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by Max Q
Mon Aug 08, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any US airlines without leather seats ?
Replies: 0
Views: 153

Are there any US airlines without leather seats ?

Looking at traveling from TPA to SEA on an airline without leather seats which I find incredibly uncomfortable


Are there any such operators these days ?

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by Max Q
Thu Aug 04, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?
Replies: 30
Views: 7526

Re: What is Airbus doing with its old Belugas?

Weren't Airbus going to design a portable on-board crane system as the type is quite awkward to load and unload without specialized equipment? About 3/4 down the video you can see the theory with the portable system. https://youtu.be/vES4M8lzTCE Thanks. Catchy video... It was Reminds me of the buil...

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by Max Q
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67
Replies: 65
Views: 6676

Re: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67

Don’t see a problem If you can pass a medical and all the required training/ checkrides etc 67 is not a big deal, pilot retirement age is already 68 in Japan and Australia has no age limit for their commercial pilots who fly domestically And if you’re going to stipulate cognitive testing you’d have ...

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by Max Q
Sun Jul 24, 2022 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 2795

Re: What is faster in baggage loading, bulk loaded or container loaded?

Cans are faster at the aircraft itself as they can be pre-loaded with "early" luggage and ready to go. But I don't know if cans save time overall. All (?) widebodies also have a bulk cargo that is hand loaded and does not use cans. This adds flexibility for last-minute bags, for example. ...

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 22, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Big 3 earnings
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Big 3 earnings

Looking at the latest quarterly results for the AA, DL and UA it’s encouraging to see them all in the black again


However DL’s profit is roughly double that of the others, how is it their margins are so much better ?


Do they have a lot less debt to service and how does theirs compare ?

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320Neo new landing light location
Replies: 17
Views: 5237

Re: A320Neo new landing light location

That's pretty funny! It's the little things we pick up on. The Airbus doesn't have a limit either that I have seen. The Falcon 20 did and it was 220 knots. If you forgot, the mechanism broke and they would just be hanging there under the belly after landing....so I hear.... That is funny, I imagine...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 21, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taking off without slats/flaps set; possible?
Replies: 32
Views: 2801

Re: Taking off without slats/flaps set; possible?

I don’t believe the F100 has slats even installed, like the F28

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Student Pilot Arrested for DUI
Replies: 21
Views: 5266

Re: Student Pilot Arrested for DUI

Funny how most of these sort of events are captured on video nowadays


One thing you can count on with today’s generation is their love of posting everything they do whether it’s a good idea or not

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320Neo new landing light location
Replies: 17
Views: 5237

Re: A320Neo new landing light location

The MD80 had extendable landing lights on the wingtips


With an engine failure they automatically retracted, we were told this gave you an extra 125 fpm in climb rate !


Curiously there was no speed limit in their operation, whether extending or extended

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines need a livery update?
Replies: 41
Views: 2618

Re: What airlines need a livery update?

As said before, that's impossible since aircraft aren't made of metal anymore. Bare metal is impossible on a composite aircraft, and bare composite looks ugly. Every aircraft AA operates has a metal fuselage except the 787 so it’s quite possible and your statement is incorrect But you would have a ...

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by Max Q
Sat Jul 16, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines need a livery update?
Replies: 41
Views: 2618

Re: What airlines need a livery update?

American Airlines Back to the polished metal finish As said before, that's impossible since aircraft aren't made of metal anymore. Bare metal is impossible on a composite aircraft, and bare composite looks ugly. Every aircraft AA operates has a metal fuselage except the 787 so it’s quite possible a...

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Last DC-3 Passenger Service with US Major
Replies: 18
Views: 4107

Re: Last DC-3 Passenger Service with US Major

I’m interested in knowing which was the last major airline to operate a DC3 service in the US as well


The emphasis being on ‘major’

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by Max Q
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines need a livery update?
Replies: 41
Views: 2618

Re: What airlines need a livery update?

American Airlines


Back to the polished metal finish

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by Max Q
Fri Jul 08, 2022 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N757AF gets fresh paint
Replies: 48
Views: 10284

Re: N757AF gets fresh paint

I personally don't get the hype, it's as tacky as the man who owns it imo. The flag on top of black looks atrocious and now the only gold on the plane is the titles leaving all the elements of the design looking arbitrary. As the old adage goes, "money doesn't buy taste". Couldn’t agree m...

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by Max Q
Wed Jul 06, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA
Replies: 48
Views: 7305

Re: Virgin Atlantic adds LHR-TPA

As a resident of Tampa with family in the UK I’m glad to see this new service

Good to see some competition back in this market after Norwegian ended its flights

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by Max Q
Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde time spent at max thrust with full reheat
Replies: 29
Views: 3658

Re: Concorde time spent at max thrust with full reheat

I believe the maximum time in reheat was 15 minutes Is that limited by fuel tank capacity? Probably and perhaps an engine limitation, IIRC that was enough time to allow the acceleration from .95 at mid altitudes to 1.7 Mach around FL 450 after a steady accelerating cruise climb continuing at lower ...

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by Max Q
Fri Jun 24, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Concorde time spent at max thrust with full reheat
Replies: 29
Views: 3658

Re: Concorde time spent at max thrust with full reheat

I believe the maximum time in reheat was 15 minutes

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by Max Q
Wed Jun 15, 2022 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG aerodynamic aftermarket kit certified
Replies: 35
Views: 8028

Re: 737NG aerodynamic aftermarket kit certified

It’s an impressive gain in fuel efficiency One thing that would concern me is those extended flap track fairings projecting that far behind the wing Easily hit by airport ground service vehicles With flaps retracted - you aren't going to hit the fairings any more with this kit than you would have w...

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by Max Q
Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG aerodynamic aftermarket kit certified
Replies: 35
Views: 8028

Re: 737NG aerodynamic aftermarket kit certified

It’s an impressive gain in fuel efficiency


One thing that would concern me is those extended flap track fairings projecting that far behind the wing


Easily hit by airport ground service vehicles

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by Max Q
Sun Jun 12, 2022 8:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1982

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Yes, you can send your car by air internationally Curious to know if this is an option in the contiguous United States On 121 passenger US airlines, it's not an option. I contacted the cargo departments for Delta, United, and American Airlines this morning to inquire. Each said they do not offer th...

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by Max Q
Thu Jun 09, 2022 5:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1982

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Are there still options for flying with your car in the US ? Could you buy a seat on a widebody that’s transporting your vehicle between cities ? I’m sure it’s possible, expensive but possible It would appear that, for the right price: Lufthansa may well offer such a service. https://lotustechnolog...

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by Max Q
Fri Jun 03, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting
Replies: 221
Views: 7585

Re: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting

Guns and the people that love them are the problem

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by Max Q
Thu Jun 02, 2022 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting
Replies: 221
Views: 7585

Re: 4 dead in Tulsa OK medical centre shooting

It’s encouraging to see the majority views here although I don’t know how things will ever change


More guns, more shootings, pretty simple

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by Max Q
Thu Jun 02, 2022 4:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1982

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Are there still options for flying with your car in the US ?


Could you buy a seat on a widebody that’s transporting your vehicle between cities ?

I’m sure it’s possible, expensive but possible

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by Max Q
Tue May 31, 2022 8:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)
Replies: 19
Views: 3389

Re: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)

All good and well the replies outlining the possible modifications, the 757-200X program, etc but just one small problem; why would the 757 still be in production? I’m just curious because I thought we moved on from 757X/MAX/NEO threads but it may just be me. Sorry if I sound snarky to anyone but I...

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by Max Q
Mon May 30, 2022 5:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)
Replies: 19
Views: 3389

Re: Likely Modifications to 757 if Still in Production (vs A321XLR)

The proposed 757 ER version had several modifications: A 2000 USG horizontal stabilizer fuel tank, this would add another hour and a half endurance The same cockpit as the 767-400 (Boeing installed and tested this in a 757) A reduced fuel burn RR engine Various other modifications including more use...

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by Max Q
Tue May 24, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6764

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

It's also a good idea toward dispersing your aviation assets. CVNs are big slow moving targets. ‘Slow moving’ Since when ? A nuclear powered aircraft carrier is one of the fastest vessels afloat, capable of speeds over 35 knots I think you have it backwards, the amphibious assault ships are much sl...

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by Max Q
Fri May 20, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff International 1982 - 2022
Replies: 91
Views: 9496

Re: Braniff International 1982 - 2022

The latest edition of Airways magazine is devoted to Braniff and its history



It’s quite well done, unlike the hatchet job they did on Continental a few years ago by a writer who had a personal problem with that fine airline and an editor who allowed his bias to be published

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by Max Q
Thu May 19, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?
Replies: 43
Views: 3094

Re: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?

Checkerboard approach to Kai Tak’s runway 13, sitting on the right side of the aircraft


Not as good as being in the left front seat but nothing compares

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by Max Q
Mon May 16, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7726

Re: US pilots age 65+

If you can pass all the required training and qualify for a medical 67 is not a big deal

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by Max Q
Sat May 14, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover
Replies: 25
Views: 3836

Re: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover

Twisted logic It still makes no sense to keep smaller, much older and less capable KC135s in service whose almost direct replacement, the KC46 is now entering service in substantial numbers while retiring a very capable much larger tanker that can carry a lot more fuel and cargo or passengers As sta...

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by Max Q
Sat May 14, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail
Replies: 4
Views: 1671

Re: Lockheed Martin Very Large Subsonic Airplane V type of -Tail

Well, since the V-tail Bonanza was the only semi-success, it doesn't seem to have been highly thought of. Better than semi-successful—in production for 35 years with thousands built, many still flying. I’d agree I’d rather have a BE 33 than the V-tail. Of which the V tail Bonanza made up a very sma...

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by Max Q
Fri May 13, 2022 6:55 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover
Replies: 25
Views: 3836

Re: KC-10 number 1 to AMC Museum at Dover

And keeping the truly ancient KC135, it makes no sense

A combined KC10 / KC46 tanker fleet would have been far more effective

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?
Replies: 14
Views: 2375

Re: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?

They’ve been joined at the hip since WW2. “Colonial” can be defined quite broadly. AA is the bit player in the market. DL previously had a direct relationship with the number 2 Australian airline. Also remember that SYD is around 7 million population in its own right - not a small market, with stro...

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14905

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

Does TOGA retract spoilers on the A220? Not the TOGA button itself. The throttle advancing above a certain Thrust Lever Angle causes them to retract. Pushing the TOGA button will cause them to advance, but it takes a couple of seconds for it all to happen. Yes, the A220 has tailstrike protection. I...

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by Max Q
Sun May 08, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?
Replies: 14
Views: 2375

Re: Delta LAX-SYD: What makes it a financially viable route?

SYD-LAX is the Pacific version of JFK-LHR. It has historical colonial ties and many multinationals are movuing APAC/Oceania HQ to SYD/SIN/ICN/HND from HKG/Mainland China due to the lockdown in China & HKG. Also SYD/SIN speak English for the most part making recruiting easier. What colonial ties...

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by Max Q
Fri May 06, 2022 7:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14905

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

At 45 seconds you can see a rapid elevator movement which I’d be pretty sure would be the automatic tail strike protection kicking in. I think it’s only that that saved them from a tail strike. As for the initial touchdown, it’s definitely weird but not a hard landing. The A220 has automatic tail s...

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by Max Q
Wed May 04, 2022 6:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most collectively hated airliner?
Replies: 37
Views: 4036

Re: What is the most collectively hated airliner?

737-500

Cramped, slow, unstable, really terrible ride in turbulence

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA 747SP retiring
Replies: 13
Views: 2963

Re: NASA 747SP retiring

That’s a great shame, it had unique scientific capabilities and was a beautifully maintained, pristine and extensively updated aircraft they recently spent a fortune on at Lufthansa’s Technik


What a waste, it had enough airframe life remaining for years more service

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by Max Q
Tue Apr 26, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What’s the latest problem with the 777-9 ?
Replies: 1
Views: 2356

What’s the latest problem with the 777-9 ?

Story I read today indicates certification probably won’t occur until 2025 !


There were no details regarding what could cause such a delay, does anyone know the reason ?

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by Max Q
Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 13477

Re: Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/budget-policy-operations/usaf-says-boeing-e-4b-replacement-will-need-four-engines Thanks for providing the link Boeing is not going to build four new 747-8s for them, as far as sourcing used airframes to convert I don’t believe the USAF would have any luck obt...

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 22, 2022 10:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 13477

Re: Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

Newark727 wrote:
There's one that just landed in Arizona! The Saudi VIP frame that wasn't taken up.

Link to the article though?



Perhaps but I’m sure they’ll need several


Unable to link

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 22, 2022 9:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing E-4B Replacement News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 13477

Air Force says E4B replacement needs 4 engines

A recent article in AvWeek discusses E4 B operations and the requirement a successor must have four engines


They feel confident they can source used 747-8 aircraft for the extensive modifications required


I must be missing something, where would they get these aircraft ?!

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by Max Q
Wed Apr 13, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does it still count?
Replies: 8
Views: 1497

Re: Does it still count?

You have a book ?

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by Max Q
Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"
Replies: 40
Views: 6764

Re: US Marines develop 'Lightning Carrier"

Why would they need to keep up with a carrier battle group since they operate independently and have a completely different mission ?

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by Max Q
Thu Apr 07, 2022 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 155271

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

Makes about as much sense as America West’s 747 fleet

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor launch new livery
Replies: 271
Views: 33995

Re: Condor launch new livery

Terrible

Reminds me of old school prison uniforms

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20593

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

The only thing that matters is bringing in more money than goes out All the rest is noise Well…..no not really. Not if “money” = cash, that is. If your cash position (or current assets altogether) increases that can be a good thing but. But if it’s almost all associated with new debt then…….AAL-lik...

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by Max Q
Mon Apr 04, 2022 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20593

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

The only thing that matters is bringing in more money than goes out


All the rest is noise

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by Max Q
Wed Mar 30, 2022 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses
Replies: 95
Views: 20593

Re: Projected Q1 U.S. Airline Earnings -- Big Losses

Paying down the big piles of accumulated debt will be a drag for years to come even if the revenue environment snaps back to normal which is unlikely for many airlines with international and business travel remaining challenged. Paying down big piles of debt doesn't have an effect on earnings, howe...

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