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by CWizard
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM
Replies: 93
Views: 19524

Re: what's going on with the last new 737-8K2 for KLM

KFTG wrote:
Boeing needs a deworming coupled with a a top-to-bottom internal audit by U.S. and foreign aviation regulators.
Something is seriously wrong with this company.


What's what happens when you let the bean counters and lawyers run the company.

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by CWizard
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?
Replies: 55
Views: 10222

Re: Qantas could delay the withdrawal of the Boeing 747?

Hmmm..... I thought China Air, Taiwan, took delivery of the last 747-400s.... maybe they were the freighter version?

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by CWizard
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a lesser-range airplane be reconfigured to get ULH?
Replies: 13
Views: 1587

Re: Can a lesser-range airplane be reconfigured to get ULH?

Didn't Thai and Singapore Air once do something like this with A340s? Removed seats and added tanks so they could fly from LAX or EWR non-stop to BKK and SIN?

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by CWizard
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market
Replies: 49
Views: 6884

Re: LAX vs SFO in the transpacific market

Since the Pan Am Clippers in the 30s, San Francisco has been the US premier gateway to Asia. That said, as the LA Metro area grew to become a larger market, LAX overtook SFO. So LAX provides tons of volume, and lots of it is P2P traffic. SFO continues to be the premier hub for connections to Asia, ...

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by CWizard
Tue May 28, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 19
Views: 3717

Re: Seat change - forced

I guess I must look "easy." :)
Several times over the years I've been asked by another passenger to give up my aisle seat and take their middle seat. I've always refused. They should have planned ahead, I did.

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by CWizard
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14219

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

Back, way back, before deregulation I was one of 3 or 4 people on a TWA flight JFK to Orly. Had my own stewardess, as they were called back then. IIRC, it was a Boeing 707.
:)

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by CWizard
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Justice Department looks into Boeing
Replies: 82
Views: 11788

Re: Justice Department looks into Boeing

Why is anyone surprised?
Over the last thirty years or so the multi-national corporations, banks, etc. and their lobbyist have perverted the system to the point the U.S. is as corrupt as any third world banana republic. Especially the Justice Department, where anti-trust has become a complete joke.

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by CWizard
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1727
Views: 387363

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Possibly, but where would he have gone? It's my understanding that cargo planes have the cockpit, then some form of sanitary facilities (from what I've read, due to the small number of people on board a bucket, a curtain, and a roll of toilet paper constitute more than adequate "sanitary facil...

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by CWizard
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18711

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

This is inaccurate, as the large order for KC-135s did not occur until after the 707 was in operation. Boeing spent more than the net worth of the company developing the 707; a risk they again took with the 747. The 367-80 prototype was designed and built strictly with Boeing’s money, and while it ...

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by CWizard
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?
Replies: 111
Views: 18711

Re: Why did American Airlines go with 707 over DC-8?

The story I read, years ago, was William Allen approached Juan Trippe about the 707 and Mr. Trippe told Mr. Allen if they would make it wide enough to seat six across he would buy it. Mr. Allen agreed and Mr. Trippe placed the first order, and, of course, was the launch customer. As someone else has...

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by CWizard
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?
Replies: 53
Views: 7686

Re: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?

To be fair to Stockton, I've always thought if Sacramento had not been made the State Captial, for whatever reason, Stockton would have remained the major city of the San Joaquin Valley. Unlike Sacramento, which had to dredge the river to create a seaport, Stockton has a natural deep water port and ...

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by CWizard
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?
Replies: 53
Views: 7686

Re: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?

I was going to say, many, but I don't really remember, so let's say, a few airlines used the Stockton airport to practice landings and touch and goes. As a teenager I use to drive out there and park on the frontage road at the end of the runway and watch. Jets of all sizes came and went. IIRC, it is...

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by CWizard
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?
Replies: 53
Views: 7686

Re: United starting Stockton-LAX service in 2019?

Born and raised in Stockton and flew in and out via United way back when..... Can't imagine spending the night there, at least anywhere near the airport. Fifty or sixty years ago it was a good town. It had its "rough" side, but a good town. Since it has, sadly, become one of the top ten we...

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by CWizard
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1176
Views: 309797

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

Norwegian 789 G-CKWP on the flightline at PAE, Mark Twain is featured on the tail https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dq78hzlVYAApQLL.jpg https://twitter.com/JenSchuld/status/1058060626256220160 Looks more like Albert Einstein. Twain. Definitely Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens.

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by CWizard
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scoot 787-9 suffers from an engine failure while on approach to Perth
Replies: 7
Views: 5176

Re: Scoot 787-9 suffers from an engine failure while on approach to Perth

Channex757 wrote:
......It was a software issue......


microsoft software?
:D

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by CWizard
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018
Replies: 1176
Views: 309797

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2018

We are now at the point where 789 deliveries have caught up with 788 deliveries at 354 each. There are still 422 789s in the backlog vs 89 for the 788.

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by CWizard
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s
Replies: 113
Views: 20364

Re: FedEx orders additional 767 and 777s

FedEx will retire the remaining A-310 by the end of this year.
All the DC/MD-10s will be retired as new 767s are delivered.
They will keep the newest MD-11s and A-300s and retire the rest.

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by CWizard
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thai airline cabin crew scam
Replies: 5
Views: 1293

Re: Thai airline cabin crew scam

Yes, major corporations, sworn police officers, and flight attendants often concoct elaborate scams to get their hands on $590USD. Cool story, though. Especially the part about being marched off the plane at gunpoint. And after all that, you flew Thai again to go back to Australia. Good stuff. I've...

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by CWizard
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inflight theft.
Replies: 23
Views: 3457

Re: Inflight theft.

Years ago on a SFO to TPE night flight I fell asleep in an aisle seat, and, no, I had not been drinking. :) When I woke up my cellphone was missing from the case on my belt. The case had one of those snap button fasteners. First, I looked around and under the seats, but the phone wasn't to be seen. ...

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by CWizard
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders 3 more 767
Replies: 14
Views: 4164

Re: UPS orders 3 more 767

juliuswong wrote:
......EDIT: Got it, from Boeing website: 62 unfilled order for B767-300BCF (excluding this new UPS order) and 38 B767-2C. Total= 100


Those are 62 new built 767-300Fs, not BCFs.

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by CWizard
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing
Replies: 67
Views: 16002

Re: Unbearable stench from passenger causes emergency landing

I once walked up to the line at "Passport Control" at... I don't remember which Bangkok airport, and the smell coming from the two men standing in front of me was so bad I almost involuntary threw up at first whiff. The worst odor from a human being I've had the misfortune to encounter. I ...

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by CWizard
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If the L-1011 had only 2 engines, would it have been a success?
Replies: 33
Views: 7479

Re: If the L-1011 had only 2 engines, would it have been a success?

The L-1011 would have been more successful if Rolls had delivered the engines on time and if the engines, after delivery, had not gone through a series of serious "teething" problems. IIRC, development of that engine nearly bankrupted Rolls, and would have, if the British government hadn't...

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by CWizard
Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SCK Looking to Rename to San Francisco - Stockton
Replies: 23
Views: 2776

Re: SCK Looking to Rename to San Francisco - Stockton

Stockton to SFO would be an hour and a half, it not two hour drive, minimum. I grew up in Stockton, back when United had service to SFO, and have watched Stockton deteriorate into one of the largest welfare centers in the country. That is to say, it is very doubtful Stockton can support regular airl...

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by CWizard
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Equipment Update
Replies: 42
Views: 6770

Re: FedEx Equipment Update

It is my understanding that all the DC/MD-10s will be retired over the next few years and the newest of the MD-11s and Airbuses will be retained (and the rest put out to pasture). As previously mentioned, it will be a predominately Boeing fleet in three or four years.

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by CWizard
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Reports 3Q deliveries
Replies: 25
Views: 4729

Re: Boeing Reports 3Q deliveries

kitplane01 wrote:
....Can someone comment on the economics of building 767's at such a slow rate? I understand it's a mostly military program, but those have economical production rates too.


IIRC, all 7 of those 767s went to FedEx Express and there are a few dozen more yet to be built.

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by CWizard
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model
Replies: 166
Views: 29688

Re: Boeing admits 747 has no future as a pax model

No surprise here. But so sad. For me the 747 is and will remain the most attractive airliner ever, its design has a character and uniqueness no modern airliner will ever reach. Its sad to see that boring, generic twinjets take over. Aviation is loosing a lot of appeal with this uniformity creeping ...

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by CWizard
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FED EX Fleet Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 2079

Re: FED EX Fleet Questions

According to Wikipedia, all the DC/MD-10s will be phased out by 2020 and replaced by Boeing 767s. All the Airbus 300s will be replaced, but some of them are only 10 years old, so they may linger a while longer. The oldest MD-11s will be retired, but the newer ones will remain in the fleet.

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by CWizard
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taillights.
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: Taillights.

Can't say I've seen an Airbus A-300F with a taillight. But if no centerline tail-light, and no rear-facing lights at the ends of the tailplane like a 747, then it has to have rear-facing white lights on the wings? Yes, the A-300F has a white light just inboard of those delta shaped winglets. @shamr...

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by CWizard
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taillights.
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Re: Taillights.

Can't say I've seen an Airbus A-300F with a tailight. Perhaps, just the newer models?

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by CWizard
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taillights.
Replies: 14
Views: 1933

Taillights.

Recently I watched a FedEx 777F land and taxi to the gate and noticed it had two white "tailights." On the upper edge of the very end of the "notched" tail was a strobe which was turned off once the plane was on the ground. Directly below it, on the bottom edge of the tail, was a...

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by CWizard
Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: New Airliners.net Homepage Preview
Replies: 152
Views: 13817

Re: New Airliners.net Homepage Preview

Old style was so much better. Don't forget about the747 logo. That should be part of it. Agreed. I've been lurking for many, many years, and sincerely appreciated the opportunity to "contribute" (post to the board), but there is absolutely NOTHING about the "new" software that m...

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by CWizard
Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 7275

Re: Vale Joe Sutter, Father of the 747, 1921-2016

Thank you Mr. Sutter. May you rest in peace.

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by CWizard
Tue Aug 16, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 2336
Views: 371799

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 48

I was lucky enough to watch a Norwegian 787-8 taxi to the gate at OAK this afternoon.

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by CWizard
Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIP A340 at BWI
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Re: VIP A340 at BWI

There is a completely white A340 that parks at OAK on a regular basis. It is usually next to the UPS ramp and across a taxi way from the FedEx hub. It is too far away to
read the registration number.

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by CWizard
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL signs A330 P2F contract
Replies: 103
Views: 18510

Re: DHL signs A330 P2F contract

na wrote:
.....or 50 A333 conversions for the price of a dozen 777Fs.


Anything is possible, I guess, but that isn't even a whisper.

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by CWizard
Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL signs A330 P2F contract
Replies: 103
Views: 18510

Re: DHL signs A330 P2F contract

So we're not including the UPS MD11s or the FedEx A300/A310/B757/DC10/MD11 or some of their 767s?...... Over the next 6 or 7 years all of FedEx's MD-11s will be replaced by the B-777F. They own 32 and have 8 more on order. All the MD-10s and A-300/310s will be replaced with the B-767-300F. Accordin...

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by CWizard
Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL signs A330 P2F contract
Replies: 103
Views: 18510

Re: DHL signs A330 P2F contract

So we're not including the UPS MD11s or the FedEx A300/A310/B757/DC10/MD11 or some of their 767s?...... Over the next 6 or 7 years all of FedEx's MD-11s will be replaced by the B-777F. They own 32 and have 8 more on order. All the MD-10s and A-300/310s will be replaced with the B-767-300F. Accordin...

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by CWizard
Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: OMG thank you admins
Replies: 74
Views: 6408

Re: OMG thank you admins

Better. Now, please bring back the 747 on the banner and the ability to "hover" over a airport designation and see the complete name.
Thanks for the improvments.

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by CWizard
Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 164
Views: 72201

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Boeing Orders

P-8 is in production and service. It's based on a 737-800NG. The P-8 is a militarized version of the 737-800ERX, a 737-800 with 737-900-based wings.[43][44] The fuselage is similar, but longer, than the 737-700-based C-40 Clipper transport aircraft in service with the U.S. Navy. The P-8 has a stren...

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by CWizard
Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Killer Airplane Designs
Replies: 32
Views: 5820

Re: Killer Airplane Designs

..... the original design of the DC-8............. and giving them a much longer life in commercial service, and as excellent freighters after their passenger days were over, than the 707........ Not really as the U.S. Air Force bought many, if not most, of the 707s, as they became available, for s...

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by CWizard
Sat Jul 09, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Boeing Orders
Replies: 164
Views: 72201

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2016 - Boeing Orders

Very nice. Thank you for the link.
It does look like the same "dance" as done by the 787-9.
:)

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by CWizard
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Killer Airplane Designs
Replies: 32
Views: 5820

Re: Killer Airplane Designs

It seams for many observers the A380 killed the B747. It is a gross exaggeration to say that the A380 killed the B747. Very few 747s have been replaced by A380s; the major A380 user (EK) has never flown the 747 passenger version. Most of the 747s being retired have been and are being replaced by sm...

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by CWizard
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 43
Replies: 2336
Views: 371799

Re: 787 Production/Delivery Thread - Part 48

The delivery date for line number 396 has been repeatedly moved to the right and it is now scheduled for 30 September 2016. As it is currently in EMC, at position number 3, I'm starting to wonder if there is something else being done to the aircraft in additional to the installation of seats. Anyone...

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by CWizard
Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 wing questions
Replies: 9
Views: 5523

Re: Boeing 747-400 wing questions

Years ago I read the history of the 747 on the Boeing website and I distinctly remember it said the -400 had a completely new wing design, using (the then) latest materials, etc., and when done it weighed, including the winglet, the same as the previous wing.

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