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by 737tanker
Wed Dec 28, 2022 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 3033
Views: 552158

Re: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022

I was just about to ask the same thing. I don't know all the details, but I know two things: 1. WN's IT system still cannot support scheduled red-eye flights. As an example, this limits their Hawaii-to-mainland flights, many of which are redeyes on other airlines. 2. As a longstanding annoyance of ...

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by 737tanker
Sun Nov 13, 2022 1:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Things you would change about any airline
Replies: 34
Views: 2361

Re: Things you would change about any airline

Wednesdayite wrote:
WN - Assign the damn seats like every other decent airline.

WN - make a business class section and keep the rest of the aircraft unassigned

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by 737tanker
Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: who should do the walkaround ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1505

Re: who should do the walkaround ?

I'm doing a study about who should do the walkaround check? I do not work for Southwest Airlines, but my understanding, from friends who are pilots at WN, if the flight deck crew remains with the aircraft for multiple segments, neither pilot does an exterior inspection at the intermediate locations...

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by 737tanker
Sun Sep 25, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual front and rear passenger jetway boarding in CVG
Replies: 83
Views: 15657

Re: Dual front and rear passenger jetway boarding in CVG

I did many flights into ALB using the WN dual bridges. While the passengers got off faster it only slightly sped up the boarding process since it was still one passenger at a time getting their boarding pass scanned. But the main reason that turn times didn't decrease is that they had the same numbe...

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by 737tanker
Mon Sep 19, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 3033
Views: 552158

Re: Southwest Airlines News and Discussion Thread - 2022

SAD DAY……..N709SW has been flown today to BHM for retirement. She was the #3 prototype for the NG series. The early build NG’s are dropping like flies. Oh wow.... I just worked several flights on that aircraft last week! An Amazing history of 79,000 hours and 47,000 cycles! Not much in the big sche...

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by 737tanker
Fri Jun 10, 2022 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 885
Views: 180378

Re: BOS Construction

Does anyone have any updates / details on the Terminal E extension? - How many gates? - Finish date? Anyone have updates on the C - B connector? Did Massport opt to add another gate between C25 (Old) and C40 (Old) Thanks! https://www.massport.com/logan-forward/initiatives/terminal-c-optimization-an...

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by 737tanker
Sat Jun 04, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest new partner airlines?
Replies: 94
Views: 13959

Re: Southwest new partner airlines?

I thought there was something written into WN pilot contracts or something that they can’t partner up with anyone? Or is that not true? I don’t really know the details. The WN Pilot Contract does not allow domestic codeshare (so no Cape Air, Boutique, ect), or for WN to operate flights that aren't ...

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by 737tanker
Sun May 01, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to start paying F/As during boarding
Replies: 135
Views: 21039

Re: DL to start paying F/As during boarding

This would all be easier if pilots and FAs get paid by flight duty period and not block time. I once flew for a company that paid by the duty hour instead of flight hour. Of course our "hourly pay" was lower than our competitors but when you took our daily pay and divided it by the hours ...

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by 737tanker
Fri Feb 11, 2022 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is the Minimum Runway Width for Airline Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 3799

Re: What Is the Minimum Runway Width for Airline Service?

JTR has a 30m/98' wide runway and gets lots of airline service. It goes to hell in crosswinds though. 100 ft width runways are allowable for certain types as mentioned above, however crosswind limitations are much more restrictive than on 150 ft width runways. Really I have 8 airline type ratings a...

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by 737tanker
Tue Dec 14, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Diverting back to origin airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1924

Re: Diverting back to origin airport

While LAX is a maintenance and crew base for WN they may not have any gate space for the aircraft. That being said I’m not sure why they didn’t divert to ONT, unless weather was an issue at LAX and ONT.

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by 737tanker
Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO Kelly to step down; Robert Jordan named replacement
Replies: 57
Views: 15379

Re: Southwest CEO Kelly to step down; Robert Jordan named replacement

Jordan is most likely the bridge between Kelly and the person they really want to run WN long term. Just like Jim Parker was the bridge between Herb and Kelly.

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by 737tanker
Mon May 31, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 2561

Re: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?

For many US Airlines there is Duty rig pay formula as well as a Flight pay formula in which case the crew would get paid based on whichever one was greater. Most airlines will create schedules where Duty rig doesn't come into play but when there are long delays it is possible for a crew to see an in...

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by 737tanker
Thu May 06, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3308
Views: 531447

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

I know it might not happen tell they add a new plane in years but does anyone see WN going into a business or premium class on there planes In a next step up of the airline ? It would have a be a NEW plane with an entirely different galley set up. There isn't a plane, nor a current galley config th...

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by 737tanker
Thu May 06, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3308
Views: 531447

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Hears another rumor going around. One source is saying the First Hawaii proposed expansion had Daily Red Eyes scheduled. But SWAPA put the Brakes on the proposal since the Red Eyes study they did with the company is over 10yrs Old and they need to do a revaluation over safety precautions. I honestl...

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by 737tanker
Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"
Replies: 101
Views: 17791

Re: WN - A220 vs MAX "Never A Competition"

No advanced seat selection (or seat selection at all) because their computer couldn’t handle it. Yes, the 10 minute turn made sense in 1975, but today it simply is not an issue. Same thing with no baggage charges; at the time, their IT simply was not capable. The “no red eyes” was borne from their ...

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by 737tanker
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will WN join an Alliance?
Replies: 37
Views: 3786

Re: Non-April Fools: Will WN join an Alliance?

Pilots run that airline . NOPE! The truest statement ever. To date SWAPA has stonewalled every proposed codeshare. Flyguy I think they’d approve codeshare with long haul airlines with Europe/Asia, where WN will most likely never fly. They ought to do that as soon as international travel rebounds. T...

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by 737tanker
Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 45977

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

I flew on a WN 717 from Fort Myers to Houston in June, 2013. Do not recall if it was painted in WN colors. That was still officially an AirTran flight. No 717s were ever in WN colors. I booked the flight through WN. it was handled by WN personnel in WN gates. At no time (other than the plane’s live...

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by 737tanker
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3308
Views: 531447

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Anybody think that southwest will increase there Hawaii flying from Oakland since Alaska is leaving the market ? They are making the whole OAK Pilot base ETOP qualified, instead of just the current subset. Additionally they are adding an ETOP qualified subset to the LAS Pilot base. I don't think th...

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by 737tanker
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions
Replies: 239
Views: 45977

Re: Boeing nears 737 MAX order from Southwest worth billions

It might be important to note, that Southwest has no clue, no idea and no experience at incorporating a second fleet type. They never did it. It was already a big problem when they realised that the pilots can not hold a MAX,NG and Classic license at the same time, hence the retirement of all the C...

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by 737tanker
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 930
Views: 133510

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN/BGR) Aviation Thread - 2021

New cargo terminal coming to Manchester. https://www.flymanchester.com/news/mht-and-aeroterm-to-develop-multitenant-cargo-facility/ Thanks for the post! Exciting news for an airplane nerd like me! MHT surely knows that its struggles on the passenger side won’t end now if they haven’t over the past ...

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by 737tanker
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 136843

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

I disagree if JFK was more trained and confident flying IFR he would be alive today. All JFK Jr had to do was turn on his autopilot. That would have kept his wings level and the graveyard spiral wouldn't have happened. If he can’t fly the plane in the existing conditions, the autopilot won’t save h...

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by 737tanker
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash
Replies: 835
Views: 136843

Re: Kobe Bryant killed in a helicopter crash

Babyshark wrote:
I disagree if JFK was more trained and confident flying IFR he would be alive today.


All JFK Jr had to do was turn on his autopilot. That woulf have kept his wings level and the graveyard spiral wouldn't have happened.

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by 737tanker
Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

Unfortunately Gary Kelly has already ruined the culture and the relationship between management and the employees. He did this by sending out the WARN notices 2 months before they were legally required and just before Christmas, which put a damper on Christmas for those employees notified. Additiona...

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by 737tanker
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3998

Re: Part time aviation

There are no part-time pilots, some have schedules that appear to be part-time but really aren’t. US airline guys typically work 3 days on, 3 days off, about 13-15 days a month. What do you call that? That is not entirely correct. I work in the US for a 91K/135 operator and I am considered part tim...

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by 737tanker
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

Some might argue that without CARES funding (which for some reason favored airline employees more than other US Workers), we might not be having this discussion. The US Bankruptcy Court and the lawyers would be. Absence of that first round of CARES Act payroll support grant/loan wouldn't have sent ...

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by 737tanker
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

At AA each contract has a minimum of hours you have to work each month the to keep your benefits and accrue suck and vacation time. There are no more ghost employees As much as i'd love to become a ghost employee and run that racket, its not good for a company. At WN its just more absurd because no...

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by 737tanker
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

How did the situation with some FA’s not working but getting benefits come to be? It’s not like WN is not assigning work to these FAs. They are bidding and holding a line that their seniority allows. Then they are giving those trips away to other FAs. So yes you have FAs collecting benefits and “no...

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by 737tanker
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

SWAPA has said that based on the current burn rate WN has enough cash on hand to last 45 months. Furloughing the 1221 pilots will only allow WN to extend that by 3 weeks.How much is WN saving by furloughing 4 Sim technician and 6 Flight Instructors if 1221 pilots is only saving 3 weeks.

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by 737tanker
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1888
Views: 170919

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020

I would place my bets on ANC I wouldn't disagree. I remember Herb telling my upgrade class in 2000 that the biggest mistake he made at WN was pulling out of ANC & COS when Morris was acquired. I also had former Morris pilots tell me that they made a profit on the ANC flights just on the cargo a...

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by 737tanker
Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

WN Management themselves are saying that if you cut your pay 10% we won't have to furlough so the Unions are showing them where they can save that amount of money without having to do the pay cuts. It was recently announced by the WN Mechanics Union that in lieu of the 10% pay cut that the Mechanic...

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by 737tanker
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

ScottB WN Management themselves are saying that if you cut your pay 10% we won't have to furlough so the Unions are showing them where they can save that amount of money without having to do the pay cuts. It was recently announced by the WN Mechanics Union that in lieu of the 10% pay cut that the M...

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by 737tanker
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

ScottB WN Management themselves are saying that if you cut your pay 10% we won't have to furlough so the Unions are showing them where they can save that amount of money without having to do the pay cuts. It was recently announced by the WN Mechanics Union that in lieu of the 10% pay cut that the Me...

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by 737tanker
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

[quote="737tanker" ] The WN Unions have offered ways to save the 10% that Management is looking for without furloughs but Management will not accept anything unless the Unions accept the addition of Force Majeure clauses to their CBAs. .[/quote] You keep saying that. Why don't you tell us...

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by 737tanker
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Air Force A350 non-stop to Australia
Replies: 31
Views: 4588

Re: German Air Force A350 non-stop to Australia

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Nixon flew commercial air, once.

Yes he did but it wasn't because he was forced to he did it as a PR stunt. The aircraft that would have flown him to CA as AF1 still flew to CA at the time that Nixon was on board Executive 1 and flew him back to DC as AF1 when his vacation was over.

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by 737tanker
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

The WN Unions have offered ways to save the 10% that Management is looking for without furloughs but Management will not accept anything unless the Unions accept the addition of Force Majeure clauses to their CBAs. Also, just throwing out "force majeure clause" is meaningless. Without con...

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by 737tanker
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

The Pilots and FAs have already taken about a 20% paycut due to reduction in flying (Covid and the MAX grounding). That's not counting what was saved by the VSP (early retirement) and ExTO (extended leave) programs. SWAPA (the pilots union) and the FA union have pointed out changes that can save th...

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by 737tanker
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

[list=][/list]The Pilots and FAs have already taken about a 20% paycut due to reduction in flying (Covid and the MAX grounding). That's not counting what was saved by the VSP (early retirement) and ExTO (extended leave) programs. SWAPA (the pilots union) and the FA union have pointed out changes tha...

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by 737tanker
Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 55454

Re: WN sending out WARN Notices

WN isn't just looking for a 10% paycut. They are also saying that every union has to additionally add a "Force Majeure" clause to their CBAs in order to prevent furloughs. While the FAs haven't received WARN notices their Negotiating Committee has been told that WN is looking to furlough 1...

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by 737tanker
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?
Replies: 29
Views: 5745

Re: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?

Pretty sure that SW at one point had the -200/-300/-500/-700 in the fleet and pilots flying them all. They had the EFIS classic setup on the -700 as described earlier. They also deactivated the autothrust I believe to keep communality with the -200. Yes. Between 1997 and 2005 Southwest operated a l...

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by 737tanker
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineer examining engine on landing
Replies: 25
Views: 4368

Re: Engineer examining engine on landing

TWA's contract with the IAM required a licensed A&P to meet every flight. Very-expensive. Something they tried for years to change. Advantage was that when something was wrong, there was somebody actually competent to fix it pretty-fast. But usually totally-unnecessary. A lot of airlines still ...

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by 737tanker
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols
Replies: 32
Views: 5947

Re: Former MDW official accused of violating safety protocols

Thanks for telling me what my own experiences are. Glad you’ve been next to me during every one. I’m not accusing ATC of putting safety at risk, it’s the PIC’s responsibility. But don’t play dumb. We’ve all heard the response “what do you need it to be?” when inquiring about certain weather conditi...

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by 737tanker
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How intensive is the g force training is required for a cargo pilot?
Replies: 27
Views: 2813

Re: How intensive is the g force training is required for a cargo pilot?

If you are looking to avoid Gs and ejection seats you should look into the USN or USMC. They do their primary training in the T-6 then their advanced training is done in the T-44. That sends them into the P-8 for USN and the C-130 for USMC.

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by 737tanker
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about vertical separation
Replies: 12
Views: 2153

Re: Question about vertical separation

Also if one aircraft is operating VFR and the other is IFR you only need 500 ft separation

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by 737tanker
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 3363

Re: Single pilot flight decks

bluecrew Striking in the US airline industry is not like striking in the US trucking industry. First you have to be in contract negotiations then to have reached such an impass in negotiations that a Mediator has been called in to meditate between the Union and the Company. Once the Mediator believe...

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by 737tanker
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 2702
Views: 463166

Re: Boston Aviation Thread - 2019

MassPort is making it difficult for GA to fly into BOS. You’re going to have to give 72 hours notice, can’t park for more than 4 hours, and no overnight parking.

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by 737tanker
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines that will go down next in 2020?
Replies: 51
Views: 4645

Re: What airlines will go bankrupt next? And why will they go bankrupt?

Southwest because the MAXs are still grounded and the NGs will probably be grounded due to the cracks being found in the “Pickle Forks”

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by 737tanker
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: People go crazy for Southwest's peanuts
Replies: 35
Views: 9120

Re: People go crazy for Southwest's peanuts

Last week I flew on WN from BWI to MCI and back. On both flights I was given a bag of pretzels and a bag of crackers.

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by 737tanker
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What's Going On? Egyptian C-130 In Baltimore
Replies: 14
Views: 10290

Re: What's Going On? Egyptian C-130 In Baltimore

Foreign governments also use military aircraft to transport items needed for their diplomats,

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by 737tanker
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry
Replies: 12
Views: 3344

Re: Career Change Into The Commercial Aviation Industry

You may also want to look at the Fractionals such as Netjets, Plane Sense, and XOJet.

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