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by FlyHappy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reconsidering seatback video screens
Replies: 75
Views: 10023

Re: AA reconsidering seatback video screens

I never understood how AA taking out PTVs on domestic aircraft makes some think they're turning into the White Star Line, while Southwest does not even offer in-seat power, let alone PTVs. Yet Southwest is for many a customer favorite over AA even without those things. Because SWA offers other valu...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s
Replies: 126
Views: 23193

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

It's only surprising that it's taken this long for Norwegian to cancel, given their situation.
It's doubly surprising that "only" 300ish MAX's have been cancelled, overall.

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)
Replies: 37
Views: 1913

Re: Paying for First Class (Domestic flights)

I realize I'm an outlier, but I have sprung for F/Biz many times (but only up to $400 add'l) specifically because I was traveling with young children. Their feet don't touch the floor, and they don't eat the F catering (or drink the booze!) but the benefit of first on, first off, priority check in/l...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroméxico files for Chapter 11
Replies: 89
Views: 16820

Re: Rumor: Aeroméxico to file for Chapter 11

Told from inside Delta HQ that expectation is AM will file Ch 11 in US. No response to whether or not DAL is assisting legally. Assist? Delta needs assistance itself. With Delta’s equity in foreign JV partners evaporating all over the world, a Swissair 2.0 is not beyond the realm of possibility. I ...

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by FlyHappy
Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?
Replies: 46
Views: 8975

Re: Why doesn't the AN225 have passenger service?

Ummmmmm... because it's a one-off cargo plane that has no accomodation for passengers?
That's completely outside of the dozens of other fairly obvious reason, amounting to the fact that it'd be terrible for the job?

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 10, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-CDB loaded on AS, starts 5/16
Replies: 38
Views: 4484

Re: ANC-CDB loaded on AS, starts 5/16

Because your dropping 180 people into a village with no air terminal. Then they all have to get connecting flights to various other villages. Cold bay has hardly any lodging should the weather go down. Ravn/penair would fly directly into DUT 2-3 times a day. And to SDP 1 a day and CDB one a day. It...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 10, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-CDB loaded on AS, starts 5/16
Replies: 38
Views: 4484

Re: ANC-CDB loaded on AS, starts 5/16

What on earth is in cold bay to justify this flight? Last I saw 100 people live there, the Alaska flight will have this many seats available on one flight. This isn’t about serving Cold Bay, it’s about Dutch Harbor. CDB just happens to be the nearest runway to DUT that can handle a modern 737. You ...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 08, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25282

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

This notion that airports are somehow protected like a Bond villian's underground lair is preposterous. That this kind of thing doesn't happen more is a factor of people just dont hop the fence very often vs. them being caught by a crack defensive team. Mostly, these are low-bidder contractors arme...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 08, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25282

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

Folks, I'm reading posts from people stating whether the pilots knew they hit someone because of radio transmissions. We're not steering a multi million pound oil tanker. When I'm on approach, my feet are on the rudder pedals. When I hit a small bird the size of a quail, I can feel vibrations in th...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 08, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25282

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

At first, I was thinking this is case of a person getting a high stakes "thrill", getting a low pass or ducking under wing - kind of an ultimate "Princess Juliana" experience; which still could be. But the more I think about it, I'm leaning the idea that it was suicide, specifica...

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by FlyHappy
Thu May 07, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss
Replies: 89
Views: 18475

Re: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss

Yes I know, but as Trump stated before that NATO is in fact an american organization with European members. NATO is nothing more than an excuse for Americans to allow military intervention in conflicts without appearing to be interfering. When was the last time NATO came remotely close to doing som...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 06, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss
Replies: 89
Views: 18475

Re: Airbus announces € 1.36 billion net loss

You can believe what you want but that's just not going to happen. It's a great example of motivated reasoning. It's absolutely not a priority for the EU. The EU has a growing role in common procurement etc but it's never going to be a common European army. NATO remains the main defense organizatio...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will flying be a luxury from now on?
Replies: 28
Views: 2972

Re: Will flying be a luxury from now on?

Who the hell is going to Vegas for only 300-400 USD for a weekend? LAS is the only place I've "vacationed" in the US where I leave with more money than what I came with. Of course, that's hard work at the Black Jack table as opposed to just shows and the pool, but I like the concept and i...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights
Replies: 61
Views: 8661

Re: Covid-19 Interesting One-Off Flights

Im wondering if I should venture out to PHX to see any one-off aircraft?...I mean me being diabetic and all... Don't waste your time. According to the Phoenix Aviation thread, there's just parked a/c, IIRC mostly AA and WN and I think it was said a couple of 1 or 2 other airlines too. Not aware of ...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Apr 11, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will flying be a luxury from now on?
Replies: 28
Views: 2972

Re: Will flying be a luxury from now on?

Flying will be again a luxury for many people not because ticket prices will go up but because their purchase power will be down. So even if that " that trip to Vegas for the weekend is is still $59", 60 USD + hotels + food + entertainment (so let's say 300-400 USD for a weekend) will be ...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Americans as a whole are arrogant and selfish. People think they can fly and not be affected. Given the exponential increase in cases, people should not fly unless it is vital. Young people think they are bullet proof, but they aren't. Reconsider your generalization. Those 90%+ unoccuppied seats on...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1416
Views: 335016

Re: Italy has nationalized Alitalia

Its fashionable and so easy to mock Alitalia and the Italian Govt here on a.net for their dysfunction, but not only is this the right thing do now for the Italian people, I dare say it possibly justifies past actions. In the end, it is in every countries own strategic interest to have a carrier tha...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 335396

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

At Sandyb123 I work for an airline and many of us don't want to fly. We're classified as "essential workers" and as such we're expected to show up for work on time as usual. The sad part is showing up to work to see how terrified and panicked my coworkers are. Anxiety levels are so high. ...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 161969

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

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Just here to eat a plate of crow for @Waterbomber2 re the Olympics.

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by FlyHappy
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 3 inflight crew members instead of 4? Will airlines remove seats?
Replies: 44
Views: 5737

Re: 3 inflight crew members instead of 4? Will airlines remove seats?

Not happening. Pax unconcerned enough to traverse airports and board a plane are not concerned enough about an extra 9" of lateral seperation (mid seat block/removal) to pay the significant upcharge. They few that are will (already have been) flying J/F. One F/A is the cheapest element of the c...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1416
Views: 335016

Re: Italy has nationalized Alitalia

Its fashionable and so easy to mock Alitalia and the Italian Govt here on a.net for their dysfunction, but not only is this the right thing do now for the Italian people, I dare say it possibly justifies past actions. In the end, it is in every countries own strategic interest to have a carrier that...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 139
Views: 13722

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

But aren't US carriers using widebodies on domestic flights that are roughly two to three hours long? a few trunk/hub to hub. those aircraft weren't acquired for domestic operations, primarily (save for the oldest 767). Its certainly not anything remotely like "short hop for $19" Doesn't ...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 139
Views: 13722

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

Or Emirates. All of their regional destinations are on widebodies, some are as short as 40 minutes. Y'all seem to miss the obvious context of this thread being specific to the US market. But aren't US carriers using widebodies on domestic flights that are roughly two to three hours long? a few trun...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 139
Views: 13722

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

Finally, who has ever made money on short hops with widebodies? Jet2 with their A330s on 2 hour flights :D Or Emirates. All of their regional destinations are on widebodies, some are as short as 40 minutes. Y'all seem to miss the obvious context of this thread being specific to the US market.

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by FlyHappy
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 139
Views: 13722

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

Seriously, this makes the resident a.net A380 sychophants look like geniuses in comparison: "Avatar’s business plan envisions achieving unit costs “well below average” and, with the high-density 747s, claims it will be able to offer fares of $79 on transcontinental services and $99 to Hawaii, ...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avatar Airlines (formerly Family Airlines) start up tries again..
Replies: 139
Views: 13722

Re: Avatar sends LOI to order 30 748's.

Seriously, this makes the resident a.net A380 sychophants look like geniuses in comparison: "Avatar’s business plan envisions achieving unit costs “well below average” and, with the high-density 747s, claims it will be able to offer fares of $79 on transcontinental services and $99 to Hawaii, f...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

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

I arrived in SFO last night. The immigration official asked me if I'd been to China in the last two weeks but he didn't check my stamps. Holy hell that is the slowest immigration facility I've ever used. I went to SFO's website and filled out a complaint form. They replied and blamed the wait time ...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad ‘creative’ way in crewing China flights
Replies: 28
Views: 7995

Re: Etihad ‘creative’ way in crewing China flights

I guess they'll probably be less creative if one of their crew fall ill or worse and they are sued. (Being creative in this case would probably be, pay without trying to reject their responsibility... But this kind of title won't get me twice!) Sued? You're joking, right? What kind of right to sue ...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad ‘creative’ way in crewing China flights
Replies: 28
Views: 7995

Re: Etihad ‘creative’ way in crewing China flights

Nobody should get a penny extra for doing their job . Anyone who refuses to go should be fired From what place does an attitude like this come from? When people, literally across the globe, are expressing fear about a new and little known rapidly spreading communicable disease (regardless of how re...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

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

Is there a reason why the US does not charter a flight using their flag carrier? Isn't this a time to show a sense of national pride? Wow, are you out of it. The concept of flag carriers is decades outdated. The U.S. government arranged the Kalitta charter Wuhan-Anchorage-California Air Force base ...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

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

I made my comment because the only way to ensure the infection doesn't come to your country is to stop everyone coming in from the area. The disease doesn't care about nationality so you could have a massive outbreak in your own country from one of your own nationals. I see the country bans as desc...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12257

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

I don’t know enough about Scoot but I’m not sure I would label AirAsia X as “quite successful”. It is surviving purely on AirAsia’s short haul money. Bingo. No way Scoot is a success without parent SQ's patronage and expertise. AirAsia X, as you said, is seemingly subsidized by its short haul paren...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?
Replies: 45
Views: 12257

Re: LEVEL (airlines) struggling?

Norwegian is in the middle of a reform process and finally making profit. Too early to say if they'll make it, but chances are looking good for them. On the other side of the planet we got AirAsia X and Scoot operating low-cost long haul flights. They're quite successful. If it can be done there, i...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

Re: Kalitta operating Wuhan evacuation flight

\ Are you kidding me? those pallet seating units are positively lavish compared with any normal pax Y experience. Huge room - which means safer in any evacuation scenario than normal pax cattle cars passed off as safe. Nothing stupid about Kalitta or the State Dept - perfectly rational and sensible...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

Re: Kalitta operating Wuhan evacuation flight

Seems crazy. Why do this? Why not use Omni or Atlas or any flag carrier? Flight attendants? Safety exit doors? Stupid. The geniuses at the State Department succeed in producing a flight filled with actual self loading freight. To what end? Cant make it too luxurious? Again...stupid. I do get the id...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can somebody explain the Boeing NMA to me?
Replies: 13
Views: 1881

Re: Can somebody explain the Boeing NMA to me?

It's like a Unicorn.
Which fairy tale shall we read from?

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't Hong Kong Keep Kai Tak open?
Replies: 21
Views: 3295

Re: Why didn't Hong Kong Keep Kai Tak open?

How come Kai Tak was closed when CLK was open? I mean Kai Tak could function as a regional airport and CLK function as a international airport. Why did HK demolish Kai Tak After CLK was opened? Any Thoughts? Aside from the value of the land, unnecessary hazard of the approach, and a runway surround...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 210619

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - disruptions, consequences

It's still too early to tell, but at this pace the Tokyo Summer Olympics may have to be cancelled or postponed. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/23/national/science-health/coronavirus-spotlights-japan-contagion-risks-olympics-loom/#.Xi_hxGko80M Nothing short of nuclear war is going to post...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caspian Airlines MD-83 Crash Landing on Runway and Skidding Onto a Major Highway in Iran
Replies: 24
Views: 8861

Re: Caspian Airlines MD-83 Lands in Iranian Street

the one real benefit of no wing mounted engines.....

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by FlyHappy
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-8F Max range
Replies: 14
Views: 2270

Re: 747-8F Max range

Max Q wrote:
Qantas flew LHR-SYD with a brand new, specially prepared mostly empty 744 using a special high density fuel.


What is "special high density fuel" ?
Genuinely curious.

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by FlyHappy
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 108
Views: 11339

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

Twins Spring Training explains MSP-RSW in March, but that's still just one city for one month. Doesn't account for Tampa, or January, etc. Agreed, but even a minor draw like that brings affluent older folks who then do things like buy condos, vacation homes (because they can), which in turn brings ...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 108
Views: 11339

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2020

MSP is much further away from Florida than CVG and DTW so the travel patterns are different. Minnesotans generally do not vacation on the Atlantic coast of Florida. They greatly prefer the Gulf coast or Arizona. This is why routes like MSP-TPA and MSP-RSW see widebodies in the winter while places l...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2038

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

I have plenty of college-educated millennials on my team who need a Google search to be on time for a meeting at 15:00. "College education" has precisely nothing to do with familiarity with alternative measurements. IMO, people with vocational/specialized educations or "on the job&qu...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2038

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

Nobody in the US, except military and aviation people know the 24 hour clock. you're quite wrong - there's already two generations of people raised in the computer tech ecosystem who not only think in 24h, but even consider GMT offset. Then, how is it most computer displays in the US default to and...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2038

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Nobody in the US, except military and aviation people know the 24 hour clock.


you're quite wrong - there's already two generations of people raised in the computer tech ecosystem who not only think in 24h, but even consider GMT offset.

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by FlyHappy
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC-9 Family What-Ifs
Replies: 19
Views: 3404

Re: DC-9 Family What-Ifs

There's some element of trade-off between engine configurations though, isn't there? If nothing else, McDD would not be struggling with the ground-clearance related issues that have forced Boeing to Frankenstein the 737 with now infamous consequences. Right? No. McDD would be struggling with their ...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34170

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

Heh. You actually made me look something up, because I’ve used kleenex as an example of a brand that has become generic and did not think Kimberly-Clark still had a trademark on it. I do know that Kimberly-Clark has worked to keep their brand, but I’m guessing no one has actually gone to court to c...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34170

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

I don't *think* that's quite right -- I think the best way to describe it is that a generic term is one that the public attributes to this good or service regardless of its source. Like how it didn't matter if the escalator were made by Otis or some other company, people called that stairy raisy TH...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DXB make the same "mistake" as LHR?
Replies: 24
Views: 7924

Re: Why did DXB make the same "mistake" as LHR?

I'd argue Dubai and EK made the mistake of being too ambitious with growing the EK brand, footprint and dominance while not properly balancing the financial strain of building out DWC. In the frenzy to build all the shiny new urban infrastructure (much with EK driven profit/induced tourism) and oper...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DC-9 Family What-Ifs
Replies: 19
Views: 3404

Re: DC-9 Family What-Ifs

There's some element of trade-off between engine configurations though, isn't there? If nothing else, McDD would not be struggling with the ground-clearance related issues that have forced Boeing to Frankenstein the 737 with now infamous consequences. Right? No. McDD would be struggling with their ...

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