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by smithbs
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific aircraft repainted with wrong titles
Replies: 70
Views: 13958

Re: Cathay Pacific aircraft repainted with wrong titles

:D

Ryanair is going to skip to just "R".

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by smithbs
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes
Replies: 162
Views: 47564

Re: Russian Military Crashes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-200_(missile)#Incidents_involving_the_S-200
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JetBuddy wrote:
Do we know what type of SAM was used to shoot down the plane?


Appears to be a S-200 (SA-5). Wikipedia even has a writeup on this incident now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-200_(missile)#Incidents_involving_the_S-200

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by smithbs
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Military Crashes
Replies: 162
Views: 47564

Re: Russian Military Crashes

Thank you to the Russians for the incident map. The BBC article linked above seems to be the most informative I've seen, but other western outlets I've read this morning have been very thin on details. The map says it was a GBU-39 strike - interesting. Looks like the Il-20 was in the wrong place at ...

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by smithbs
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines new uniforms. Very classy.
Replies: 19
Views: 4288

Re: Turkish Airlines new uniforms. Very classy.

Looking great. It's nice to see classy uniforms that make a statement. I've long been tired of "business professional" uniforms of certain US airlines.

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by smithbs
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India has the highest percent of female pilots.
Replies: 15
Views: 2282

Re: India has the highest percent of female pilots.

Earlier this year I flew AS on SEA-LAS with an entirely female flight crew - both pilots and all cabin crew were women. I realized that was the first time I could remember where that had happened.

It's a new world...

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by smithbs
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 19249

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

JFKCMILAXFLL wrote:
Hmm, let's see if Jack Stryker could land an A-380 "It's an entirely different type of flying altogether!" :mrgreen: :lol:


It's an entirely different type of flying.

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by smithbs
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK
Replies: 124
Views: 19249

Re: 100 passengers fall ill on EK203 DXB-JFK

Did they have to deploy the autopilot?

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany
Replies: 173
Views: 15271

Re: A320 MPA as Orion / Atlantic Replacement, France , Germany

bigjku wrote:
I mean when you have a chance to turn one overpriced low production number project into two overpriced low production number projects you just have to sign right up don’t you?


:rotfl:

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read
Replies: 43
Views: 2941

Re: The new British aircraft carriers - interesting long read

Sounds like they certainly have to put up a lot of money to get the CBG properly assembled. One wonders how things have gotten so expensive. In the old days you'd just get a sponsor for a ship and then let them pay it off from prize rules. Oh, that hasn't been done for over 150 years? Dang it. I'd s...

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF B-52J?
Replies: 9
Views: 1834

Re: USAF B-52J?

We hashed this out already: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1370415 I saw that article on The Drive. However much I hate Google's "suggested" articles and avoid 99% of the idiotic defense posts, this one caught my eye because I remember the thread I linked to. I no...

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Iran Unveils New Fighter
Replies: 33
Views: 2586

Re: Iran Unveils New Fighter

I don't really think the American ability to smash their air force is in the minds of the Iranian leadership for this program. Usually these things are for internal consumption and propaganda.

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15002

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

mcdu wrote:
Does anyone remember when they shot and killed an innocent man in a jetway in Miami.


I think through the confused and conflicting reports of that incident (a lot of he said, she said, English vs Spanish, etc), it was chalked up to "suicide by cop."

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15002

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

I'd be curious if a reprimand is coming to the FAM involved, although we may never know. Whether he followed procedure or not (sounds like he didn't but hard to tell exactly from reports), an A/C declared an emergency and ended up on the de-ice ramp and his name is at the center of it. Sounds like s...

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by smithbs
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas

To be damaging to the human eye (as in causing rod/cone damage before the human blink response kicks in), you need power and beam shaping. Such optics resemble a lab setup, though, and not very usable in Afghanistan (dust and rough handling being big enemies to laser optics, and Afghanistan supplie...

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by smithbs
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas
Replies: 12
Views: 1175

Re: Lazer lights affecting US military flights in Afganistan, other ME areas

The Taliban sure is getting desperate. When in war you use what you can, particularly if it is cheap for you and causes a big impact on your enemy. OTS lasers are supposed to be collimated, meaning the beam comes out like a cone shape and therefore the power density is well within safe limits withi...

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by smithbs
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 93301

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

Good to see the 142 FW - I visited their base at PDX a couple times for ANG duties and been around the alert hangar and F-15s therein. My opinion: If the lone "pilot" is clearly psychologically compromised and is showing no good-faith interest in even attempting to land safely, then the ai...

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by smithbs
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type
Replies: 48
Views: 2902

Re: USAF considering replacing E-4, C-32 and USN E-6 with single type

assuming said type won't be more expensive than replacing all three individually That's the money statement right there. Of course you would replace all of them with a single platform if the budget says it works. While I can see the E-4 and E-6 being combined I'm not so sure about the C-32s, or at ...

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

In the absence of hard information, I can start a rumor. :devil: I knew earlier that IAI had put a boom on a 767 around 2010-2012-ish. Maybe IAI did the work but never got a STC signed off for it, and maybe as these Israeli tenders are being prepared Boeing said "you recall you never got that t...

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

I am starting to wonder how much this is about. The articles claim to quote "IAI CEO", but not seeing any official word from IAI or Boeing through normal channels, unless I'm missing it. I wonder if this is a kerfuffle being blown out of proportion? texl1649 - thanks for the great post rev...

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

A confidential source talking to the Globes is maybe not confirmation of the pertinent details, here. I do think Boeing likely wants to win the business themselves, but this could be one guy without any kind of program authority. The Drive (Tyler) is basically just reporting on the Globes article. ...

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Re: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

Also, Boeing wasn't out on the cold on the IAI program - apparently IAF was going to buy new-build 767F and then convert them, if I read the Globes article correctly.

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers
Replies: 11
Views: 1476

Boeing Blocks IAI 767 Tankers

IAI's Bedek was gearing up for a 767 tanker series based on converted airframes, no doubt building on their busy 767 BCF program. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/iai-details-767-tanker-conversion-plans-411680/ IAI/Bedek has been doing this for years. Apparently in 2012 they had completed ...

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by smithbs
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 98
Views: 6967

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

Checksixx, flying combat missions over hostile airspace with a real SAM threat is FAR AND AWAY different from the air sovereignty missions being flown from Alaska and Hawaii that continue to consume flight hours on a limited number of available frames. I'm glad that the F-22 was available for Syria...

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by smithbs
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 98
Views: 6967

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The ROK F-15s were expensive because they applied huge changes and upgrades to a small batch build. Disagree, the changes to the F-15SE proposed to South Korea in that bid did not include the canted vertical stabilizers or other changes other than the conformal weapons pack. The price of the aircra...

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by smithbs
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F117A, the plane that refuses to die
Replies: 12
Views: 2389

Re: F117A, the plane that refuses to die

The serbs used a combination of intelligence (watching the US planes come and go from their base), planning to US operational planning deficiencies (the US pilots flew in and out through VERY predictable routes), and luck that that particular mission had the plane in a less than fully stealthy conf...

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by smithbs
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders
Replies: 45
Views: 7921

Re: Bombardier wins approval for 90-seat Q400, eyes more orders

Can't be that bad, the standard 78 seater is extremely comfortable and has more than enough legroom. Horizon operates Q400s in a single-class, no extra-legroom 76-seat config. 'Extremely comfortable' is not the phrase I would use. Tolerable for PDX-Boise, or SEA-Kelowna is the most generously I cou...

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by smithbs
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?
Replies: 107
Views: 13123

Re: Q400: the underrated aircraft type?

I have a soft spot for Dash 8's. I flew in -200 combis in Afghanistan. Just this Sunday I did BOI-SEA in a QX Q400. It's getting a bit frayed inside and the overhead bins couldn't fit a backpack, but I still enjoyed it. The seat pitch does me well (6' 2") and the short headrest fits my neck per...

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by smithbs
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 98
Views: 6967

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

The Saudi contract is inapplicable as it is a cradle to grave arrangement with training, support and parts. Surely we shouldn’t compare such a price vs the f35 for instance. I used it not to provide the actual price of a Qatari F-15 but representative of the realm of cost for the platform. DSCA pri...

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by smithbs
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5376

Re: Innovations in boarding???

After all, from my personal observation, what really slows down boarding process is not people can not find their seats, but people constantly looking for head bin space above their own seats. It is normally gone or people have to walk further or against flow to find the space. During this process ...

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by smithbs
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5376

Re: Innovations in boarding???

I liked QX's "ala carte" before TSA. You could bring your bag to the jetway and put it on the cart just as you walked on, and it would be there just as you got off. It was the fastest "kind of checked" bag system I've known. They still do it but with TSA rules in effect it is jus...

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by smithbs
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 30222

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

WOW! I swear this is the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen an airplane do! That was incredible! I had to to do a double take when I saw the first video!!!! Oh man that was exciting, and that was just on YT, but damn, never mind how amazing yet bonkers that must’ve looked in real life! I have no cl...

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by smithbs
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 181031

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

As iamlucky13 and washingtonflyer have provided a highly intelligent source of information for us here, I have a question for them: I found it interesting that the announcement came right out and announced the intention of the Mobile FAL. I would have thought they would keep this card up the sleeve ...

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by smithbs
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)
Replies: 189
Views: 24198

Re: Future CSeries Orders (Post Airbus-Bombardier deal)

Will/ Is it commercially feasable for Airbus to change the cookpit layout of CS serious? If yes, their "common control logic" can gain many sales from large airlines as their WB pilots can fly all the way from CS100 to A321. "When announcing the deal, Airbus Chief Executive Officer T...

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by smithbs
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passengers Clapping
Replies: 57
Views: 4782

Re: Passengers Clapping

I enjoy it when people do give applause. I've experienced it only a bit:
SEA-OGG (applause on landing)
XJD-BWI (applause on wheels-up and wheels-down because we were going home after an Afghanistan tour)

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by smithbs
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?
Replies: 37
Views: 5042

Re: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?

Collaboration is certain between Boeing and Embraer - Boeing already works with Embraer, as it has with Sukhoi Superjet and so on. But an outright j/v seems unlikely. Embraer seems to be doing quite well, although the question is what comes in 7-10 years and if they have the $$ to do what they want....

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by smithbs
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 190318

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine

Interesting tweet from "Captain Dave" (@DaveWallsworth), a BA A380 captain, with notes on how a 3 engine ferry is done on A380 and some Q&A follow ons. Interesting information. I would have had serious doubts you could take off on three engines due to the thrust asymmetry, even if you...

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by smithbs
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58757

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

I think these routes to Hawaii are highly possible for WN... Probably not all of them will happen, but at least some of these routes may be possibilities... SNA-HNL ONT-HNL BUR-HNL LGB-HNL (they may want to beat B6 to the punch) LAS-HNL SAN-HNL SJC-HNL OAK-HNL SMF-HNL PDX-HNL SEA-HNL They may serve...

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by smithbs
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 97535

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Any rumors on what DL planning to do? It been crickets so far, other than a statement that their orders wouldn't be affected, and another statement calling preliminary ruling "bizaare." It's a game of wait and see. The ITC final determination isn't until February at the latest, and I thin...

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by smithbs
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier C Series jets ordered by Delta Airlines
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Bombardier C Series jets ordered by Delta Airlines

There is still legal process to unfold. As per Reuters: "The Commerce Department’s penalty against Bombardier will only take effect if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) rules in Boeing’s favor in a final decision expected in 2018." "To win its case before the ITC, Boeing m...

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by smithbs
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?
Replies: 47
Views: 5097

Re: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?

I think a lot of people should take a deep breath and count to ten. As per Reuters, "The proposed duties would not take effect unless affirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) early next year." In that proceeding, Boeing has to prove it was harmed by Bombardier's actions, a...

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by smithbs
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 2970
Views: 356542

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

I'm not sure of the exact data the chart is derived from, but my guess would be the early 1970s were skewed by the advent of the high bypass ratio turbofan and a lot of 747/DC-10/L10 deliveries, which burned much less fuel on a per-seat basis than the previous generation of jetliners. WB deliveries...

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by smithbs
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: C-Series What's Next
Replies: 246
Views: 35310

Re: Delta: C-Series What's Next

I expect Delta to do what usually happens in these cases - let the lawyers work and wait for the process of law to unfold. The tariff notification is just preliminary. Whether it sticks after final review and injury determination are very open questions. My hope: 1. No injury is determined and tarif...

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by smithbs
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How on Earth Does Boeing Transport Fuselages?
Replies: 18
Views: 4711

Re: How on Earth Does Boeing Transport Fuselages?

(In David Attenborough's voice) Here we see the newly hatched 737's emerging from the water and preparing themselves for their long migration to Renton. :duck: It's that time of year when 737s go up river to spawn. I live near the tracks that take 737 fuselages as they come down the Cascade mountai...

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by smithbs
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hotel Bans All PIA Male Crew
Replies: 47
Views: 15101

Re: Hotel Bans All PIA Male Crew

Obviously it is a corporate culture issue and the hiring managers need to be replaced with female managers quickly. I'm all for women's liberation. I've also been in those parts of the world and can tell you your statement is more easily said than done. Some parts of the world are very different th...

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by smithbs
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories
Replies: 249
Views: 27692

Re: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories

FlyPNS1 wrote:
That said, I think WN can still make Hawaii work simply because of the power of their domestic network and base of loyal customers. However, I think WN's margins will be slim compared to other competitors in the market.


:checkmark:

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by smithbs
Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories
Replies: 249
Views: 27692

Re: Southwest to Hawaii ---- Theories

Lately I booked tickets for SEA-OGG for March 2018. All-up fares for AS were looking at $800 RT, but I squeaked in with HA for slightly less than $500 RT each. From that experience, I'm assuming that AS feels they can charge more and still fill their 737 and get their margins in the end. I think the...

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by smithbs
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Voyager Probes - Celebrating 40 years!!
Replies: 18
Views: 1470

Re: Voyager Probes - Celebrating 40 years!!

Will humanity ever be able to be technologically advanced enough to catch up with the Voyagers? I doubt it, until space propulsion achieves some kind of post-Einstein technology whereby E=mc2 is side-stepped. I do wish this would happen, since I believe the propulsion component is our limiting fact...

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