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by speedbird52
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13901

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

And in this day and age the mob will accuse you for it. So beware. The only time I ever saw a "mob" was when people were trying to suggest that non Western cultures were at fault for crashing a plane that had an incredibly lethal design flaw. Again the DC10 and Lockheed Electra flew with ...

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by speedbird52
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 13901

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

How is this possible in todays world? Do the doctors have fake licenses as well? https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/plane-crash-around-40-pilots-in-pakistan-have-fake-flying-licences-says-aviation-minister-1.72226964 This is exactly why I will never fly one of these airlines based in these su...

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by speedbird52
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are there any jet alternatives to the 737-200C for gravel operations?
Replies: 100
Views: 17581

Re: There's any jet alternatives for the 737-200C for gravel operations?

TWA772LR wrote:
Far fetched but the MiG 29 has engine inlet shield-like devices. Would it be possible to add these to commercial airliners like the 737NG or 320?

better idea! We will replace the 732s with Mig 29s!

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by speedbird52
Thu May 28, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154301

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sindh's Education Minister telling us about a lack of confidence is the height of hypocrisy. PIA has been destroyed by the civilian authorities that have run this airline since the 90's. Majority of the people given positions are not even degree holders to begin with. Arshad Malik was brought in to...

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by speedbird52
Thu May 21, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MoL - leaving middle seat empty " idiotic "
Replies: 79
Views: 11499

Re: MoL - leaving middle seat empty " idiotic "

The herd immunity crowd are burning for getting back to their, quote, normal lives. Yes I would prefer to not starve to death, face financial ruin, etc. vs. risk getting a fever. I was about to agree with you but at this point my generations future is already so thoroughly effed that I don't care i...

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by speedbird52
Thu May 21, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 60930

Re: Air France to retire A380 fleet effective immediately

Sad but not surprising.

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by speedbird52
Tue May 19, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The 1918 Spanish Flu
Replies: 13
Views: 1320

Re: The 1918 Spanish Flu

The curve isn’t vastly different than the rest of the EU. Fewer per capita deaths than most of the large EU nations. They have an export driven economy, so effected by others. I mean... I think I might consider it vastly different given it is one of the very few EU nation curves that's going up... ...

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by speedbird52
Tue May 19, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relocating to Escape the New Normal
Replies: 56
Views: 3004

Re: Relocating to Escape the New Normal

I never understood the appeal of living in a city. I live in a town a little bit north of Seattle, and I can go into Seattle whenever I want. But besides a few interesting museums that I never have time to visit because I am a full time student today and will be a full time employee tomorrow, and so...

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by speedbird52
Sun May 17, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14259

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

Technological marvel but perhaps the father of an entire generation of "boring aircraft". It's a tube with two engines and wings.

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by speedbird52
Tue May 12, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,
Replies: 308
Views: 41543

Re: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,

When is the last time a new long haul airline was created? Who is going to fill AAs hole? Baltia? You overlook (or willfully ignore?) the fact that AA is primarily a domestic airline. From the Annual Report published Feb. '20, passenger revenues by geo: Domestic (as U.S. carriers define domestic), ...

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by speedbird52
Tue May 12, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,
Replies: 308
Views: 41543

Re: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,

What competition? There is no competition besides UA and DL. Consolidation is always a bad thing for consumers. Having an unhealthy business is bad for all taxpayers. Yields have to go up and a liquidation of an airline makes it healthier for the remaining airlines. Moreover, with much lower entry ...

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by speedbird52
Tue May 12, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,
Replies: 308
Views: 41543

Re: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,

I just cannot imagine AA going out of business entirely. Neither could he: "I don't think we're ever going to lose money again," Parker said. "We have an industry that's going to be profitable in good and bad times." And here are the bad times. Where is that $19.2 billion in pre...

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by speedbird52
Tue May 12, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,
Replies: 308
Views: 41543

Re: Boeing CEO: A major US airline likely will go out of business this year,

Plot twist this isn't a prediction this is a threat

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by speedbird52
Tue May 05, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 passenger to 'auxilary freighter'
Replies: 63
Views: 11902

Re: First A380 passenger to cargo conversion

Was saying that this was the only way for the A380 to survive... Looking forward to this. I also like the idea of a Combi A380 with Cargo on the lower deck and pax on the upper. That versions been built for some years now, it’s called the 777-300ER ;) Not really. A Combi A380 could carry far more v...

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by speedbird52
Tue May 05, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 passenger to 'auxilary freighter'
Replies: 63
Views: 11902

Re: First A380 passenger to cargo conversion

The thing that makes the 747 such an attractive cargo aircraft is the nose loading ability. It means extra long cargo can be loaded. Will the 380 have this ability if a cargo conversion is considered? I have been on a 380 a few times and the cockpit looks to be accessed from the main deck. So I ass...

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by speedbird52
Mon May 04, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft
Replies: 165
Views: 26847

Re: Air Canada announced for Q1 2020 a $1.05B loss + retirement of 79 older aircraft

Dutchy wrote:
So which a/c are going to go.

767s and the oldest A320s I suppose

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by speedbird52
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X
Replies: 615
Views: 110408

Re: Reuters: Boeing considering 757-Plus and 767-X

I guess Boeing finally started hiring Anutters

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by speedbird52
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EASTERN N602KW new colours?
Replies: 22
Views: 5538

Re: EASTERN N602KW new colours?

Mixed feelings. I would have liked to see the old Eastern fly again, but it is probably good for a new company to build a new identity.

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by speedbird52
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X
Replies: 161
Views: 26758

Re: Cathay Pacific eyes Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner as swap for 777X

Honestly in ten years or so I wouldn't be surprised if there are only four commercial aircraft types in the sky: Boeing Widebody, Boeing Narrowbody, Airbus Widebody, Airbus Narrowbody. Hell, depending on how bad the depression is I would only be mildly shocked to see Boeing consolidate to only produ...

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by speedbird52
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New post Covid-19 airplane seat design
Replies: 41
Views: 6319

Re: New post Covid-19 airplane seat design

The first one is super cool, and looks like it would be nicer to fly on than current seats. The second one gives me claustrophobia just looking at it.

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by speedbird52
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil price crash
Replies: 223
Views: 7750

Re: WTI Oil price goes negative

So I guess it's time for airlines to top up all those idle A380s & 747s and get paid for it! Why not the old mothballed A340-500s too? Now they can forget their government bailout money and collect fat checks from the oil companies instead. (if only it were that simple) I can genuinely see some...

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by speedbird52
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19070

Re: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production

[ No disagreement with anything that you wrote, I would like to take it even further. The way the national economy is built, aircraft production is centered around Boeing's production in the North West, for every 100 employees directly employed by Boeing, there are a number of others maybe even mor...

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by speedbird52
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: April Fools Day Thread 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 1202

Re: BA announce direct to SYD/MEL Summer 2023

BA have just put an announcement on their website that they have placed an order with airbus for 5 A350-1000 with what appear to be the same improvements that QF were looking at for the sunrise jets to fly direct SYD/MEL. They believe after the COVID19 that people would rather miss the connection i...

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by speedbird52
Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20329

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

As a young person I am far more afraid of the fallout we will see from the response throughout this decade than from the virus itself I guess no one close to you has died, yet. Get back to us in a few months when we have a better accounting. And maintain physical distancing so it's not you who gets...

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20329

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

The current situation is a lot worse.......but the global economy isnt damaged as it was in 2008. The global economy is "being put to sleep" for a few months in order to preserve life. Lets say in 6 month times when/if the major outbreaks in Asia/Europe/Americas are under control (not end...

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final(?) flight of a LH A380
Replies: 80
Views: 20329

Re: Final(?) flight of a LH A380

calstanford wrote:
Most airlines and most routes will come back with suppressed demand, at least for a while. It's reasonable to think the A380 won't be back AF and LH

Air France definitely. But the A380 was practically made for Lufthansa. Their entire business model is a hub and spoke airline.

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by speedbird52
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28168

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

Spiderguy252 wrote:
It's as 'temporary' as the fuel surcharge introduced in 2007 to combat 'currently high fuel prices'.

Exactly. Be careful with what you accept as a "counter measure for Covid 19". It may end up never going away. What's that saying about the frog in the boiling pot of water?

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by speedbird52
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Boeing Freighters
Replies: 29
Views: 7992

Re: New Boeing Freighters

B787-8F would be the only one that actually make sense. It would help the -8 orders to go up. B777-8X isn't viable for now or the future, B767-300ERF is a dinosaur. And the MAX is grounded. Using your logic, the A320-200 should be a "dinosaur" in about 1.5 years: 767-300ER: December 1986 ...

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by speedbird52
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:48 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: What monitor's are we all using?
Replies: 12
Views: 2844

Re: What monitor's are we all using?

Pixio 275h. Colors are great but it has terrible IPS backlight bleed and glow

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 operations in Asia?
Replies: 24
Views: 3895

Re: NW 727 operations in Asia?

codc10 wrote:
Japan-Guam tourist traffic was extremely lucrative for quite some time, which made CO (and NW) a lot of money over the years. After 1997, that changed in a big way.

What happened in 1997?

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?
Replies: 15
Views: 2544

Re: What was the first NW plane to wear the Bowling Shoe colors?

9w748capt wrote:
It still amazes me to this day that they had an entire fleet emblazoned with "nwa". I mean they were truly progressive for their time!

Plot twist Northwest Airlines was secretly owned by Dr Dre

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by speedbird52
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336632

Re: UK aviation needs £7.5 billion lifeline

Good luck with that. Have fun when the entirety of the UK has just one airline serving it. LOL, definitely there wont be one airline serving the UK so lets be real here. But why the hell should tax payers prop up for private companies? Because in this specific circumstance, there is more to gain by...

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by speedbird52
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 336632

Re: UK aviation needs £7.5 billion lifeline

OzarkD9S wrote:
Good luck with that.

Have fun when the entirety of the UK has just one airline serving it.

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by speedbird52
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight divert "due to “mandatory security”. Expaination pls
Replies: 9
Views: 4885

Re: BA flight divert "due to “mandatory security”. Expaination pls

smokeybandit wrote:
speedbird52 wrote:
Media is drowning it out but there was a US strike on Iraqi militias


Which was in response to a strike on US airbases

Which strike? Was there another one or are you talking about the Iranian retaliatory strike?

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by speedbird52
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA flight divert "due to “mandatory security”. Expaination pls
Replies: 9
Views: 4885

Re: BA flight divert "due to “mandatory security”. Expaination pls

Media is drowning it out but there was a US strike on Iraqi militias

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by speedbird52
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening Speedbird52
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Post Screening Speedbird52

Crosswindphoto wrote:
Hi,

Photo would be rejected for: Soft, too low in frame, Purple/magenta colour cast, and underexposed.

Tim

Can I do anything to correct the softness?

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by speedbird52
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14338

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

For the life of me: I don't understand why widebodies weren't configured as 3-3-3 from the outset. (?) Probably because back then Y cabin was 2-2-2-2 configured. That is 2 seats, aisle, 2 seats, space, 2 seats, aisle and 2 seats. That middle space was certainly the reason of the 5 middle seats. It'...

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by speedbird52
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14338

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

It does minimize the number of middle seats however if you’re in that middle it’s a special kind of claustrophobic hell ... The 3-3-3 also allows for larger overhead storage bins on the window sides as with 3 seats the bins can be extended further without protruding over the aisle. ... 2-5-2 makes ...

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by speedbird52
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post Screening Speedbird52
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Post Screening Speedbird52

Hi Everybody. Am I correct in assuming it was my choice of colors that caused this photo to be rejected? There were some window spots I ended up photoshopping out. Did I miss anything?

Image

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by speedbird52
Fri Mar 13, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: What does "rejection for quality" mean?
Replies: 3
Views: 1770

Re: What does "rejection for quality" mean?

Hi, my photography recently got rejected after two weeks in review for "quality". With all due respect, rejecting for poor "quality" is such vague feedback I might as well have not gotten any feedback at all. What was wrong with the photo? Was there not enough sharpening? Was th...

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by speedbird52
Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Would the MAX be having issues if it had the PW GTF?
Replies: 18
Views: 3891

Re: Would the MAX be having issues if it had the PW GTF?

Aren't the GTFs practically the same size?

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by speedbird52
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!
Replies: 35
Views: 6550

Re: Prince Harry exits British Airways B747 from back door at YVR - does this mean he flew Economy?!

Any reason why he flew BA? Air Canada has cheaper fares and is well known as a better performer on the route. Even LHR-SIN-HKG on SQ and then HKG-YVR on CX would have been my preferred routing, although now he has to pay out of his own pocket, I doubt Harry would want this. The only people who woul...

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by speedbird52
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: What does "rejection for quality" mean?
Replies: 3
Views: 1770

What does "rejection for quality" mean?

Hi, my photography recently got rejected after two weeks in review for "quality". With all due respect, rejecting for poor "quality" is such vague feedback I might as well have not gotten any feedback at all. What was wrong with the photo? Was there not enough sharpening? Was the...

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges
Replies: 70
Views: 10260

Re: Boeing’s new CEO confronts its challenges

Asked whether he believed American pilots would have been able to handle a malfunction of the software, Calhoun asked to speak off the record. The Times declined to do so.

“Forget it,” Calhoun then said. “You can guess the answer.”

Illuminating.

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by speedbird52
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?
Replies: 38
Views: 9487

Re: Where are the two Saudi Royal Flight MD-11s?

So they are just abandonned, not even stored. And today I learned why SV has decided to paint the top of the fuselage of their aircraft in that beige colour: the aircraft looks freshly painted even when being stored/abandonned for several years! Very clever, SV! ;-) https://upload.wikimedia.org/wik...

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by speedbird52
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W
Replies: 25
Views: 6915

Re: BA transfers MLE to LHR; upgrades to 77W

Americans can and do travel to Maldives, and the destination is increasingly popular with the opening of newer, mid-market options; while Hawaii and the Caribbean are closer, the Maldives attracts a higher en clientele and “once-in-lifetime” travelers from the United States. Bali, Thailand, Fiji, a...

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by speedbird52
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030
Replies: 63
Views: 7595

Re: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030

I don't mean to 'rain on the parade' here, but batteries will need to move on somewhat before this becomes viable. Don't get me wrong, I applaud EasyJet here for actively seeking an alternative . From me very limited knowledge, it is only EasyJet that I've ever heard of that is dedicating money to ...

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by speedbird52
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030
Replies: 63
Views: 7595

Re: EasyJet Electric Aircraft: Engine Test by 2023, Aircraft in Service 2030

What's recharge time like? And 300nm is all but useless as more of those routes end up as high speed rail routes. High speed rail is unheard of in most of the US, and there are quite a few 300nm routes that could be usable in the short term. Long term the technology will obviously be improving. Thi...

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by speedbird52
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19794

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

Lot of airliners like KLM have a formal policy that it is not allowed to film or take pictures in-flight. However I still see a lot of amateur vloggers (not Sam Chui) on YouTube doing, even with the cabin crew. I'm just wondering, because it causes a situation where sometimes they allow, and other ...

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by speedbird52
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146912

Re: DY about to go bust?

I fly BA a lot purely because I fly to London a lot. Part of me hopes DY disappearing means BA will start competing on standards rather than price, but common sense says they will just lower their standards and raise their prices more.

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