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by Opaque
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Highest altitude scheduled flight?
Replies: 14
Views: 2155

Re: Highest altitude scheduled flight?

I fly on A350s and 787s quite a lot, and on maybe 10% of the flights we end up at FL430 (43,000 feet.) If you look up QR1363 Doha - Johannesburg on 02 December on a flight tracker you will see a final level of 430. This is the highest certificated altitude for these two aircraft types. I believe the...

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by Opaque
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA Leasing A350
Replies: 211
Views: 47679

Re: SAA Leasing A350

chunhimlai wrote:
Should JNB build a new terminal for SA expansion?


No, they should build a new terminal for Emirates, Qatar, Turkish, Ethiopian, etc expansion. SAA is not expanding. It is a shrinking airline.

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by Opaque
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS
Replies: 115
Views: 18098

Re: IAI Launches 777-300ER converted freighters with GECAS

I seem to be missing something here, how can a 773F carry 20 tons more compared to the 777F at 50% the cost? If that was actually practical, FX & 5X would have gone after the 773s a long time ago. The -300ERSF’s maximum structural payload of 101.6t and greater volume than the 777F mean it is op...

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by Opaque
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Makes Changes to 757 TATL Routes
Replies: 49
Views: 13920

Re: Delta Makes Changes to 757 TATL Routes

I see it a little sad that the 757 is being faded out of the tatl. I have planes I like more than others and the 757 is my highest favorite of the planes I typically fly. Although probably more than most, once I get in I'm really only concerned with it getting me there as fast as the rest. Basic co...

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by Opaque
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity
Replies: 87
Views: 32839

Re: Cathay Pacific to cut capacity

I flew CX CGK-HKG-JNB last week on a ticket that was booked a month ago. CGK-HKG was at 99% in economy (I had the only open seat next to me - OWE perk) and from what I could see, full in PY and relatively full in Business also. There was nothing unusual about the transit in HK. The only thing I did ...

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by Opaque
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet
Replies: 120
Views: 27552

Re: ​Emirates begins A380 retirements to support in-service fleet

How about A6-EOP? It was undergoing a routine maintenance check in mid-August 2019 when the aircraft collapsed onto its nose on 22 Aug. The damage to the nosewheel assembly and nose section looks pretty serious. That is MSN 200. I was wondering about the same thing. Maybe the good parts of this air...

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by Opaque
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs
Replies: 165
Views: 23910

Re: Delta pilots file objection to expanded JVs

Agreed. Around 2007 Delta was running tons of flights to Europe from ATL, JFK, and CVG. We had a lot of nonstop options to secondary cities. Now they are doing everything they can to force passengers through AMS and CDG. Perhaps that is true, but how many new US routes have been added to AMS and CD...

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by Opaque
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iranian 747 tail tips in Doha
Replies: 35
Views: 9910

Re: Iranian 747 tail tips in Doha

This has to be a write-off Congrats on being the first to post the obligatory "write off" joke for this incident. I always appreciate a chuckle with my morning coffee. It surprises me how many on this forum cannot spot this joke every time it appears (and it always will.) I am not saying ...

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by Opaque
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777-9 roll out delayed (originally planned for 13 Mar)
Replies: 207
Views: 47680

Re: Boeing 777-9 roll out delayed (originally planned for 13 Mar)

Dimmable windows are the worst To you. But then you are entitled to your own views. To some others it could be the best thing since sliced bread. Different people have different tastes, otherwise the world would be very boring. Btw have you ever flown on the Dreamliner? I did, multiple times, both ...

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by Opaque
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which airline has the most FF members, and...
Replies: 8
Views: 1833

Re: Which airline has the most FF members, and...

Sorry I am unable to give you the hard data you are looking for.

This is probably a question best posed on a certain well-known frequent flyer forum. Not sure if I can post a link to said website here, but it begins with an F and has the word "talk" in it.

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by Opaque
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 137086

Re: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

CarbonFibre wrote:
Can't see penny-pincher Cruz signing off four.


The aircraft need to be repainted after heavy maintenance anyway, so this would be cost-neutral.

Filler

Filler

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by Opaque
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: EU and Qatar sign open skies
Replies: 103
Views: 18242

Re: Updated: EU and QR sign open skies

How does the ongoing embargo affect Europe bound QR flights? How many hours of additional flying time does it add? Flight times to Europe are not impacted by the embargo. The only time it might be noticed to a small extent is if there are better Westerly winds over Saudi Arabia, but QR is unable to...

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by Opaque
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Such a Long Tail Cone You Have!
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Such a Long Tail Cone You Have!

Interesting that Boeing saw enough benefit to bother totally redesigning the 737 tailcone for the MAX. It went from a 747-style boat tail design, as used on all previous 737s, to the closest Boeing could get to a 787-style cone given the shape of the rest of the empennage. The entire aft section fr...

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by Opaque
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?
Replies: 32
Views: 7609

Re: What changes were made after AA965's crash into a mountain?

Multi-crew SOPs generally require confirmation from the second crew member before either a new waypoint is added to the route, or the route is changed to "direct to" any waypoint already in the flight plan. For example, if the original routing is AVBOB - TALON - PICUS, and a clearance is t...

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by Opaque
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gap in the windows on 787s, why?
Replies: 8
Views: 3678

Re: Gap in the windows on 787s, why?

The original design actually had a window there, with one half of the window in each barrel section, and the seam going right through the middle of the window, but at later stages they found the need for further strengthening, so the windows were removed.

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by Opaque
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 22200

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

I departed from Changi airport at 22:00 local time this evening and I can confirm that I saw both the Il-62 and the Il-76 on the ground in Singapore. Sorry no photos as it was dark.

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by Opaque
Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22389

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

This one must be right up near the top for contrast between flight and driving time: Masamba, Sulawesi to Rampi, Sulawesi (Indonesia) 12 - 15 minutes by air (Cessna Caravan) or 48 hours by "road" (actually it is a dirt track used by scooters and motorbikes.) Increase that to 72 hours, incl...

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by Opaque
Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates 777-300 and -200LR fleet
Replies: 81
Views: 13944

Re: Emirates 777-300 and -200LR fleet

zeke wrote: Shouldn't be much differance we are talking about takeoff weight, essentially the same wing and engines. DOW is just a component of TOW, the TOW limit should be common across the same type even when DOW is different for each sector. Is it possible that the shorter fuselage of the 77L pe...

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