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by Chemist
Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw
Replies: 120
Views: 15724

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

I thought it was really good. Gave a good summary of what happened. And just showed Boeing for what it is. Quite sad but still looking ahead to Boeing recovering But one question keeps popping up in my mind. Repeated conversations here and elsewhere imply that Boeing HAS NOT CHANGED - they're still...

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by Chemist
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50880

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

Apple does sell security, however. Somewhat analogous to safety.

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by Chemist
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries
Replies: 190
Views: 50880

Re: FAA Confirms Boeing Halts 787 Deliveries

I'd note that the current troubles with the 787 do not stem from outsourcing or subcontracting this time, but from assembly... The one thing that Boeing actually does itself. To me, the root of all this mess is the SC plant and its ostensible goal to cut costs, corners and bypass unions. It has bee...

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 492
Views: 95584

Re: Denver Aviation Thread - 2021

I flew to Denver a bunch of times when the airport was new, and was very impressed. After a long gap, I flew there in the last year and it was a pigstye. What happened? For example, the islands outside the terminal had dirty concrete with gum all over the place. The interior, even without the constr...

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

IMHO hospitals should adjust their admission policies to favor those vaccinated (if they have COVID) and then favor any other important healthcare treatment patients (broken bones, cancer, etc.). And then even elective surgeries, etc. Nonvaccinated (except those with special conditions) with COVID s...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13421

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

"On American Airlines, we no longer have free bags, meals, or legroom --- but the duct tape is FREEEE!!!!!!"

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Crew Restrains 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX
Replies: 117
Views: 13421

Re: AA Crew Duct Tapes 13 y/o To His Seat OGG-LAX

Duct taping any passenger to a seat, as happened on F9 last week, and now on AA this week seems like a huge liability issue. What happens in the event of an emergency evacuation if crew can't get the tape removed in time and the passenger is stuck? I was going to say the exact same thing. I suppose...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

"This is just getting silly. Triple shots for the most vulnerable? OK, fine. Shots every six months for everyone? Just not a possibility, especially if you expect the rest of the world to get the chance to be vaccinated anytime soon. " Feel free to get COVID eventually. I'll take my six m...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

"This is just getting silly. Triple shots for the most vulnerable? OK, fine. Shots every six months for everyone? Just not a possibility, especially if you expect the rest of the world to get the chance to be vaccinated anytime soon. " Feel free to get COVID eventually. I'll take my six m...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Clinical trials for Pfizer and Moderna were testing for severe illness, not immunity. So this is not surprising and doesn't minimize the importance of the vaccines.

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: United mandates vaccines for employees

You keep deflecting. I am not arguing about the wisdom of private enterprise like UA to mandate vaccination for its employees. I am not arguing against the courts ruling it appropriate. What I am arguing against is the coercive nature of vaccine passports. When an officer of the police state demand...

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 07, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing
Replies: 132
Views: 25323

Re: Insane Cockpit Video of 737-300 Landing

Earlier posts mentioned lack of prep as a possibility. That is insane if it were true.
I'm a PPL and I prep before flying to a challenging GA runway such a Avalon or Big Bear in the Southern California area. Lack of prep shows incompetence, especially to Paro.

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by Chemist
Sat Aug 07, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7263

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

This entire thread is funny when the singing FAs are on few flights, on the only airline to be consistently profitable for decades. "Oh my ears don't want to hear humor from my crew!". Definitely a first world problem. Now read about Spirit's operational meltdown and there's a downward spi...

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by Chemist
Thu Aug 05, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Behavior is causing more spread of the virus. But the #1 issue I see is unvaccinated, always with a lowered mask, going around as if they are vaccinated. If we could vaccinate the younger kids and if more people were vaccinated, we could treat this as a cold. Most unvaccinated think vaccine is more...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

In my opinion, the CDC’s stance of no-masks was dictated by a desire to reduce vaccine hesitancy which is so significant that it makes the entire vaccination program obsolete. The message was also that vaccinated individuals would no longer need to wear masks, but unvaccinated still should. I mysel...

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by Chemist
Wed Aug 04, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

What's interesting is that here in California, in my county they never asked for my insurance info, so I doubt they paid for anything. So I'm tempted to consider a third jab as I'm getting towards an age that is at higher risk. Or I could go to a different state and get a third jab. Especially if w...

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by Chemist
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

What's interesting is that here in California, in my county they never asked for my insurance info, so I doubt they paid for anything. So I'm tempted to consider a third jab as I'm getting towards an age that is at higher risk. Or I could go to a different state and get a third jab. Especially if we...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Like lightsaber said upthread, how many times CDC changed mask guidance? At every CDC somersault, TV pundits come out with an excuse. Myself and waterbomber2 have been saying since the beginning of this pandemic, don't trust CDC, TV pundits and some HCWs, just wear masks. First, CDC is a bunch of h...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.
Replies: 144
Views: 21297

Re: AA: Possible seatback entertainment return.

Seatback entertainment is nice, but AA needs to work on their soft product. I recently flew LAX-JFK on Flagship business and the service levels were abysmal for a transcon business flight. Even United on the return EWR-LAX was better, although they fell short in other ways. All of my international b...

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by Chemist
Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I think under 12 are getting the short-end of the stick in this political game. Both politicians and many parents are ignoring the consequences. In summer kids social interactions could be restricted and monitored, that is impossible in a school setting. Normally it requires FDA clinical trial data...

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by Chemist
Sun Aug 01, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I say voluntarily unvaccinated as kids under 12 cannot be vaccinated. My 12+ child has been fully vaccinated for a while. My younger child cannot be vaccinated. Lightsaber I think under 12 are getting the short-end of the stick in this political game. Both politicians and many parents are ignoring ...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 30, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245211

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Just not seeing hydrogen as viable. Hydrogen is explosive unlike JetA (except in exact fuel/air mixtures). It's also got a much lower energy density than JetA. Finally, there's no distribution system for Hydrogen which is a huge issue. Yes it is possible, but would be decades to get it established. ...

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7263

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

I don't agree WN is Walmart.
F9 and NK are WalMart.
WN is Target.
The big 3 are like Macy's - upscale merch, but you can't find anybody to help you.

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Brazil will operate with the B787
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: LATAM Brazil will operate with the B787

"emerging from the pandemic..."

Virus says, "don't be so hasty, now!"

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

It's pretty clear that if you want to be careful, you wear mask indoors except in your home. Well no. Masks are for protecting others, remember ? If you want to be careful, you need to force everyone around to wear a mask. That's the big problem and why this "flip-flopping" happens, not j...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 23, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines
Replies: 43
Views: 7263

Re: The Downhill Spiral of Southwest Airlines

I'll almost always fly WN before the other 3 legacies. As an AA million miler. WN has better crew, no nickel and dime fees, no change fees, better coach legroom, smoother boarding. They also allow me to avoid LAX by using a different area airport most of the time.

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/21/delta-covid-variant-fauci-says-vaccinated-people-might-want-to-consider-wearing-masks-indoors-.html Fauci says vaccinated people ‘might want to consider’ wearing masks indoors as delta variant surges in U.S. Fauci told CNBC that U.S. officials are concerned that they...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

USA Today article: 'I'm sorry, but it's too late' - unvaccinated patients beg for shot; here comes the lambda variant: COVID news https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/07/21/covid-vaccine-delta-variant-mask-cdc-hospitalizations/8035920002/ Sad quote: "Dr. Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist ...

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?
Replies: 18
Views: 1900

Re: Best jetliner for hot and high airports?

757 was quite a ride.
I also love the WN 73G takeoffs out of BUR, also like a rocket ship.

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone else miss the Boeing 727?
Replies: 39
Views: 3247

Re: Does anyone else miss the Boeing 727?

Love how quiet the ride was in the front, as DocLightning mentioned. An increase in airflow hiss from the vents, a quiet push you back into your seat, and you knew takeoff roll had started!

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

15 months into pandemic we still cannot address supply issues of quality (like 3M) N95 masks. Adult sizes are available on and off, but hard to find small size 3M N95 for kids. We can ramp up a complicated mRNA vaccine production, but cannot ramp up 65 cent commodity production. You just beat me to...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

CDC has an updated guidance for immunocompromised individuals. IMHO this recommendation is too late. In a country full of people against masks, asking some to go back to wearing masks after boldly disowning, is like putting genie back in the bottle. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/16/health/cdc-warning...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 14, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397466

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

I also find boarding less stressful with WN. No gate lice crowding the boarding area. A neat set of lines. You can check in 24 hrs in advance or pay a bit extra for a good boarding position. And no regional jets and having to gate-check your bags.

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 14, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 131
Views: 16458

Re: Burbank Airport Aviation Thread - 2021

As far as I know, no FIS in BUR and certainly has not been in the last 20 years, as I fly out of there a lot. I guess I could be wrong. Don't know how hard it would be to put in place. Could they use cities that have US FIS at the destination as some do?

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The political/human realities seem to be: 1 - We aren't going to get enough people vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, due to hesitancy and high percentage need due to increased transmissability (Delta) 2 - Improved treatments and drug therapies are going to help but not completely eliminate critic...

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with one direction runways?
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Airports with one direction runways?

BUR rwy 8 lands on 8, take off on 26 (rare) for commercial ops only I believe. High terrain to the east. I think that opposite ops are allowed for small GA aircraft.

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by Chemist
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Yet Boeing is ultimately responsible for their suppliers as the prime contractor, no? I see Boeing as the Principal/Owner of the project, not as a contractor, as such they have a lot more visibility and responsibility for delays. However I see it as far too much of a coincidence the downward spiral...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 07, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206530

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

The politicizing of this health campaign is a negative for everyone. Agreed. People are stupid to accept/reject vaccination based on what 'their politicians' say. What do 'their politicians' know about medecine? How did all of those hydrochloroquine, UV light, and disinfectant treatments work out?

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 07, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

It's amazing that even from outside, the problems are so apparent but the solutions seem to not be happening. I'm sure it's a terribly complex and difficult thing to fix, but let's hope it's got more attention and fixes happening internally than we're seeing. I'm quite astonished that *apparently*,...

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by Chemist
Wed Jul 07, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

It's amazing that even from outside, the problems are so apparent but the solutions seem to not be happening. I'm sure it's a terribly complex and difficult thing to fix, but let's hope it's got more attention and fixes happening internally than we're seeing. I'm quite astonished that *apparently*,...

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

It's amazing that even from outside, the problems are so apparent but the solutions seem to not be happening. I'm sure it's a terribly complex and difficult thing to fix, but let's hope it's got more attention and fixes happening internally than we're seeing. I'm quite astonished that *apparently*, ...

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by Chemist
Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29443

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Wonderful post. The framing of WN attracting ‘more’ business travels doesn’t mean emulating the legacies. They are going to expand the adjacent possible from their current model, not copy the historically less successful legacies. Exactly. Some posters here seem to be saying "The most successf...

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by Chemist
Mon Jul 05, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397466

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Hawaii is a long stage length, so the Max would provide the greatest fuel savings, no?
Is the relative advantage of MAX fuel savings greater on shorter or longer flights?

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by Chemist
Sun Jul 04, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29443

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

So far the only example this thread has created of a business market WN excels at is DAL-HOU. So 1 market between their two hubs means WN is a business airline. That is a unique city pair that they can take advantage of. A 25 minute flight where the lack of amenities don’t matter. How many business...

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by Chemist
Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29443

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

I've flown between LA area and Bay Area on WN probably over a 100 times in the past decade. On Monday mornings the flights are probably 80% business travelers. Almost everybody is boarding with a boarding pass on their phone. At other times of the day/week, on leisure routes (to say Las Vegas), I se...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29443

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Southwest has shown they can be profitable for decades with their current formula. The issue is whether they can take a bit more slice of the business market while not alienating other users of their network in a way that turns them into just another legacy with wild swings of profit and massive lo...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 02, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29443

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Southwest has shown they can be profitable for decades with their current formula. The issue is whether they can take a bit more slice of the business market while not alienating other users of their network in a way that turns them into just another legacy with wild swings of profit and massive los...

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by Chemist
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

I spent a few decades working in a different regulated industry where there are many parallels. We typically had an internal QA group whose job was to ensure that processes were in place, written processes. QA would sign off on key activities and be an internal check to progress and quality. QA woul...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Is the management style the same at the military, space and the commercial divisions? I'm not sure, but there are somewhat similar problems going on both in the military divisions (KC-46 Pegasus) and space (CST-100 Starliner). If anything, it would point to the real issue being at the top of the ma...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146979

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

Is the management style the same at the military, space and the commercial divisions? I'm not sure, but there are somewhat similar problems going on both in the military divisions (KC-46 Pegasus) and space (CST-100 Starliner). If anything, it would point to the real issue being at the top of the ma...

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