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by Cactusjuba
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 99
Views: 12208

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

The variants of 737s, 220s, 320s, 757s etc make no difference in a staffing perspective, as it’s a common type rating. A single-type rating small fleet of MD90s does however create cost and reliability inefficiencies. Is the Original really on the same type rating as the Classic, NG, or Max ratings...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 99
Views: 12208

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

I don't see the small size of the fleet being an issue with Delta - an airline that currently operates a fleet of 10 73W, a fleet of 16 753, and operated a handful of non-ER 763's after retiring the majority of them. The issue is also staffing/training. The variants of 737s, 220s, 320s, 757s etc ma...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 99
Views: 12208

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

Delta shall still have around 35 or 30 options left (regarding last order of 5 during Paris Air Show, I am not sure, if these were 5 of the "option pool" or real new one, as some have said.) Options have regular a scheduled delivery date. Delta will take these options, but not earlier as ...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 99
Views: 12208

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

I wouldn’t be surprised to see another A220 order from DL now. One of the things they liked about it was that inflight crew were already familiar with a 5 abreast layout. If the economics of the a/c are really as superior as what delta claims, I’d expect a220-300 imho. Delta shall still have around...

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines June 2019 Operating Performance.
Replies: 95
Views: 10978

Re: Delta Air Lines June 2019 Operating Performance.

You can thank the LDS (Utah has the highest birth rate in the nation) and continuing exodus from CA's high cost of living (of the people moving into Utah, more than half come from CA) for the population boom in Utah... but jobs? Utah ranked #9 in 2017 (2018 not available) in young people/college gr...

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines June 2019 Operating Performance.
Replies: 95
Views: 10978

Re: Delta Air Lines June 2019 Operating Performance.

If you build it, they will come? How'd the new terminals work out for PIT, CVG, DTW, IND, etc. Agree generally, air travel has to respond to demand, not create it, but one caveat. The areas you listed are rust belt, largely unionized, business unfriendly states that were/are shrinking economically....

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds JFK - IAH
Replies: 36
Views: 7284

Re: Delta adds JFK - IAH

IAH is a much weaker market than people think. The general decline of the oil industry has reduced international service. There’s just not enough room for DL to have a larger operation. It’s not like DFW where there was already an existing DL FF base left over from the hub days. The US is now the l...

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72494

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

The total backlog for 220-100s is no longer 40, but 45.

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by Cactusjuba
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall
Replies: 46
Views: 8002

Re: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall

And yes, the new alley should be able to handle double taxi lanes.

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by Cactusjuba
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall
Replies: 46
Views: 8002

Re: Delta to open new LGA Concourse G in Fall

Built right up against Flushing Bay. I wonder how many years it will take until Concourse G experiences routine flooding as a result of rising water levels? Hopefully they built some type of water barrier. https://news.delta.com/sites/default/files/R20lga-concourse-g-east-view.jpg Looks like they'v...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S.-UAE Reaffirm Commitment to Open Skies Agreement
Replies: 15
Views: 3830

Re: U.S.-UAE Reaffirm Commitment to Open Skies Agreement

There's a lot of straw man fighting on here. This news blast wasn't about Qatar, although it is absolutely related as it's the same diplomatic grievance from Sec Pompeo. This was a two pronged US State Department initiative concerning subsidies from Qatar and UAE. The concern was with ME3, but obvio...

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24676

Re: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO

the only modern ? :roll: Given that the only narrowbody with near similar characteristics is the jurassic 757 ...then yes. And no...the 737-10 does not qualify. The new cockpit of the 737MAX, the aerodynamics, the new tail cone and the new wing tips would be less advanced than the old cockpit and w...

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by Cactusjuba
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/23/2019:AA Suspends ORD-RNO/ERI/BOI/CHS;DFW-OAK;AF Adds MIA-PTP;DL Increases BOS/SEA
Replies: 89
Views: 13218

Re: OAG Changes 6/23/2019:AA Suspends ORD-RNO/ERI/BOI/CHS;DFW-OAK;AF Adds MIA-PTP;DL Increases BOS/SEA

*AA LAX-SFO OCT 11>8[12] NOV 11>8[10] DEC 11>8[10] JAN 11>8[9] FEB 11>8[10] MAR 11>8[10] Hopefully this means a bit more mainline coming back to the route in exchange for frequencies? The route went all E175 back in 2015-16 but since then 1-2 mainline rotations have crept back in. Having to bus out...

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by Cactusjuba
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL CEO Says SLC-ICN "On Our Drawing Board"
Replies: 69
Views: 7606

Re: DL CEO Says SLC-ICN "On Our Drawing Board"

I would actually say that in the future you will probably see Delta put more people going to China (except PVG and PEK) on flights through ICN, as every connecting passenger on LAX-PVG is a seat that could have been used for an O&D passenger. Same thing goes for the double connecting discussion...

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by Cactusjuba
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 1692
Views: 301490

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

impilot. It sounds like your solution is to have UA move to all mainline pilots. This would obviously abandon 50 seat aircraft and put the company at a huge economic advantage vs the competition with the 70-76 seat aircraft range. Unless you get DL and AA to do the same, the result would be those &...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announcing Something Tomorrow (Space Theme)
Replies: 100
Views: 18208

Re: United Announcing Something Big Tomorrow (Space Theme)

Hey look it's working! They got people to start buzzing and talking about UA. Good job SM team. :D

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 1976

Re: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines

This study has a chart entitled "Women's earning drop significantly after having a child. Men's don't." Makes you wonder why. And I don't think the whole answer can be parental leave, which is often taken by both genders. Also, the effects are *much* more than would be suggested by missin...

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 1976

Re: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines

From my first hand impressions, which are limited: it comes down to children. This study has a chart entitled "Women's earning drop significantly after having a child. Men's don't." Makes you wonder why. And I don't think the whole answer can be parental leave, which is often taken by bot...

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 1976

Re: Gender Wage Gap in Airlines

Isn't pilot compensation the largest single labor expense of a typical airline? And pilots being the best-paid airline employees, with exception of executive echelon of management? If yes, then the elephant in the room suddenly will be noticed. If a gender pay gap is to be closed, you would need 1)...

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 421
Views: 101002

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

Delta has still 35 options left. 90 firm + 35 options-> 125 In this case, Wikipedia is not bad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Airbus_A220_orders_and_deliveries This is incorrect. Original order was 75 firm + 50 options = 125 A220s. That's what Delta was referring to with the 125 figure. How...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet developing tool to keep children connected to parents
Replies: 8
Views: 1214

Re: WestJet developing tool to keep children connected to parents

I was thinking an RFID concept for unaccompanied minors. We can track our precious bags realtime, maybe children could be too? I guess they all have phones nowadays though.

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 304
Views: 41040

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

Yes. BNA is a focus city. Recently surpassed AA as #2 in revenue share, 2019 planning 9% growth in capacity. AUS mentioned as a focus city, likewise 9% capacity growth. RDU 10% growth. SJC will be considered newest focus city, 14% growth through summer with focus to better compete against UA in SFO...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Jun 05, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities
Replies: 304
Views: 41040

Re: Delta transitions BOS to Hub status, names SJC, BNA, and AUS as new focus cities

Yes. BNA is a focus city. Recently surpassed AA as #2 in revenue share, 2019 planning 9% growth in capacity. AUS mentioned as a focus city, likewise 9% capacity growth. RDU 10% growth. SJC will be considered newest focus city, 14% growth through summer with focus to better compete against UA in SFO...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu May 23, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Replace DL's 757-351?
Replies: 76
Views: 10531

Re: What Will Replace DL's 757-351?

Forgive me if this has already been mentioned, but I was talking to the Delta pilot of my 753 flight back in October and he said that (in addition to being an amazing airline to fly) that the 753's would stick around in to the early-mid 2020's at least. The 757s may have some replaced here and ther...

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by Cactusjuba
Sun May 19, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Delta fly ATL-PEK?
Replies: 21
Views: 3811

Re: Why doesn't Delta fly ATL-PEK?

Here is your easiest answer: they can't. Route authority to fly into PVG and PEK are one and the same. When AA pulled out of ORD-PEK, that would free up a spot for PEK or PVG. DL put in their request for MSP-PVG. PVG is more of business traveler heavy destination than PEK.

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by Cactusjuba
Sat May 18, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft
Replies: 180
Views: 22297

Re: Rumor: American Airlines To Bring Back Seatback IFEs On Domestic Aircraft

PTV can be even better. What's the future of PTV? DL Flight Products newest stuff is very slim high res tablets that use wifi (so no bulky case under seat), don't require full system resets if there are issues, are line replaceable, and dont require a seat mod to add newer hardware in the future. A ...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed May 15, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 96
Views: 15539

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2019

I recently listened to the Network VP lecture, and was able to chat with directly. I see a lot of things debated here, thought this might help: 767-300ER retirements from 2025-2030, but really want to retire them earlier than that so they don’t have to do a cabin refurb. Anxious for solution from BA...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed May 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market
Replies: 150
Views: 19787

Re: Leeham News: Mitsubishi appears to be well positioned to take over the RJ market

And delta has enough revenue to have all RJs at mainline and pay the already negotiated RJ wages to actual delta pilots. Yes, Delta makes a ton of money. And Delta pays out a ton of profit sharing, BTW. More than anybody. Also, I'm not a Delta fanboy. Just a fan of capitalism. Here's what you are n...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed May 15, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian
Replies: 43
Views: 5991

Re: 787 Trent Engine replace on Norwegian

No need to panic. Get an emotional support miniature horse. Problem solved. :cloudnine:

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by Cactusjuba
Sat May 11, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72494

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

They still recline, they just "optimized" the angle by a hand full of degrees so it's less intrusive to the row behind you. It's one of those things where increasing a comfort comes at the expense of another. They changed the angle because of customer feedback that it was excessive recline...

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by Cactusjuba
Sat May 11, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 question
Replies: 64
Views: 11845

Re: A220 question

It got 1050 orders and died. And it's completely-fair to compare numerical orders for two aircraft launched at two different times because there are NO cycles in the airline business and NO trends in management/customer thinking. :roll: But it was over engineered. I flew it. I loved it. Hate riding...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu May 09, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes
Replies: 87
Views: 14856

Re: American Airlines Adds New Domestic/Mexico/Caribbean Routes

AVLAirlineFreq wrote:
910A wrote:
I thought I read the CRJ-200 was leaving PHX, but apparently not. Two hours in a -200 doesn't sound like fun.


Same with DFW-SGU.

Fixed it for ya..

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 1001
Views: 143344

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

Love how they threw this in the press release: "Delta first offered service between the U.S. and Mumbai beginning in 2006, but was forced to suspend the service in 2009 as illegally subsidized Middle East carriers made the route untenable." Yeah, especially considering they themselves own...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72494

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

It was mentioned by a VP that as the 767s are displaced by 339s they will be pulled out for cabin refresh.

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?
Replies: 38
Views: 3445

Re: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?

Secondly, AUS has been rumored on here for 2 years and still nothing, this is just beating a dead horse. It's the same few posters over and over again anyway (Including the OP of this topic - this is not the first thread). I have to laugh when I see some people bristle about what constitutes a &quo...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?
Replies: 38
Views: 3445

Re: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?

I have to laugh when I see some people bristle about what constitutes a "focus" city. The only real opinion that matters is that of Delta Network Planning. I've watched presentations and Q&As by the VP of Network, also the Director of Domestic Network both refer to AUS as a focus city...

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by Cactusjuba
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?
Replies: 38
Views: 3445

Re: DL focus cities of the future (RDU, AUS, BNA)?

I have to laugh when I see some people bristle about what constitutes a "focus" city. The only real opinion that matters is that of Delta Network Planning. I've watched presentations and Q&As by the VP of Network, also the Director of Domestic Network both refer to AUS as a focus city,...

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored?
Replies: 314
Views: 55217

Re: How come the DL A350 can't fly LAX-SYD it is rumored!?

I've heard the issue isn't the direct route itself, but the alternate airports. Work was being done to get authority to use Canberra as an alternate airport, which would help the 350. I'm not sure if this is still ongoing or completed.

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by Cactusjuba
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement
Replies: 203
Views: 29535

Re: Delta looking into accelerating MD-90 retirement

The other is the new buy opportunity. Boeing must get a large MAX order at Paris. Boeing/Embraer must announce a large order at Paris. Airbus/Bombardier would do well with a large order at Paris and would discount to avoid the bad PR of DL ordering the E2-195. This year makes or hurts 3 airframes: ...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Q1 2019 earning thread
Replies: 72
Views: 10434

Re: Delta Air Lines Q1 2019 earning thread

What irritates me the most is that we have enough revenue generation to become debt free very quickly. I feel that all the "shareholders" must have shareholdings in finances as well. It's insane, even at 1.9% interest, to take on debt when you don't have to. The simple fact is, if they ha...

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by Cactusjuba
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9
Replies: 202
Views: 34042

Re: LAX moves forward with plans for Terminal 0 and 9

I'll admit I haven't kept up on all the proposed changes at LAX but last I heard wasn't AA getting more gates as airlines are reshuffled once the new mid field terminal opens? As far as DL is concerned don't they already have the most gates out of the US3 and WN? According to this 2018 Flight Globa...

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by Cactusjuba
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6583

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

It's now called the ORKA departure. Any routing that takes you Northwesterly/over LAS you get this routing. Westerly courses/ over PSP usually get the DOTTS departure, which heads over the water and makes landfall over Seal Beach.

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by Cactusjuba
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lion Air 737MAX8 Crashed Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang
Replies: 3188
Views: 594180

Re: What if Lion Air pilots asked ATC for outside asistance?

Thats like being in a runaway car with no brakes, that keeps involuntarily swirving hard off the road and thinking...hmmm I'll make call to 911 for driving tips, and maybe they can contact the the dealership? It's an immediate action, all hands on deck emergency. No time to dial up anyone until you ...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?
Replies: 31
Views: 1964

Re: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?

I still do not understand why there has not been any computer assistant in the cockpit. It is certainly possible to have a kind of monitor that follows the flight parameters and then fly a virtual aircraft in the aircraft. For example a computer program could estimate or approximate air speed based...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?
Replies: 31
Views: 1964

Re: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?

It is certainly possible to introduce a kind of pilot assistant into the cockpit. There's a recent discussion about it in a blog. Thank you for reading and understanding the question. The rest do not seem to understand basic reading. I still do not understand why there has not been any computer ass...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?
Replies: 31
Views: 1964

Re: When are we going to have a Virtual Pilot?

When I'm dealing with a No-Time crisis, I likely have the airplane screaming at me, CA/FO delegating to handle the crisis, and potentially ATC inquiring my attention. You want to throw some non-PIC voice from HQ over the loud speaker "sir did you try restarting your CPU?". That would be a ...

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019
Replies: 393
Views: 72494

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2019

The 3rd and final seating config for the 321s is: F20W29Y142)

Total is 191, no longer 189.

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by Cactusjuba
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's A220 fleet issues and outcomes
Replies: 60
Views: 17782

Re: Delta's A220 fleet issues and outcomes

24 deliveries planned for 2019. Here's your continued 717 (and E175/CR9) replacement: Delta Air Lines in the weekend of 17MAR19’s schedule update filed expanded Airbus A220-100 service in the West Coast, for winter 2019/20 season. The latest addition will see the A220 serving Austin, Los Angeles and...

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by Cactusjuba
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad announces another loss; margins up
Replies: 4
Views: 1866

Re: Etihad announces another loss; margins up

These last few years have been quite favorable economically (albeit low oil prices in ME). Wonder how they'll do when the next global downturn cycle hits?

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by Cactusjuba
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 20988

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

Not an automated system, but I believe cabin crew check in with cockpit at least every 30 minutes? If they don’t respond, cabin crew can enter the cockpit (if no response to cockpit door “bell”) Never heard of that. Maybe on some of those EK longhaul flights with tired skeleton crews? :duck: This t...

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