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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19
Replies: 23
Views: 5495

Re: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19

She's also the last non -ER 744 in the fleet. With this retirement, only the 6 744ERs remain. Interesting! Considering the ERs are much newer - when would their next heavy check be? Is there any fuel savings of the GEs vs the RRs that could help keep the ERs in the fleet longer? Or was the only mod...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19
Replies: 23
Views: 5495

Re: Qantas one way one-off 744 SYD-LAX 13OCT19

She's also the last non -ER 744 in the fleet. With this retirement, only the 6 744ERs remain.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx to park 35 planes on weaker demand
Replies: 49
Views: 13482

Re: FedEx to park 35 planes on weaker demand

By headwinds, i assume the loss of the Amazon contract being the biggest factor in this. They voluntarily chose not to renew their contract with Amazon, likely because they weren't making any profit off of it. This seems like a smart move on FedEx's part. If we hit this recession that everyone is p...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

So right as Lufthansa is on an announcement spree for North America and Rhonda claimed STL was on the list and things were finally looking somewhat good, the county government swooped in to save the day (Like always, along with their STL city government counterparts) and cancelled the incentives to...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What on earth is going on at PHX tonight 9/16/19???
Replies: 14
Views: 3673

Re: What on earth is going on at PHX tonight 9/16/19???

Based on the current FlightAware track and altitude it looks like DE2026 is diverting to KLAS after holding. After holding and the divert that is going to over 12.5 hours in the air on a 767-300. I flew STL-PHX a few months ago. PHX was getting hit by a dust storm so we held at the AZ/NM state line...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What on earth is going on at PHX tonight 9/16/19???
Replies: 14
Views: 3673

Re: What on earth is going on at PHX tonight 9/16/19???

Yeah, there's weather coming through here tonight. I'm sure it's related to winds.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 Retirement/Scrapping Thread - 2019
Replies: 118
Views: 28556

Re: 777 Retirement/Scrapping Thread - 2019

Not knowing much about the 77L is there a reason a 77E/77W operator wouldn't want to pick one of these up, other than the GE engines? Demand for -200 sized passenger 777s has fallen off a cliff. No one wants them on the used market and Boeing hasn't built a new build pax -200LR since 2014. The -LR ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL retiring MD-80s quickly
Replies: 59
Views: 10889

Re: DL retiring MD-80s quickly

Is this parts shortage affecting the 717 also? HA has to have them for interisland quick turns. I doubt the 717 has many parts in common with the MD80/90. Different engines, different cockpit, different systems. There has only been a handful of 717s scrapped, so there's enough of them still out the...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD90 vs B737 Max
Replies: 49
Views: 7262

Re: MD90 vs B737 Max

Boeing pretty much killed the MD80, MD90, and MD11 right off the bat because it completed with existing Boeing models. They ran out the order books but that was it for sales. They only continued to build the MD95 because of the demand for it and it was more efficient than the 736. Keep in mind, Boei...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14327

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

This thread needs a photo. https://i.ibb.co/bXfwzHc/00007371.jpg Source: http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/search/photo_search.php?id=00007371 If Pan Am existed today I could see this livery existing in a modernized way — billboard titles with new font and blue engines. I’ve always ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS 737-600 Retirement
Replies: 71
Views: 10201

Re: SAS 737-600 Retirement

United_fan wrote:
Maybe EG&G (Janet) will buy them for parts of to add to their fleet.


There's no shortage of 737NG parts out there and I doubt there are many 736 specific parts that would make these attractive to them.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS 737-600 Retirement
Replies: 71
Views: 10201

Re: SAS 737-600 Retirement

It's a shame..Isnt there a market for them.like there was for the 735? I mean there are still 733s flying that are 30yrs old..These 736 must be younger and with a lot of life left to be utilised The 736 has always been a niche airplane because of its weight relative to the number of passengers it c...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Ex-TW pilots were fenced in at STL for a time and could retain relative seniority at the base. The STL pilot base was closed back in 9/2018, though.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Delta had a total of 180ish MD80/90 and has only written one of them off too - the runway overrun at LGA a few years ago.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Refund of Seat Selection Fee
Replies: 20
Views: 1742

Re: Refund of Seat Selection Fee

File a chargeback with your credit card company.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

STLflyer wrote:
Eating White Castle before boarding a flight seems like a dangerous proposition.


That's another upside to an AC membership. Clean, quiet shitters.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Another restaurant is either going to be new or redone in C. Saw the release. I wonder if they're also gonna replace the Chili's in T1? Hopefully not and it's something new, preferably closer to the gates that are being reopened. It is a replacement also. Not sure what restaurant though. Personally...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska unique route for charter flight to Nome, AK
Replies: 19
Views: 3809

Re: Alaska unique route for charter flight to Nome, AK

I doubt it's tourism, I would guess it's related to mining or something of that sort.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA go with cloth on the MD80 seats and DL leather?
Replies: 37
Views: 6855

Re: Why did AA go with cloth on the MD80 seats and DL leather?

American 767 wrote:
MAH4546 wrote:
American has not.


Because they knew the MD-80 aircraft would be removed from the fleet in a not too distant future.


Those seats have been around since at least 2005 when I started regularly flying AA and I suspect they go back as far as the late 90s when the 738s started delivery.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

My first flight was on DC9-30 on Eastern LGA-JAX-DAY in September 1969, around 50 years ago. I am a lifetime Platinum of which most of my 2,000,000 miles were on Super 80s. Farewell to the AA Douglas built aircraft, that dates back to the DC3 which AA jointly developed with Douglas. I think the Sup...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

I'm pretty sure the TW 757s had an extra set of exit doors than the nAAtive 757s which translates to another set of seats that had four feet of leg room.

They were fantastic airplanes. I'm sad I only flew on them a few times.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Would anyone in the know be able to tell us which gate the last flight will arrive at ORD? Hard to believe the end of this era. I can remember all the M80's at ORD. I recall an overview picture, taken of Concourses H&K, from the old control tower, showing most all gates with an MD-80 on it, and...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Surprised AA did not delay the MD80 retirement at all as they need to cancel flights for grounding of MAX. They only have 24 MAX, so delaying the retirement of 24 MD80 by a few months until Jan 2020 can allow them to resume full schedule. They have the crew qualified to fly the MD80 anyway. Septemb...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Thank goodness, soon DL will be rid of them and airline travel will take a giant step forward.

GF


Seriously.

Give me a nice modern A321, I'd much rather fly on that than an MD80 that AA hasn't upgraded since 1996.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 568
Views: 72504

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2019

The question is whether or not LH will return to PHX though. I'm still of the opinion that LH doesn't currently operate the right type of aircraft to serve the market profitably, so I think that's probably their biggest hurdle. EW can probably make the A343 work given their lower operating costs, b...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How will Hawaiian react to competition from Southwest?
Replies: 88
Views: 10476

Re: How will Hawaiian react to competition from Southwest?

I'm pretty sure HA has stated the NEOs are mostly for opening routes from existing mainland cities to the secondary islands, not to go on a opening new mainland cities spree.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Jshank83 wrote:
Looks like ABX and ATI will be the cargo operators for the majestic space.


So, Amazon in other words. Does STL already get those ATI/Atlas Amazon 767s, or no?

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Warning for those going to Disney for the new Star Wars land: TSA has just banned the themed Coke bottles sold there
Replies: 11
Views: 2293

Re: Warning for those going to Disney for the new Star Wars land: TSA has just banned the themed Coke bottles sold there

This actually makes sense - they look like grenades. Dumb question: Isn’t the whole point of everything TSA does involve looking inside stuff? Can they not see there’s nothing inside this object? Who cares about the shape? The very disturbing corollary is if a weapon doesn’t look like a weapon they...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?
Replies: 66
Views: 9542

Re: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?

NameOmitted wrote:
How about ex USAF tankers as they are replaced by the 767? Old, yes, but ariel tankers have a long off season for maintenance


Not necessarily. I know the DC10 tankers head down to Australia for their summer fire season during the northern hemisphere winter.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?
Replies: 66
Views: 9542

Re: Another wide-body firefighting supertanker?

I mean, you can convert almost anything. There's an outfit out there now that's running a couple of MD80s. Avro RJs are pretty popular too. I doubt the DC10s pressurize regularly given the usually short flights they undertake and having to stay close to the ground for deployment. They should have a ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

I'm surprised that One World can send a 744 and 772 to LHR daily. What's the PHX O&D %age? How much comes from greater LA? Some of that traffic is connecting at LHR to other destinations, so it's not all O&D. Given the lack of European flights from PHX it's not like there's tons of direct f...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Yeah, I don't want to get too sanctomonious, but if I still lived in STL, I wouldn't be flying AA. DL and WN both have a much better product. AA seems to think they can become an ULCC domestically and still command legacy yields, and that just isn't going to happen.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Gutting STL? What's left to gut? Exactly! I asked the same thing. AA at STL is nothing but a shell of what it was in the mid 2000s (after the Operated by TWA Airlines INC, AA paint TWA titles years, never mind the pre AA TWA days ) because from about 2004-2008ish? AA did nothing but "gut"...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

Any chance for Phoenix to close PHX and expand AZA for the primary airport Nope. Sky Harbor is continually being improved with a new Terminal 3 and running the sky train out to the rental car facility. It's a fantastic facility. AZA is located in the far southeastern corner of the region, which isn...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

Payson certainly isn't in the PHX metro area by any stretch of the imagination. Neither is Prescott.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Gutting STL? What's left to gut?

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

jmc1975 wrote:
What will Northwest be replacing their DC9s with?


757s when Boeing restarts the line.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

Phoenix is the fastest growing large metro in the nation. DFW is gaining 150k a year. Does Phoenix beat that? Yes, it does. No, it doesn't. The PHX MSA added a net 96k residents last year. It's been increasing year over year for quite a while now, but it won't be anywhere near DFW. However, at any ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?
Replies: 35
Views: 5932

Re: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?

Of course, it should be noted that AA did no favors to anyone from TWA. While it might have seemed that TWA folks were saved by joining AA over other possible suiters, AA and its various unions rushed to staple the most senior folks to the bottom of the list and then dump nearly everyone right afte...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?
Replies: 35
Views: 5932

Re: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?

i'm not sure the general public singled out AA in the 9/11 events and so don't think there would have been a specific passenger avoidance of them which may have helped. #587 was extremely unfortunate. The immediate assumption---due to it being NYC & the 11th day of November was "terrorism&...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of AA hub at PHX
Replies: 103
Views: 9667

Re: Future of AA hub at PHX

With some fairness to the OP, they only joined a month ago so they haven't been around to see all the threads, or posts in threads, about PHX being dehubbed, etc. This topic has been beaten to death. The PHX hub isn't going anywhere. As noted above, AA just started a daily year-round nonstop to/fro...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?
Replies: 35
Views: 5932

Re: How did AA Survive 9/11 and 587 Crash?

In short: chapter 11 Chapter 11 had NOTHING to do with it and AA didn't file for bk until over a decade after 9/11. AA was actually doing fairly well before 9/11 averaging over $1B/year in profit from 98-00 with $5B+ in current assets on hand at the end of 2000. They had a fairly large warchest bui...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

Love love love the Boeing/md influence of the new xfl football logo BattleHawks? Come on. HORRIBLE. League will be dead in 2 years. 41 days until opening night and we raise that banner! Back to aviation. :stirthepot: It's also a registered trademark of Sikorsky, which has no STL ties, so I'm curiou...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019
Replies: 79
Views: 19562

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread 2019

What was in the nose of those two JDSF 744s? Some sort of VIP suite? Sensitive electronics?

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

god i can't wait for them to be scrapped No, many of them are getting new lifes at south america and Africa. AA's fleet of MD-8X is the youngest in the world, if Airfleets-net is to be believed. Remains to be seen, if this will help -- as with barely 250 MD-8X of all types still active, retirement ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 648
Views: 115441

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

Yeah, I'm not going to miss them. That's pretty much all I flew the first 29 years of my life living in STL. First with TWA and then with AA.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

They're not going to add routes just to add routes. A airplane sitting on the ground is more profitable than one that's up in the air losing money. They will definitely add capacity and add routes they were looking at prior to the Max grounding. This is what I’m referring to. WN won’t let planes si...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1154
Views: 138933

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2019

They're not going to add routes just to add routes. A airplane sitting on the ground is more profitable than one that's up in the air losing money.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Share Price up Almost $10 Today
Replies: 28
Views: 3871

Re: Boeing Share Price up Almost $10 Today

I though Boeing shares would have been much lower then USD 340,00 per share looking at the issues they have now. What I remember, there were times years ago where the share didn't reach USD 200,00. Then again, I'm not the expert so it's just my opinion :) A388 Boeing Defense/military props up a lot...

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