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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gambling on board?
Replies: 12
Views: 1198

Gambling on board?

On a cruise ship, the casinos open for business the moment the vessel passes outside of US territorial waters. Has this kind of thing ever been considered aboard long-haul airliners in international airspace? Seems like with all the gaming available on seatback screens, something could be arranged w...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Off position for landing gear handle
Replies: 15
Views: 988

Off position for landing gear handle

On some, but not all, older photos of Airbus and Boeing cockpits I've seen, there appears to be an OFF position on the landing gear lever in addition to what would obviously be up and down. Why? And is this something that has been designed out of newer versions? Thanks.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why United should establish a new TPA hub (or at least a focus city)
Replies: 64
Views: 7461

Re: Why United should establish a new TPA hub (or at least a focus city)

Beyond all the business reasons why a hub in TPA doesn't make sense, the design of the airport doesn't work as a hub. Not sure an operation of that size could hold to one airside terminal. If that turns out to be the case, it's not practical to ask passengers to ride the train back to the landside, ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting article on vaccine airfreight logistics
Replies: 11
Views: 1244

Re: Interesting article on vaccine airfreight logistics

Nowhere in this story is there context on how large of an additional segment of the world's annual air-cargo market this is. Sure, 8,000 747 loads sounds like a lot, but can someone quantify how many loads fly from point A to point B via air cargo/passenger jet in a typical year?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JZA8615 TSB report released
Replies: 47
Views: 6227

Re: JZA8615 TSB report released

While not condoning passengers disobeying orders (or logic) to evacuate while carrying their carry-ons, it's certainly understandable from their point of view. Obviously in a situation of total destruction, they're not getting anything back. But can you imagine, in the most innocuous of precautionar...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit
Replies: 62
Views: 9949

Re: Another Passenger Opens Emergency Exit

Interesting that the slide didn't blow. The airline might have some explaining to do as well. Ummm, calm down there. The B738 trailing edge of the wings are low enough where an evac directs to sit and slide of the back of the wing. Interesting. I didn't know the 737 didn't have wing slides. Given s...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers
Replies: 53
Views: 6688

Re: Best airframe for fire-fighting tankers

One question: do most of these tanker planes simply gravity drop the water or water-retardant mix or is there a pump arrangement to force it out at various pressures or gallons per minute rates?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Sep 01, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX
Replies: 51
Views: 8455

Re: American Airlines pilot saw someone with a jetpack on approach into LAX

The new basic economy ticket from American Airlines.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?
Replies: 16
Views: 2087

Re: Why doesn't the A380 have a raised cockpit?

I think I know the answer to this (cost of engineering/certifying vs. limited market), but couldn't the A380 be done with a nose that swings open to the right or left, cockpit and all, to accomplish the same thing the 747's upswinging nose accomplishes?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did Boeing ever plan to build a single deck 747?
Replies: 34
Views: 2598

Re: Did Boeing ever plan to build a single deck 747?

Pan Am’s preference was a true full length double decker, Boeing convinced them that a wide, single deck would be more efficient and allow side by side LD3’s in the lower hold That design was selected and was always seen as a single deck aircraft, incorporating provision for a nose loading cargo do...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October
Replies: 121
Views: 19358

Re: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October

In my view CARES extension for airline industry would be terrible policy when so much of the rest if the economy is also suffering terribly. Government can help those impacted via UI or other programs but throwing money at a specific industry for uneeded people to sit around is bad use of funds. We...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat
Replies: 125
Views: 12892

Re: Easyjet sued for discrimination by woman forced to move seat

Anyone can sue for anything (though not sure of the rules in the UK). Wake me when a decision is rendered.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx 767 makes emergency landing at LAX
Replies: 132
Views: 25428

Re: FedEx plane makes emergency landing at LAX

Well done to the pilots. But the news reporting is low standard - engine hitting the PAVEMENT. But then perhaps we cannot expect these reporters to know the piece of land for the plane to land is called the 'runway'. Most people know, may be not the reporter. As opposed to the grass. I get the medi...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Aug 17, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s
Replies: 54
Views: 13903

Re: Corsair's 587-seat 747-400s

French airline Corsair operated the most densely configurated 747 ever - they squeezed in even slightly more seats than ANA and JAL on their domestic 747s. As Corsair operated the 747 on leisure routes to the French DOMTOM destinations (but, IIRC, during peak season occassionally even to Corsica), ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid
Replies: 83
Views: 14086

Re: Southwest cutting back on aircraft cleaning for Covid

Lets also understand there is no industry or scientific standard for "deep clearning." It is what whoever does it says it is.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design
Replies: 57
Views: 8068

Re: Virgin Galactic unveils Mach 3 Aircraft design

It's not even a concept car. Those are actually cobbled together and rolled out at car shows -- albeit with a lot of stuff that will never survive production. And still, you can often see the DNA of the concept car in the production version. Like Wingman said above, this is not a design. This is a d...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet
Replies: 100
Views: 11643

Re: Airbus completes testing of self flying jet

Unless and until a labor union representing computer pilots becomes more powerful than a labor union representing actual pilots, you will not see autonomous airliners. Likewise, in large part, autonomous trucking.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2020 MLB Charters
Replies: 50
Views: 5834

Re: 2020 MLB Charters

Realizing these are charters, are the passengers of these flights subject to each airlines' on-board mask policies?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: *Video Only* Flying in the 80s Eastern; Pan Am and TWA
Replies: 6
Views: 6021

Re: *Video Only* Flying in the 80s Eastern; Pan Am and TWA

I guess in 1991, no one at TWA thought about washing their planes. Sheesh!

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2792

Visual vs. ILS approach

I live within view of KSRQ and I've noticed something with the addition of several airlines in the last year. Far more than other airlines, Allegiant arrivals seem to fly a very short, curving approach to runway 32. Without supporting data, I would say nearly all the other airlines routinely fly a m...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 2751

Re: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?

Im curious about the Eastern incident noted above: How would the NTSB determine a mechanic forgot to fit the O-rings? Surely, a simple question to said mechanic would render the obvious answer: "Of course I fitted them'' because surely if he knew he hadn't, he wouldn't have forgotten to fit the...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gate assignments
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Gate assignments

Aside from the obvious aircraft size limitations and the requirement of international arrivals to be able to funnel passengers through customs, what thoughts go into the assignment of gates to run of the mill arriving and departing flights from a major connecting hub such as Atlanta or Chicago O'Hare?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design
Replies: 113
Views: 17145

Re: Aerion moves forward with supersonic AS2 for 2024, unveils new final design

Aside from the very limited market for an airplane like this, can someone please explain GE's business plan in moving forward with "the world’s first purpose-designed nonafterburning commercial supersonic engine'' with exactly one (sort of) viable customer. Is there really any market for such a...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu May 21, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14323

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

If it hadn't been for Boeing designing the fuselage width just so, Air France wouldn't have been able to install 10 abreast seating, And I wouldn't have sat next to that passenger two summers ago, from whom I likely caught the worst flu I ever had (instead of my wife, who sat next to the window). An...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue May 19, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits
Replies: 58
Views: 11460

Re: Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear hazmat suits

Probably easier to just pull a dry cleaning bag over every passenger as they sit.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon May 18, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites
Replies: 64
Views: 15773

Re: Rumor: Delta to Convert Some Planes to All Delta One Suites

If the idea is to compete with NetJets or Wheels Up for an exclusivity thing while charging a little something less, but still make the "elite" tromp through the same airports and wait in the same lines as the great unwashed, whats the point? Some things just sound more authoritative when ...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri May 08, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25398

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

This notion that airports are somehow protected like a Bond villian's underground lair is preposterous. That this kind of thing doesn't happen more is a factor of people just dont hop the fence very often vs. them being caught by a crack defensive team. Mostly, these are low-bidder contractors armed...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Apr 14, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EWR feeling the effects of Covid-19
Replies: 49
Views: 7580

Re: EWR feeling the effects of Covid-19

I've seen lots of speculation pieces over the last week or so about what international travel looks like post-pandemic. All speculation, mind you, but there seems to be a lot of appetite for tighter travel rules, health documents, proof of (still not invented) vaccines. Even talk of tighter border r...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HS Trident Cabin
Replies: 15
Views: 3356

Re: HS Trident Cabin

I have a clear memory of flying from London to Dusseldorf probably in 1969 on BEA, and I'm certain my mother, sister and I sat facing other passengers.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers Considering Passenger Consolidation
Replies: 85
Views: 15479

Re: US Carriers Considering Passenger Consolidation

Isn't there a fair amount of cargo, mail, etc. that needs to fly regardless of the human cargo strapped into the seats?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: LHR-JFK Virgin Upper Class A350
Replies: 6
Views: 6359

Re: LHR-JFK Virgin Upper Class A350

Youd think with that level of service, wifi would be free.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What will revolution require?
Replies: 4
Views: 837

What will revolution require?

Tubes, wings and two engines are likely the standard for decades to come in the world of civilian airliners. But what's the tipping point for revolution? What level of fuel savings or seat-mile cost efficiency is needed to convince manufacturers and airlines that it's time for something new, and tha...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Delta First Class Seats - A321neo
Replies: 120
Views: 20854

Re: New Delta First Class Seats - A321neo

Why do all these "premium" product seats seem to assume people travel alone or want nothing to do with their spouses, children or traveling companions. I'll probably never fly anywhere outside of cattle class, but I would think carrying on a conversation with a seatmate would be next to im...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA is acquiring a flight school
Replies: 60
Views: 11282

Re: UA is acquiring a flight school

The medical school model of living off student loans (and, to a lesser degree the law school model) works because lenders are pretty much assured the student will in very short order draw a healthy salary and be able to begin paying down the debt pretty quickly. And while flight school isn't as cost...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace
Replies: 140
Views: 30342

Re: AC MAD-YYZ: major damage to landing gear and engine on takeoff - circling MAD airspace

For the layman, are there ways to be less fuel efficient to effectively burn off fuel faster?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"
Replies: 1642
Views: 155784

Re: Boeing CEO: NMA will "start with a clean sheet of paper again"

Here comes the twin-engined 707-Max.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Enroute S turn
Replies: 9
Views: 2354

Re: Enroute S turn

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/RPA3664/history/20200121/1640Z/KSRQ/KEWR for example:

IAHFLYR wrote:
I looked at about six days and other than one day they turned a left base for Runway 4R and another couple of days a downwind for Runway 22L! No "S" turned enroute.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 4391

Re: Orlando Aviation Thread - 2020

Running, yes, but hauling a lot of air and empty seats back and forth. When and if the Pie in the Sky train from MCO to Miami is up and running, does anyone think this will have an effect on new service? As if the train to South Florida might serve as a connection of sorts? It's not pie and the sky....

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Enroute S turn
Replies: 9
Views: 2354

Enroute S turn

Hi everyone. I'm booked on a flight up the east coast from SRQ to EWR in the next few days, and as is my custom, I've been watching on FlightAware for delay trends, routings etc. Of late, there's been a nearly daily S turn in the flight track over southern to central Virginia. Could this be some kin...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 48
Views: 4391

Re: Orlando Aviation Thread - 2020

When and if the Pie in the Sky train from MCO to Miami is up and running, does anyone think this will have an effect on new service? As if the train to South Florida might serve as a connection of sorts?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why 2L boarding door on DL 75's?
Replies: 44
Views: 7595

Re: why 2L boarding door on DL 75's?

Not a big fan. Deprives me of the ability to sneeze, have a coughing fit (or worse) as I pass through first class on my way back to steerage class.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus preparing next major aircraft development
Replies: 151
Views: 31289

Re: Airbus preparing next major aircraft development

hopefully they dont find a tube with two engines hanging off the wings "inspiring"

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?
Replies: 80
Views: 9028

Re: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?

It represents an era when airliners weren't all tubes with two engines hanging off the wings. The DC-9 was probably the first plane I could recognize as a kid. Some of us are old enough to remember air-stairing up the back (or even through 1L), powerbacking from gates at Atlanta and more that just d...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?
Replies: 28
Views: 1862

Re: Is AA as terrible as people make them to be?

Helpful employees, clean aircraft and reliable service. In other words, they did their jobs. Not trying to be a wiseguy here, but this is the threshold now for praise?

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Annoying Office Sounds
Replies: 42
Views: 1689

Re: Annoying Office Sounds

Leaky headphones or ear buds that allow music to escape.

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Eagle ERJ 145 Slides Off Icy Runway
Replies: 65
Views: 10767

Re: American Eagle ERJ 145 Slides Off Icy Runway

The Fast and the Furious: O'Hare Drift

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022
Replies: 70
Views: 11679

Re: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022

Within two or three years, a high-speed train linking Orlando and Miami (Virgin Trains USA) will operate on rails within sight of the airport's arrival curb. No plans right now to build a station, though one is thought to be planned maybe 15 miles north in a crummy little town that exists right at t...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the interior quality of B787 and A350 worse compared to older aircraft generations?
Replies: 96
Views: 26659

Re: Is the interior quality of B787 and A350 worse compared to older aircraft generations?

All this taken into consideration, how much more (percentage wise) would a properly built, comfy interior be in comparison to the overall cost of the airplane as a whole. I mean, doesnt it make a certain amount of sense for an airline to spend on materials and components that won't constantly requir...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Codeshare fares
Replies: 0
Views: 7777

Codeshare fares

Is there a simple reason a flight on Carrier A's metal is marketed as notably more expensive than the exact same flight offered by two or three codeshare partners? (Im looking at you American, Iberia and Finnair). And knowing you're flying on an American airplane, are you still the "responsibil...

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by IFlyVeryLittle
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS drone unit achieves FAA air carrier certification
Replies: 33
Views: 4245

Re: UPS drone unit achieves FAA air carrier certification

I've never heard anyone make a credible argument for how this is a smart business move. What could be simpler and more efficient than a truck full of boxes and a man or woman who drives the truck and delivers the packages the last 50 feet? Anything so critical that it needs to fly on a drone to an a...

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