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by USAirKid
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CARES Act Aid Extension for Airlines
Replies: 83
Views: 8660

Re: CARES Act Aid Extension for Airlines

Should Congress be inclined to provide any support, imo it should be via unemployment benefits, and other programs directly to those impacted, not any aid to the industry. It's silly to have to maintain a bloated workforce when companies are a fraction of size. It only adds to long term inefficienc...

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by USAirKid
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK
Replies: 304
Views: 53249

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

I'm a bit confused... From the AA Press release : The Notes will be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by American Airlines Group Inc Later in the release: The Notes and the Term Loan will be pari passu obligations secured (i) on a first lien basis by a diverse pool of certain slots, gates and r...

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by USAirKid
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBD ejection strategy: got lucky or sound decision-making?
Replies: 40
Views: 5136

Re: BBD ejection strategy: got lucky or sound decision-making?

CS300 program - Sold 50% to Airbus in Oct 17 for $ one dollar, sold rest for $591M in Feb '20. Would or could Airbus do this acquisition today? Still scratching my head on how this was even legal...oh well. There also was a whole lot of liabilities that went for that $1, and Airbus also brought its...

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by USAirKid
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Retires First A380
Replies: 75
Views: 15642

Re: Emirates Retires First A380

That is silly and irrational. But PR and Marketing folks are often silly and irrational. How much does it cost to paint an A380 white just to send it to the scrapper? I can't imagine Southwest and Ryanair repaint their planes when the retire them. Imagine harder.. 0314114,5933849 5900935,5514949 07...

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by USAirKid
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Wonder how the warehouse fire would disrupt or change Amazon's operations. I expect they have that modeled. If it completely shuts down the FC for a significant amount of time. We’d see delivery commitment times extended in the surrounding area. (As a fair bit of shipments are local. That is one of...

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by USAirKid
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

This is one of those wanderings in how other carriers are handling the "coronavirus peak" My mother ordered some items from Joann Fabrics. They shipped the item on May 7th via FedEx Ground. Per the return address it came out of 4801 Ulmerton Rd in Clearwater, FL. This location is clearly a...

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by USAirKid
Fri May 29, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Airbus' conversion has actual pallets placed on the floor, what advantage does this have compared to just placing the boxes directly on the floor (besides saving the carpet). https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transport/a350s-become-freighters-through-airbus-pallet-for-seat-swap/138161.article Speed ...

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by USAirKid
Wed May 27, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Interesting story and history. A slight clarification: Drop shipping is when a retailer takes an order for a product and has an arrangement with the manufacturer that it will be shipped directly from the manufacturer (or its wholesaler) rather than from the retailer's stocking warehouse. That's dro...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 26, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

A random oddity from Amazon. I have an order of Boraxo Hand Soap, that Amazon had drop shipped via UPS. (Drop shipping is where company A sells an item, then turns around, places an order with company B for the item to be shipped directly to company A's customer.) For those wondering, Amazon is list...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 19, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK
Replies: 304
Views: 53249

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

There is a huge problem with that thesis. Most of AA's debt is secured by assets. The only way for AA to get rid of that debt is to forfeit the assets. Most of it is aircraft, so all that has to happen for AA to essentially cease to exist is for competitors to offer AA's creditors more $$ for their...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 19, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK
Replies: 304
Views: 53249

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

How? Debt restructuring isn't "out of business," which is what he said. Actually the term used is "reorganization" ( ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_11,_Title_11,_United_States_Code ) so what emerges from BK is a new business that just happens to have the same name as...

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VCVSpotter wrote:
Here’s Crystal Cruises 777-200LR P4-XTL parked at LAX today, it will be doing cargo runs through LAX over the next few weeks. Just took off to head back to China (?) for PPE pick up.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAT1nTGB5MY/


I doubt they pulled the passenger cabin out of that plane...

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by USAirKid
Fri May 15, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to Return Parked Envoy E-175's/E-145's to Service by June 3
Replies: 19
Views: 5344

Re: American to Return Parked Envoy E-175's/E-145's to Service by June 3

Varsity1 wrote:
I don't see YV being shown the door completely, probably ever. They are the cheapest lift AA has and Doug's wife is a major shareholder.


Do you have a source for Doug's wife being a major shareholder?

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by USAirKid
Thu May 14, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 249086

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I see they're making some changes in the schedule. This is an obvious typo, but it definitely made me chuckle. :rotfl: https://preview.redd.it/6tv3ekt679y41.jpg?width=640&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=aec650811acef0b79a35a8b99458fb02ec043d70 Imagine if it could fly that long and was feasible 8...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 12, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

The Germans also hated the highly-manual sorting system that Airborne had used successfully for decades. So they replaced it with a whizbang fully-automated one, then changed all the routing codes and, against Airborne's advice, moved the then-parallel CVG operation to ILN -- all on the same weeken...

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by USAirKid
Thu May 07, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Air Group (ALK) reports Q1 2020 financial results
Replies: 64
Views: 7400

Re: Alaska Air Group (ALK) reports Q1 2020 financial results

Sad times indeed. AS has the advantage of a flexible fleet of Q400 to A321 and 737-9 to right-size routes. They have little exposure to cuts in international flying like the big 3. Hard to say if mid and transcon flights will return to past levels but, on the west coast from SAN to ANC, AS will alw...

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by USAirKid
Thu May 07, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Back on to Amazon, placed an order on prime a few days ago for the first time in quite a while. Delivery dates are really far out. While the Prime Air flights are going out heavy, there aren’t any additional rotations. Is there any more getting shifted to UPS air, or other carriers? I’ve noted in t...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 05, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OFFICIAL: VS to exit LGW entirely, retire 747s immediately, lay off 3000 staff, consolidate UK branding
Replies: 21
Views: 3846

Re: OFFICIAL: VS to exit LGW entirely, retire 747s immediately, lay off 3000 staff, consolidate UK branding

LAX772LR wrote:
All UK branding (Virgin Holidays, Virgin Cargo, etc) will be rebranded to reflect the name "Virgin Atlantic"


I think there is a typo there. I thought their new branding was Delta UK...

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by USAirKid
Tue May 05, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?
Replies: 19
Views: 2994

Re: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?

MohawkWeekend wrote:
Somewhere on the internet is a story about a guy who would fly cattle from Florida to South America in CV-880's. Was an interesting read. If I recall, one overran a runway at MIA.


If you get that lined up right, you could have cows flying over the moon!

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by USAirKid
Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

GoodRide wrote:
I just don’t understand why Amazon continues to paint their airplanes in Prime Air livery after going to great lengths to rebrand to Amazon Air? I’m sure there’s a reasoning behind it, but on its face it seems like a glaring branding oversight.


The stencils are already paid for?

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Understood, the thing I'm trying to understand is whether UPS's pricing to Amazon is flat rate (i.e. every package of the same weight and size costs the same) or whether there is some variation in pricing to account for differences in the nature of deliveries. It seems that there is some variation,...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

So how does Amazon manage to make a profit with all of that two day shipping? I know they do, it is just the 'how'. The other thing to remember just because it’s “two day” doesn’t mean they’re paying UPS for two day shipping. Before Amazon’s organic network ramped up in Seattle, I used to frequentl...

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by USAirKid
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

A couple Amazon related delivery questions; first, I never get anything delivered to my house by UPS, what is the status of UPS in the Amazon delivery universe (I do get items delivered by the Post Office, might they be doing last-mile work for UPS?); second, when a Prime driver in a Prime van deli...

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by USAirKid
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff Bankruptcy 1983
Replies: 43
Views: 5819

Re: Braniff Bankruptcy 1983

In watching the documentary, I kept wondering why they didn't declare Chapter 11 earlier, with the intent to reduce costs and reorganize. It seems by the time you get to doing things like witholding parts of paychecks, it seems kinda clear that you just need to file Chapter 11 and get on with it. Fr...

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by USAirKid
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff Bankruptcy 1983
Replies: 43
Views: 5819

Re: Braniff Bankruptcy 1983

One other thing I learned about later: Braniff's most profitable route was the DFW-HNL on the 747, and its First Class cabin was almost always full even though these were expensive tickets. "Someone" got the idea of calling BN and making reservations for large groups of First Class seats ...

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by USAirKid
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 51365

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Here's a great piece on why the Australian government isn't racing to bail out Virgin Australia before this period of administration: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/why-the-government-isn-t-racing-to-stop-virgin-s-voluntary-administration-20200420-p54ljq.html I agree with this. As a citize...

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by USAirKid
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

A couple Amazon related delivery questions; first, I never get anything delivered to my house by UPS, what is the status of UPS in the Amazon delivery universe (I do get items delivered by the Post Office, might they be doing last-mile work for UPS?); second, when a Prime driver in a Prime van deli...

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by USAirKid
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Pax airlines generally continue to pay something to their cabin crews, and in countries with bailouts (like US) they continue to pay them in full. Incremental extra cost of an FA actually flying, vs. sitting at home, is less than full FA salary. True for a Pax airline, but the original reply was to...

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by USAirKid
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

$1000 extra labour per flight. One flight per day. $365,000 per year. $3.65 million over 10 years. That is cheaper than a conversion. Unless you have engineers loading the boxes wanted to get paid $200 an hour or the aircraft is doing multiple short trips per day then it will work out cheaper. Thes...

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by USAirKid
Fri Apr 17, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

That hand loading takes a lot of labor. Its cheaper in the long run to convert it to the freighter. $1000 extra labour per flight. One flight per day. $365,000 per year. $3.65 million over 10 years. That is cheaper than a conversion. Unless you have engineers loading the boxes wanted to get paid $2...

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by USAirKid
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?
Replies: 56
Views: 6733

Re: Would a 757MAX been better than the 737MAX?

BlueberryWheats wrote:
This was bound to happen. With lockdown and fleets of planes parked up we've run out of stuff to talk about.

Now, how about those NW DC-9's...


I miss the threads on NW's DC-9s.

I thought they were going to fly back on a DC-9 after retiring an A320 to the boneyard.

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by USAirKid
Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Freighter companies are probably watching this thinking they can save billion on passenger to freighter conversions. Large, heavy stuff in the hold and hand load the main cabin through the passenger door. That hand loading takes a lot of labor. Its cheaper in the long run to convert it to the freig...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2020
Replies: 1067
Views: 169601

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2020

Parker said on CNBC today saying they are waiting on FAA approval to remove seats from some wide body planes for cargo purposes. That's interesting. I guess it means all the seats on the plane would be removed, but would be interesting if they did a "combi" on them. Oy, that just sounds l...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

US Air Kid- My apologies if I over simplified, getting a retail company operating well and surviving is a huge challenge. We currently see Amazon, Costco, and Walmart holding sway in the market, because they are able to serve their customers better at lower cost and still remain profitable. Retail ...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 15, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

It is amazing how the free market is able to react and respond to changes far faster and more efficiently than planned economies. Who would expect the local Walmart to know that there is a Shrimp season in the Puget sound, with specific floats, traps, lines, bait, licenses, etc needed. It's the guy...

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by USAirKid
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)

Boarding in 2020, Vietjet say hi. I wonder how many tons of cargo can those A321neos hold? https://cdn.vietnambiz.vn/2020/4/14/vietjet-4-1586833615865887270075.jpg https://cdn.vietnambiz.vn/2020/4/14/vietjet-3-1-15868336158671081663465.jpg Seems that all seats were removed. https://vietnambiz.vn/vi...

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by USAirKid
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

I recently had a Kohl's package shipped via USPS First Class that took 6 days to move between the San Bernardino CA Distribution Center and the Phoenix AZ Distribution Center Annex. Since this is a Zone 4 shipment, it most likely went via ground transportation (Local Zone and Zones 1-4 are usually ...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the FedEx Express business model outdated?
Replies: 20
Views: 3541

Re: Is the FedEx Express business model outdated?

I wouldn’t say FX’s model is outdated, it’s more in need of modernization. Before I start my schpeel, I’m going to throw it out there I am biased. I work for brown, but I’d like to think I can at least look at it objectively. FX needs to leverage their ground system to become more efficient. Just t...

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by USAirKid
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

Just a random spitball, what’s the chance of Amazon getting AA or one of the US3 to operate their 763s for just belly cargo? AA has the planes, and Amazon has the demand...

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by USAirKid
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA
Replies: 27
Views: 6844

Re: "Amazon" Callsign Reserved w/ FAA

chunhimlai wrote:
Amazon can register “EBAY” calling signal


Nah, they’ll go for PRIME

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by USAirKid
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

How's the network being affected by Ronageddon? We've seen massive logistical issues here at grocery stores so many people have taken to ordering food and other supplies online. Has the air tempo increased at all, or is it still pretty much flying as usual? On the grocery store thing, people here k...

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by USAirKid
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

How's the network being affected by Ronageddon? We've seen massive logistical issues here at grocery stores so many people have taken to ordering food and other supplies online. Has the air tempo increased at all, or is it still pretty much flying as usual? On the demand side Amazon is offering mor...

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by USAirKid
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 455
Views: 53731

Re: Will airlines operate cargo only fleets again?

Once upon a time Boeing offered 727-100 and 737-200 (maybe other models?) aircraft as a QC variant, with full-size cargo doors behind the main boarding door and the ability to be converted in relatively short order from primarily passenger to pure cargo configuration. UA had a subfleet of each to s...

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by USAirKid
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines Shutting Down
Replies: 59
Views: 12571

Re: Compass Airlines Shutting Down

I felt like when Expressjet was wholly owned by CO, they had a good operation and it was reliable. Additionally, they offered a flow-through to CO that was desirable for regional pilots and FA's. Could we see some airlines go the same route...eliminating Mesa and Republic and bringing that flying u...

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by USAirKid
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17276

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

It looks like the masks did not deploy. I wonder what prompted the crew to start a rapid descent. Ears popping? Slow cabin pressure guage movement? They also found cracks in some other Southwest airplanes when inspected. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/idaho/articles/2020-03-13/faa-is-probi...

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by USAirKid
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 34791

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

MetroJet was created largely as a response to US's extremely high labor costs and Southwest entering BWI. Recall that at the time of MetroJet's creation in 1998, BWI was US's fourth largest hub with 130~ daily departures. MetroJet replaced mainline on all leisure routes ex BWI, and entered some mar...

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by USAirKid
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 34791

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

It is actually a pretty cool video. It has international arrival information videos shown in flight to passengers flying into BWI, PHL, CLT, and PIT. The PIT one really has some historic significance as it shows a time when PIT was a USAir hub. The guy that stars in the international arrival videos...

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by USAirKid
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020
Replies: 761
Views: 85045

Re: Amazon Fleet Discussion - 2020

What’s to stop Amazon from just buying one of the airlines they contract with and just use that certificate and ops? Why borrow the trouble? Look at the attitude of a typical airline employee ("race to the bottom", "whipsaw", when in fact Amazon is prioritizing quality, dependab...

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by USAirKid
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways
Replies: 289
Views: 34791

Re: U.S. Air Rebranding to U.S. Airways

It's Trump Shuttle....he ran it into the gtound like all his other businesses.......as the Florida flying by express.....it was operated by FloridaGulf, which later was absorbed into Air Midwest. Say what you will about POTUS, but the Trump Shuttle was a pioneer in airport technology innovation suc...

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by USAirKid
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 256
Views: 45392

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada News and Discussion Thread

I can't understand why the Q300 is not on offer. It is needed. In multiple markets. Why would they not biuld it? Update them and call them Q500 and Q600. There are so many communities saying goodbye to service or reduced to 1 flight a day on a regional jet that would otherwise be served by a Q300 o...

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