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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: 53
Views: 1532

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: 2517

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: 10853

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: 132
Views: 18281

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: 38
Views: 7631

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: 3808

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: 3476

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: 2946

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: Aigle Azur at risk of ceasing operations
Replies: 72
Views: 11946

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: 3476

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: 38526

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: 5222

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: 2441

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: 4048

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: 2441

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: 1960

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: 850

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: 2049

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: 6223

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: 14121

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: 2372

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: 6223

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: 5605

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: 1212

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: 2613

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: 6223

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: 1523

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: 23096

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: 13076

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: 94720

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: 189
Views: 13698

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: 9358

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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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Workplace etiquette: nicknames
Replies: 62
Views: 3068

Re: Workplace etiquette: nicknames

Makes work boring but that’s what cell phones and internet are for during breaks. Lose yourself in the internet and shut down any else because for men, failure to heed these warnings at today’s nonsensical work place is career suicide. Posts like this remind me I should be eternally grateful I work...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jeffrey Epstein 'found dead in cell' in New York
Replies: 159
Views: 10527

Re: Billionaire Jeff Epstein (finally) arrested for underage sex

This creep has gotten away with abusing so many girls, for so long, that it's an absolute disgrace to our legal system that he's been "free" until today! What's more infuriating is that he was free without quotation marks. He was convicted for his crimes and has served his time, all 13 mo...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 'We're anti-influencer': ice-cream truck makes Instagram 'stars' pay double
Replies: 12
Views: 1721

Re: 'We're anti-influencer': ice-cream truck makes Instagram 'stars' pay double

I recently read about how trendy being an 'influencer' has become, some have even taken to post sh1t they claim have been sponsored, when it's been no such thing. Just as the opposite is illegal in many places, surely claiming to be paid to push a product when you haven't, is equally so? It would b...

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by blueflyer
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How/when did you ask for a pay raise?
Replies: 10
Views: 1357

Re: How/when did you ask for a pay raise?

I was not successful at my first attempt. On my second attempt, I was offered a very rewarding performance goal instead. I’ve not asked many times since, and been successful about half the time. In my industry, pay is discussed during the annual performance review. Most employees are offered a raise...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California rocked again...
Replies: 35
Views: 1867

Re: California rocked again...

ltbewr wrote:
The earthquakes on 7/4 & 7/5 in California were quite severe, China Lake Navel station is pretty much in lockdown.

Here's hoping it is for assessment and/or infrastructure repairs, not because some nasty chemical they play with has leaked...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 47
Views: 2929

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Overall, I mostly agree with Dutchy. I think the next ten years will see the beginning of a process where the EU will yet again divide itself internally. A block of countries will seek more integration, moving ever closer to a United States of Europe (but not quite getting there), including making c...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones
Replies: 16
Views: 3658

Re: Commecial aircraft cruise altitude 'no fly' zones

Possibly true, but guys that have accidentally passed thru “lost” generally get a severe talking to and don’t say a word about it. The AF has admitted it exists, so I’d guess you could land as an emergency. You can land in an emergency and you will not get shot or be disappeared, but there will be ...

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by blueflyer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter

Except that just like the glitter, the milkshake was harmless... Unless it was banana flavour. :yuck: Nothing a bit of Grand Marnier can't fix... Okay, forget the quick drying cement controversy... Still assault whether it had cement in it or not. But, besides that, they also bludgeoned a man in th...

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by blueflyer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter

As we've seen with recent "milkshaking" incidents where the milkshakes contained highly caustic quick-drying cement, sometimes things aren't what they appear to be and the prudent choice would be to make sure that the glitter is indeed all glitter and only glitter. Except that just like t...

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by blueflyer
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM strategic review
Replies: 24
Views: 5672

Re: Air France-KLM strategic review

Not entirely surprising given the number of topics to discuss, the working group did not turn in their conclusions by the end of June, and won't be anytime soon. It could take as long as until September before they are done. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/services/transport-logistique/...

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by blueflyer
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 150
Views: 43835

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Airbus and CFM International have agreed to increase A320 production to 65 aircraft per month by 2023, according to French newspaper La Tribune. Airbus president Guillaume Faury had announced last month that production was going to reach 63 by 2021, and that they were looking for a further increase....

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by blueflyer
Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police
Replies: 57
Views: 3712

Re: Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Does Florida have an amnesty program? Or once she walked in the police station and dropped off her husband's guns, a paper trail was not avoidable? Not that it would excuse having her sit in jail for six days. Even if the police had to create a record in order to explain how they came to be in posse...

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by blueflyer
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN, Update on Fleet Development
Replies: 91
Views: 12824

Re: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN

Blerg wrote:
Ok, SN isn't going away but anyone knows what they plan on doing in order to make it more profitable and efficient?

They don't know yet... Lufty is giving itself a quarter to figure it out. A plan is due end of Q3.

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by blueflyer
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport
Replies: 136
Views: 19425

Re: Virgin Atlantic demands 150 slots at expanded Heathrow airport

Curious... could they lease the slots they're asking for to another carrier?

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by blueflyer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines Nine Hour Flight to Nowhere
Replies: 11
Views: 4808

Re: Brussells Air Nine Hour Flight to Nowhere

First time the plane was flying to the US since being added to the Belgian register... Did someone forget to tell CBP they have a shiny new (to them) plane?

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by blueflyer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN, Update on Fleet Development
Replies: 91
Views: 12824

Re: Lufthansa Capital Markets Day - Changes to EW, SN

Now that Lufthansa’s attempt to use Brussels Airlines to stop losses at Eurowings has failed, maybe they will finally come up with a strategy for the entire airline, not just its African operations. This strikes me as very last-minute though. The first Eurowings-branded A320 for Brussels Airlines wa...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ
Replies: 128
Views: 19309

Re: AC Passenger left on plane at remote stand at YYZ

- She slept through landing, announcements, taxiing, bins opening and closing, deboarding Been there - Phone was dead... she didn’t think to plug it in during flight — she was too sleepy to think straight Done that - She rummaged through the cockpit looking for a flashlight when one is right above ...

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by blueflyer
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public proposals: romantic or idiotic
Replies: 22
Views: 1396

Re: Public proposals: romantic or idiotic

TSS wrote:
Red Flag #1- Asking someone outright when they're going to propose seems at best a bit pushy and at worst wildly overconfident.

It had been a matter of conversation between them for some time. The If was not in question, the When was... After a few years, I don't blame her.

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