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by Aptivaboy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus announcing A321XLR
Replies: 399
Views: 67260

Re: Updated: Airbus announcing A321XLR

Congrats to Airbus. They have a great product and are consolidating, if not seizing, this market sector.

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 110
Views: 12722

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

This is true on planes that make numerous flights a day; you might be able to squeeze an extra one daily. However, on planes that make 8-10 hour flights, there is so many you can do per day. The arrival-departure times happen at a given airport during certain hours of the day; so, there are chances...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 110
Views: 12722

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

In the grand scheme of things, is a 50 minute reduction on a 12+ hour experience worth much? (12 hours is the 8 - 10 hour flight, plus the pre- and after- flight bits). Would you pay a mythical $500 for a M.85 flight to get to the destination 50 mins earlier than the alternative at M.78 at $400? If...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 97
Views: 19477

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

AA can sell a spare part or not sell a spare part. Absent a contract to the contrary, AA can do what it pleases with its spares. I really fail to understand the moral outrage. Yes, it might have been the "nice" thing to do for AA to sell Air Italy the part, but perhaps they needed it for t...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal
Replies: 53
Views: 8895

Re: Hawaiian being forced out of LAX terminal

The BIG question mark - and I'm sure the dealbreaker, unless I'm corrected by someone on here - is whether or not the I.E. demographics can support and sustain Hawaiian service from ONT. True, but you can also toss in a lot of us who live in northern and eastern Orange County, as well. The drive to...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM investing in TU Delft's Flying-V concept
Replies: 29
Views: 4794

Re: KLM investing in TU Delft's Flying-V concept

My question is how many containers can it reasonably carry? Look, the F-4 has been called a triumph of thrust over aerodynamics, so I'm sure that this thing can fly. The questions really are can it fly efficiently, at speed, with a reasonable passenger and cargo load? Higher thrust engines can overc...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu May 30, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA stock hits a 3-year low
Replies: 101
Views: 10051

Re: AA stock hits a 3-year low

Why fly AA? What value proposition do they provide that can't be achieved by other airlines? If I live in New York, why am I flying AA to pay the same fares that I can get on other airlines that provide better service? True. I used to fly American a lot in the nineties and early 2000s, but really n...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu May 30, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA stock hits a 3-year low
Replies: 101
Views: 10051

Re: AA stock hits a 3-year low

I love the pizza analogies in this thread. They really illustrate the issues perfectly!

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 29, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?
Replies: 35
Views: 8754

Re: Is the MD11 a dodgy aircraft?

Douglas had a shining reputation with these products. Something went wrong in the days of the DC-10, and the company became vulnerable and eventually failed! There's a relatively famous quote about how the DC-10 was too much McDonnell and not enough Douglas. I think that sums it up perfectly. Dougl...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 26, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?
Replies: 32
Views: 2064

Re: Should Loyalty Programs Be Based on Spend Only?

In all honesty, I don't care how the airlines structure their loyalty programs as long as they're transparent and consistent. In other words, don't change the terms and conditions midstream. I'm so tired of seeing my banked up loyalty/reward miles devalued everytime the airlines realize that their p...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu May 23, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."
Replies: 69
Views: 10613

Re: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."

Frankly Hawaii is a saturated market. There's talk amongst locals about instituting severe taxes to limit the amount of tourists each year. From what I'm reading, that isn't probable. The real issue is that the islands can support a certain number of people at any given time, based upon infrastruct...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu May 23, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Munoz: Will be on first 737 MAX flight, willing to change flights for customers
Replies: 116
Views: 16100

Re: UA's Munoz: Will be on first 737 MAX flight, willing to change flights for customers

The engine placement led to needing MCAS, yes. The issue was that MCAS was based on a single AoA sensor, which is in hindsight (and should have been foresight), a profoundly stupid decision. As I understand it, the size and placement of the engines led to a nose pitch up situation. That nose pitch ...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 22, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1773
Views: 351249

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

When I think of a good "evolution" to branding, I think of AirFrance. Curious to hear your thoughts even tough slightly off-topic? I'm not sure if you were speaking toe VC10er or me, but as you quoted part of what I said I'll chime in. I tend to view smallish, incremental changes to brand...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 19, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3035
Views: 301122

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Boeing is doubtless under court orders to not destroy any internal correspondence relating to MCAS. All it would take is one whistleblower, one email relating to something now missing, to completely destroy them. The DOJ may already have such a smoking gun given that Boeing employees are cooperating...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 19, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3035
Views: 301122

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Revelation, I think we will eventually get a full accounting. Between plaintiff's lawyers and legal discovery, and the two criminal investigations that are currently with Boeing insiders acting as whistleblowers, we'll find out the true extent of the MCAS issues in due course. The only real question...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 15, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal
Replies: 103
Views: 19606

Re: WestJet acquired by Onex in $5-billion deal

Hmmm... I can't say that I'm happy about this. While I've never flown Westjet, I've enjoyed watching them grow into Canada's Southwest, and beyond. These private equity takeovers rarely work out well. The private equity stakeholders are usually in it to max out their profits, not to grow a long term...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 15, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PSA Pilot Arrested for Murder of 3 and Arson.
Replies: 2
Views: 1562

Re: PSA Pilot Arrested for Murder of 3 and Arson.

Well, no sympathy but then again, innocent until proven guilty. The bad mugshot neither indicates innocent nor guilt. We'll need a lot more before forming any final opinions, like a trial, a plea bargain, the evidence...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue May 14, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route
Replies: 16
Views: 4856

Re: Air Canada leasing Omni planes for the Vancouver - Hawaii route

Interesting. Will this bird be crewed by Omni personnel of by Air Canada personnel?

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by Aptivaboy
Wed May 08, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet
Replies: 140
Views: 22615

Re: Icelandair considers A321neo and possible all-Airbus fleet

Wow... Icelandair is going full Sansa Stark on Boeing.

Game of Planes... The Fishhaulers Remember...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun May 05, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest starts Interisland service
Replies: 86
Views: 15279

Re: Southwest starts Interisland service

Locals don’t like tourists who destroy the land, disrespect the culture, ruin sacred areas, and harass wildlife (like picking up turtles!). If you’re a good person who respects the Āina and the culture, you’ll never find a more welcoming place. I tend to agree. I travel to Hawaii a lot, usually 1-3...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage
Replies: 151
Views: 23113

Re: LGB seeks to crack down on JetBlue slot usage

tphuang, its a convenience issue. As an Orange Countian, I absolutely DESPITE the drive up to LAX, and I'm not too fond about LAX itself, either. LGB offers amazing convenience for those in the mid to north part of the county, not to mention others in LA County. Its worth perhaps, perhaps paying a c...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat
Replies: 72
Views: 8922

Re: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat

That was an operational/crew scheduling issue that was certainly mishandled, but the passenger also wasn't in his right mind. He ran back on the plane like a crazy person. Only after he was bashed in the head, face planted on the arm rest, according to some reports, and lost teeth from the impact. ...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 44021

Re: WN looking at A220

If I was a shareholder I would be asking why is the airline is happy to pay over 15 billion more fuel costs over the 8 years where there are other options that will reduce both fuel and maintenance costs. Every airplane type has a myriad of fixed and variable costs to go along with it. Aircraft acq...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat
Replies: 72
Views: 8922

Re: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat

Police have to make a quick judgement in a situation where there isn't an even presentation of the facts. Lets be real, the airline's/FA's story is the one that gets communicated to the cops in this scenario. You're arguing semantics. The police always have to make a judgement when arresting someon...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat
Replies: 72
Views: 8922

Re: Frontier FA Has Woman Arrested For Complaining About Vomit on Child's Seat

Utterly ridiculous. I don't care how upset the woman, Frontier needs to clean their planes properly. You shouldn't be deplaned and arrested for complaining about a serious and real cleanliness issue. Absent the pax throwing punches, spitting, hurling racial insults, etc., the seat needed to be clean...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane
Replies: 66
Views: 8676

Re: Ghost inside Aeromexico plane

It's Chupacabra! Run!

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1773
Views: 351249

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

As I said earlier, I don't love it, I don't hate it. I do think that some of the artwork shown here in this thread is more appealing than the design that United ultimately chose, Carbon Fibre's in particular. That always amazes me - that companies spend big dollars paying a design company to come up...

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by Aptivaboy
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 44021

Re: WN looking at A220

"Southwest CEO says sticking with Boeing 737 MAX, no current plans for new models" " Southwest Co Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Thursday the company was sticking with its plan to keep growing its fleet with the 737 MAX made by Boeing Co and does not plan to order different aircr...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN looking at A220
Replies: 280
Views: 44021

Re: WN looking at A220

Does Southwest have a need for a plane to run on long - thin routes? Or, do they wish to continue the multiple connection model to get to a destination reasonably far away? My cousin takes Southwest CLE- to wherever, often SAN on business trips, or Florida, and multiple connections are the norm. Mig...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1773
Views: 351249

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I don't love it, I don't hate it. Then again, I'm old school and still adore the Continental livery. It just looks a little bit too Jetblue-y for me. Overall, I give it a B-.

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French pilots union SNPL threatening to call for a six-day strike starting May 6th
Replies: 22
Views: 4345

Re: Winter's Over, Time For A French Strike

So what do you do, Jetty? Shaft a group of employees who have paid into their plan, and have relied on their plan? People who have made life choices based upon the expectation that their pension plan would be there for them? How is that fair? Imagine being a year or two, or even a few months from re...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French pilots union SNPL threatening to call for a six-day strike starting May 6th
Replies: 22
Views: 4345

Re: Winter's Over, Time For A French Strike

The pilot exception lacks merit and should go. A positive side effect would be the demise of the French pilot unions. Except that the pilots were already in their separate retirement scheme upon the basis of what they were promised. They shouldn't be involuntarily pulled out of something that they ...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)
Replies: 39
Views: 7475

Re: Pan Am 747 Cabin Era Article #3 | Bi-Centennial Era: The New 747-SP Brings a Patriotic Look at Heritage (1976-1984)

I want to thank you for this series. Wow, outstanding information! While I never flew on Pan Am, I certainly remember those color palettes back in the seventies! Oh, and what looks like actual food on the trays! When I tell my students about how flying used to be, they just don't get it. They just d...

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the Comac C919 break the airliner duopoly?
Replies: 22
Views: 5837

Re: Can the Comac C919 break the airliner duopoly?

No, certainly not at the present time. What I can see happening is China selling it to poorer nations in Asia and Africa where it is currently spending billions in financial aid to expand its political and economic influence. They could make it a part of a financial aid package for a really low pric...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue at Orange County
Replies: 54
Views: 5279

Re: JetBlue at Orange County

There would be lots of social media posts about “screaming” and being “thrown forward” if it happened often. I’ve flown out of SNA countless times over the last 15 years, also did weight and balance when I worked there...never heard that dramatic of reactions. All I know is that its happened on at ...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue at Orange County
Replies: 54
Views: 5279

Re: JetBlue at Orange County

Everyone talks about the steep takeoffs at SNA, I'd like to experience it some day. One of my airline pilot friends told me that it's really not that steep but rather Orange County residents have their nose so high up in the air that it just feels that way. :smile: Yeah, not fun. I'm sure it isn't ...

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by Aptivaboy
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14431

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

Ever been to Canada during the winter? There's a reason why Canadians flock to Caribbean and Southern US destinations during the winter. Canadians love the Caribbean, particularly Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Other popular destinations include Florida, Arizona and Hawaii. Absol...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces Star Wars Logo Jet
Replies: 61
Views: 11452

Re: United announces Star Wars Logo Jet

"That's no 737!"

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1773
Views: 351249

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I was thinking of a similar idea, where the Star Wars jet will be indicative of the "UNITED" titles going forward, albeit in different colors for regular 'ol line jets. I'm thinking that the Star Wars jet is a sneak preview, in some ways, of what the new livery will be, at least in terms o...

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by Aptivaboy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr Dao, Dragged Off UA Flight Bloodied, Speaks Publicly for 1st Time
Replies: 59
Views: 5207

Re: Dr Dao, Dragged Off UA Flight Bloodied, Speaks Publicly for 1st Time

Did Dao disobey a lawful command to exit the aircraft? In a single word, yes. An allegedly intelligent, grown adult, which is implied by his title of “doctor,” didn’t have the maturity to do what he was asked to do. I’m sorry but I have never nor ever will feel sorry for him. Dear Lord, are we back...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaii Airports and Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 129
Views: 16696

Re: Hawaii Airports and Aviation Thread - 2019

Looks like Kahalui is getting a tram from the terminal to the brand new rental car area. I'd read about this before, but never seen what the cars will look like. If you'll click on the third photo in the linked Maui News article, there they are. http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/09/airpor...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyArystan aircraft rendering
Replies: 14
Views: 1529

Re: FlyArystan aircraft rendering

Is the tank underneath for water bombing?


The planes came from Spirit. That's where Spirit used to carry standby passengers.

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'
Replies: 114
Views: 19821

Re: Welcome to 'Cattle Class'

All that's needed is a "drop" bucket underneath the seat and there goes reductions of Lavs on the plane.


Don't give Spirit any ideas. Heck, they'd probably charge for the bucket! :lol:

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by Aptivaboy
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does WN actually care about the 797?
Replies: 36
Views: 5090

Re: Does WN actually care about the 797?

That’s great, but it’s 2019 and not the 1970’s anymore. Airlines don’t generally work like that anymore. I would be surprised if LGA is a main influence on the 797. Go back and reread the post that I was responding to, and my own post. I wasn't implying that LGA will run the 797's specifications. T...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does WN actually care about the 797?
Replies: 36
Views: 5090

Re: Does WN actually care about the 797?

Somehow I don't see a 7 abreast, dual aisle, wide-body serving LGA or DCA. The DC-10 and the L-1011 were designed, in large part, specifically to operate out of smallish airports like LGA. LGA operations were a part of their design briefs, and the reason they went with three engines and a widebody ...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can AA Reactivate MD-80's to fill in for MAX8's?
Replies: 20
Views: 2117

Re: Can AA Reactivate MD-80's to fill in for MAX8's?

I think the better question would be how much longer will the MAX situation force AA to keep its few remaining Mad Dogs soldiering onwards? Probably as long as there are spare parts, maintenance and enough crews to keep them going, but as others have said many were approaching checks, so... Probably...

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Animal Faced Airliners
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Best Animal Faced Airliners

PSA's simple smile will always be the sublimely best.

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by Aptivaboy
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her
Replies: 47
Views: 3581

Re: Pax suing NK for bumping her 15yo daughter without informing her

I think that the amount that is being sued for is excessive, but I agree with the sentiment. I also think that the airline's boilerplate response - the safety of our passengers is our greatest concern, blah blah blah - is nothing more than lip service. Do these PR spokesholes not understand how stup...

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by Aptivaboy
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Justice Department looks into Boeing
Replies: 82
Views: 11701

Re: Justice Department looks into Boeing

As a Boeing shareholder, I'm shocked and horrified by all of this. If any of the allegations and reports are even partially true, then that means that "my" company took unacceptable shortcuts (that's putting it politely) in order to push a flawed product out the door in the name of meeting...

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by Aptivaboy
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Further expansion opportunities for HA in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska - 2019
Replies: 51
Views: 5128

Re: Further expansion opportunities for HA in the contiguous U.S. and Alaska - 2019

What I think will happen is that HA will continue to evaluate smaller markets for their 321s. In California alone, one could look at Burbank (as mentioned), Ontario, maybe even San Bernadino if the economy out there remains good. Maybe a place like Flagstaff? They'd likely be looking at airports far...

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