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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2020 Corvette Unveiled
Replies: 31
Views: 1046

Re: 2020 Corvette Unveiled

Not a big fan of the front end, which screams 'cheap Ferrari knock' off to me, but still a nice looking car.

But then again, there's nothing out there that beats it on value for money terms... not even close. Especially now that it's got a mid mounted engine and decent handling. I'd gladly own one.

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions
Replies: 121
Views: 12295

Re: Boeing Expects a $5.6 Billion Hit for 737 Max Disruptions

N649DL wrote:
Serves them right.


Yeah, except I have a feeling the taxpayer will end up footing the bill somehow...
These companies never ever pay for what they do. Lobbies, bailouts, etc. TBTF also means 'no punishment'.
Ref.: GFC...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National
Replies: 14
Views: 2992

Re: Cathay sells 3 744 freighters to National

These frames have been sitting in the desert since at least 2013... I'm surprised that CX still owned them at all, especially since they're BCFs. Given the current market for used 744 freighters, and that they're the less desirable BCF variant, I'm guessing N8 didn't spend much more than scrap value...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 109
Views: 4864

Re: 737-8200?

swapcv wrote:
they are trying to shake of the stain of the MAX but 8200 is very lame and uninspiring.


Which is probably exactly what they want to achieve...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Boeing Eco Demonstrator 772
Replies: 11
Views: 3501

Re: New Boeing Eco Demonstrator 772

Many organisations have tried to make the navigation process more efficient through various means... At the end of the day, all the fancy communication and ad-hoc rerouting capabilities are no help when navigating overcrowded airspace, terminal areas and airports and going through countries with lit...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence
Replies: 24
Views: 9899

Re: Emirates A380 encounters heavy turbulence

Nooooooooo!! Not the wine!...
:hissyfit:

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by Francoflier
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO
Replies: 133
Views: 19413

Re: IAG 737 Max Order Is Prompted by More Than Just Price: CEO

https://skift.com/2019/07/12/british-airways-parents-boeing-737-max-order-is-prompted-by-more-than-just-price-ceo/ IAG SA Chief Executive Officer Willie Walsh said frustration with Airbus SE over late jetliner deliveries was a factor in his decision to place a $24 billion order for Boeing Co.’s gro...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Currently flying: fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles
Replies: 50
Views: 7815

Re: Currently flying: fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both poles

48 Hours stuck in an ultra-luxurious state-of-the-art twin engine executive jet, with multiple crews, five star catering, the support of a full global airline's dispatch team, cruising the globe at 45,000 ft with GNSS navigation and constant satellite communication with the ground? I can only wish t...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 871
Views: 125572

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

majano wrote:
Thank you for all these responses. If it is based on cost incurred, then I would agree that any cost "saved" due to the grounding has to be seen as a credit.


Boeing is saving the airlines' money by preventing them from spending it on new aircraft!
:rotfl:

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

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by Francoflier
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination
Replies: 68
Views: 3455

Re: Saudi Arabia as Tourist Destination

I spent a couple of days there, not as a tourist, and I can't fathom why I would ever go back there on my own dime. If anything, the wealthier locals are the ones constantly travelling abroad to escape their own suffocating rules. But I guess some people are interested in witnessing first hand how i...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay purchasing HK Express
Replies: 126
Views: 12176

Re: Hong Kong airline leadership storm

Does it mean that CX's acquisition of UO is a done deal?

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13514

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

Delete please

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL
Replies: 189
Views: 13514

Re: Atlanta Mayor OK's Smoking Ban at ATL

If people want to smoke then we should let them smoke, their life, their choices. They can be whoever they want to be. Sure, as long as they pay for their own medical bill when their habit collects its toll... But that's not the case, now, is it? Instead, part of my insurance premium goes towards c...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Airbus Poised to Overtake Boeing as Biggest Plane Maker
Replies: 22
Views: 6414

Re: WSJ: Airbus Poised to Overtake Boeing as Biggest Plane Maker

And in the second half of the year the news will say... "Boeing dominates Airbus with world record aircraft deliveries" Boeing is still producing 737MAX aircraft at close to full production rate. When the grounding ends Boeing will need to hire extra pilots to deliver the hundreds of airc...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why didn’t Delta order the 737 MAX?
Replies: 54
Views: 6304

Re: Why didn’t Delta order the 737 MAX?

Hindsight would suggest that, yes, they did.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Which Plane Would You Buy?
Replies: 31
Views: 1683

Re: Which Plane Would You Buy?

So many variables and so many options...
But if you can define a budget and the general usage, then I'm sure we could give you a few ideas.

I'd go for a kit myself as well, with a Rotax.
Europe is atrociously expensive for GA. Keep it basic, keep it cheap.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airbus and Boeing Market Forecasts
Replies: 29
Views: 3133

Re: New Airbus and Boeing Market Forecasts

VV wrote:
Where have all the VLAs gone?


Neither manufacturer seems very upbeat about VLAs, and for good reasons. They've both been bitten.

That said, the 'Freighter widebody' category Boeing mentions likely includes the 747, so there you go.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

It seems this test was for a minor part, and while yes it removes unwanted variables, it makes this Orion solution look like it will have an availability a lot father off into the future. I think Blue Origin and Spacex will make Orion/SLS a waste of Money. I'm not so sure. As cocky as commercial sp...

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by Francoflier
Mon Jul 08, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flyadeal cancels 737 max Commitment
Replies: 72
Views: 14841

Re: Flyadeal cancels 737 max order

In no way did Boeing not think the airplane was completely safe or it wouldn’t have been delivered. Is that why they were already scrambling to fix MCAS before the second accident? I understand that you have a vested interest in Boeing, and an obvious emotional link. But I'd be careful about deroga...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter
Replies: 18
Views: 1401

Re: Organisers of a 'Straight Pride' event have called in the bomb squad over glitter

Did they drop the envelopes and ran around with their hands up screaming like little girls?
:biggrin:

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Yeah, it's definitely on shaky ground. Space exploration is always an easy target for politician when they come around trying to find money somewhere.

Let's hope it literally is 'too big to fail'...

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by Francoflier
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

its great to see progress (finally) on the SLS, but I'm afraid we may never see it completed. It's so much cheaper to use commercial these days. I'm also afraid this admin doesn't have the stones to fully fund it. I'm afraid one more delay and even congress will allow its cancelation, silly since i...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2038
Views: 108361

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

I find it hilarious that after this little populist stunt, these guys will then have to go see the very people they turned their back on in contempt and try to negotiate a favorable deal for the UK from them...

:rotfl:

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrq71ocWMcg Pretty impressive footage. Quite funny to see the stubby Orion assembly just lifting off seemingly on its own. They actually used a refurbished ballistic missile booster for the test. The capsule was just a boilerplate which got discarde...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkey President Erdogan " TK Will Buy 100 Boeing Jets"
Replies: 53
Views: 14280

Re: Turkey President Erdogan " TK Will Buy 100 Boeing Jets"

I hear there's a firesale on the MAX at the moment...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Spicejet and Air India overruns as monsoon rains hit
Replies: 32
Views: 7867

Re: 2 Spicejet and Air India overruns as monsoon rains hit

Interesting, is that a proper EMAS system, or did the ground past the runway just happened to have exactly the right consistency?

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One-big-airport nations
Replies: 21
Views: 1256

Re: One-big-airport nations

Well, VHHH is not particularly overburdened by the competition from VHSK...

:duck:

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 18939

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to Alleged Shoddy 787 Site

Why weren't you this upset about the A330 ADIRU? They never have figured out why the ADIRU went psycho on Qantas 72. Had they been at a lower altitude when it occurred it would have ended very badly. You're not the first BA hardcore defender to try and deflect towards Airbus (or, as it happens, Nor...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 Spicejet and Air India overruns as monsoon rains hit
Replies: 32
Views: 7867

Re: 2 Spicejet and Air India overruns as monsoon rains hit

http://avherald.com/h?article=4c9d4a5a&opt=0

Also this, on the same day...

http://avherald.com/h?article=4c9de14c&opt=0

:scratchchin:
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N14AZ wrote:
Is there any picture from the front section? I guess crossing the ditch was rather unhealthy for the nose landing gear...


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c9d4a5a&opt=0

Also this, on the same day...

http://avherald.com/h?article=4c9de14c&opt=0

:scratchchin:

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WiFi on DHL A330?
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: WiFi on DHL A330?

That's the Satcom antenna. I believe this specific one is for the Iridium system (don't take my word for it though), which requires a directional array, versus the Inmarsat one which is fixed (or at least smaller/flush) as it uses geostationary satellites. Iridium allows for planet-wide coverage whe...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NASA announces next New Frontiers mission: Dragonfly rotorcraft to Titan
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Re: NASA announces next New Frontiers mission: Dragonfly rotorcraft to Titan

Wow... That's bold. Even for NASA. I mean, flying a massive multi-engine drone autonomously over an unknown surface, with no precise navigation means, in a -180 degrees, 1.5 bar atmosphere where it regularly rains methane, after an 8 year deep space journey and landing, and which needs to be launche...

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting
Replies: 35
Views: 13993

Re: TAP A330-900neo crew and passengers reporting dizziness and vomiting

If it's a TAP only issue... could it be the bacalao?

:duck:

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by Francoflier
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 383283

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/26/politics/boeing-737-max-flaw/index.html Havent seen it posted before... it seems a New flaw discovered on Boeing 737 Max. "In simulator tests, government pilots discovered that a microprocessor failure could push the nose of the plane toward the ground. It is...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt
Replies: 42
Views: 2072

Re: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt

I wonder how much faster this tuition growth would be if the government was giving way free money to attend That is the issue. Simply throwing the money at the problem will only make it worse. The education cost runaways bear a lot of similarities with those of the medical costs in the US. The enti...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45411

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

2-class 200 seats Business seat @ 85 "pitch lie-flat should work too (A321 AA Transconti, A321 Jet Blue) :scratchchin: Yeah - which on A321 floor area equates to 240 seats single class! So if you've floor area for 270 seats single class in 6AB, your probably looking at something like 132 seats...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 226275

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Ouch. That's 1 for 3 on center core landings and 0 for 3 on overall recovery... (That last landing was particularly tricky anyway, they probably didn't have high hopes). Oh well, no one said it was going to be easy. At least they nailed fairing recovery this time. Otherwise, another successful missi...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24720

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

"I could pay less on this Tatl flight but I'll pay more for another flight because I don't want to go on a narrowbody"

-No passenger ever.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45411

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

SYD to SIN, HKG, BKK, KUL, SGN, FUK, KIX, TYO, all seem within easy reach for the XLR.

More interestingly, perhaps, secondary destinations all over southeast Asia become within reach of MEL and SYD on a narrowbody airplane for the first time.

Interesting times.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PY to replace A340 with B777
Replies: 45
Views: 11130

Re: PY to replace A340 with B777

A wise decision, driven mostly by lease rates I assume, which are pretty cheap for the 777-200ER at the moment.
Almost half of those for an A330, and not even comparable to those of a B787.

The pax will surely appreciate the interior upgrade as well.

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by Francoflier
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pat Robertson: Feel Free to Disregard What the Bible Says About Divorce
Replies: 15
Views: 1098

Re: Pat Robertson: Feel Free to Disregard What the Bible Says About Divorce

Got it, Pat. Now it’s cool to pick/choose which parts of the Bible you want. You’re just really not into Jesus anymore, are you? That's what religious groups have been doing forever. The Bible has always been interpreted a million different ways to suit people's ways, especially those who rule or i...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5222

Re: Americans and electric stoves

Lol. Talk about a firestarter... I'm also pro-gas, but gas implies certain logistical issues. If you don't live in a city where you can easily connect to a gas network, then you either have a big tank in the backyard somewhere that needs to be refilled regularly, or have to haul these heavy cylinder...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GE9X Record Breaker
Replies: 59
Views: 7631

Re: GE9X Record Breaker

It's interesting that they would break thrust records with the GE9X. My understanding of the whole 777X idea was that they would keep the same MTOW and give it a new wing to improve efficiency. They were essentially trying to reduce the required thrust to lift the same weight, and through this reduc...

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by Francoflier
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study
Replies: 147
Views: 21953

Re: Air France delays A380 cabin refit; future of fleet under study

High density re-config for the Antilles and Pacific islands, a-la ANA?

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3421

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

Rookie question but what kind of heat are we talking about on the instrument panel of a 787? Lighting. Most likely from the panel's integral lighting system. I don't know if the 787 has switched to LED for its cockpit panel lighting, I suspect it did. LED lights create highly localized heat which, ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 issues with the fire suppression system
Replies: 14
Views: 3421

Re: 787 issues with the fire suppression system

This has been a known issue for a while. It started appearing in the simulators where those switches are used repeatedly. The switch would stick due to plastic deformation of the material after long term heat exposure. There is an override switch, but the issue affected it as well. It's not hard to ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates renegotiating 777X order
Replies: 587
Views: 98519

Re: Emirates renegotiating 777X order

To me, this is just a sign that EK's strategy to become the carrier that carries everybody everywhere on very large airplanes just hasn't worked out really well. (Not that many will be surprised). Time for EK to return to reality and adapt to the new world of long haul flying: smaller, more efficien...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?
Replies: 58
Views: 8542

Re: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?

If Mitsubishi really does end up capturing most of the 'Scope' replacement market, that would be one hell of a chess move they played with the MRJ. (With just a bit of opportunism)

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1320

Re: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

Too complex a solution for the current administration, of course, which prefers simplistic one-liners and one-page agreements because, you know, the Trump guy isn't much of a reader... Hmm, so what was the reason previous administrations were unable to get a handle on it? Notably, include the one y...

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by Francoflier
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration
Replies: 25
Views: 1320

Re: Mexican President vows to sell Govt. Dreamliner to fund fight against illegal immigration

I think it's been on sale for a while now, and whatever they'd get for it would do precious little to help the large scale problem of northbound migration from southern countries, in which Mexico bears little responsibility in the first place. Me thinks that's just a bit of clever PR to assuage the...

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