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by FlyHappy
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?

Wonder if DL will return to HKG, SIN. now you're just trolling us, right? 0.01% and 0.00%, respectively. DL's thing isn't ULH with the extremely rare exceptions, such as LAX-SYD. anything and everything east Asian not in reasonable (non-ULH) range from SEA/LAX is gonna get passed off to Korean or C...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?

Wonder if DL will return to HKG, SIN. now you're just trolling us, right? 0.01% and 0.00%, respectively. DL's thing isn't ULH with the extremely rare exceptions, such as LAX-SYD. anything and everything east Asian not in reasonable (non-ULH) range from SEA/LAX is gonna get passed off to Korean or C...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is business travel enjoyable?
Replies: 26
Views: 2822

Re: Is business travel enjoyable?

Since so many are convinced that business travel won't return any time soon, a few questions. a) Engineers and technical personnel: Can they solve the work via video conference? Speaking to this, I'd say that "not exactly" . There still needs to be hands on the gear... BUT.... there has b...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?

The A350-900 seems too small and the B777s are now all gone. I think the A350-1000 has a better chance Wonder why you think A359 is too small? Seems to be a recurring thing. Many, especially US based posters, don't quite grasp that the A350-900 is the same size as the 777-200 (3 meters greater wing...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow
Replies: 62
Views: 8862

Re: Delta vs. Alaska During Seattle Snow

I think DL was in a good position to get a little PR lustre for this particular event in SEA - a focus/gateway that they deem important in the long term (even if it needs to be run at a loss). Anecdotally, I think they've been flying with excess capacity from MSP and SLC - even considering COVID/blo...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?

I'm quite certain that Delta will happily move into the foreseeable future with only the A330/A359 combo for widebodies needs. They'll have to cut all of their secondary Europe routes and focus city-CDG/AMS routes then. The A330 is way too big for those routes. My answer was in the context of respo...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?
Replies: 29
Views: 3349

Re: Will DL order the B777-9 or the A350-1000?

The A350-900 seems too small and the B777s are now all gone. I think the A350-1000 has a better chance Wonder why you think A359 is too small? Delta management believes it is precisely the right size to be their largest aircraft - even pre-pandemic. Remember that historically, Delta has favored sma...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Death of the fortress hub concept?
Replies: 4
Views: 1235

Re: Death of the fortress hub concept?

While some fortress hubs will always have tremendous importance (ATL, EWR, DFW, MIA, etc), are we reaching a point in the post-covid world where we have too many unnecessary fortress hubs? AA has like 10 airports they consider “hubs.” And if a hub airport has to go from 7 banks of flights down to 3...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most "Pulled-Out-Of" Commercial Airport Ever?
Replies: 8
Views: 1720

Re: Most "Pulled-Out-Of" Commercial Airport Ever?

But my suggestion is LGW, also known as Heathrow's waiting room. It has lost a huge number of airlines thanks to Covid, the cessation of long haul operations by national carriers in former British colonies, but also dozens to Heathrow as slots have become available. . LOL at "Heathrow's waitin...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY Apparent New Route Announcement Jan 25
Replies: 64
Views: 8450

Re: SY Apparent New Route Announcement 2/25

DFW-SNA? Wow! Too bad they got rid of their PDX crew base. Would love to see PDX-BNA again. Just realized SNA is a new destination with their new slots. MSP-SNA in addition to DFW begins April 30 I've wondered for a decade why they didn't try harder for slots at SNA (maybe totally beyond their cont...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!
Replies: 26
Views: 4162

Re: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!

Undermount is only partly driven my maintenance. Maintenance is far from the main major consideration. Mounting the engine below and in front of the wing keeps it in clean airflow, counteracts wing twisting moment and counteracts wing bending moment. This translates to massive weight reduction comp...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 24, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would Alaska 261 not crash if the stabiliser trims werent touched?
Replies: 23
Views: 5890

Re: Would Alaska 261 not crash if the stabiliser trims werent touched?

It seems crazy to lay any criticism at the feet of the pilots, only being clairvoyant could they have avoided touching the trim. They did so in conjunction with direct consultation in real time with company engineering. Aside from the people that lost their lives, I find the treatment of the mechani...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!
Replies: 26
Views: 4162

Re: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!

With every additional motor/fan, you're adding complexity and losing efficiency. With current jet engine reliability, a pilot is unlikely to see an engine failure in his entire career. agreed and understood - but at least my speculations are specifically not about current jet/turbine engines. So th...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!
Replies: 26
Views: 4162

Re: Quad and Tri Jets will come back in the skies "What is old is new again" Alternative fuels and good news!

I dismissed OP's train of logic when I first read this. And now that I've read the input of many others, far smarter than I.... well, I'll toss in my own hypothetical devil's advocate questions regarding > 2 engine/motor proposition. for the sake of arguments, lets envision electric motors pushing a...

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by FlyHappy
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Project in Indonesia...should I take it...
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: Project in Indonesia...should I take it...

I’ve been lucky enough to get to travel the world for work over the past thirty years. I’ve flown to and in many countries. The only equivalent to my current choice was in the late 2000s, when I was working in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was booked on several local airlines - but in that c...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Jan 19, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man lived on the secure side of ORD for three months undetected
Replies: 49
Views: 7058

Re: Man lived on the secure side of ORD for three months undetected

My reading of the story is that the badge was reported lost in in October. I understand that it was not "functional", but merely a prop. There is no reason to believe that this person ever had access to "secure" areas, but merely wandered about a very large airport that is functi...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax
Replies: 44
Views: 2897

Re: US set to require a negative test for US bound intl pax

sometimes ya just gotta let people rant.
*sigh*

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?

A connection is what I will probably do going forward, maybe not now because of covid but in the future. Southwest has some decent connecting points between PHL and AUS (BNA/STL) which generally don't add much flying time but only the connection time is the difference. . Tragic Lav anecdote - a few...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1157

Re: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes

Hello One thing that caught my attention greatly is, despite travel being completely restricted for tourism for most of the world, and most of the business meetings now being converted to online, how are there so many passenger airplanes moving around? For example I see a Turkish Airlines 77W depar...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?

Do you actually find Southwest 737 lav's acceptably sized? its been a long time since I've seen reasonably sized lav on a narrowbody of any airline - which is all that flies into AUS. "first class" lav on a domestic narrowbody means nothing anymore, its just the one at front. If I were yo...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Which airline is best for Pax of Size (Bathroom/Seats/ETC)?

Do you actually find Southwest 737 lav's acceptably sized? its been a long time since I've seen reasonably sized lav on a narrowbody of any airline - which is all that flies into AUS. "first class" lav on a domestic narrowbody means nothing anymore, its just the one at front. If I were you...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines ban DC-bound travelers from checking firearms
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Re: Airlines ban DC-bound travelers from checking firearms

I did see an interesting exchange on twitter. Retired LEO planning to carry guns and ammo from Richmond to Nevada to train cops on firearm usage. He was rather frustrated at Delta when they confirmed he could not bring them in his checked bag. I, for one, didn't even know RIC was covered under this...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines ban DC-bound travelers from checking firearms
Replies: 11
Views: 1046

Re: Airlines ban DC-bound travelers from checking firearms

Why do you wish to travel with a gun in the first place??????? Because your right to do so is protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Simple as that I guess... Errrrr.... the 2nd Amendment says nothing about traveling or flying with firearms. No need to get defensive about Sopwi...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying an unmodified, original 747-100 in 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 8616

Re: Flying an unmodified, original 747-100 in 2021

Fuel Inerting, for sure.

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by FlyHappy
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies
Replies: 10
Views: 3293

Re: Returning Stored Aircraft To The Skies

The article was going along fine until nearly then end, when:

"...newer aircraft such as the A350 and the triple sevens will be the first to fly"

newer?

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by FlyHappy
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP Blizzard Dec 23, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 2969

Re: MSP Blizzard Dec 23, 2020

The snow, visibility, dropping temps and wind are no joke. I would think Delta will have a mess on its hands.

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by FlyHappy
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Greenland places Christmas order for an A330neo
Replies: 72
Views: 11376

Re: Air Greenland places Christmas order for an A330neo

You've crafted two literary gems - I love it.

prebennorholm wrote:
A 3,000m runway would be cheaper to make on the back side of the Moon.


Oh? Why is that, I am genuinely curious.

prebennorholm wrote:
in the widespread Kingdom of Denmark.


Hilarious, and I assume tongue in cheek. If not, I apologize to you and your fellow Danes ;)

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by FlyHappy
Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 471
Views: 54497

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

I have followed this thread and story since it appeared a year ago. I've read every post, as they've appeared. I am interested at an intellectual level, and greatly appreciate the input of the several lawyers who contribute their opinions and insights. Any decent attorney, in the proper conduct of h...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:56 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the Guam/Northern Marianas market too small for DL/AA/HA?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: Is the Guam/Northern Marianas market too small for DL/AA/HA?

GUM, on the other hand, is simply too small and too distant for airlines of the United States to work profitably, other than what was there before quarantining. HNL, even for those on the west coast, is 5+ hours away at minimum, and GUM is just too much further away, both in terms of the fuel requi...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 471
Views: 54497

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

alfa164 wrote:
Surely you wouldn't doctor an image to try to prove a point... would you?

:roll:


D L X screen grab is from last year.
Delta has changed how they present all this stuff.
What you see today isn't what they showed when A350 entered service, and not the same since AA filed suit.

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by FlyHappy
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 471
Views: 54497

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

Again, you are misstating the facts. DL was not "using a trademarked term to sell services in the trademarked class." They were, as mentioned above, not describing any specific "service" at all; they were designating a specific aircraft as their "Flagship" airliner, wh...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Eyes New Markets With Travel Bubbles
Replies: 23
Views: 6257

Re: Qantas Eyes New Markets With Travel Bubbles

wow. I am amazed that Taiwan and S Korea were not big enough business destinations to have merited QF service!

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by FlyHappy
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can Qantas survive without US&UK market?
Replies: 11
Views: 1685

Re: Can Qantas survive without US&UK market?

I'll be a bit nicer than prior posters. Not only do I think Qantas easily survives without ULH flying , I think they are in a better position to than most any other legacy/flag/national carrier. They have a dominant role in a large, wealthy market, without meaningful competition, unlike EU/US peers....

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by FlyHappy
Wed Nov 11, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't DL order the A35J?
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Why didn't DL order the A35J?

UA ordered the 77W as a 744 replacement. What does UA have to do with DL's fleet planning? The A35J is the same size as the 77W and UA used the 77W as a 744 replacement? Those two businesses have little to do with each other. They both fly airplanes, and employ pilots, mechanics and cabin crew. Bey...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't DL order the A35J?
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Why didn't DL order the A35J?

why would DL have wanted to replace the 74x's with anything of similar size? They didn't buy them, they inherited them from NWA, and were happy to get rid of them when the time came. Large aircraft has not been in their DNA. UA ordered the 77W as a 744 replacement. What does UA have to do with DL's...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn't DL order the A35J?
Replies: 17
Views: 1565

Re: Why didn't DL order the A35J?

why would DL have wanted to replace the 74x's with anything of similar size? They didn't buy them, they inherited them from NWA, and were happy to get rid of them when the time came. Large aircraft has not been in their DNA.

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by FlyHappy
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7566

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

Are there hotels which maintain a few very small rooms to be used only in peak season? what an incredible waste of (potentially) revenue producing space for most of the year. Don't get into the hotel business. Would airlines agree to good rooms 300 days/ year, tiny rooms for 65 days/ year? You don'...

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by FlyHappy
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is/was the worst vanity air route?
Replies: 33
Views: 3496

Re: What is/was the worst vanity air route?

klm617 wrote:
Ghana Airways Accra to Baltimore


LOL. which one of those provided the "prestige"?

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by FlyHappy
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilot sentenced for nearly flying under the influence
Replies: 58
Views: 10920

Re: Delta pilot sentenced for nearly flying under the influence

there are alot of facts here: https://kstp.com/minnesota-news/delta-pilot-from-rosemount-who-was-arrested-for-intoxication-before-flight-sentenced/5907531/ There is no denying this Pilot was in the process of "operating the flight". There is no denying that he brought a 1.75 liter bottle o...

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by FlyHappy
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: [JULY 2019] Delta to have Naxolone on planes after drug overdose death on BOS-LAX flight
Replies: 33
Views: 3317

Re: Delta to have Naxolone on planes after drug overdose death on BOS-LAX flight

Most fatal overdoses are not rooted in needle use, but from ingestion. The fears about needles onboard aircraft expressed here are a non-issue. That said, I don't think any airline has an obligation to plan for a medical emergency such as opioid overdose. I'm not being callous - I just don't think e...

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by FlyHappy
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KSA and Bahrain grant overflight to Israeli commercial flights
Replies: 37
Views: 6472

Re: KSA and Bahrain grant overflight to Israeli commercial flights

Lot of technical speculation here, some of which is undoubtedly applicable, but in none is the driver - certainly not the paltry overflight fees collected by anyone. To my eye, this is the clear result of heavy duty GeoPolitics, regional conflict, arms sales.... all kinds of things none of us are pr...

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by FlyHappy
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Another jetpack sighting while on approach to LAX
Replies: 89
Views: 19482

Re: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX

Weird story.
I didn't know Jetpacks could achieve this altitude.... at least safely. Are Jetpacks regulated in the way large drones are?

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your opinion on masks while flying
Replies: 33
Views: 2510

Re: Your opinion on masks while flying

This makes me more confident to continue with my Delta flight in a few weeks. We will fly with face masks and face shields. Lightsaber I'm not very comfortable with a mask on, and it hard to keep them on my kids faces. But they are effective. It's pretty simple - keep our wet breathing/coughing/sne...

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 46
Views: 7962

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

This begs the question why FAA didn't ask, uh, you had these previous events with the tyres and the tank. We... have... concerns... Seriously? They did. In 1981, no less. ...and so we're banning the Concorde from flying to the United States. Politics, and multilateral trade, ya know? And it isn't l...

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by FlyHappy
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 46
Views: 7962

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

20 years ago today, AF4590, a Concorde, crashed at CDG. The cause of the crash was a tire puncture rupturing the fuel tank and causing a fire. 113 people lost their lives that day, which included 4 people on the ground. The tire puncture that caused the crash was due to a Continental Airlines DC-10...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta has a hail encounter.
Replies: 42
Views: 9301

Re: Delta has a hail encounter.

I suppose insurance will cover the damage in this incident Unlikely. The cost of this repair is probably less than the deductible. I've never thought about this - what is a typical "deductible" for an aircraft/airline like this? Do deductibles vary, or are they standardized as on autos?

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by FlyHappy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 3553

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

A380 is easily the biggest failure in history, based on the combination of cost, promise, projection and damage inflicted on most of the operators. Having said that, the MAX could handily outdo the A380's failure if it is not soon recertified by both FAA AND EASA , and only one of those two is a giv...

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by FlyHappy
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reconsidering seatback video screens
Replies: 108
Views: 18204

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 News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 178217

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: 2339

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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