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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2349
Views: 310164

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

FM is something you can't possibly envision in advance and that allows you to break contract without consequences. Global grounding of MAX will not let anybody get away from the fulfilling their contracts. The groundings following the Iceland volcanic activity introducing large amounts of ashes int...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAX-style winglets on 737NGs?
Replies: 29
Views: 5446

Re: MAX-style winglets on 737NGs?

Some late-build NGs have Split Scimitar winglets, which are similar to the MAX's winglets, but sporting a curvier profile, and with the tips of both upper and lower sections pointing backwards. Lower winglet section is also smaller, and looks like its been hastily added to the regular NG winglet ass...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC C919 Production and Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1952

Re: COMAC C919 Production and Testing Thread - 2019

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chin ... SKCN1UX0A7


So roughly the same time frame as MAX reentry in service? :stirthepot:
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lvs wrote:
COMAC pushes back C919 jet's China certification target to 2021

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chin ... SKCN1UX0A7


So roughly the same time frame as MAX reentry in service? :stirthepot:

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by AirwayBill
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Dragon's A330 Prototypes
Replies: 8
Views: 2826

Cathay Dragon's A330 Prototypes

Good morning/afternoon/evening, I was wondering if anyone had info about A330 prototypes #1 and #2 currently flying under regs B-HLJ and B-HLK, and whether there is a retirement date set given they are nearly 27 years old frames with presumably quite a few cycles on them? If retirement isn't due too...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers
Replies: 95
Views: 24902

Re: More Bad News for Boeing: Poor quality complaints from customers

Doesn't really surprise me. Every single 787 I've been on felt shoddy and low quality. They rattle like crazy on the ground. Interior panels are poorly fitted, often rub against each other making it squeek. On one 2 year old plane, I found that the FAs stuffed the corners between 2 panels with wads...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG
Replies: 16
Views: 4626

Re: Strike in HKG and Hong Kong based airline on 5th AUG

Hope Carrie feels the earthquake. The more impact today's demonstrations have, the better.

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Latest U.S. start up - Sky Palace Airways using 777s
Replies: 27
Views: 6522

Re: Latest U.S. start up - Sky Palace Airways using 777s

Ionosphere wrote:
What a horrible name for an airline! Sounds like some sketchy Asian charter.


Indeed, the kind of name a generic Chinese restaurant with the $9.99 all-you-can-eat buffet option could bear.

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus plans to open new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
Replies: 73
Views: 1883

Re: Airbus studying an A321neo line in Toulouse

MrBren wrote:
What about an A220 line to help the production ramp up?


Maybe the next thing at Finkenwerder? They can also expand. Who knows...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Airbus plans to open new A321neo assembly line in Toulouse
Replies: 73
Views: 1883

Re: Airbus studying an A321neo line in Toulouse

I'm sure they can get some more German employees to come settle in Toulouse... it's really not a bad place to live. Indeed, only a couple driving hours from the stunning Pyrénées or the Mediterranean coast, with the douceur and joie de vivre under the soleil du midi, beautiful old streets of Toulou...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2349
Views: 310164

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

...and all these problems just because of the short main landing gear? It has been the common truth now for so long that the landing gear for the 737 cannot be lengthened. Can someone please explain why that is so impossible to do? The -10's telescopic MLG is basically an artificially lengthened ge...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 11520

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

"The bad fuel costs" and "the evil low cost airlines". Sounds like the usual conservative airline rant to somehow excuse their own poor management and idleness. As said before, the Lufthansa Group is a mess with awkward brandings and ambiguous product offerings, mixed with high o...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?
Replies: 55
Views: 5214

Re: Has the Max 8 been damaged as badly as DC-10 in the mind of the public?

This is the age of social media, everything gets fast, amplified, sometimes distorted.

Of course the 737 MAX's image is as damaged as the one of the DC-10. Probably even more at this stage.

This is the probably the scandal that the people will remember the most when it comes to commercial aviation.

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737MAX Cancellations, China Southern and others
Replies: 49
Views: 8481

Re: 737MAX Cancellations, China Southern and others

The clock is ticking... unless Boeing makes some extraordinary move in the next weeks (which isn't likely since it's pretty much out of their hands at this point), I can see numerous other airlines around the world slowly and quietly drifting away from their MAX orders once we enter the last quarter...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2349
Views: 310164

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

:checkmark: Panorama is generally well respected. One part of the piece that really impressed me was that all the 737 cockpit scenes were actually 737 MAX. No idea how they managed to get hold of a simulator. Are we talking about the same documentary? BBC Panorama seems to show a 737 NG cockpit. ht...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 11520

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

How times change, a decade ago LH was regularly swallowing up smaller airlines and experts were stating that BA had missed the boat on European integration Massive acquisitions of smaller airlines isn't always a sign of good health. Look at the Swissair Group and their megalomaniac madness and poor...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COMAC C919 Production and Testing Thread - 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1952

Re: Third C919 Took Sky

Since people keep saying that technologically speaking the C919 is behind the 737 and A320, could someone in the know explain how? It's FBW, has the same engines as the MAX and NEO, it even uses sidesticks. Is there something about it that's outdated? I apologize for my ignorance, I'm not very fami...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 7541

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

If there are mothers that don't breastfeed at all, then why allow breastfeeding? :idea: This is the exact same kind of failed argument as "why do we still allow women to buy unecological tampons and panty liners, if they can just use a much more eco friendly reusable menstrual cup?", whic...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding
Replies: 104
Views: 7541

Re: KLM getting bad press over breastfeeding

This really is the kind of subject that awakens dinosaurs, especially in the era of the internet. You and me ain't nothing but mammals (you know the song), so let's stop acting all precious, the world isn't an all clean, pure, sterile place where everything happens by magic. People getting outraged ...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH17 - 5 years ago
Replies: 23
Views: 2917

Re: MH17 - 5 years ago

Last moments lived by occupants have been absolutely horrifying.

Not the first airliner to be destroyed by humans' murderous impulse, and certainly not the last either.

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra to acquire A340-600s
Replies: 17
Views: 6977

Re: Plus Ultra to acquire A340-600s

Taking on a fleet of obsolete aircraft that have four very expensive to maintain engines, and were pushed out of the marketplace by another aircraft that is itself on the verge of being obsolete because it was so much more efficient does not sound like a sure-fire road to success. I don’t care how ...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11633

Re: France to charge aviation tax

AirwayBill : Emmanuel Macron has "destroyed" the rail network in two years of power ? No small feat ! A rail network needs lots of investment and maintenance, that's true. Now if employees work few hours, and few years in their lives, despite good salaries, benefits and pensions, surely t...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing website updated to match FR's Boeing 737MAX200 rename
Replies: 116
Views: 6308

Re: 737-8200?

Is there any legal obligation of specifying aircraft type on fuselage? Why not just drop the whole label?

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: France to charge aviation tax
Replies: 125
Views: 11633

Re: France to charge aviation tax

The EM govt and most previous ones are the kings of inconsistency. For years, they have been slowly killing the French rail network, removing train frequencies, cutting off smaller cities from basic railway links and accelarating their demise all in the name of profitability, denying basic public tr...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ben Smith tackles Air France
Replies: 35
Views: 9435

Re: Ben Smith tackles Air France

He's just being cheeky. As a new CEO he has too make a statement and give an impression.

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted
Replies: 85
Views: 19394

Re: Korean Air Captain Tries to Drink Inflight, FA Who Stopped Him Demoted

Korea always had a super tough culture of hierarchy, and this is not changing anytime soon unfortunately, no matter how many western expat pilots you introduce at the airline. The whole company's work environment, including management, needs change on the bigger scale, not only the cockpit. And this...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747-400ERF loses flap during approach
Replies: 34
Views: 7818

Re: KLM 747-400ERF loses flap during approach

Seems like a quite common occurence on the 747-400 series. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/flap-loss-on-747-undetected-after-night-landing-456302/ https://news.aviation-safety.net/2018/04/29/germany-issues-safety-recommendations-after-two-boeing-747-400f-cargo-aircraft-lost-flap-parts-on...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747-400ERF loses flap during approach
Replies: 34
Views: 7818

Re: KLM 747-400ERF loses flap during approach

Seems like a quite common occurence on the 747-400 series. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/flap-loss-on-747-undetected-after-night-landing-456302/ https://news.aviation-safety.net/2018/04/29/germany-issues-safety-recommendations-after-two-boeing-747-400f-cargo-aircraft-lost-flap-parts-on-...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20
Replies: 21
Views: 4798

Re: Air Transat tentatively schedules last A310 service in 2Q20

Time to spare a bit of money to fly the chubby ten before final withdrawal...

It's also time for Airbus to neo it! :pray:

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flyadeal cancels 737 max Commitment
Replies: 72
Views: 14897

Re: Flyadeal cancels 737 max order

There's no good way for Boeing to spin this. Another significant blow to the much maligned Max program. How can you spin something that was never firmed. :scratchchin: Not only that; the CEO said the MOU was cancelled strictly because of availability. :yes: He is being politically correct. :stirthe...

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2349
Views: 310164

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Baffled to see that almost half a page of replies has gone wasted feeding a failed troll or delusional Boeing apologist (or both). :spit:

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is next for Icelandair?
Replies: 80
Views: 12239

Re: What is next for Icelandair?

I think it’s time for Icelandair to up its game with international business class. They can no longer offer the equivalent of US domestic first seats. Given the reasonable price range for the Saga Class and the average flight time of a typical FI flight, I'd say the FI Business product is still pre...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 2349
Views: 310164

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

Do you understand how business works in the real world? Everything that goes into a Boeing branded plane is Boeing's responsibility Stop trying to deflect blame Last month it was all the pilots fault. Now it's the subcontractors Lol :checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark: The manufacturer of a finished...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin
Replies: 42
Views: 6050

Re: Berlin Mayor wants Emirates in Berlin

Good! Not everyone wants to transit via FRA or MUC for intercontinental flights.

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by AirwayBill
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The "fixing" of the MAX at this point just seems like they are trying to fix portion of a steel bridge badly damaged by rust with nothing but duct tape and WD40. First, it simply does not work, and second, the whole bridge is at stake of collapsing. The more I read about Boeing executives'...

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Lewton wrote:
Being has way too much money and some very good money making businesses to fail due to the MAX crisis.


Ah, the famous "too-big-to-fail".

Never say never, no company is immune to anything.

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Apparently the latest testing has failed. Boeing have accused the test pilot on trying too hard to get MCAS to fail and it has. Not sure if we should laugh or cry about this. The point of any decent testing program is to put a product at 300% the conditions it would normally face. Boeing's delusion...

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.
Replies: 23
Views: 5414

Re: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.

Very few Y/W seats with hard shells have had positive reviews. Cathay used to propose a hardsell economy seat in the late 2000s and had to start withdrawing it within 5-6 years after introduction, after damning customer reviews. The last Y hard shells at CX are on regional Asian routes with the 777s...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24858

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

The difference between UK and DE for air travel is DE is much larger and more spread out. No the difference is the DE protects LH. Just ask EK how long they've been wanting to expand to other airports in Germany. I know, I mentioned it in one of my previous posts. It boggles my mind why DE keeps do...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45789

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

Where is the problem with a 7-Abreast small-widebody 200/220-270 seater?? :roll: :arrow: 7ab = one more aisle needed :arrow: Need for a wider cross section :arrow: Significant drag and weight disadvantage over NB design, higher fuel consumption, and all this just to accomodate 1 more seat per row. ...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24858

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

LH have historically bought more capable frames to fly routes which could be done by lighter aircraft to carry the passengers and their bags. They are a very cargo heavy airlines. On top of that, they want everyone to connect via FRA and MUC so of course they'd say A321XLR isn't a game changer. I'd...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH will look at A321XLR, but it's no game-changer: CEO
Replies: 183
Views: 24858

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

Coming from an airline with rather... atypical fleet decisions (346, 748, etc), I wouldn't take his words as a general mantra for the aviation industry.

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

More than 400 pilots have joined a class action against American plane manufacturer Boeing, seeking damages in the millions over what they allege was the company's "unprecedented cover-up" of the "known design flaws" of the latest edition of its top-selling jet, the 737 MAX. Sou...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Seattle Times? version of MCAS design and development story, subtly different to the NYT version. Apologies if already posted. https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/the-inside-story-of-mcas-how-boeings-737-max-system-gained-power-and-lost-safeguards#.XQ9DdfZFw2x Ray Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefan...

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by AirwayBill
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385217

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Seattle Times? version of MCAS design and development story, subtly different to the NYT version. Apologies if already posted. https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/the-inside-story-of-mcas-how-boeings-737-max-system-gained-power-and-lost-safeguards#.XQ9DdfZFw2x Ray Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefan...

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by AirwayBill
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why doesn’t UA fly an Airbus Widebody?
Replies: 45
Views: 5850

Re: Why doesn’t UA fly an Airbus Widebody?

Because Airbus doesn't simply give them away :stirthepot:

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 344
Views: 43810

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

Don’t know if this has been discussed yet, but here we go:

Airbus: did not get chance to bid for the MAX order IAG gave to Boeing

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/airbus--did-not-get-chance-to-bid-for-the-max-order-iag-gave-to-boeing-11645858

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by AirwayBill
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 87234

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

MileHFL400 wrote:

Yeah, because airlines are in the business of spending billions of dollars for votes of confidence


Pretty sure they haven't spent a single dime on this LOI yet.

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by AirwayBill
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 87234

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

I myself expected NO, or very few 737MAX orders at PAS19. This is quite a plot twist, very interesting development.

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR
Replies: 409
Views: 45789

Re: Business Risk for Boeing: The A321XLR

That is your opinion. Many frequent flyers will disagree with you. The magic is S P A C E. When I am shopping for air travel, if there is a widebody option available, I will go out of my way to book it and am even willing to pay a small premium in order to do so. According to Anet wisdom, passenger...

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by AirwayBill
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 99
Views: 11509

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

Emirates above EVA is for sure one of the biggest jokes of this ranking.

Not to mention the punished TK and overrated LH.

Can't believe this scam agency is still getting that much coverage and credibility.

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