My first flight was a Western 720B LAX-SAN-PHX-DEN rt in 1965. A long way to go to get to DEN! My uncle worked for Western at LAX. In the late 60's or early 70's (not sure which), we got to go to LAX and get on a 720B in the maintenance area off Sepulveda near the tunnel, and sit in the cockpit and ...Jump to post
I have not flown since March, and don't plan to fly anytime soon. I'm in the transition age (63) with no conditions. If I were to fly right now, it would be Delta or WN due to seat policy. I'm fine wearing a mask. I'm also scientifically trained. It makes sense that masks make a large difference sin...Jump to post
WN at some airports uses front and rear boarding. Add unassigned seating and free bags, and there is relatively little baggage bin ballet.Jump to post
I'm a piston VFR pilot, and on any flight more than 25 miles or so I use VFR flight following.
I can't imagine flying a jet and not doing the same.
It's high time that LGB return to a GA airport and the politicians there can kiss their Commercial revenue goodbye. They don't seem to want the business anyway. They could turn the terminal into a small mall.Jump to post
I'd consider derivative failures to be less a failure, since the primary type still did well. So the MAX, the 747-8, even the A340 (since A330 shares wing/fuselage) are less egregious than the A380, L1011, etc.Jump to post
https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/news/virologe-hendrick-streeck-ich-rechne-damit-dass-es-eine-zweite-eine-dritte-welle-geben-wird-li.92336 Virologist Hendrik Streeck: "I expect there will be a second, a third wave" The head of the Heinsberg study also said on Thursday: "We will always...Jump to post
BOE701 is airborne.Jump to post
I'm an AA million miler. You won't see me on any AA flight anytime soon.Jump to post
Definitely LAX pre-COVID.
Once I had the choice of flying out of BUR with a stop or LAX with no stop. I chose LAX and with the 50 minute wait for gate, slow arrival of the parking shuttle, and traffic on the 405, it would have been faster to take the one stop into Burbank.
I timed a WN 737-700, capacity 149, both flights mostly full, arrival to pushback in 23 minutes at Burbank. Burbank uses a ramp in front and stairs in the rear, and of course WN uses first come-first serve seating. I'll also add that at Burbank, due to the old design (tight non-conforming layout of ...Jump to post
1 - Thinking as a person with a background in Project Management, it seems pretty unfair to decide over a year after the grounding that "here are some new design requirements you must meet". 2 - On the other hand, from a karma perspective, Boeing deserves everything that this has done to t...Jump to post
I fly WN out of BUR frequently (well at least before the pandemic). They board and deplane front and rear, and use a switchback ramp in the front and stairs in the rear. I've seen a 737 700 unload/load with a 23 minute turn with most seats filled on both flights. It's fabulous.Jump to post
Relevant to Boeing management and culture... As some may know, the Boeing Starliner test capsule flew into orbit in late 2019. It ended up with a number of issues, mostly software which was not properly tested. The mission failed its primary objective to redezvous and dock with the International Spa...Jump to post
I was lucky enought to have booked LAX-MEL on a QF A380 for February this year. My first A380 ride. Little did I know on the way to Australia that I'd end up on a subbed aircraft (789) on the way back, or the A380s would be grounded within a month or so. My first and likely only A380 ride.Jump to post
I flew LAX-SJU on TWA when they tried that route for a short while (perhaps late 90s?). There were only like 20 people on the plane, and the captain on the PA asked the passengers to "tell all your friends about this route".Jump to post
par13del wrote:We hard reports last month of whether international participants would get special permission to travel to the USA especially after travel from Europe was curtailed, so we know covid has pushed the conservative Boeing estimate further, so yes, 4th qtr 2020 may now be in play.
Why do I have the feeling that we will be well into next year before RTS occurs?
2020 feels like a replay of 2019: new date, promises, delays, repeat.
There was an article about a UK epidimiologist who at 71 got very sick but has survived. The article pointed out that you can't just treat this like "x% live and y% die". This man has survived but has serious lung damage. He will be impaired for the rest of his life, and the article indica...Jump to post
A relatively healthy person under 50 has more risk of getting struck by lightening than dying from covid, so why are we acting like this is a deadly plague, it is not. We could have done some very basic things like some reasonable social distancing and increase hygiene and enhanced measures for the...Jump to post
Let's also talk about its sterling safety record. For the first decade, no accidents. Ignoring a few odd incidents (Missile shoot down, mysterious disappearance from likely suicidal pilot, crash landing from incompetent crew), I believe the only accident that could even be partially blamed on the ai...Jump to post
Can someone explain how "no shirt, no shoes, no service" didn't have anyone marching with their guns into capital buildings and calling for mass boycotts but, all of a sudden, being asked to wear a mask is a threat to our rights and way of life? Can someone explain how we can not get test...Jump to post
If I read the Apple data correctly, the US is approaching its normal levels unlike many European countries. Hopefully some masks will still slow things down, but between the mixed government messages and higher population, I'm expecting many, many more deaths and the US to lead that for quite some t...Jump to post
At least a 797... oh wait? :roll: Boeing took a $797 million charge in Q1: https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2020-04-29-Boeing-Reports-First-Quarter-Results $797 million of abnormal production costs from the temporary suspension of 737 MAX production Probably the only 797 we will be seeing from Beancoun...Jump to post
The US murder rate is 5-10x that of Europe. If you want to compare Europe to the US there are other measures as well. March was the first month in 18 years that there wasn't a school shooting in the US. Scores dying all the time in the US from murders. And then let's talk medical bankruptcies. For t...Jump to post
Re: healthcare spending per capita, the US has a lower life expectancy than almost all first-world countries. So we not only spend 2x, we do that with worse lifespans. Lives foreshortened due to a high animal fat, high sugar diet combined with excessive calorie consumption (ie eating too much)? Tha...Jump to post
Immediately I don’t think so but 4-5-6 months from now it might. If airlines start seeing advanced bookings go up for the later summer into the holiday season I would be wary about instituting a mask required policy. Jet Blue got a fairly poor response to it on social media yesterday. I think what ...Jump to post
:old: Change actually is quite logical as it will better align AA with its Atlantic JV partners - AY/BA/IB. Its not about money, its about having more consistent and closer aligned policies. If they really wanted consistency, it wouldn't be a crapshow when you codeshare across airlines, and have to...Jump to post
Well today was an argument against opening up the economies again https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 103,000 + new cases. Highest yet world wide. 37,000+ in the USA Highest yet in the USA. This is nothing but propaganda. Just because many more now have access to testing it doesn't mean the ...Jump to post
Attempts to create a new from scratch replace of the 737 series in a rush could backfire with another major design flaw. Not with a new airplane. Part of the reason the MAX issue came to be was the fact that it was a 50-year old fuselage shape being forced to accommodate modern engines that were to...Jump to post
Grounding is a good start, but Boeing really has to prove if they are still capable of doing proper design to begin with. With MAX saga going along, "no" seems to be the emerging answer. I really wonder if Boeing retains enough knowledgeable people after everything MAX is said and done, o...Jump to post
I just read the Canada mass shooting thread. The conditions we are living in are really going to take a toll on those who are suffering mentally. People are no longer allowed to seek mental health counseling. The government has blood on their hands. People who can't eat, work, or meet family, frien...Jump to post
I noticed that today (Saturday) mid-day on flightware, there were more Piper Cherokees airborne than 737-800s, and the most prevalent airborne aircraft type was the Cessna 172. Strange times.Jump to post
Trump's travel restriction was Chinese Nationals only, first US case was already here, and many more US nationals came in from Hubei province. Many other cases streamed in from Italy and Iran. So the travel restrictions really did not do anything.Jump to post
Who would've thought two months ago that there would be no public progress on the MAX and yet we'd see almost no postings in this thread?Jump to post
According to some posters in another thread, it would be amazing that somehow a 737 had a bad landing without breaking into three pieces, as 737s always break apart...Jump to post
On a somewhat-related note, it was announced that the Boeing "Starliner" had another potentially fatal software flaw that could have lost the capsule during reentry. It was patched only a few hours before reentry, during the recent test mission: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/02/star...Jump to post
You need to take a look at where they mounted the Engines on the 787 and 777X from the side - Very MAX like. They got a nice Aero benefit out of this placement. Nope. We discussed this one years ago and those in the know told us that putting a big honking engine nacelle up in front of the leading e...Jump to post
Just out of curiosity are the 737-800s designed to break at specific zones in the aircraft. There are similarities with this one, the Caribbean Airlines one in Guyana; the American Airlines one in Jamaica; Turkish Airlines Amsterdam, Lion Air in Bali. In most of these listed, casualties were very l...Jump to post
. . . why isn't the 737-300 for example, "fundamentally flawed"? Because it didn’t have the same issue, didn’t require MCAS, and didn’t kill 346 people as a result. It has its own issues, many of which were fixed. By your definition, they DID cram engines below the 737-300 and NG, and tho...Jump to post