683

Re: AA sues IAM-TWU Association over alleged slowdown

I remember a number of years ago when the pilots were slowing down, we left the gate in Aruba and took 30 minutes to taxi to the runway at a near-deserted airport. The pilot(s) were riding the brakes, even at engine idle, the entire time. We crawled to the runway. It pissed me off. Just another reas...

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by Chemist
Sat May 18, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN and DFW
Replies: 36
Views: 5027

Re: WN and DFW

A somewhat related question. In LA we have WN at ONT, BUR, LGB, SNA, and LAX. That's the big international airport. Why isn't WN also at ORD or DFW in addition to MDW and DAL? What is different about LA? Are they avoiding a bloodbath at the other two because they just didn't enter quickly enough? Th...

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by Chemist
Thu May 16, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383337

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Everybody is acting like it is a binary game. "It's all Boeing's fault" or "It's all the pilots' fault". The real world isn't that simple. IMHO, Boeing designed a very flawed system (yes, bordering on criminal). But very competent pilots should have been able to get out of it. An...

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by Chemist
Wed May 15, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals
Replies: 25
Views: 3496

Re: TSA To Deploy 100s to the Border Including Air Marshals

What's the effect on aviation? Coupled with the transfer of CBP officers? And what effect on immigrants from having to take off their shoes? :roll: It sounds like initially this might be from the TSA group that goes to stadiums and such? TSA plans for the deployments to involve up to 175 law enforc...

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by Chemist
Sun May 12, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Bob Seger Concert ATL-TPA-ATL
Replies: 3
Views: 2437

Re: Bob Seger Concert ATL-TPA-ATL

it's not my experience that the 737 700 is weak on takeoff, quite the contrary. I suspect you had a long runway and a derated takeoff.
I fly out of BUR and the takeoffs are like rocket launches pretty much.

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22078

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I also switched from AA, Chemist, to Delta. Delta instead of WN to keep the benefits described above by MidwestIndy. May I answer about the reasoning for that? Because not...

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22078

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program. What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I don't fly enough for upgrades and they're rarely avai...

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by Chemist
Fri May 10, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22078

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program. What's the reasoning for that? No TPAC or TATL service, no AVOD, no possibility of Admirals Club access, no Y+ or F upgrades... I don't fly enough for upgrades and they're rarely avai...

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by Chemist
Thu May 09, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose
Replies: 104
Views: 22078

Re: American Airlines Admits It Has No Brand Purpose

I'm lifetime Gold but I now always book WN preferentially. I get better seating, better service, better ff program.

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by Chemist
Wed May 08, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22902

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

I think Boeing has let the door almost close on the 757 replacement. Most of the customers can't wait for a paper maybe-if-cows-can-fly airplane for 2025.
Since people said the 757 unique niche was too small, Airbus has ruled the day in this segment.

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Viable new routes for SJU
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Viable new routes for SJU

LAX-SJU was once served, right? I flew LAX-SJU a bunch of times for work in the '90s. There were no nonstops until TWA started NS. This was shortly before AA bought them. On American, I would normally fly LAX-MIA and then on to SJU. My last 727 flight was in First Class on an AA 727 MIA-SJU. Good t...

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?
Replies: 32
Views: 4671

Re: How many more years of A380 service do we expect to see?

I think we'll see a large fraction of the frames disappearing within about 10 years. There will probably be some laggards that hand around up to 20 years. She will be quite a site to spot one at all in 20 years.

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22902

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

anrec80 wrote:
IMHO a great idea - A321NEO-LR is the perfect fit for them. Maybe even A321-NEO-ULR can make it from KEF to LAX/SFO.


With fish?

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22902

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

A321neo is a great aircraft, so good choice, for the 767's they should replace it with A338neo. But it is weird why din't they order B787 and B737-10MAX. If I am not mistaken they did order B787 and later cancelled it or they din't order it all? Agreed, the combo of A338 and A321NEO /LR would be a ...

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by Chemist
Tue May 07, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383337

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Most of us know that MCAS was a disaster and that Boeing's actions with that system were a mess. But thatt doesn't also change the fact that the crew didn't follow procedures. Most accidents are caused by a chain of failures. You want to recognize all of them to develop mitigations. Focusing on one ...

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