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by TheOldDude
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211612

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

Johns Hopkins has modeled the outbreak and published their findings at https://systems.jhu.edu/research/public-health/ncov-model/ They believe that as of 26 Jan 2019-nCoV (Wuhan virus) infections in mainland China numbered about 20,000. Additionally, by looking at complete flight paths, including st...

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by TheOldDude
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers
Replies: 24
Views: 3547

Re: Southwest ranks last in safety amongst US carriers

Exactly. Southwest does not want an independent safety audit. They do not want anyone having a peak behind the curtain. That's quite an accusation. Do you have any actual evidence, or are you making the accusation solely on a wish that it were so? There may be many reasons for lack of an IOSA audit...

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by TheOldDude
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure
Replies: 308
Views: 61918

Re: Pictures surfacing of 777X Sept Test Failure - they are Bad

Boeing caught lying again? Given the recent responses, the answer appears to be "no". Of greater importance is why some in the aviation community, in this thread and others, are prone to either assume or imply the worst with only one manufacturer while totally devoid of facts. That probab...

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by TheOldDude
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019
Replies: 25
Views: 3994

Re: Every Easyjet flight is carbon neutral starting today 19/11/2019

How much will Easyjet's actions change global temperatures going forward?

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by TheOldDude
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders
Replies: 114
Views: 16762

Re: A320 family overtakes 737 family in total orders

There has always been a penalty for being first in airliners, because the second one can do it better. And Boeing has been the victim of this more than once. First, they came out with the first modern all-metal airliner, the 247, only to be completely outclassed by the DC-2. Then the Stratoliner wa...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets
Replies: 30
Views: 5224

Re: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets

Interesting, I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was 3...I looked into what i would take for me to even get a recreational license in Canada and it was so restrictive that it seemed unrealistic for any diabetic to achieve. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this. Who knows, my dream of flying may still...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest pilots allegedly placed hidden camera in lavatory
Replies: 150
Views: 32308

Re: Southwest pilots allegedly placed hidden camera in lavatory

What a bizarre thread! It stays well away from the substance of the complaint -- Southwest's action toward the complainants -- and focuses on whether the pilots actions were benign or worthy of termination. Following the latter point I wonder how many on this board would support the establishment of...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?
Replies: 182
Views: 28427

Re: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?

Rather than asking why turboprops aren't popular in the US we should ask what needs to change before they become popular. As an example of a change that altered aviation think about the time many on this site thought the race to the bottom was here to stay. Yet conditions changed and the carriers th...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could The Vertical Takeoff Rotodyne Make a Comeback?
Replies: 12
Views: 4524

Re: Could The Vertical Takeoff Rotodyne Make a Comeback?

I'm not so quick to reject the Rotodyne concept. As population continues to grow worldwide, particularly in the US Northeast Corridor, transportation corridors will eventually reach their capacity. Expanding rail and roads will be prohibitively expensive. Increasing capacity on air links is not a co...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Defending aviation against environmental extremists
Replies: 151
Views: 25089

Re: Defending aviation against environmental extremists

I think the best argument is that when anyone makes any purchase they are choosing what they believe is the best alternative for them. If someone feels a different alternative is best, they should first understand the other person's position, then use use reason to convince the other person otherwis...

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by TheOldDude
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hacking was apparently involved with developing the C919
Replies: 48
Views: 11050

Re: Hacking was apparently involved with developing the C919

The Crowdstrike report is very detailed, I recommend that everyone read it. The attacks weren't just hacking, they also used human spies. --> https://www.crowdstrike.com/resources/wp-content/brochures/reports/huge-fan-of-your-work-intelligence-report.pdf

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by TheOldDude
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"
Replies: 138
Views: 30496

Re: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"

Airlines are in a box trying to serve the public. No matter what they do someone will be offended. Currently the people who are "traditional", believe in science, or both, are the least offended, and the "you are what you feel" people are most offended. In that environment, it ma...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments
Replies: 45
Views: 10282

Re: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments

Exactly. Outside of work, the FA can react (with speech) however he wants if someone is in a Trump shirt. While "on the clock," no such right exists and you are bound by your employers policies. This raises the issue of social media policies. Companies have an interest in maintaining the ...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments
Replies: 45
Views: 10282

Re: Southwest FA in hot water for posting passenger photo and negative comments

Unfortunately, employees are sometimes caught up in the demonization of people for their political views. Such demonization is unprofessional at best and leads to unpleasant passenger experiences. Whatever the political view, every passenger deserves to be treated with respect. This FA, and any like...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Inconsistencies in Security Checks
Replies: 29
Views: 9999

Re: Inconsistencies in Security Checks

Inconsistency and unpredictability in security measures are key elements of an effective security protocol. Why in the world would you want to make it easier for terrorists to be able to accurately predict and circumvent the expected security experience? While true in theory, there's no evidence th...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Flight Diverts to DEN after Passenger Smokes weed
Replies: 50
Views: 9424

Re: AA Flight Diverts to DEN after Passenger Smokes weed

Was he fined? Or did he walk away free of federal penalties?

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by TheOldDude
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2019 US Airline Water Study by CUNY's Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center
Replies: 19
Views: 3170

Re: 2019 US Airline Water Study by CUNY's Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center

People who want to criticize ought to get into the details of the survey more deeply. I'm not convinced, for example, that fleet size and willingness to answer their questions are relevant to water quality. And yet those measures are in the scoring. But no, I don't want to consume E. Coli. This. Th...

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by TheOldDude
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR drone activity planned for 13th September
Replies: 27
Views: 5767

Re: LHR drone activity planned for 13th September

spinotter wrote:
So how about getting rid of some human beings?


Are you serious? I thought we worked hard on safety in aviation to preserve human beings.

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by TheOldDude
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ex-Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO Ralenkotter, 3 others face felony charges over gift cards
Replies: 14
Views: 2948

Re: WN & BA Accused of involvement in Vegas Convention Bureau Ticket Scam

I read the article and could not find where WN and BA were accused of involvement. Based on the information in the linked article the thread title is in error.

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by TheOldDude
Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?
Replies: 42
Views: 7604

Re: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?

Much of the discussion have revolved around the distinct control of "air marshall". That's not how risk analysis works. Risk analysis takes a system approach. Additionally, for this instance it's helpful to take the attacker's perspective. That perspective is helpful because the only real ...

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by TheOldDude
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?
Replies: 42
Views: 7604

Re: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?

Have Air Marshalls ever been needed? They are not a preventive measure. Air Marshalls change the attacker's risk equation by increasing the likelyhood of a failed attack. To the extent that the increase tips the attack decision to "no go", they are preventive. The Air Marshalls present ra...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?
Replies: 42
Views: 7604

Re: Are Air Marshals needed in the US anymore?

I was once questioned by a pair of Air Marshals. They were wondering why I did the same spoke to hub right bask to spoke flight as them. The airline ID was my answer. Had to go to hub headquarters for fingerprints for a new ID. They were real cool about it. I think the fact I told them not to bothe...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft
Replies: 128
Views: 25365

Re: AA Miami mechanic arrested for sabotaging aircraft

Is the mechanic's story reasonable? Airline mechanics are smart people. Surely they know of many ways to create overtime through actions that do not put a flight at risk. I'd like confirmation that (1) such actions do exist, and (2) such actions have been used before. If confirmation is given, the q...

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by TheOldDude
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autistic Passenger’s Family Claims Delta, SkyWest Discriminated Against Them
Replies: 64
Views: 7858

Re: Autistic Passenger’s Family Claims Delta, SkyWest Discriminated Against Them

The story is nothing more than an allegation supported by unverified assertions that lack completeness. I’m skeptical.

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by TheOldDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Traffic to Great Britain dropping
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Traffic to Great Britain dropping

In a low margin, capital intensive industry like Aviation planning which routes to add, retain or strike is not at all easy treading water is not progress. The data and forecast show a small decrease in traffic levels, with a forecast return the following year. I fail to see how that makes aviation...

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by TheOldDude
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Traffic to Great Britain dropping
Replies: 21
Views: 5407

Re: Traffic to Great Britain dropping

Although the information on the Great Britain is interesting and the speculation entertaining, the numbers include all forms of travel. Once we look at air travel in isolation (using https://www.visitbritain.org/inbound-tourism-trends?mode=1) a much different picture emerges that provides great insi...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 18746

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

having open seating, 2 free bags, and a no penalty cancel fee When all the airlines had free bags and no cancellation fees, maybe ~20% of each airline's customers were willing to pay a fare premium for those benefits. The people for whom free bags is important isn't a large enough customer base for...

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by TheOldDude
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: aircraft losses in natural disasters
Replies: 48
Views: 7825

Re: aircraft losses in natural disasters

Fantasy of Flight's B-17 became airborne in a hurricane and flew away from the museum, IIRC it landed about a quarter mile away. It suffered damage that made it not flyable. Although almost all the museum's collection is flyable, whhen Kermit Weeks moved the museum to Polk County he had to set the B...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

I agree that the conditions of carriage are too long, that's why my statement is limited to " material contractual provisions". The no-show provision is a material provision. It should not be hidden away in tiny print and dense legalese. How is it material when it won't affect buying deci...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

I fail to understand why material rules different for each fare should be fully and fairly disclosed while material rules applicable to all fares should be hidden in dense legalese and tiny print. I believe all material rules should be fully and fairly disclosed. I believe that the commerce in gene...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

I'm talking about full and fair disclosure, which goes to the materiality of the fact to the purchase decision rather than scope of applicability. What justifies full and fair disclosure of those two contractual provisions while hiding no-show provisions in dense legalese and tiny print? Because re...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Although I agree that AA can establish and implement no-show policies, I believe those policies should be fully and fairly disclosed. For example, the refundability of purchases and ability to change flights is fully and fairly disclosed (see my post on Orbitz). What justifies full and fair disclos...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

OK, maybe I wasn't clear: AA and the pax sealed the deal. Regardless the product sold, regardless if they could have gotten more or less money, a contract was signed and will be executed. AA cannot come back and say "but I could have gotten more money for it"; great for you, but you agree...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Three problems are identified in the rant: (1) non-disclosure of the need to purchase a new ticket for the round trip, (2) non-disclosure of the basic economy restrictions, and (3) non-disclosure of the policy to cancel entire tickets if the first leg is not taken by the passenger. I'll address thes...

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 9335

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

Reading this thread reinforces that many A-netters must rate very "J" on the Myers Briggs scale whenever societal matters are at issue.

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 26049

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

Re-regulate the industry. Maybe then all the problems will go away! As someone who retired as a regulator of a different industry, this gave me a good laugh. I'm continually amazed by the view that imperfect regulators can create a perfect system by crafting demands. It simply can't be done. Regula...

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by TheOldDude
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 26968

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

How much will KLM’s action change climate? Hint: the impact is zero. It’s simply marketing by virtue signaling. Depending on the market segment they serve it might be smart marketing. But future sales are the only measurable impact.

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by TheOldDude
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 9729

Re: Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft

It would be interesting to know if that 727 ever flew for Trump Shuttle? It's possible because of the friendship between Epstein and Trump - maybe Trump gave him a great deal on that 727, if it was indeed his originally. Sure wish this was an aviation forum, instead of one where partially hidden po...

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by TheOldDude
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 13336

Re: France to charge aviation tax

seahawk wrote:
That is practically nothing.


Check back in a few years. The US Underwood Simmons Tariff Act of 1913 instituted the federal income tax. It initially raised very little money; look at how much is raised today.

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by TheOldDude
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA to close for July 4th Celebration
Replies: 116
Views: 15155

Re: DCA to close for July 4th Celebration

Reading this thread I get the feeling some think commercial interests should take precedence over our countries birthday celebration. But that’s OK because tolerance is a virtue, no matter what the view.

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by TheOldDude
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ100 drops a stowaway
Replies: 48
Views: 11089

Re: KQ100 drops a stowaway

All this talk about whether security is adequate or not, and I sense that few understand what security is. Take a moment and provide a concise definition of "secure", particularly when an airport is "secure". Keep it to less than three sentences. As you think about it you may com...

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by TheOldDude
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KQ100 drops a stowaway
Replies: 48
Views: 11089

Re: KQ100 drops a stowaway

There's a logical fallacy in measuring security across a myriad of locations solely by the number of extremely rare events that occur at particular locations. The vastly greater number of airports than stow aways indicates most, or nearly all, airports may not have been tried by stow aways. So let's...

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by TheOldDude
Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Puts Unaccompanied Minor on Flight to the Wrong Country
Replies: 76
Views: 15083

Re: United Puts Unaccompanied Minor on Flight to the Wrong Country

I just went to the SAS web site and looked at how to book a ticket for a UM. I couldn't. Because the "child" ticket is only available up to age 11, the 14 year old likely had an adult ticket. However SAS does offer a UM service which is voluntary for ages 12-15. Importantly, for that servi...

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by TheOldDude
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 36900

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

After this interesting discussion on 3D printed parts we are still left with the main point that Airbus itself is saying it must slash costs, especially on the A350. We've discussed several ways to lower costs; are any of them alone able to reduce costs sufficiently? In combination? Or will Airbus ...

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by TheOldDude
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War
Replies: 292
Views: 36900

Re: Bloomberg:Airbus Says It Must Slash A350 Costs to Win Wide-Body Price War

How many times do people need to be tolda that deferred production costs are money that Boeing loaned itself in the form of cash. Repayment of deferred production involves Boeing paying Boeing back. It is absolutely meaningless from a financial standpoint. Boeing Paying Boeing bill is a very differ...

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by TheOldDude
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 91064

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Not unless Boeing develop containerised baggage handling for the 737 as BA cannot unload loose bags at Heathrow T5 BA will be basing the 737 at LGW, so that should render any concerns about containerized cargo handling at LHR re: 737 as moot. British Airways, or IAG for that matter, will not place ...

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by TheOldDude
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will engine choice continue?
Replies: 14
Views: 2431

Re: Will engine choice continue?

Larger operators will increasingly buy a mix of different engines and air frames for operational security. Increased use of prepaid, almost lifetime engine and air frame maintenance agreements, means the difference between single and mixed fleet sizes don't add costs as they used to, and allow 365 ...

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by TheOldDude
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta luggage abuse
Replies: 107
Views: 12868

Re: Delta luggage abuse

The comments seeking to absolve Delta from responsibility because they contracted with a third party to handle the bags are mind boggling. The customer has a contract with Delta, not with the third party. Delta is responsible to the customer under the terms of the contract. If anyone believes Delta ...

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by TheOldDude
Wed May 22, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 564
Views: 57098

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

I propose a new metric: The number of fanboys created on a-net. Based on that metric, the A380 is a resounding success!

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by TheOldDude
Mon May 20, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida
Replies: 32
Views: 5238

Re: Amazon to open a air hub in Lakeland Florida

I also think LAL is eventually going to get PAX service and depending on what else spurs around it from a distribution center(s), probably other airline cargo service too. The catchment of LAL to Central Florida is unparalleled to what you find elsewhere around the US. Moxy if that ever gets going ...

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