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by blueflyer
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 3760
Views: 492565

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

If you read the article, you would see that the Canadians are doing flights for check captains etc. one would think that such flying is more dangerous than a transit flight with flaps down. May have been to prepare for the great Southern transition. Add Air Canada to the list of airlines sending th...

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by blueflyer
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazon Air (watch this space)
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: Amazon Air (watch this space)

One problem with Amazon Air is that they rely on contract carriers. Until they take it in house, they have a very finite ceiling of growth without bringing it in house. They don't necessarily have to bring it all in-house. The model for Amazon Air may be DHL Aviation. DHL owns five airlines, has a ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH and the a220
Replies: 35
Views: 8024

Re: LH and the a220

There is no mention on what LH plans on doing with these. So in does anyone know what they plan on doing with these? I don't remember the context (perhaps Capital Markets Day) but Lufty did say they had no plans yet. The earlier A320s and A321s in the fleet are older than the A319s, and coming up o...

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by blueflyer
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgium 10 yr dry lease 2 falcon 7-x for 124 million Euros
Replies: 13
Views: 2042

Re: Belgium 10 yr dry lease 2 falcon 9-x for 124 million Euros

The lease does include maintenance and crew training. The government estimates it will save €44 millions over the life of the lease compared to keeping the current fleet in service. Reportedly only two qualified bidders replied to the RFP... Neither aircraft will carry official government markings. ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 102
Views: 12109

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

KLM FAST FROM FIVE TO FOUR FLIGHTS PER DAY DIRECTION BRUSSELS SCHIPHOL - KLM, in collaboration with Dutch Railways and Thalys, will be phasing out the scheduled service between Schiphol and Brussels. Next summer season, the frequency on the route is already going down from five to four flights a da...

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by blueflyer
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Priority Boarding for bus gates
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Priority Boarding for bus gates

Perhaps more so (but not exclusively) in Europe than other countries, it isn't necessarily clear at the time of boarding that it is a bus, not a plane, passengers are going to walk into. I couldn't count the times I boarded at a gate with a plane attached to the bridge, only to walk all the way down...

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by blueflyer
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?
Replies: 17
Views: 1253

Re: If you were to start an airline, what would be your business strategy/plan?

I'd try and find new markets to duplicate JSX. Maybe find sufficient funding to grow the operation larger faster and gain economies of scale.Perhaps in Europe. My first bases or operation would be FRA and LGW and I would connect those with places like PIT,DTW,CLE,STL and the like with less that dail...

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by blueflyer
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet
Replies: 109
Views: 9808

Re: AA kicks passenger off airplane after he has allergic reaction to "emotional support" pet

rbavfan wrote:
B777LRF wrote:
Can't wait till the day someone's emotional support salmon has a run in with another someone's emotional support grizzly. Preferably within the confines of a CRJ or Jungle jet.


A grizzly won't fit in a CRJ. lol

If the plane doesn't fit the support animal, bring a bigger plane...

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by blueflyer
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 102
Views: 12109

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

No official news release (that I know of), however FedEx is adding to its flight schedule at LGG. It is now operating IND-LGG-DXB, PVG-LGG-MEM and a return HKG-LGG, all on 777s of course. It is good news to the extent that FedEx made it very clear they were unhappy at how the airport was bending ove...

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by blueflyer
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 101
Views: 16010

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

What this guy did was clearly wrong and he should have all of his certifications revoked. But let's have a little perspective here. This was not dangerous. Pilots do not take off with inoperative air data computers. Thank you! I was hoping for this kind of level-headed perspective. I am so troubled...

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by blueflyer
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 102
Views: 12109

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

The government would prefer it if no "new" flights where started at LEY. Only transfered flights from AMS. That was the main idea of LEY, as overflow for AMS. So if FR starts a base at LEY without having one at AMS it's kind of pointless, as capacity is very limited (regulatory)at LEY as ...

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by blueflyer
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ACMI Companies
Replies: 8
Views: 1199

Re: ACMI Companies

And DHL dry-leases planes to ACMI operators that fly them for DHL...

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by blueflyer
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Change planes in YYZ: US - Europe
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Change planes in YYZ: US - Europe

Very helpful. Thank you. I've never flown on Air Georgian, anything I should expect? I'm assuming since I'm leaving from the US to YYZ, I won't be able to print a boarding pass, is that correct? Haven't printed a boarding pass in a while, however I travel between the US and the EU with a connection...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada fined for not using French language
Replies: 147
Views: 18346

Re: Air Canada fined for not using French language

Also understand this is the same couple that complained about not being able to order “7 Up” in French. (And won). Seriously?!? How do you order a 7 Up in Quebec? Even Parisians know they'd be ridiculed for trying to order a Sept Up! I may have to try next time I'm in Montreal just to see what happ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Summer From Hell
Replies: 95
Views: 15810

Re: AA's Summer From Hell

Flying both regularly, AA looks to me like the UA of a few years past... Coin toss as to whether the flights would operate on time and the crew would be pleasant to deal with. UA did recover... Unlike others' experience, I actually think they're doing well for IRROPS recovery, thanks to their app. H...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 102
Views: 12109

Re: BeNeLux Aviation Thread - 2019

So depending on the source, OO-SFB is either an Eurowings aircraft operated by Brussels Airlines, or a Brussels Airlines aircraft. As it seems to operate regularly on some of the cities I travel from when going TATL, I wonder, what's it like on the inside? Eurowings or Brussels Airlines? Specificall...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trumps next SCOTUS appointment
Replies: 29
Views: 1385

Re: Trumps next SCOTUS appointment

Let's see what happens. I'm REALLY hoping RBG and Breyer hold on a tad longer until a Democrat Senate and President are elected. And if that happens, I hope the candidates chosen are well below their 50s so that they serve for decades to come. When RGB retires after our new president comes into off...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL angers pax at JFK
Replies: 111
Views: 13551

Re: DL angers pax at JFK

JFK is down a runway this summer due to construction, this has been widely publicized which is restricting the number of operations at the airport Were airlines forced to cut their schedule to deal with the runway closure? If not, that is the kind of government action I want to see... I am tired of...

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by blueflyer
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whom will be the Republican candidate when Trump drops out?
Replies: 61
Views: 2861

Re: Whom will be the Republican candidate when Trump drops out?

I can only see Trump dropping out for 2 reasons: 1) He has a major physical or brain health problem (massive heart attack, stroke, open onset of Alzheimer's Disease which his father had) where he resigns or others have to invoke the 25th Amendment. Lyndon Johnson in 1968 quit his re-election campai...

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by blueflyer
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICE Raids destroying Rural America
Replies: 66
Views: 2683

Re: ICE Raids destroying Rural America

Interesting thought. I think you are referring to legal aliens that are classified as tax residents. People that are illegal would not be classified as a tax resident and even pay taxes as they could not legally get a SSN. Do you have a link that explains the $300 billion dollar claim? In order to ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg resigns
Replies: 45
Views: 11291

Re: Cathay Pacific ceo Rupert hogg resigns

I personally wouldn't read too much into this, even considering the recent events in Hong Kong. Swire is still the majority stakeholder in CX. I think the past week or two have shown that if the Chinese government asks Swire to jump, Swire will jump as high as possible and apologize for not jumping...

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by blueflyer
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into China
Replies: 146
Views: 21500

Re: CAAC issued security warning against Cathay over Hong Kong protest, ban protest-supporting staffs from flying into C

After that, it is reported that some 2,000 Cathay Pacific employees including 1,200 cabin crew and pilots took part in a strike on August 5. One staff member also leaked the flight information of a group of Hong Kong police that flew to the mainland. The airline downplayed these abominable actions,...

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by blueflyer
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches 3x daily LCY-ANR from Sept. 9.
Replies: 40
Views: 8706

Re: KLM launches 3x daily LCY-ANR from Sept. 9.

Waterbomber2 wrote:
This first step is not bad, but a few ANR-AMS flights should be a given too. There are direct trains to AMS from ANR but flights are more convenient as you don't have to haul your suitcases around.

Doesn't KLM have a check-in desk at Antwerp station to drop off bags?

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by blueflyer
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair UK-based pilots vote to strike.
Replies: 28
Views: 3930

Re: Ryanair UK-based pilots vote to strike.

No. 72% of the BALPA-represented pilots voted, and of those votes, 80% voted for "yes"; so, 58% of the BALPA-represented pilots voted for the strike. Question is: are the BALPA-represented pilots 100% of the FR pilots? If not, then the overall percentage of FR pilots who voted for the str...

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by blueflyer
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU plan to distribute refugees / migrants
Replies: 95
Views: 4024

Re: EU plan to distribute refugees / migrants

Poland should accept immigrants to a point where the net migration flux to/from the EU is zero. They did accept tons of migrants from Ukraine, which happens to be in Europe (helping fellow Europeans). It's not their problem, that in today's EU narrative the only immigration that apparently counts i...

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by blueflyer
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Armed off-duty firefighter halts armed suspect at Walmart store in Missouri
Replies: 80
Views: 3518

Re: Armed off-duty firefighter halts armed suspect at Walmart store in Missouri

Why do I have the feeling the "armed suspect" is getting the outcome he wanted...

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by blueflyer
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aigle Azur will go into receivership
Replies: 106
Views: 19276

Re: Aigle Azur at risk of ceasing operations

In a right-of-reply, the airline denies that any current lessor is asking for aircraft to be returned. One A320 was returned in June, however the airline claims the process was abusive, and implies the lessor wanted the aircraft back to take advantage of higher lease rates due to the Max grounding.T...

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by blueflyer
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU plan to distribute refugees / migrants
Replies: 95
Views: 4024

Re: EU plan to distribute refugees / migrants

Still not all 28. Has Poland agreed to take some as well? Why should they take any? Poland should accept immigrants to a point where the net migration flux to/from the EU is zero. Why should Poland be able to export its unemployed to other EU countries, and refuse to help fellow members at the same...

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by blueflyer
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH to announce two new US-routes from MUC
Replies: 200
Views: 39113

Re: LH to announce two new US-routes from MUC

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but I thought LH was dropping EW's long haul division? Nope. They just let the mainline handle the MUC/FRA-operations and are heavily cutting back at DUS. Unless the board has changed their mind since their Capital Markets Day presentation in June, Nicknuzzii ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago spent billions and possible broken promises on O'Hare Airport's expansion plan?
Replies: 22
Views: 5285

Re: Chicago spent billions and possible broken promises on O'Hare Airport's expansion plan?

This is actually a poorly written piece. It badly needs an executive summary... Read about half of it, lots of mentions of well-paid lobbyists and a handful of people in jail (so the system works?), lots of money spent on projects behind schedule or canceled.... but not a shred of evidence, just inn...

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by blueflyer
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign airports most likely to gain service to the US
Replies: 30
Views: 2589

Re: Foreign airports most likely to gain service to the US

CRL to MIA by Air Belgium.... maybe Maybe....that's a huge maybe! Now that is VERY wishful thinking on your part but I'm sorry to inform you, I just don't see that happening at all. Neither do I, specially now that TUI Belgium recently pulled the plug on their Orlando/Miami flights from Brussels. I...

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by blueflyer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight detours due to geopolitical instability
Replies: 26
Views: 4078

Re: Flight detours due to geopolitical instability

FAA stated that airlines from the United States or airplanes with N registration are not allowed to fly to Venezuela and to overfly Venezuela. The restrictions do not apply to US registered aircraft operated by or for a foreign carrier, although that is a scenario that would typically apply to carg...

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by blueflyer
Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Foreign airports most likely to gain service to the US
Replies: 30
Views: 2589

Re: Foreign airports most likely to gain service to the US

CRL to MIA by Air Belgium.... maybe

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AT&T cancels CBS programming due to contractual dispute -- millions of viewers nationwide lose access
Replies: 38
Views: 2032

Re: AT&T cancels CBS programming due to brawl -- millions of viewers nationwide lose access

There's a proposal in Congress that would prevent one side from removing service for a period of time after a carriage contract has expired. Distributors are in favor, most content providers not so much. I get that CBS wants higher compensation, their contract is 7 years old after all, however viewi...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mesa cop who killed man get rehired for pension
Replies: 13
Views: 880

Re: Mesa cop who killed man get rehired for pension

Best advice a friend and a cop ever gave me: If I ever feel uncomfortable in an encounter with a police officer, adopt the most non-threatening position I can (ideally lying on the ground hands on my head) and not move a muscle for any reason whatsoever. Tell the officer I am not moving an inch out ...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rush Limbaugh admits GOP's fiscal attacks on Obama were "bogus," defends Trump's deficit
Replies: 35
Views: 2091

Re: Rush Limbaugh admits GOP's fiscal attacks on Obama were "bogus," defends Trump's deficit

Fear not, the deficit will matter again on January 21 of whatever year the Dems take control of Washington...

Now, we can up the dose of whatever Limbaugh is on so he can declare the debt ceiling null and void too, while he is in a mood to be useful for a change.

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20
Replies: 83
Views: 6499

Re: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20

It was nothing more than a joke from the beginning. Well, that's disappointing. Given getting to Area 51 requires crossing the Nellis Test Range, I was secretly hoping the Air Force would coincidentally choose the day for low-altitude fly-bys and a few practice drops too. Might have made for some g...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled
Replies: 60
Views: 14175

Re: British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

The UK Foreign Office updated its travel warning for Egypt yesterday, pointing out additional security measures are needed for flights from Egypt to the UK.
This is certainly linked to that.

Perhaps BA needs a week to review and/or implement these "additional security measures."

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH
Replies: 11
Views: 2393

Re: Air Belgium launches flights to FDF/PTP, MIA and FIH

There’s an entire infrastructure built around Africa flights at BRU that Air Belgium will have to compete with. The CDG-BRU route exists solely because VFR passengers between France and Africa don’t want to drag their (usually) mountain of suitcases by road/train all the way to BRU. For local passen...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20
Replies: 83
Views: 6499

Re: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20

It has been done before. A few years back, a BBC crew did cross the gate and they were basically left alone for 30 minutes until they forced the security guards to acknowledge their presence. Really? Didn't hear of this incident before, is there any footage from? Not sure, I didn't check Youtube bu...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 5677

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

Me thinks he might even have had a business class seat for that $1,500. At least half the seats are paid for by an employer, odds are if he asked the right passenger, they would have given up the seat that didn't cost them a penny for the seat that made them $1,500 richer...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A day that will live...somewhere
Replies: 12
Views: 1245

Re: A day that will live...somewhere

See, last May I flew BOS-MSP and was all late and stuff (gross), and was advised by the more sanctimonious yes SANCTIMONIOUS a.netters here that I am to arrive at the airport fully two yes TWO hours before my flight. I thought that rule was for international flights. So when you planned yourself, y...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Disappearances in American National Parks
Replies: 30
Views: 2661

Re: Disappearances in American National Parks

1. The person that vanishes is usually hiking on their own. 2. The vanishing usually occurs between 4 and 6 pm. 3. Shortly after the disappearance, the weather often turns bad, which inhibits search and rescue teams to perform their task. Usually, this weather continues on for the next couple of da...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20
Replies: 83
Views: 6499

Re: Planned storming of Area 51 9/20

The security personnel is a little smarter than average. My guess is, *if* a mass invasion does occur, they'll actually let them get inside for a mile or two, hide an interception crew behind a turn in the road. Sort of a test to see whether they actually have stupid intentions, or their motivation ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TN gov declares day honoring Confederate general and early KKK leader
Replies: 20
Views: 1554

Re: TN gov declares day honoring Confederate general and early KKK leader

So what would happen if the governor chose to ignore the law requiring the proclamation? I guess he would end up making it anyway, this time under a court order? Still, I think refusing to sign until ordered to would have been a strong, if symbolic gesture. The "I have to do it" defense is...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 151
Views: 23435

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

WW likely got a killer deal for IAG and wanted to remind Airbus that they’re not the only game in town anymore. I think there was a lot of that in the announcement, or perhaps Boeing demanded a public release in exchange for the price BA negotiated. I don't find the timing of the order unusual, it ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Complaint filed against Boeing and WN over 737 MAX safety issues
Replies: 90
Views: 13175

Re: Complaint filed against Boeing and WN over 737 MAX safety issues

It is the second part where this lawsuit does not pass the sniff test. Someone who was merely a passenger on an uneventful MAX flight will not have suffered any real damages. there is nothing to recover, because nothing was lost. Genuine question. If an airline knowingly operates an unsafe flight (...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 559
Views: 96830

Re: AF to order A220

Even though they're the smallest aircraft (read highest seat cost), the A318s would actually be the last to be replaced by A220s as they are younger than the A319s and A320s in the fleet. Another interesting nugget is that Transavia will probably continue to operate an all-Boeing fleet and that a 73...

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by blueflyer
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 188
Views: 14020

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

As a smoker I'm disappointed. This made connecting in ATL a lot less of a headache. I get the reasoning behind it, but I never notice the smell leaking out of the rooms at all. Don't see why they need to get rid of them. People smoke, they're going to keep smoking whether the rooms are there or not...

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by blueflyer
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S firm behind new WOW air found out + IAD to be one of new destinations
Replies: 91
Views: 9549

Re: Former Execs of WOW trying to bring back LCC named WAB

Aaaaahhhh typical a.net, every new airline is the dumbest idea ever... unless the airline resurrects an old brand! If the founders had called their project TWA, there'd be nothing but positive vibes.

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