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by johnclipper
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why weren't PA CRAF B747s Used as Combis?
Replies: 6
Views: 1255

Why weren't PA CRAF B747s Used as Combis?

PA participated in the CRAF program for some extra $$$ and a number of their B747s were converted for CRAF use with SCDs added. Why didn't PA ever use them as Combi's after they shut down their dedicated Cargo division? Wouldn't these have brought in some extra revenue especially in the leaner winte...

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by johnclipper
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Evolution of U.S.-U.A.E. and U.S.-Qatar direct service
Replies: 7
Views: 1379

Re: Evolution of U.S.-U.A.E. and U.S.-Qatar direct service

MAS had 1 x B747-300 Combi (9M-MHK) along with the -200Bs and -400s. MHK was converted to a freighter and flew on with Dragonair when they operated a B747 freighter fleet. The KUL-DXB-EWR service shifted to KUL-ARN-EWR (or v.v.). US West Coast services were through NRT/KIX/HKG at various times (AFAI...

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by johnclipper
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s
Replies: 46
Views: 11984

Re: United Airlines Boeing 777-200s

Not to nitpick further, but to the FAA there is no such thing as a 777-200ER - it's a Boeing marketing term. Per the FAA type cert, all 777-200s are -200s. Even the serial number plate on the individual aircraft state "777-222" or "777-224" as applicable for UA or CO built birds.

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by johnclipper
Fri May 10, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?
Replies: 69
Views: 8853

Re: Why didn't Delta fly International out of DFW?

DL used to fly DFW-FRA. Believe with the -500 first then the MD-11. I remember when I lived in DFW back in '97-'00 the flight was just ending.

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by johnclipper
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United MCO hub?
Replies: 82
Views: 12127

Re: United MCO hub?

I lived in Central FL during this time. It was after the PA LatAm acquisition and I guess UA didn't want to compete head to head with AA in MIA. There was talk of having all MIA to South America route authorities moved to MCO from MIA. UA had one finger in Terminal B and was using part of another fo...

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by johnclipper
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 vs -800 wind noise
Replies: 23
Views: 5015

Re: 747-400 vs -800 wind noise

First, there is no such thing as a 747-800. However, I vaguely recall that something was done on the 747-8 to address the noise issues with the 747-400 Flight Deck. Let me see if I can find out. technically it is a B747-800/-800F according to the 747 type certificate and the FAA. Do any N number se...

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by johnclipper
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SQ non-stop flying to EWR and not JFK like the other flight via FRA?
Replies: 75
Views: 15437

Re: Why is SQ flying to EWR and not JFK?

I took the original A350 EWR-SIN flight back in the day and I can say that I think the issue was that since this was an ULH route, less taxi and holding time coupled with late night departure time meant that the flight didn't waste time waiting to depart. IIRC, the departure was 12:55am and we got o...

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by johnclipper
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 34
Views: 5938

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

Besides the SN DC-10s that operated as a combi, did any other DC-10CFs operate as combi or was it the same as with the MD-11CF?

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by johnclipper
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 34
Views: 5938

Re: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

I'm referring to the CF with the SCD in the front. As I mentioned in my first post, not the AZ MD-11C with the door in the rear.

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by johnclipper
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi
Replies: 34
Views: 5938

Was the MD-11CF ever operated as a Combi

I know McDonnell Douglas built the MD-11C for AZ as a combi with pallet positions in the rear and pax up front. My question is did the MD-11CF ever operate as a combi a la DC-10-30CF (Sabena for example) or did it only operate as a true C onvertible F reighter going back and forth as all freighter o...

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by johnclipper
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP Portugal incredible expansion
Replies: 41
Views: 10115

Re: TAP Portugal incredible expansion

TP used to have a ticket/sales office in Macao. I saw it no less than 6-7 years ago...interesting to see as it had just closed.

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by johnclipper
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA dehub MIA?
Replies: 74
Views: 10862

Re: Why did UA dehub MIA?

Could UA have switched the route authorities it got from PA to MCO instead of MIA to try and grow MCO? Or was it felt that once they had access to MIA that was where they needed to be? I believe that is what the plan was...I remember when I lived in Central Florida at the time of the MIA/MCO hubs t...

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by johnclipper
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan
Replies: 101
Views: 17040

Re: Updated: US airlines cave In to Chinese demands about Taiwan

It's the same as if you ask local Hong Kongers if given a choice would they have rather wanted to remain British instead of revert "back" to China in 1997. The overwhelming answer is "YES". Ask any Hong Konger who travels overseas where they are from and they say "Hong Kong&...

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by johnclipper
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 red beacon steady?
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

Re: B787 red beacon steady?

If it was night you were seeing the left wing nav light. They don’t flash...or rotate. Yep, that’s what you were looking at. Seriously dude, I think I know what I saw after being a spotter for 25+ years. It was a "steady on" lower anti-collision light. Thanks for everyone else's non-patro...

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by johnclipper
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 red beacon steady?
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

B787 red beacon steady?

Ok, Scoot B787-8 (9V-OJC) just flew over my house at night. I noticed the lower red beacon was steady and not flashing. This is not the first time I have seen this on a B787 (NH and RJ aircraft also come to mind). Is this an option for the pilots or some malfunction?

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by johnclipper
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018
Replies: 294
Views: 76649

Re: The 777 retirement and scrapping thread - 2018

https://de.flightaware.com/live/flight/HSTJH HS-TJH has not flown for 5 weeks. Is this the third Thai 77E to be wfu and scrapped? -TJH ia a 772A not 77E. Michael Technically according to their onboard boilerplates and FAA type certificates, they are all -200s. The -200 "(ER)" moniker is j...

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by johnclipper
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 18273

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

I've boarded widebodies via stairs in the following airports in Asia in the last 5 years (excluding Kai Tak):

Kai Tak (CX 743)
HKG (KA A330 / CX A330 / CX A340)
BKK (EK A380 / ET B767 / KQ B767 / TG 744 / TG A346)
DOH (ALL QR up to/including A350)
PVG (CX A340)
BOM (9W A330)
BLR (9W A330)

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by johnclipper
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight
Replies: 80
Views: 17259

Re: First 777 ever built heading to Museum of Flight

I was fortunate enough to fly this piece of aviation history four times:

2009-08-05 - CX 0364 - HKG-PVG
2011-08-08 - CX 0364 - HKG-PVG
2013-07-25 - CX 0729 - HKG-KUL
2015-03-02 - CX 0720 - KUL-HKG

I will miss her passing over my apartment flying in and out of her HKG home.

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by johnclipper
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are powerbacks still done at any US airports?
Replies: 21
Views: 4725

Re: Are powerbacks still done at any US airports?

EA did powerbacks with 757s too. I was on one at ATL for an ATL-EWR flight. Was "interesting"...

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by johnclipper
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 55th birthday to the 727
Replies: 89
Views: 7602

Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

I was lucky enough to fly on CO (-100 & -200), DL, PA, EA, NW, UA, Cruzeiro (-100) and PI B727s. The B727 & B747 are the two most beautiful aircraft out there...

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by johnclipper
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates New Regional Routes
Replies: 72
Views: 15016

Re: Emirates New Regional Routes

No PEN! Between ME and Chinese tourists, they are ruining idyllic Asian cities. Places like Pattaya, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Saipan are already ruined by the influx of tourists! Stop it!

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by johnclipper
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SA 287 on Aug 20
Replies: 6
Views: 1530

SA 287 on Aug 20

Just curious, anyone know what happened to SA 287 (HKG-JNB) on Aug 20. Flight departed HKG and flew all the way to west coast of Malaysia only to return back to HKG!

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by johnclipper
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th
Replies: 58
Views: 6156

Re: Air India employees to paid July salaries August 5th

Unlike the US where employees can't manage money (as an American I can say that) and are paid weekly or bi-weekly, most of the world is paid monthly the week after the previous month end. This is a non-story. Again, a four day delay can impact people's lives but is not earth shattering. If this was ...

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by johnclipper
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL releases anti-ME3 video
Replies: 196
Views: 21881

Re: DL releases anti-ME3 video

sounds like sour grapes...

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by johnclipper
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adding Seats (from previous announcements)
Replies: 20
Views: 5272

Re: United Adding Seats (from previous announcements)

He mentions Premium Economy re-evaluation on the last slide. Any take-aways from that?

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by johnclipper
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines B777s
Replies: 6
Views: 2577

Re: Turkmenistan Airlines B777s

Seen them in KUL too...

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by johnclipper
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/MH used to fly the A380 to HKG?
Replies: 9
Views: 2893

Re: AF/MH used to fly the A380 to HKG?

MH72/73 is a KUL-HKG flagship route and was flown by 744, MD-11 and 777 over the years. After the arrival of the A380, it was flown for a couple of months (I took it about 4-5 times) - huge bathroom in biz. Was switched back to 777 and then to A330 when the 777 left the fleet. Was downgraded to a 73...

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by johnclipper
Sat May 27, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS MD-11 possible retirement in the future?
Replies: 21
Views: 4325

Re: UPS MD-11 possible retirement in the future?

I'm happy we get them here at HKG. I never tire of watching a MD-11 fly over my apartment coming or going...

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by johnclipper
Sun May 21, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ex Cebu Pacific DC-9 Cockpit by City of Dreams in Manila
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Ex Cebu Pacific DC-9 Cockpit by City of Dreams in Manila

Does anyone know anything about the front cockpit section of a DC-9 (loos to be Cebu Pacific) across from the Hyatt Hotel portion of City of Dreams in Manila?

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by johnclipper
Sat May 20, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Potential "emotional support" v. service animal solution
Replies: 40
Views: 2833

Re: Potential "emotional support" v. service animal solution

What's funny is that this is an "American" thing (hopefully staying there) and not a "worldwide" thing. Even those in ultra-liberal Europe or Australia are laughing at us.

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by johnclipper
Sat May 20, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Potential "emotional support" v. service animal solution
Replies: 40
Views: 2833

Re: Potential "emotional support" v. service animal solution

It's getting ridiculous to fly in the U.S. I flew from DFW to SLC and there were three "emotional support" animals on board. I am luckily not allergic to anything but people make a stink about peanut allergies. What about pet allergies? And on top of that, if you bring an animal on board y...

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by johnclipper
Thu May 18, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are the shortest widebody flights regularly operated?
Replies: 28
Views: 3541

Re: What are the shortest widebody flights regularly operated?

Most intra-Japan flights on NH and JL are 767, 777 and 787...

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by johnclipper
Thu May 18, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?
Replies: 33
Views: 8676

Re: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?

Just like there is no 757-200ER, there is also no 767-300ER. The -300ER is only a marketing tool used by Boeing. The official FAA Type Cert is only 767-200, 767-300, 767-300F and 767-400ER. I think your playing loose with the facts. The 767-200ER was first delivered to El Al I believe in 1986? Boei...

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by johnclipper
Wed May 17, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?
Replies: 33
Views: 8676

Re: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?

Just like there is no 757-200ER, there is also no 767-300ER. The -300ER is only a marketing tool used by Boeing. The official FAA Type Cert is only 767-200, 767-300, 767-300F and 767-400ER.

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by johnclipper
Tue May 16, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The end of scheduled A345 service?
Replies: 54
Views: 10724

Re: The death of the A345?

I'm glad my one A340-500 flight was SQ EWR-SIN.

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by johnclipper
Mon May 08, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VARIG tribute - 1927-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 7091

Re: VARIG tribute - 1927-2017

I was fortunate enough to fly VARIG still during their heyday in the 1980s on their new 743s. JFK-GIG, then GIG-GRU-IGU on their 762, then EZE-GIG on their DC-10 and back to JFK on their 743. In economy, I remember dinner appetizer of crab claw. Excellent service all the way around!

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by johnclipper
Mon May 01, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific confirms new first class and business class for upcoming 777-9's
Replies: 18
Views: 5768

Re: Cathay Pacific confirms new first class and business class for upcoming 777-9's

Sorry, can't - signed a NDA doing my one-on-one evaluation at Cathay City...

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by johnclipper
Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Airlines Intercontinental Routes
Replies: 45
Views: 11775

Re: Swiss Airlines Intercontinental Routes

Is Swiss Global still operating the 77Ws?

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by johnclipper
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 31373

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

I just flew DOH-MIA on QR and kudos to QR. Gate checked and securely boxed my laptop and security sealed and bag tagged. At destination, was securely stored until I recovered it after cross-referencing my bag claim and my signature.

Way to go QR to handle this!

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by johnclipper
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific confirms new first class and business class for upcoming 777-9's
Replies: 18
Views: 5768

Re: Cathay Pacific confirms new first class and business class for upcoming 777-9's

From the concepts I have seen, some features are cutting edge.

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by johnclipper
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to replace faulty A350 business class seats
Replies: 25
Views: 8797

Re: Cathay Pacific to replace faulty A350 business class seats

I flew B-LRC when she just entered service and the biz seat was already falling apart. Not to mention the laminates on the tabletop was already starting to peel. Very shoddy work.

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by johnclipper
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 411
Views: 41389

Re: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries

Does anyone know if QR is officially doing the same as EK regarding gate check of laptops? They are vague about it on their website and QR/DOH refers me to origin airport.

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by johnclipper
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Gates in MCO
Replies: 10
Views: 3191

Re: AA Gates in MCO

From my spotting days in MCO back in the '90s here is what it used to look like: Gates 01-09 - Pan Am, Midway, Continental Gates 10-19 - Eastern, AA, TWA Gates 20-29 - Intl arrivals (KLM, BA, Icelandair, Monarch, Air Europe, Virgin, etc) - until Terminal C opened Gates 30-39 - Northwest, Braniff Gat...

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by johnclipper
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Overrated Airlines
Replies: 68
Views: 6048

Re: Most Overrated Airlines

my picks are SQ, EK, DL, WN

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by johnclipper
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sidestick controllers
Replies: 46
Views: 4527

Re: Sidestick controllers

What if you are left handed and sit on the right side or vice versa? Everyone has a dominant hand...

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by johnclipper
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?
Replies: 37
Views: 6441

Re: Dual Airline Use Aircraft?

What about JetStar/Valuair in Singapore. Some A320s still have both titles on them.

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by johnclipper
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China To Acquire Cathay?
Replies: 17
Views: 8036

Re: Air China To Acquire Cathay?

Doesn't Swire still own 45%?

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by johnclipper
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China To Acquire Cathay?
Replies: 17
Views: 8036

Re: Air China To Acquire Cathay?

Air China owns 30% of CX and CX owns 20% of Air China. Not sure Swire would give up their shares.

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by johnclipper
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could A 747SP Really Fly Further Than A 747-200?
Replies: 139
Views: 28264

Re: Could A 747SP Really Fly Further Than A 747-200?

I remember back in 1987 when AA acquired the SP for DFW-NRT, there was an article in AW&ST where Boeing was feeling out operators for the B747ASB (Advanced Short Body) - an updated SP.

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