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by VetteDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I am of the opinion that any lake front redevelopment project that doesnt include relocating 90 to south of it's current location and removed dead mans curve would be a waste of time. I'm afraid BKL would close and we would be left with some half baked garbage park that nobody goes to instead of a ...

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by VetteDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I am of the opinion that any lake front redevelopment project that doesnt include relocating 90 to south of it's current location and removed dead mans curve would be a waste of time. I'm afraid BKL would close and we would be left with some half baked garbage park that nobody goes to instead of a v...

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by VetteDude
Sun Aug 11, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Yes, 6L/24R is open. They were initially planning to open 6L/24R and subsequently close the other parallel. That plan is on hold until Spring 2020 most likely. That being said, 6R/24L is still closing on an almost daily basis for a few hours to catch up on maintenance that was put off when the othe...

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by VetteDude
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

^WN needs more space. DL needs more space. Other than a full re-do of Concourse D, would it make sense for either WN or DL to move to BKL? Either airline would have almost the entire terminal, with the exception of Utlimate Air. When WN first came to Cleveland, they were initially planning to go to...

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by VetteDude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2019/07/no-to-cuyahoga-county-bed-tax-increase-for-now-yes-to-a-less-piecemeal-approach-to-local-taxation-editorial.html Nice to see the PD planting a seed regarding airport modernization. They seem to be the only ones. Best I can tell a master facility plan vendor...

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by VetteDude
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2019/07/no-to-cuyahoga-county-bed-tax-increase-for-now-yes-to-a-less-piecemeal-approach-to-local-taxation-editorial.html Nice to see the PD planting a seed regarding airport modernization. They seem to be the only ones. Best I can tell a master facility plan vendor...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

^what are gate lice? Or is that a typo? I guess the term is mostly used among the DL flyers over at FT. People who crowd right in front of the entrance to the line before their group is boarding so that they can rush the gate as soon as their group is up. It's a feedback cycle, I'll admit to "...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I started flying UA occasionally, and got a chance to board at C23 (one of the "innovation gates"). My verdict is not a huge change. Much longer line to the gate, which I supposed helps with gate lice, and the furniture and extra power outlets are an improvement. I do think its a little cl...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Quite a few corporate connections between the two cities, especially Eaton, Rockwell Automation, and Johnson Controls. Probably one of the main reasons WN instantly picked up the route after UA dropped it. One of my friends works for Rockwell and she said that employees are ferried between the two ...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

I'm pretty sure WN cut one of the MDW flights around the time they started MKE. They are at full capacity at MDW, so my theory has always been that the CLE-MKE flights are reliever flights to that region. Seems to be popular enough and it's a route I've flown quite a few times now, I would be sad if...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

As much as everyone elsewhere on this site likes to talk about how Cleveland deserved to be de-hubbed and how awful of a place it is, I wonder if the new United regime is starting to see a little value in taking advantage of the focus city operations. Cleveland has proven it can grow when fares are ...

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by VetteDude
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Some info on the Ford plants: For "producing game-changing automotive technologies...At least one of the game changing technologies is the plasma ignition system, also known as the sparkless ignition, according to a party involved with sales transaction." What's the airport impact? More f...

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by VetteDude
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings
Replies: 16
Views: 3500

Re: Southwest posts Q1 2019 earnings

the max grounding is gonna screw over a bunch of investors, me thinks. Probably not, it's already pretty priced in (which is why Southwest has lagged the other airlines slightly lately). Even Boeing's stock hasn't been beaten down too badly. As long as they come back into service, the market will l...

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by VetteDude
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

The upcoming master plan is probably our one shot for the next decade+ to actually get some real major changes. I'm not so sure they will swing for the fences with it though. I can't even imagine the push back any major (expensive) project will have from various groups.

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by VetteDude
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 971
Views: 120145

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2019

Some things we know: 1) A good piece of BKL is able to be built on. See the existing terminal, corporate hangar, high school and past proposals (museum, outlet mall) that tell you there is land available. The rest could be a park (see #2). 2) As ncflyer states, give it to the Metro parks. They do t...

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by VetteDude
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Just like STL you all got hosed by WW. Watch this and note the part of the 5-Sept email WW send to the airport. Then they totally change their mind in the PR release and make the airport/city look like it was them. https://www.kmov.com/news/wow-air-pulling-out-of-st-louis-saying-summer-performance/...

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by VetteDude
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Mad Dog days are up
Replies: 47
Views: 13174

Re: Allegiant Mad Dog days are up

We have been discussing the fleet changeover and MD retirement in this thread. No need for another thread. https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1371085 November 26 is the last day of scheduled MD-80 service. Nov 27 is a retirement ceramony in SFB. Nov 28 will see a special LAS-FA...

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by VetteDude
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency
Replies: 58
Views: 9738

Re: 737 main gear doors fuel inefficiency

I don't really like coming on this website anymore, at least partially because every week there is a "the 737 is old so it automatically must suck" thread. It's a good plane, get over it.

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works
Replies: 269
Views: 20707

Re: How the 737 MAX 10 landing gear works

But what happens if the airplane attempts its takeoff on a conveyor belt? Not sure if you are asking about all aircraft, or the 730-10. Aircraft make lift based off air flow over the wings. Conveyor belt going opposite direction, plane won't fly since there would be no forward speed. Conveyor belt ...

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?
Replies: 51
Views: 8368

Re: What exactly is the fuel-inerting system on 747's?

I believe, although I'm not certain, that it has to do with replacing the empty tank space (the air in the tank) with nitrogen (which is an inert gas) instead of normal air which has reactive oxygen.

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by VetteDude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 81
Views: 15143

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

I do not like the a.net obsession with CASM. But in this case, I will say: 76 seaters offer so much better CASM because they offer so many more seats for marginal extra fuel burn. So for the vast majority of regional routes, a 76 seater is the way to go. For 50 seaters to make a big comeback, someon...

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by VetteDude
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who is more masterful in non-aligned (err... non-alliance) strategy?
Replies: 2
Views: 923

Re: Who is more masterful in non-aligned (err... non-alliance) strategy?

SW doesn't really have LLC pitch at this point - their seat pitch is right in line with (or even better than, if we are comparing to AA A319) any of the majors. Also it's two free bags.

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by VetteDude
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 33179

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

What is the cause of American's large debt? Did it order too many planes? Should American have ordered fewer planes to replace the Super 80's and 757's or should it have ordered different planes? Should it have extended the life of the Super 80's and 757's? They did order a lot of planes, but it wa...

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by VetteDude
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

As a 737 pilot for FI, I see quite a lot of CLE flights on my schedule. One thing that we find strange is the handling of arriving international flights: Once we clear customs, we have to re-clear security and enter the airport again and walk through the terminal to baggage claim. I understand that...

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by VetteDude
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

I like hearing the two extremes on this issue. I'll take the middle ground. To NCflyers point, I think the airport is in better shape than he gives it credit for. Sure, it's not as airy and doesn't have as much natural light as contemporary airports, but it does its job. It's not a world class hub a...

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by VetteDude
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

As in, the school nobody likes? ;) As in, the school that is better at football than yours (Alabama and Clemson exempted). As in the school nobody actually ever went to but cheers for anyway because they win sometimes. I mean, I'll admit that I root for them and never went there, but they are one o...

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by VetteDude
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

The SwiftAir CLE-PUJ charter is still operating as a 762 or 763 - today's 762 is due at 1629. I was on a flight last weekend which took off right behind the 767. It was pretty weird seeing a passenger 767 at the airport, even weirder to be in a 737 right behind it. Really wish we got more widebodie...

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by VetteDude
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Admittedly small sample size, but Southwest CLE-MKE loads have been better in both directions on my most recent trips on it versus when it started. Fingers crossed that this route sticks around for good, I would have to have to go back to using MDW or fly AA or UA to Ohare.

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by VetteDude
Fri May 25, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?
Replies: 58
Views: 8694

Re: Could CFM International offer the B-722 a new lease on life?

No, and there are 2 reasons why not. 1. Being a rear engine aircraft, you cannot just bolt on much heavier engines onto an existing frame. Especially the middle engine, which would be impossible to retrofit to a high bypass fan. When the MD-80 series was developed into the MD-90 with heavier high by...

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by VetteDude
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

The first month of CLE-MKE on Southwest had a 46% load factor in November, United had a 70% LF. Obviously with 2x daily mainline Southwest carried over twice as many passengers as United. But here’s the interesting thing: In November 2016 the total CLE-MKE traffic was about 2,700 passengers. In 201...

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by VetteDude
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - 2018
Replies: 1635
Views: 152512

Re: What's Going In CLE - 2018

Those numbers aren't that huge for both directions. Average of roughly 100 a day each way with a peak season of 200 per day each way. A nonstop on a good carrier would undoubtedly stimulate the market, however. With that demand it's probably best served with a once daily CS100/73G/319 since it's way...

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by VetteDude
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s
Replies: 105
Views: 16480

Re: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s

I just wonder what the cost difference is between the Max 7, 8, and 9. Maybe for Southwest, having a fleet of all Max 8's makes a lot of sense even if on many flights some of those extra seats are empty. The marginal revenue might offset the marginal costs of flying the bigger plane all the time.

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by VetteDude
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s
Replies: 105
Views: 16480

Re: Southwest orders more 737 Max 8s and defers 737 Max 7s

Interesting, because I've always assumed that the small Max7 order was just a placekeeper for a huge Max7 order to replace -700s.

Nice to see more positive effects from tax reform.

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by VetteDude
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest Of Ohio - 2017
Replies: 2150
Views: 196697

Re: The Rest Of Ohio - 2017

I'm confused why he hates DTW so bad? It's a great airport.

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by VetteDude
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

Thanks for posting the numbers, Massey. I can't believe how big F9 is now and I'm very happy that WN continues to grow slowly but surely. Any word on how CLE-MKE is doing for them? I've flown it once with pretty light loads in each direction; Hopefully that was a fluke, I'd like it to stick around f...

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by VetteDude
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

I've gotta say, I was at the airport trying to catch a flight on Wednesday night - during the huge snow storm, and CLE ops were moving along just fine like a well-oiled machine. I think Kennedy has really done wonders at the airport. All of the delays (including mine) seemed to be from inbound fligh...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 166916

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

Now we have people crying about the Concorde being gone. Yep, the flying death trap that had 4 turbojets and injected raw fuel into the exhaust. What an efficient, practical, money-printing aircraft. There is nothing wrong with updating existing designs. In fact, it's a very smart thing to do. Boein...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 166916

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

As others have noted, a major redesign is highly unlikely. What is likely is MAX'ing the 767, with new engines (GENx), minor aero and weight-saving improvements (updated winglet/blended wing), and the Sky Interior product. That's about it. The P2F aftermarket for the 767 is strong and new-build 767...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 166916

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

Wow a lot of insane people on this website. We get rumors that Boeing wants to make some 767-300ER's IN RESPONSE TO AN AIRLINE'S REQUEST FOR THEM and we hear from the shills that "the plane is dead, no business case" or "Airbus is really eating Boeing's lunch" and "the 767MA...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 19291

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

Billions in profits from the ancillary fees and economy minus scam, and they still stick it to the customer...thank you shareholders. Just wondering what you consider to be proper profit margin, maybe I can tell UA management so they can make you happy and not the people who own the company a.k.a. ...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 19291

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

Why does this surprise or upset anyone? (AWACSooner) The name of the game is to make money.... that's if your a share holder. The name of the game for the consumer is cheap airfare AND comfort which is why Delta wins. I wouldn't fly in the back of a UA widebody plane for free. Consumers have consis...

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by VetteDude
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

Kennedy leaving would be the icing on the cake for how incompetent this city is. Mayor Jackson and everyone on council needs to go, time to clean house. Kennedy is a true professional, our city truly doesn't deserve him. We would be wise to let him actually run the airport like the director should w...

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by VetteDude
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

^In 20 years, Amazon could be gone as a company and in 20 years a new major airline could appear and make CLE its hub or HQ and build its own terminal. For reference, B6 is less than 20 years old. Its certainly not infeasible, yet giving the I-X center for the likes of Amazon certainly hurts that p...

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by VetteDude
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

We aren't in the running for the Amazon HQ anyway, that's just wild speculation by the PD.

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by VetteDude
Sun Sep 24, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA in CLE: What's next?
Replies: 123
Views: 10803

Re: UA in CLE: What's next?

FWIW...Having lived back in that area in the 70's and 80's, it seems to me that the beginnings of CLE issues began with several concurrent events..the fuel crises in 1979,THE 1980-83 recession, the labor issues of that same time period ( strike in 79(?)), Richard Farris and his ill-advised plan tha...

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by VetteDude
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

The airshow website says United will have a 737-800 and E175 on display this year. The 175 will be a nice upgrade from the old RJ45 they used to showcase. It's nice to see United still being a part of the show, too.

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by VetteDude
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 159749

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

Hearing rumors of a "big announcement" regarding CLE service "coming soon". Has to be a new carrier or international, I don't think a couple new F9 less than dailies qualifies as "big".... Southwest is going to be extending its flight schedule on August 28th. Is Southw...

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by VetteDude
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada downsizes 737 MAX 9 order book
Replies: 68
Views: 12530

Re: Air Canada downsizes 737 MAX 9 order book

I think it's time to cue up Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors", because a few people are really revealing theirs in this thread again. I'm at a loss as to what the big deal is with this order change? Even if it's because they want to pick up more A321s, who cares? Is it really that important to...

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by VetteDude
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737-9 : Dead duck
Replies: 43
Views: 11118

Re: 737-9 : Dead duck

Who cares if the 7M9 isn't a big seller now? The 8 is still going to be super successful, and now they have the 10 which takes care of many of the criticisms that this board has levied against the 9 since the launch of the 321NEO and -9MAX. I'm still not holding my breath that people here will stop ...

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