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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 29, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Windsor Tower Fire in 2005
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: The Windsor Tower Fire in 2005

Back in February 2005, a large fire severely damaged the Windsor Tower in Madrid, Spain and burned for 24 hours. The steel framed section collapsed, while the reinforced concrete section remained standing. The building was undergoing renovation work at the time of the fire and was demolished afterw...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 15, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5539

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

I can’t believe how alarmist and ridiculous some of the replies here are. My word! Exactly, such things as tourism will never return, 5 year lock down, summer season is already over, tourism is not important. Who believed that China would be claiming now to essentially be over the pandemic ? Who re...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Masks and Gloves
Replies: 22
Views: 988

Re: Masks and Gloves

Glove misuse is no different here in the UK, see pople pull up in their car wearing gloves, get out, do their grocery shopping, load it in the car, then drive the car home still wearing the same pair of gloves. As they will carry the shopping into the house (touched with the gloves) thats potentiall...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?
Replies: 117
Views: 24814

Re: EasyJet, Bail it or bin it?

In the 10 years since he quit the board disagreeing with the expansion programme, both profits and dividends have increased 5 fold. Yet he still says he knows better than the airlines existing management. Yes he had a great idea with Easyjet, his other ventures under the "Easy" label haven...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic seeks restructuring; files for BK in US Court
Replies: 1392
Views: 162794

Re: Virgin Atlantic facing collapse

IAG and Virgin are both private companies. Why is one's request for money more valid than the others? SRB may be loathsome, but do you really want the government picking favorites? I would expect you would see governments looking to preserve the jobs and the service. Virgin Atlantic is a private co...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

Bonds trading at 33% of face value: https://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/bond/no0010868284-norwegian-air-shuttle-asa-6-375-19-24 The emphasis on here has all been about the share price, in reality the share price has little effect on the performance of a business in the short term, its just the stock ma...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Use it or lose it?
Replies: 35
Views: 7274

Re: Use it or lose it?

LHR must allow flexibility in this current crisis ... forcing airlines to fly ghosts flights or lose your slots is crazy ... https://www.9news.com.au/national/empty-ghost-flights-across-europe-as-coronavirus-turbulence-continues/8b113a3c-5465-4d48-82e2-cb20b1308a53 You need to change your opening w...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration

Hopefully the old FlyBE Q400s are leased somewhere near the British Isles because the MRO operation didn't go out of business and needs customers: https://aviationweek.com/mro/flybe-aviation-services-continues-trading-after-airline-collapse Right. So, am I correct: 1) there is an airline that goes ...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 06, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBe LHR slots: who will buy them?
Replies: 15
Views: 5940

Re: FlyBe LHR slots: who will buy them?

Frankly, Virgin should buy them and / or set up a sensible link service. I hope they are in the postiion to do so but have no idea whether they have the funds to put it into action. LHR and UK need a strong Virgin to bring diversity to the market. Without Virgin, what would it be like? Can you imag...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

uta999 wrote:
I wonder if credit card companies are holding onto their money yet. That will be the sign of things to come for DY.


If they aren't I would be very surprised.

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FlyBe LHR slots: who will buy them?
Replies: 15
Views: 5940

Re: FlyBe LHR slots: who will buy them?

If they were remedy slots they will be made available first to anyone who can take over the conditions. If nobody can only then will they either go back to BA or back into the slot pool. I'm not sure that remedy slots are transferable until the original conditions have been met. BA will get them ba...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

Stock down another 13% today, down to NOK 15.85, a new 52-week low. Lowest value since the financial crisis. Now down to 12.77, the quoted February figures were down around 20% on most factors, and we need to bear in mind that Norwegian primarily works in Europe and North America, coronavirus only ...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

What will happen to Flybes Heathrow slots? Back to BA who I believe are the underlying owner. There were mentions that FlyBe is about to become owner of these slots, via grandfathering of sorts. March 1 was mentioned as a cutoff date, but I am not sure; someone more knowledgeable would be able to s...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

What will happen to Flybes Heathrow slots? Back to BA who I believe are the underlying owner. There were mentions that FlyBe is about to become owner of these slots, via grandfathering of sorts. March 1 was mentioned as a cutoff date, but I am not sure; someone more knowledgeable would be able to s...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

The BBC news has just shown the maintenance engineers at Exeter wheeling their tool boxes out of the hangar and loading them in their cars.

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by Bongodog49
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

Company law in England doesn't have the concept of Chapter 11. It does however state that company directors must not trade recklessly (ie carry on running the business as normal when they know a company has no hope of paying its debts, instead of calling in administrators) and they get into a lot o...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

I don't doubt your general analysis, but Norwegian were only sitting on free cash of around 1 months turnover at Jan 1st. In the worst quarter of the year anyway they would have expected to be in red ink territory until Easter under the best of circumstances, and with the measures already put in pl...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

Norwegian's financial results for 2019 can be seen here: https://media.uk.norwegian.com/documents/interim-report-2019-q4-93741 For 2019 Norwegian made a loss of NOK1,609. This followed a loss of NOK1,454 in 2018. The report includes a summary of their cash-flow. A quick glance through the report sa...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DY Financial Discussion - 2020
Replies: 584
Views: 146900

Re: DY about to go bust?

Is there any chance that DY actually go bust this time, are they in a tight cash position? Norwegian's financial results for 2019 can be seen here: https://media.uk.norwegian.com/documents/interim-report-2019-q4-93741 For 2019 Norwegian made a loss of NOK1,609. This followed a loss of NOK1,454 in 2...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5927

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

Ooh, another one! People going BELOW the speed limit on a road with a single lane of traffic going my direction, especially when I can't pass them. I get frustrated when I'm stuck behind someone going the speed limit but I can't get mad at them for obeying the rules, but when they're under, I rage ...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane
Replies: 163
Views: 5927

Re: Tiny Things That Drive You Insane

When people say "easy peasy" I want to headbutt them into unconscious. Also when people say "Let's do a time check" which I think is more a UK thing. Don't blame us for "time check" its certainly not a UK phrase As to my pet hates, here's a few Drivers of Audis BMWs an...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling
Replies: 170
Views: 13619

Re: Environment campaigners win Heathrow runway ruling

This just shows that Britain isn't really capable of getting things done. How many years have they been talking about this only to flip and flop about the issue with endless reviews, committees and so on. The whole country is being held back by a small group of selfish people that decided to go and...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time for Something lighter: Great Soups of the World
Replies: 34
Views: 1125

Re: Time for Something lighter: Great Soups of the World

Cullen Skink
Broccoli & Stilton
Scotch Broth
Cock a leekie

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by Bongodog49
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills
Replies: 165
Views: 28431

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

There's a simple answer to why US cupholders are larger than European ones, because the cups are larger !!!. Especially true of Southern Europe where the coffee of choice is an espresso, rather than a US style Grande latte with caramel syrup you drink your espresso fresh, hot. I'd be surprised if t...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills
Replies: 165
Views: 28431

Re: A350 engine shutdown incidents linked to cockpit drink spills

There's a simple answer to why US cupholders are larger than European ones, because the cups are larger !!!.
Especially true of Southern Europe where the coffee of choice is an espresso, rather than a US style Grande latte with caramel syrup

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by Bongodog49
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London Stansted Airport expansion rejected
Replies: 7
Views: 2326

Re: London Stansted Airport expansion rejected

Brilliant! Proof that Brexit really works well for uk What ever has this got to do with Brexit ? Its a local decision made by a local authority planning committee. The airport owners are likely to appeal the decision at which point a government inspector will decide the matter. Very strong chance t...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

It appears that the owners will put in more money, should have been doing this in the first place and the Government will "have a look at APD". So basically put more money in yourself and we may do something or go bust... No Government money spent. If Flybe have been allowed to defer APD ...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe News and Discussion Thread Update: Flybe ceases flying, enters administration
Replies: 773
Views: 112131

Re: Flybe News and Discussion Thread

APD is a tax collected from passengers on behalf of the Govt. Flybe have already had the money, its pure fraud to not hand it over. Unfortunately they operate a rag bag collection of routes that if they did have a chance of being profitable FR or U2 would be there operating them at a far lower cost ...

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by Bongodog49
Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protests in Glasgow
Replies: 17
Views: 987

Re: Protests in Glasgow

Thousands of pro Scottish Independence protesters have marched through Glasgow under poor weather conditions and is is the first of eight that are planned for this year. The first match came in the wake of the general election last month, which saw the pro Scottish independence win 48 out of 59 sea...

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by Bongodog49
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293124

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine 737

In IR655, there were 10 attempts made to contact the aircraft before shooting it down. I wonder how many times Iran tried to contact this flight. Would you try to contact a cruise missile? Coz cruise missiles regularly fly at 400kt... :roll: Yes, that's not far off the speed of a tomahawk As to the...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293124

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Seriously? Read this thread. From engine malfunction, to stating that even insinuating that it was shot down is an insult to Iran to yeah we did it. One contradiction after another. Pretty much hanging to a slippery rope while the evidence is pulling it up to a point there’s no more bullshit to han...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2719
Views: 293124

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Meanwhile the facts are the opposite, in 72 hours an internal military investigation report determined the accidentally shot the aircraft down. That is exceedingly quick to get a report like that out. .” Exceedingly quick ? Is the military command system in Iran so lax that it takes 3 days for it t...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?
Replies: 210
Views: 8141

Re: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?

My two cents, younger people don't think a car is a status symbol, so yes there is room for a basic car and actually a shared car might be the prefered option here. Have a car when needed, but don't have all the cost associated with owning one. Here in the UK its the opposite, in recent years manuf...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?
Replies: 210
Views: 8141

Re: Is There a Market for a Plain, Ordinary Car?

Having recently been looking for a newer smallish car, I discovered that quite a number of manufacturers selling in the UK market have introduced low spec basic models. Small standard spec cars from Ford, VW etc tend to have a UK list price of around £15k before discounts etc, they and others now of...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the difference between Worldwide fleet and Mixed fleet at BA?
Replies: 54
Views: 10422

Re: What's the difference between Worldwide fleet and Mixed fleet at BA?

The difference comes down to: WW/ Eurofleet - a long term career choice Mixed fleet - a short term way of seeing the World No one will ever be able to make the Mixed fleet pay rates work in terms of a mortgage, settling down , raising a family etc, whilst the WW rates put staff in a fairly high earn...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the difference between Worldwide fleet and Mixed fleet at BA?
Replies: 54
Views: 10422

Re: What's the difference between Worldwide fleet and Mixed fleet at BA?

As a frequent passenger, I can say that once on board, you can usually tell, without looking at the route allocation, if the crew is WW or MF fleet. For one thing, WW crew are noticeably older than MF crew. WW crew tend to be more relaxed and self-assured in their service delivery. That's not to sa...

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by Bongodog49
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Pushback
Replies: 20
Views: 3907

Re: Avoiding Pushback

Are there (m)any smaller airports used by LCCs where pushback isn't done i.e. plane lands, goes to the apron at the terminal, opens doors, stairs wheeled up to plane, passengers deboard, next passengers board, starts engines and then proceeds to the runway under own power without ever having been p...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit windows
Replies: 80
Views: 10888

Re: Alaska Airlines "Proudly All Boeing" slogan near cockpit windows

If only Alaska Airlines were the only offender for ridiculous slogans on aircraft: Remember "4 engines 4 longhaul" and "No way BA-AA" ? These of course were in part a retort to "World's favourite airline" Seemingly marketing departments are allowed to not only dream up ...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.
Replies: 47
Views: 2998

Re: What is Your Least Favorite A Net Story.

My least favourite is "It can't be true it was in the Daily Mail"

Meanwhile my favourite involves building 6 runways at Exeter

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by Bongodog49
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16749

Re: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

Looking at Note 2, I wonder what impact HS2 is going to have, or direct flights from these airports. HS2 will have very little impact on LHR expansion, at present it will connect Birmingham by 2028 which of course has no LHR service, and then Manchester & Leeds by 2035. Anywhere else is just a ...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?
Replies: 141
Views: 16749

Re: Status on London Heathrow's 3rd Runway?

Looking at Note 2, I wonder what impact HS2 is going to have, or direct flights from these airports. HS2 will have very little impact on LHR expansion, at present it will connect Birmingham by 2028 which of course has no LHR service, and then Manchester & Leeds by 2035. Anywhere else is just a ...

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by Bongodog49
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?
Replies: 59
Views: 14474

Re: Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe?

Happy Holidays pals! Why there are no morning flights from US West Coast to Europe? A flight that could leave LAX at 11:00 AM would arrive LHR next morning at 6:00 AM and that would be a perfect flight for a business traveler. But, there is no airline with a morning flight from anywhere in the West...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?
Replies: 211
Views: 28788

Re: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?

Rushing things again would be the wrong thing to do now. Define what it will be and define some credible timeline that’s it. The problem with new narrowbodies is you’d need another engine generation to justify investments in all new CFRP factories and aircraft design. One generation above those neo...

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by Bongodog49
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?
Replies: 211
Views: 28788

Re: Can Boeing make a great come back in 2020?

Boeing won't be "bigger and better than before" not possible with the huge financial hit and the loss of prestige. Whilst it is true that they are keeping their heads above water, their financial position would be a lot lot better without 400 undelivered aircraft, over 300 delivered but gr...

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by Bongodog49
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How would a North Korean react to being in America
Replies: 29
Views: 1486

Re: How would a North Korean react to being in America

What would be his reaction at seeing all the people, skyscrapers, technology, etc? They have those things in North Korea as well. I think most likely he would greet it all with suspicion & paranoia. I doubt North Korean citizens have time for much else. My thought are much the same, they would ...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK General Election 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 11337

Re: UK General Election 2019

It’ll be interesting to see who becomes the next leader of the Labour party. The wrong choice now, sees the Conservatives in power until 2029. They’re all pretty bad. Perhaps starmer could beat boris. But it will also be down to how the Con’s perform in the next 5 years. Starmer wold be a disaster ...

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by Bongodog49
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 738522

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

There's a piece of analysis quoted in todays Daily Telegraph identifying UK businesses likely to be negatively affected by the MAX shutdown, Sanjay Jha a long standing anaylist at Panmure Gordon identified amongst others Rolls Royce. You have to worry that people might take heed of the utterings of ...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK General Election 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 11337

Re: UK General Election 2019

I didn't state that, I stated: "lots of research points to the average Brexit voter is much older than the remain-voter." which is true. The gab was small, so a small shift in the electorate is enough to tip the balance, not hard to understand, now is it. Your argument on this is based on...

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by Bongodog49
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 738522

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

Revert to building 737NG's say some, great idea, order the parts today and the 1st should be available for delivery in Qtr 1 2021
If Boeing can't get the MAX back before then, there may well be no Boeing Commercial division.

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by Bongodog49
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 738522

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended

There are no serious issues. And the line will not actually shut down. After the Christmas holidays all will be back to normal. The legal fall out from making an untrue statement of such a scale as this would be immense. Investors would be queuing up to sue the rear end off the Boeing board over th...

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