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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 18, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2788

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

A configuration change below 1,000 feet AGL is prohibited at most airlines. It would also be captured and reported (de-identifed per union requirements for some strange reason) by FOQA. I'm leaning towards load relief. How is a 757 "capturing" FOQA data regarding flap settings for landing...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Grow the US Air Force
Replies: 63
Views: 5249

Re: Grow the US Air Force

Isn't the whole attitude described above actually encouraged in the tactical community? Something about confidence to climb in a fighter and go take on other jet in wartime.

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: Have most or all B737 pilots now been trained on handling rudder hardover incidents?

At high AOA, rudder was how we controlled and rolled the F-100. Get sloppy at the top of a loop, use aileron instead of rudder to pick up a wing, you could come down the back side 45 degrees off the track you went up. But isn't picking up a wing with a rudder kind of frowned upon in transport categ...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 18
Views: 2788

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

A configuration change below 1,000 feet AGL is prohibited at most airlines. It would also be captured and reported (de-identifed per union requirements for some strange reason) by FOQA. I'm leaning towards load relief.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 2132

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

High bypass ratio means greater thrust lapse with temp and lower air density. Remember the two planes that the engine was designed for, S-3 and A-10, were designed for low altitude flight. As a general statement I agree. I remember years ago seeing a chart that the turbofan thrust fell off faster w...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New ORD Runway Configurations
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

Re: New ORD Runway Configurations

As someone who watched the OMP (O'Hare Modernization Project) from the beginning its fascinating to see it finally all coming together. Aviation is such a powerful economic engine.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: aerospatiale A200 from the 1980'?
Replies: 13
Views: 1511

Re: aerospatiale A200 from the 1980'?

As someone who was originally not much of a fan of Airbus, it is fascinating to me how "right" this design was for 1975. It's also a reminder that to be technically right (right size, balanced design, correct level of technology, modern engines) is not enough. These companies (Aerospatiale...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx Requests Approval to Install Anti-Missile Laser Systems
Replies: 28
Views: 6605

Re: FedEx Asks the FAA to Install Anti-Missile Systems

Would FedEx be the best party to install such a system? Either for themselves or a third party? Is it not better perhaps if a military systems integrator such Lockheed or even Boeing does the installation? What’s the difference? Are the mechanics and engineers at FedEx worse? The difference is that...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta security officer 'viciously assaulted,' repeatedly beaten with his own radio at JFK
Replies: 22
Views: 5014

Re: Delta security officer 'viciously assaulted,' repeatedly beaten with his own radio at JFK

Throw the book at them!

And kudos for the people who made the decision not to board them! I've posted in the past that I believe boarding impaired people is against the regulations and happens too frequently.

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Michael Teal leaves Boeing
Replies: 15
Views: 3166

Re: Michael Teal leaves Boeing

It's hard for me to wish well for anyone who helped preside over Boeing’s long decline. Is there no accountability? You just get to ride off into the sunset after hundreds of people get killed and your company loses its leadership position in the marketplace? Enjoy you retirement son. This is perhap...

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by SteelChair
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results
Replies: 37
Views: 8156

Re: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results

If the Pacific is the weakest market world wide, perhaps Delta's relative weakness in tbe Pacific is, paradoxically, an advantage?

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11239

Re: 757 pilots having fun

MD-11 can be amazing.

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United
Replies: 84
Views: 13103

Re: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United

This will be interesting for DL and the viability of their SYD service I wonder if this could be the start of a broader star alliance partnership. It would be good for the alliance with SQ, AI, TG, AC, NZ, UA etc getting domestic Australian feeds. It's hard for me to see it as anything other than a...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9775

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

DL’s Pilot cost per block hour flown was $1239 in 2019, 2.6 times their 2007 cost. Just sayin’. And many pilots made more than half a million last year...while other employees in other groups took unpaid time off. The pilots said they couldn't/wouldn't do that. Other have posted on various forums a...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 1791

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

To me, the bigger question is for high capacity short range airplanes. UPS and FedEx already operate MD11s on RJ routes. The A330 is already too much airplane for those routes, the A350 would be even moreso. Boeing will sell you a 767F for exactly that kind of high-capacity short range mission. The...

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by SteelChair
Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: France orders three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
Replies: 8
Views: 2801

Re: France orders three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

Would be interesting to see the breakdown of cost for electronics and associated ("mission equipment") versus the airplane.

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by SteelChair
Wed Jan 05, 2022 11:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 1791

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

OK. consensus seems to be that it'd need to be a freighter with a very specific long distance mission from airports with plenty of ramp space where it could possibly make sense. Thanks. Correct. For true long haul freighters like the 747 or the 777, efficiency matters a lot more and acquisition cos...

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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan
Replies: 18
Views: 5754

Re: Rolls-Royce To Start Testing Its Geared Big Ultrafan

RR been working on composite fan blades since the late 60s hehe.

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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 1791

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

I have been surprised that the cargo carriers haven't been the ones pushing for folding wing tips for a number of years now.

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by SteelChair
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022
Replies: 97
Views: 18138

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022

I don't see Airbus ever incorporating the 220 cockpit into the 320 series. Too much pride. Not invented here syndrome. Instead, at some point in the future, when business is better, I foresee them designing a new common cockpit for both (and perhaps their entire product line) that will easily facili...

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by SteelChair
Mon Jan 03, 2022 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2
Replies: 76
Views: 22041

Re: BA A350 tail strike at Heathrow on Jan. 2

I wonder if they have had a tailstrike yet on the all composite 350. Or the 787 for that matter. It's a very different repair than with an aluminum airplane.

And then there is the airmanship issue. Isn't it hard to tailstrike a FBW aircraft?

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 02, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta scales back JFK T4 plans
Replies: 166
Views: 36703

Re: Delta scales back JFK T4 plans

For those who say Delta should invest millions more....they've already invested billions. With a plural. This is New York after all. Near as I can tell, they've scarcely seen a return on these investments. I have been under the understanding that even when times were good, most of the actual profit ...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 02, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022
Replies: 97
Views: 18138

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022

Are they waiting for some Airshow to announce this 4000nm A220-300? If so, which one? https://simpleflying.com/breeze-airbus-a220-aux-tank/ The business jet, the "Two Twenty" has developed the aux-tanks as your article notes. What needs to happen is a small MTOW increase on the A220-300 (...

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by SteelChair
Sun Jan 02, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022
Replies: 97
Views: 18138

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022

I think as well that Airbus should launch the A220-500 sooner than later. This is the airplane that Airbus and Boeing were afraid of when Bombardier worked on the CSeries (CS500)! There is a reason, it would beat the A320neo and MAX8 handsdown in terms of efficiency on routes shorter than 3.5 - 4 h...

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by SteelChair
Sat Jan 01, 2022 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 cutting 1,280 flights through mid-January
Replies: 32
Views: 6888

Re: B6 cutting 1,280 flights through mid-January

I think this is a great move by JetBlue. They now have a much better chance of delivering on their promises to customers in the next 2 weeks.

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 30, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63615

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

I dunno, I'm of the opinion that a simple mistake shouldn't be fired. Thats not this. They made a fairly major error that should have resulted in damage to the plane. THEN they flew thousands of miles with passengers and no inspection for damage. Its that second part they should be fired for. The c...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 30, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?
Replies: 92
Views: 11005

Re: Why was there no A300Neo/A310Neo?

There are 2 considerations: 1) what is technically achievable and, 2) what is commercially necessary (demand exists). The thread seems to have devolved into discussions of what might be technically possible while ignoring the fact that there was no demand for the type. Had demand existed, a plane co...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 30, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should passengers report possible maintenance issues to crew
Replies: 71
Views: 9987

Re: Should passengers report possible maintenance issues to crew

I've seen many cases where passengers reported something that was a non event. But then there are cases like the infamous Concorde fuel leak that the FA's kept poo pooing until the passenger was insistent. So it all depends.

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by SteelChair
Tue Dec 21, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330/350 Freighter Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 7669

Re: A330/350 Freighter Topic

A freighter the size of an A332F could not be commercially successful without orders from FedEx or UPS. That is where the 763F beats the A332F. Currently, 224 out of the 251 orders (89.24%)for the 763F are from FedEx and UPS. One can almost imagine the sales pitches that have been thrown at them fr...

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330/350 Freighter Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 7669

Re: A330/350 Freighter Topic

I still don't see any compelling reason why anyone would spend 3-4x as much for a new A350 over a modified A330. According to my calculations the payback on the fuel savings is 46 years. And in the 330 the door is ahead of the wing! What is the utilization? I assume you mean in my amateur analysis....

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330/350 Freighter Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 7669

Re: A330/350 Freighter Topic

I still don't see any compelling reason why anyone would spend 3-4x as much for a new A350 over a modified A330. According to my calculations the payback on the fuel savings is 46 years. And in the 330 the door is ahead of the wing! What is the utilization? I assume you mean in my amateur analysis....

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 20, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG narrowbody Tender 737MAX/A320NEO
Replies: 165
Views: 33841

Re: IAG narrowbody Tender 737MAX/A320NEO

These threads always amuse me because there are potentially dozens of variables involved in aircraft acquisition and we do not know those variables that are most important to IAG. But since everyone is speculating I'll jump in as well. I anticipate a split order to keep both OEM's honest. The MAX i...

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330/350 Freighter Topic
Replies: 45
Views: 7669

Re: A330/350 Freighter Topic

I still don't see any compelling reason why anyone would spend 3-4x as much for a new A350 over a modified A330. According to my calculations the payback on the fuel savings is 46 years.

And in the 330 the door is ahead of the wing!

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?
Replies: 218
Views: 22380

Re: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?

All Boeing really needed to do is port 757 nose and cockpit and associated systems to 737. They should have done it during 737NG. This change enables a few things: 1. Modern cockpit with EICAS, and commonality to 757/767/777 2. Rid of ancient cable flight control 1. Boeing refused to put 777-style ...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?
Replies: 218
Views: 22380

Re: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?

Insert comment about wishing the 757 got the MAX treatment here. In all seriousness, Boeing needs to hurry up and announce their NMA. All Boeing really needed to do is port 757 nose and cockpit and associated systems to 737. They should have done it during 737NG. This change enables a few things: 1...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?
Replies: 218
Views: 22380

Re: MDD 1990s = Boeing 2020s?

Boeing is getting beat in the marketplace and seems to have a shrinking number of airplane types to offer to customers. So in that way they are similar to MDD. MDD's product line got old and stale, and it had gaps. But too big to fail didn't exist in the days when MDD failed. Politicians won't let B...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final A320ceo Family Aircraft Delivered to Delta
Replies: 34
Views: 8229

Re: Final A320ceo Family Aircraft Delivered to Delta

Also.. B757, (752) acquired; active B717, acquired; active MD90, acquired; retired/scrapped B739ER, delivered (2nd to last 737NG) CRJ-900, end of line for the CRJ family, operated by Skywest The 33 737-232's were also very late in the production run if memory serves. They traded 701-711 to Boeing a...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

The only thing that is dated on the 777X is the shape of the nose which came from the 757/767 program. The fuselage was widened internally using state of the art tools to design the ribs, wingbox is new, gear is new, wing is new, tail is new, engines are new, and a number of systems (more avionics ...

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by SteelChair
Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

My only question is are you willing to say the 321NEO and 330NEO are dated? Mais oui, certainment! But those two that you mentioned had a "base" airplane that was already very advanced though with their FBW system. I try to call then as I see them. For most of my career Boeing was the sta...

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by SteelChair
Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

The only thing that is dated on the 777X is the shape of the nose which came from the 757/767 program. The fuselage was widened internally using state of the art tools to design the ribs, wingbox is new, gear is new, wing is new, tail is new, engines are new, and a number of systems (more avionics ...

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by SteelChair
Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

My only question is are you willing to say the 321NEO and 330NEO are dated? Mais oui, certainment! But those two that you mentioned had a "base" airplane that was already very advanced though with their FBW system. I try to call then as I see them. For most of my career Boeing was the sta...

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by SteelChair
Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

The only thing that is dated on the 777X is the shape of the nose which came from the 757/767 program. The fuselage was widened internally using state of the art tools to design the ribs, wingbox is new, gear is new, wing is new, tail is new, engines are new, and a number of systems (more avionics ...

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by SteelChair
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

Dated? As John Leahy will tell anyone who will listen, the A380 engines weren't state of the art at the time of announcement nor EIS, yet 777X's will be. The wings will be state of the art and designed for this aircraft, not some successor trying to carry 100..250 more passengers in the future. The...

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by SteelChair
Wed Dec 15, 2021 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

I continue to have doubts about the success of this program. The double whammy of Covid crashing demand and too many young 773ERs out there, to say nothing of competition from the A350 series, places the 777x in serious doubt imho. By the time it finally reaches EIS and a significant number are bui...

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 390
Views: 50834

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

I continue to have doubts about the success of this program. The double whammy of Covid crashing demand and too many young 773ERs out there, to say nothing of competition from the A350 series, places the 777x in serious doubt imho. By the time it finally reaches EIS and a significant number are buil...

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta will invest $1.2 billion in partner carriers Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and Latam
Replies: 34
Views: 9306

Re: Delta will invest $1.2 billion in partner carriers Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and Latam

I can't imagine this will help ongoing discussions with DALPA (I think contract negotiations are paused). I can just hear the guys on the line saying, "they should have invested that money internally, in our product, in our fleet, in our infrastructure, in us!"

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 1662
Views: 229220

Re: DL Adds JFK-ARN

DL does not currently operate A321NEOs though they were ordered in the Summer of 2021. DL ordered the A321neo in 2017. https://news.delta.com/delta-selects-airbus-a321neo-narrowbody-fleet-renewal They topped off the order Summer 2021. Interesting to see them top an order for an airplane that they w...

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by SteelChair
Mon Dec 13, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011 50, 200
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: L1011 50, 200

DL_Mech....thanks for the link! Delta converted only 6 from 1/100 to -250. They were ships 736-741. 741 was the last standard length L1011 ever built. There was a cycle limit and at the rate they were flying them immediately after conversion it was estimated that they would last 9 years, though I th...

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by SteelChair
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?
Replies: 41
Views: 7954

Re: A320neo at US carriers, why is it unpopular?

The re-engine changed the dynamics of the airplane. The low fuel consumption and high thrust of the GTF mean that the A320 is suboptimal. The A321N is very well balanced.

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by SteelChair
Sun Nov 14, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 22437

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

Compensation is, and always has been driven by supply and demand, in the end. For the foreseeable future, demand will outstrip supply. And as we have all have seen proof of recently, that can inverse in a flash. Asian Recession, 9/11, 2008, 2020, etc. CEO compensation is not based on supply and dem...

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