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by BawliBooch
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?
Replies: 25
Views: 3635

Re: Most interesting plane still in commercial service?

If the stories about those mythical DC3's flying in the Amazon jungles are really true, then that wins hands down!

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by BawliBooch
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12324

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

I am not a Commercial Pilot but my friend from Flight School did his CPL from Australia and briefly flew for an Australian airline. After burning out flying A320s Commercial, he now flies a mix of Tecnam 8 seaters and Cessna C206 aircraft for a Missionary Service posted at different times in Africa ...

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by BawliBooch
Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Weird car issues
Replies: 22
Views: 1346

Re: Weird car issues

I had a similar problem with my old 2002 Suzuki Jimny. Problem was eventually traced to a compromised steering assembly. I had toppled this notoriously unstable car at speed on one offroad adventure and this had caused the issue. Since fix was expensive I dumped the car! Did you ever have an accident?

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by BawliBooch
Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bangladesh GDP per capita higher than India, Pakistan
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Bangladesh GDP per capita higher than India, Pakistan

One of the most densely populated countries on earth, Bangladesh is the rising star in the sub-continent. They have successfully kept religious extremists away from state institutions and focused on infra and economy. The results are there for everyone to see. Hope the 2 South Asian brats India and ...

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by BawliBooch
Sun May 30, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?
Replies: 20
Views: 2773

Re: BA premium service to CAI; A321Ns with Club World still around?

Was this a thing before Covid? IINM, didn't they use an A321 with Club World (2x1 actual J seats) to CAI and TLV beforehand? Moscow also had A32S aircraft with actual Club seats instead of "Club Europe". 2x2 as far I remember! Always wondered why Moscow got an actual club product while ot...

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by BawliBooch
Sun May 30, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in
Replies: 51
Views: 3812

Re: Aircraft you've been aboard but not flown in

An-32 - Shooting for an Air Force themed film. Were supposed to be flown out by an An-32 sitting on the ramp. Spent a good hour waiting onboard but didnt fly. For some reason, while the equipment did fly on the An-32 we were on, most of the crew were flown out on a Mil-8 helicopter. Air Mauritius L1...

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by BawliBooch
Thu May 27, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Broken Plane Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1614

Re: Broken Plane Question

When Air India had just started ORD flights (via FRA), one of their 744's went tech. UA technicians were fixing the aircraft.

In the 80's, Air Canada has "borrowed" engines from Air India when their 747's went tech on their India flights.

So this sort of cooperation is quite common.

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by BawliBooch
Tue May 18, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PLAY - Icelandic ULCC Status
Replies: 239
Views: 4867

Re: PLAY - Icelandic ULCC Status

That’s true, but WOW’s rush to the A330 was a huge mistake and a big distraction. Something I believe even their leadership acknowledged when WOW was on their deathbed or shortly thereafter. They underestimated the complexity of the wide body ops and the ease of filling the dense cabin year round, ...

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by BawliBooch
Sat May 08, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bill and Melinda Gates Divorcing
Replies: 56
Views: 3763

Re: Bill and Melinda Gates Divorcing

Will Bill be changing the name of his Software company?

Melinda rightfully owns the copyright for the current name. It was the nickname she coined for Bill on their wedding night! :lol:

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by BawliBooch
Thu May 06, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 109
Views: 6736

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

The international community has a responsibility to stay invested in Afghanistan. Remember what happened in Rwanda after the international community upped and left? We cannot have a repeat of that! Ofcourse, it is also unfair to suggest that the US alone should do the lifting. Afghanistan is a share...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Break journey - how do we do it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: Break journey - how do we do it?

Didn't FI offer that for any routing through Kef to promote tourism? ICELAND is amazing! I hope it is possible. the OP mentions that his relatives made an impromptu change to their ticket which implies the ticket was already booked and paid for when they made that decision to stop over in GVA was m...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Break journey - how do we do it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Break journey - how do we do it?

In the 60's/70's we could break journey on the fly if we could get a visa for the place during the halt. I have relatives who did an impromptu honeymoon in GVA on the way to London. Can you do that today? Say if i have booked a return YUL-DEL via CDG ticket on Air France in Y. Can i break my journey...

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by BawliBooch
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hypothetical Scottish Military
Replies: 82
Views: 5730

Re: Hypothetical Scottish Military

Regarding the nuclear subs that operate out of Faslane... Could Scotland hand the nukes over to England - in exchange for a loosely enforced promise not to get invaded? When i last checked, the SNP was pretty ideologically opposed to nuclear weapons and wanted all of them out. The question therefor...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline catering question.
Replies: 16
Views: 2613

Re: Airline catering question.

Indian Airlines used to cater their A320's for the return flight for flights to smaller stations like IXA and DIB where quality/cost of catering full hot meals was an issue. 1st gen A320, 20J + 126Y had 8 full trolleys with ~40 full trays each - 320 trays total. 1 dedicated trolley had meal entrees ...

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by BawliBooch
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Flying as a hobby
Replies: 9
Views: 3990

Re: Flying as a hobby

I started out flying Gliders in the NCC in India and that got me hooked to aviation. Graduated to flight training in a C172 as soon as I could afford it. The thing with aviation as a hobby is that once you are hooked you keep wanting more and more. You want to keep adding endorsements to your licens...

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by BawliBooch
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Everyone's worst type of hangover
Replies: 31
Views: 1844

Re: Everyone's worst type of hangover

I cannot handle Whisky - bad hangover. However the worst Hangover is the one where you wake up next to some trash you met in the bar the previous night! :) Well, as long as you don't wake up next to Modi. Ugh! Where would I meet a Modi anyway? Cow Piss Party at the Sanskari Dude Mixer in Sacramento...

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by BawliBooch
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Everyone's worst type of hangover
Replies: 31
Views: 1844

Re: Everyone's worst type of hangover

I cannot handle Whisky - bad hangover.

However the worst Hangover is the one where you wake up next to some trash you met in the bar the previous night! :)

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by BawliBooch
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 134
Views: 18820

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

DRDO Cleared To Convert 6 Air India A320s Into IAF AEW Jets - LiveFist Defence. Six Airbus A320 airliners operated by India’s national carrier Air India will be modified, integrated with sensors and delivered to the Indian Air Force as new airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft a...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program
Replies: 9
Views: 1173

Re: Future of India indigenous AEW&CS program

BTW, someone woke up one morning and realized Pakistan has 8 AWACS and India has 6, hence the panic button. Well not just Pakistan. The recent troubles with China on the Ladakh and Arunachal borders have made a 2 front war a real possibility. Nepal and Bangladesh have also chosen this moment to rev...

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by BawliBooch
Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cost cutting at Emirates
Replies: 47
Views: 11455

Re: Cost cutting at Emirates

Next step will be to charge the cost of the training course. Some LCC's in South Asia that shall not be named are already doing that in practice with their creatively named 'Cadet Training Programme'. Pilots/Cabin crew effectively pay for their training and building work hours. Why is this wrong if...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

To be a Hero you need to have something to defeat....... Most cruel rulers in history have CREATED enemies to defeat! A fictional enemy to target with dog whistles, lynch mobs and gas chambers. Hitler did this with Jews. Modi is doing it with Muslims/Christians. Trump tried to go down that path wit...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relaunch of the Dornier 328
Replies: 216
Views: 43535

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

It's quite remarkable that finally not the fancy turboprops like SAAB, Q400 and Do 328 were the big sellers but the simple and almost primitive ATRs. However they were kept current and upgraded. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned? IMO, it comes down to the manufacturer's ability to scale up prod...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can you cross the border from Ukraine to Russia (by land?)
Replies: 31
Views: 2167

Re: Can you cross the border from Ukraine to Russia (by land?)

I had done some research on driving through Russia as part of a India-UK roadtrip recreating my fathers trip in reverse. This info is from 2003 and for Indian passport holders. Rules may be different for Canadian citizens, which i wasnt at the time. Visas for CIS republics enroute, incl Ukraine were...

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by BawliBooch
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 4011

Re: When do the flight crew board an aircraft before a flight?

Shortest times i have seen. <10 mins - 787 at SIN - Flight delayed by 6+ hours for unknown reason. We boarded and FA's did all the basic service routine atleast in Business Class. But even after 30 mins we didnt move from the stand! The pilots finally came in running with their bags, one guy went in...

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by BawliBooch
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will SQ install new first/business suites onboard the B777-9? Any double bed first suites?
Replies: 19
Views: 2236

Re: Will SQ install new first/business suites onboard the B777-9? Any double bed first suites?

Question: Does providing the option of a double bed in First class have to be expensive Real-Estate wise? Is there another way. Based on my single experience with F on a 77L with 8 seats in configured 1-2-1 layout. It was not a suite type but the 2 center seats had a large immovable separator and pr...

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by BawliBooch
Sat Dec 12, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?
Replies: 138
Views: 12548

Re: Feeling nostalgic about 747s. Who’s have you flown?

Air India (-200,-300M, -400)
Lufthansa (-400)
British Airways (-400)
Air Canada (-400M)
Korean (-300)
JAL (-200SR)

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?
Replies: 37
Views: 8059

Re: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?

AirIndia wrote:
EK 777s never had 2-4-2 in J. I think u meant 2-3-2. Infact the newly refurbushed 77Ls have 2-2-2 layout in J.


I am pretty sure it was 2-4-2 in J. This was in 2001/2 or so. Did EK have some non LR 777-200's/ non ER 777-300? What was the J config on those birds before 2007?

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?
Replies: 37
Views: 8059

Re: Is this Emirates new premium economy seat?

Doesn’t look too amazing. For me the one thing you’re paying for in premium economy is to not be sharing an armrest and this seat barely qualifies. And agree their product isn’t that amazing, 10 abreast on a 777 that’s in the air for at least 15h eg flight to the west coast, absolutely horrendous. ...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Relaunch of the Dornier 328
Replies: 216
Views: 43535

Re: Relaunch of the Dornier 328

OMG why? Tossing euros into a firepit just doesn't generate an attractive/hot enough flame? The global market segment was maybe 100 units annually pre-Covid and that includes the much larger ATR-72. New-build will be too costly for most of the developing world and in wealthier countries, these airc...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet Bankruptcy Thread - Flying on a wing and a prayer!
Replies: 0
Views: 521

SpiceJet Bankruptcy Thread - Flying on a wing and a prayer!

Putting this thread in Non-Aviation because of the specific nature of the bankruptcy. Though many media analysts are putting SpiceJet's problems down to COVID, it is clear their problems were present well before the epidemic struck. Nov 2019: With hardly any cash left, SpiceJet should fuel up for th...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATA and SIA to bid for AI
Replies: 47
Views: 9442

Re: TATA and SQ to bid for AI

5o% profits of the most profitable Indian GHA (AI-SATS) go to Singapore every year, while the losses of underperforming GHA AIATSL are booked on Indian taxpayers. Perfect example of wrong way to privatize. This led to the slogan "Privatize profits and nationalize losses". : : : J ust to c...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"
Replies: 424
Views: 75118

Re: Air France Studies Stretched Airbus "A220-500"

Asked this question once before. But would it be possible for Airbus to install the Airbus FBW system on the A22S aircraft? How would this program cost? Such a mod would significantly boost A220 chances in the marketplace. Compare it to the 787-10, launched in 2013, while 787 production problems had...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATA and SIA to bid for AI
Replies: 47
Views: 9442

Re: TATA and SQ to bid for AI

... Present government is looking for a worthy friend who deserves this freebie and can pay leases and salaries for a few months, then sell or close. Throw buzz words like bloated workforce, debt, burden on taxpayers, Indians will be happy to giveaway AI. THIS. Well said @dtwhyd! If this was about ...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATA and SIA to bid for AI
Replies: 47
Views: 9442

Re: TATA and SQ to bid for AI

But why? What exactly would they gain from this? Vistara has a domestic market, they have a brand, they already exist and if I am not tripping they recently announced BOM-LON flights. So what added benefit would AI bring? It's not like they have a good brand. What will Tata-SQ gain from this? 1. Br...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TATA and SIA to bid for AI
Replies: 47
Views: 9442

Re: TATA and SQ to bid for AI

The problem with Indian aviation is that airfares are too cheap and barely cover the cost of fuel. TATA/SQ in charge will finally raise airfares to an international level and profitability. If only it were that simple! Indigo is the big spoiler at the moment. Their whole business strategy is to dum...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030
Replies: 156
Views: 18640

Re: European Multirole MPA Replacement, C-500 Beagle Concept >2030

IS the low-level loiter role really required these days? modern sensors can do most of the job from stand off altitudes right?

So the P8 looks like a shoe-in for this role right now.

Does the P8 have MAD sensors?

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Dash 8 - Pros and Cons
Replies: 7
Views: 1183

Dash 8 - Pros and Cons

The Dash 8 series has been a very successful aircraft. Competitors have overtaken Bombardier recently but still the aircraft has managed to somehow hold its own against the ATR onslaught. Have heard generally positive stories from FA's about the Dash 8 (100/Q200/Q300 series) as well as the Q400 now ...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-900ULR: a one-off concept?
Replies: 110
Views: 26442

Re: A350-900ULR: a one-off concept?

It's strange that this model is likely to only ever have a single customer (SQ) and people here are praising it for that exact reason. If virtually any other type or model had that few sales people would be damning it as a massive failure. I mean just look at planes like the A330-800neo or the A319...

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by BawliBooch
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

Did Modi actually study Political Science? A source would be appreciated. Ok here goes. Narendra Modi degree row: DU college says it has no data of students passing out in 1978 The controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree refuses to die down. Delhi University's School of Open Learning...

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by BawliBooch
Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

Democratic India's Modi is interesting in this context. He pushed enormous important reforms. I believe because of his massacre early in his career people within his party opposed to him shut up. You're a German working in India, correct ? I'll apply your basic standard here back towards your count...

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by BawliBooch
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX
Replies: 441
Views: 49940

Re: FAA ungrounds Boeing 737 MAX

The idea that the majority of the flying public (who are not avgeeks) actually know what they are flying on makes most of public's opinion of the Max irrelevant. If the airlines rebrand the safety cards to 737-8 then most will for sure have no idea what kind of aircraft they are on. I commonly ask ...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Workload of the PNF in the 732
Replies: 17
Views: 2129

Re: Workload of the PNF in the 732

Not an exact parallel, but do you think a Steam-Gauge equipped C172/206 is more difficult to fly than one equipped with the fancy Garmin 1000Nxi? I am dating myself with this post, but I personally find the Gauge equipped C172/206 more easy to fly. Monitoring the gauges is actually quite intuitive o...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y
Replies: 82
Views: 6043

Re: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y

The problem as I see it is the major downgrade for shorthaul/longhaul connections. I'm looking at it from the perspective of someone who might be flying, say, ORD-MUC-BUD, especially in J or F, and then to see such wildly inconsistent product between longhaul and shorthaul. Perhaps LH could do what...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y
Replies: 82
Views: 6043

Re: Lufthansa Group introducing buy on board in Y

Personally, I dont mind paying for a hot meal in Economy. But full service airlines who do this must ensure that passengers are able to book hot meals at the time of booking and those meals should actually end up getting served on the flight. Going by history, it usually doesnt work that way. "...

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 2899
Views: 327918

Re: JetBlue Secures Slots For BOS-STN, JFK-LGW

Which other operates BOS-STN and JFK-LGW?

Perhaps that is B6 strategy? Start by connecting stations with minimal direct connections.

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by BawliBooch
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

Singapore Turkey Seychelles Singapore - yes. Dictatorship worked for them. But Singapore is a city state with a total area less than the West Delhi Parliamentary constituency and a population that is half that of West Delhi! So in small city states, possibly dictatorship works. Is it the best syste...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Cruelty is never a virtue! Choosing a ruler because of his cruelty is never an ideal! Liberty. Equality. Uniting people not dividing people on religion/caste/color/language. Those are the ideals that we should be passing on to our children. Not stupid ideas like "15 years of Dic...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airbus bring back a modernized A310?
Replies: 42
Views: 5060

Re: Should Airbus bring back a modernized A310?

Where would Airbus get the engines for this aircraft? There are no current engines (50,000-60,000 lbs thrust) that can power it - so a new engine or a derivative from an existing engine will be needed. That will inflate costs - airlines abuse the A330/350/B787/777 nowadays because there are no econ...

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by BawliBooch
Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should Airbus bring back a modernized A310?
Replies: 42
Views: 5060

Re: Should Airbus bring back a modernized A310?

For those saying A330-800 is the modernized A310 -> A330-800 is a 406 seat (HD)/250T MTOW/8000nm plane. What i believe the OP refers to a modernized A310 like aircraft for MCMR (Medium Capacity, Medium Range) routes. A 300 seat (HD seating), 4/5000nm plane optimized for flights<=6 hours with lower o...

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by BawliBooch
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA Group News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 533
Views: 18410

Re: SQ to launch SIN-JFK 3x weekly

What makes you believe that UA didn't want to cooperate with SQ? ...can you tell us about a time where SQ approached UA for cooperation and was refused? Because the only time the two ever had (public) discussions to cooperate (May 2016), they successfully agreed to codeshare from multiple gateways,...

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