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by FGITD
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

It "won't be over yet" for some people even when the last 747-8 is retired from service and turned into beer cans, much less the last frame is delivered to UPS and Boeing re-purposes Building 40-21 and 40-22. Look at where we are with the 757... The scenarios put forth border on the ridic...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 22903

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I will say this for SpaceX. They aren't dull. Something almost always going on. Getting information from the other companies is long, long stretches of silence, then some news that wasn't expected. It’s interesting that we get to witness the ends of the spectrum during this little space race. Space...

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by FGITD
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Pilots Until May 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 5440

Re: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Workers Until May 2021

This is a big shock to me as I thought B6 had the culture of wanting to keep everyone around. This is just playing favorites at this point and I would be livid if I were a B6 employee. Yeah labor economics dictate that skilled labor such as pilots get paid more (inflated moreso thanks to ALPA), but...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Historic Route 66 Hotel in Oklahoma Destroyed by Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Historic Route 66 Hotel in Oklahoma Destroyed by Fire

They can always transport an old, retired ocean liner or cruiseship there to create a new tourist attraction and hotel. With the height from keel to mask, they might even be able to build and observation deck on top. Did I cover all the bases? You're a ferris wheel and museum short of archguy bingo

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Pilots Until May 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 5440

Re: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Workers Until May 2021

Pilots have a union and collective bargaining agreement. As much as this site hates unions, this is proof why having one in this business means a lot more than family and culture. of course they're expendable. The difference between a pilot and a gate agent, even at the supervisor level, is literal...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Pilots Until May 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 5440

Re: JetBlue Agrees Not to Involuntarily Lay Off Workers Until May 2021

This only applies to pilots. Everyone else is expendable. Pilots have a union and collective bargaining agreement. As much as this site hates unions, this is proof why having one in this business means a lot more than family and culture. of course they're expendable. The difference between a pilot ...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

I am not sure if y'all noticed but we have some exciting flights today. The return of QR with the A359 just landed. Correct me if I am wrong, but today is also the first time the A350-1000 has been to BOS. S4 also returns today. With LH scheduled for tomorrow with the A333. Happy spotting! It's not...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

I am not sure if y'all noticed but we have some exciting flights today. The return of QR with the A359 just landed. Correct me if I am wrong, but today is also the first time the A350-1000 has been to BOS. S4 also returns today. With LH scheduled for tomorrow with the A333. Happy spotting! It's not...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the air France Concorde fly in the original livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 2693

Re: Did the air France Concorde fly in the original livery?

The "barcode" livery was a revolution back then. Pure Avantgarde. Exactly what the Concorde was. Almost all other airlines had cheat lines and the old style liveries. There was no euro white before. Add the new futuristic look of the brand new CDG airport at Paris ("James Bond Termin...

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by FGITD
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the air France Concorde fly in the original livery?
Replies: 17
Views: 2693

Re: Did the air France Concorde fly in the original livery?

I believe the old livery was First on a demonstration aircraft, with BA livery on the opposite side
Personally, I think the change was good. The old livery is a classic, but an aircraft like Concorde needed a refresh.

Edited because I was completely wrong!

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SCOTUS Strikes again: Abortion rights prevail
Replies: 76
Views: 2342

Re: SCOTUS Strikes again: Abortion rights prevail

This argument that "a fetus is a human" is bordering on the lazy. Its not just lazy, it is always hypocrisy. "Pro-lifers" don't have a coherent argument at all, and never had. It's pure desire to control women, no matter what excuse is made up. Best regards Thomas I used to try ...

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4163

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

I'm having trouble understanding the severity of this story. Yes, I know IQ45 has been way too cozy and friendly with Putin, and I am aware he pushed for Putin to be invited back to the G7 recently, and there's nothing forgivable about that. But as far as the actual bounties being placed on US sold...

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

The Queen Mary is also a museum ship and tourist attraction and is Long Beach's version of the Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Hollywood Sign, Space Needle, or Statue of Liberty. The main difference being that those attractions actually make money. Except maybe the Hollywood sign, though I'd i...

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

The Queen Mary is actually a money maker and a gold mine for Long Beach, but conversion work was not done properly and there has been so much mismanagement and deferred maintenance, along with money being squandered that a 2017 marine survey estimates $289 million in repairs are needed. This is a v...

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Ideas for locations to dock the Sovereign class ships include Martinique, Aruba, St.Thomas, Nassau (Bahamas), Kingston (Jamaica), Miami, Jacksonville (Florida), Barbados, Savannah (Georgia), and Daytona Beach. Honfleur, France or St.Nazaire where they were build are other ideas. Could be used as a ...

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by FGITD
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

Yesterday I saw a JL 789 climbing out around 2:30pm and saw on FlightAware JL is flying BOS-NRT 3x week (Wed, Fri, Sun). Are these 789’s cargo only flights? It still is operating under JL7 https://flightaware.com/live/flight/JAL7 Still cargo only. I think JAL is planning on restarting passenger fli...

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by FGITD
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

I'll also concede, until reading these posts I'd never heard of half these ships and lines Which is precisely why these "xxx ship should be preserved as a museum" posts need to stop. Oh I agree. What boggles my mind is that I live near an area with several museum ships, one of which is ar...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Given that virtually every single cruise line, from the big Caribbean lines, right down to local harbor cruises are struggling to stay in business, who exactly is going to buy this ship, and get into the industry? And again...what exactly is the draw of the Costa Victoria, that would make her a sui...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

The Costa Victoria has possibly been sold for scrap under it's new owners and this is very surprising as it is only 23 years old and has a sleek space age design. I also have heard reports that it might become an accommodation ship. If it is true that the ship is being scrapped, it is a big waste a...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Fastest Turnaround Times?
Replies: 18
Views: 1765

Re: Fastest Turnaround Times?

Last year I worked as a AMS ramprat, sometimes even KL 744's full pax had a one hour or less turnaround window with disembarking, cargo, catering swap and cabin cleaning, security check, boarding etc, the whole nine yards, kinda impressive to witness Are you sure? I've turned KL 744s, both pax and ...

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Something is clearly not getting through to you. You keep asking and making threads about preserving ships as museums or hotels. Where would they be docked? Who would cover the cost to refurbish and moor the ship? Why would anyone pay to stay at a floating hotel made from a ship that's unremarkable...

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Also, if that fails, they should be preserved as hotel and museum ships rather than scrapped as they were the largest cruise ships in the world when built, have a distinctive and sleek design, and the first cruise ships to have a multi story atrium. Something is clearly not getting through to you. ...

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

People focus too much on the "A380 label" but the reality is terminal E desperately needed an expansion, with or without the elevated A380 jetways. I have flown from the new gates since those opened and it is an experience that is 10x better than at any other gate in that terminal. And if...

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by FGITD
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

KLM will commence AMS-BOS 3x weekly on July 1st, so the AF/DL/KL Joint Venture will be back to daily BOS-AMS. The KL flight seems to be cargo only. Not possible to book the July 1st flight. Now from July 8th, 2020: - BOS 18:25 - AMS 07:00 KL618 A333 KL (and I think AF) will be cargo only until the ...

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by FGITD
Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

At the time they were built, there was a lot of speculation here that that was the reason they were constructed as they were, but I don't remember anyone actually confirming it as you have. It certainly adds logic to the design. I can't definitively confirm it, but I do recall it was definitely a q...

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by FGITD
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

It's been a few years, so bear with me here...but as I recall from the various construction meetings I attended at the time, there was an issue of space with the same level dual bridges. Something like the aircraft would have to be parked further out, so they'd have been forced to shift the taxiway ...

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by FGITD
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

I suppose the multiple "A380 E Gates" are white elephants now? I never agreed with that notion, though I know it's popular on here. Fact is, the gates have served their purpose, though be it on a more limited full scale than anticipated. But that's never stopped them from being capable of...

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by FGITD
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

This is disappointing and surprising. At a time when other airports are taking advantage of the slowdown to speed up their infrastructure projects, we're cutting back. Unfortunately this is behind a paywall and I don't have access to read the full article. Anyone here have details on what exactly i...

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by FGITD
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

BA didn't really stop operating, so I'm not too surprised by that.

Also noticed that starting in early July, KL to AMS and AF are now.bookable. KL 772 and AF 789. For what it's worth, both have been operating cargo flights the last month or so, so I'd imagine it's not a huge stretch to add pax

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by FGITD
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 231
Views: 18024

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Is there any ship you don’t think should be turned into a hotel/museum?

Apparently Funchal will get to celebrate her Portuguese history by being a hotel in Liverpool. Some fate...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage
Replies: 185
Views: 5730

Re: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage

A flag for a group of treasonous, racist, losers.

It's only redeeming factor is that when you see it flying over someone's house, you immediately know a scumbag lives there.

Heritage my a**

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Spotting Baggage Tugs
Replies: 16
Views: 2055

Re: Spotting Baggage Tugs

Once got to oversee the stripping and repainting of some GSE. Every layer of paint revealed yet another former owner. By the end they'd gone through decades of mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies. The tractors (remember, TUG is actually a brand) are downright incredible. For most of them, the first ...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

For oversize cargo, does the aircraft need a cockpit in the front? Given how good simulators are, could the cockpit be moved to the trail to allow for a nose-door in an otherwise normal 777-8? Certainly an interesting idea, and in my opinion the type of outside the box thinking these companies coul...

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by FGITD
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The D Day Invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 1900

Re: The D Day Invasion

I think what is interesting to me is how the pacific theater doesn't get as much attention as the European theater (from an American perspective). It was Japan that brought us into the war, but it seems, for whatever reason, most coursework, books, Hollywood, etc., all seem to focus upon the Europe...

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by FGITD
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A380 perfect for social distancing
Replies: 9
Views: 1358

Re: A380 perfect for social distancing

I think sitting towards the tail of an a380 while a band performs near the nose would be akin to sitting in a bus across the street from the venue. Horrific acoustics, no view. Would be very curious what bands this would appeal to. Would be a tiny crowd that could fit. Admittedly though, if I had th...

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 277
Views: 40791

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

davidjohnson6 wrote:
Going a thousand (most likely more than a thousand) steps ahead and asking the question all a.nutters are wondering - does this mean KLM will be bought by IAG and join OneWorld ?
:-)


Would be a great way to ensure KLM doesn't get to celebrate anymore birthdays

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by FGITD
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - new/modified livery at the end?
Replies: 20
Views: 5229

Re: Pan Am - new/modified livery at the end?

One of the major things that showed Pan Am had no clear strategy was the livery was inconsistent for decades. Titles became bigger, fonts were changed, names were swapped frequently. Nothing was consistent. A pretty incredible feat when you consider that decades after their demise, the Pan Am logo ...

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by FGITD
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - new/modified livery at the end?
Replies: 20
Views: 5229

Re: Pan Am - new/modified livery at the end?

One of the major things that showed Pan Am had no clear strategy was the livery was inconsistent for decades. Titles became bigger, fonts were changed, names were swapped frequently. Nothing was consistent. A pretty incredible feat when you consider that decades after their demise, the Pan Am logo ...

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by FGITD
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 181807

Re: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread

Great to see they didn’t forget the step that seemingly every pax oriented low cost carrier does...opening a cargo warehouse in the middle of nowhere, in a different country. I've always thought Frontier would do better if only they had a warehouse in Poland. None of this adds up to WOW being an air...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

Also heard that LH and TK are coming back this month, AF or KL will start pax next month, JAL supposedly is doing some cargo runs now and might be back for pax next month. Was talking with a fueler the other day, apparently quite a few of those daily BA 788s have horrifically low load counts.. As i...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

Also heard that LH and TK are coming back this month, AF or KL will start pax next month, JAL supposedly is doing some cargo runs now and might be back for pax next month. Was talking with a fueler the other day, apparently quite a few of those daily BA 788s have horrifically low load counts.. As in...

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by FGITD
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 292
Views: 22903

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

That has to be the first time I ever saw the 1st stage full landing without the video cutting out on Just Read the Instructions. ( They had to bring in the other drone ship since the crew one is on OCISLY). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4xBFHjkUvw Another successful launch. These are becoming a ...

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 878
Views: 111339

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2020

Flew out of BOS today for the first time since early March. Total ghost town practically. What really blew my mind was how abandoned terminal A was. I flew out on AA and they had 8-9 planes at terminal B. UA had 2 planes, WN had 2 planes, B6 too many to count and even AS had 1 flight at the gate. D...

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by FGITD
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Sounds like some a.netters should start a gofundme page and buy that stuff, then they can continue to manufacture 747s even if nobody's buying. ;) or we do a gofundme and buy some vitial toolings and then destroy them. Then maybe the discussion is over? :biggrin: :rotfl: Oh come on. The tooling cou...

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by FGITD
Sun May 31, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

I’m not buying that the exclusion of the 748F in that article implies that it exceeds the 2028 requirement. Otherwise why would any cargo operator (or really even pax) have bought a 777, when allegedly the 748 is so much more efficient. It seems the post is gone, but there had been a linked document...

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by FGITD
Sat May 30, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Where exactly is this whole 747 passing the ICAO 2028 standard but 777 not, coming from? I think even by the absolute most optimistic perspective, the idea that a new standard being instituted by 2028 will save the 747 line is more than a bit far fetched. https://www.flightglobal.com/flight-interna...

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by FGITD
Sat May 30, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Where exactly is this whole 747 passing the ICAO 2028 standard but 777 not, coming from?

I think even by the absolute most optimistic perspective, the idea that a new standard being instituted by 2028 will save the 747 line is more than a bit far fetched.

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by FGITD
Sat May 30, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Cargo Discussion Thread (Cargo Operators and Passenger Airlines Operating Cargo Only Flights)
Replies: 458
Views: 54698

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 FGITD
Thu May 28, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747
Replies: 327
Views: 49734

Re: ​Internal tussle as Boeing weighs future of 747

Ziyulu wrote:
I now wish the 787 would not have been invented and more airlines would order the 748.


Well for one thing, it was developed, not invented.

Also I don't think the 787 is as responsible for the end of the 747 as you think.

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by FGITD
Thu May 28, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to sign executive order against social media
Replies: 84
Views: 3190

Re: Trump to sign executive order against social media

Just imagine the uproar if Obama threw a hissy fit because twitter was mean to him.

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