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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 207
Views: 30248

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

I do have to say DL planners/legal are pretty smart finding loopholes in US law. That's pretty common in the industry when it comes to taxes and tariffs on new aircraft purchases. The company I work for is based in state A which also has a use tax levied on aircraft. We purchased a new Challenger f...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The odds that UA pick up the 77Ls from DL
Replies: 70
Views: 9249

Re: The odds that UA pick up the 77Ls from DL

Lootess wrote:
Kirby doesn't have cash to just throw around, that's your answer.


Not only that, but why would UA be interested in adding widebody capacity during this time where everyone is trying to slash their international fleets?

This idea makes zero sense.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

From bizjournals.com AA cuts/WARN is around 1,300 but potentially less. I'm surprised by the low number considering everyone is expecting PHX to have massive cuts, I wonder where a majority of those layoffs are coming from https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2020/09/04/american-airlines-arizon...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

I live under the approach path into IWA and we just had an interesting arrival into Gateway a few minutes ago - N980ST. It's owned by the National Nuclear Security Agency and it's a 737-400 combi. Looking at it's history, it hangs out at some interesting restricted airfields in NV.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October
Replies: 121
Views: 19405

Re: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October

my bros that are looking at furloughs at UA & DL have already found jobs elsewhere. At some point the market needs to right size to match demand. Flying jobs? Where on earth did they find those? Even regionals are contracting, and FX/UP pilots currently being hired have been in the pipeline sin...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020
Replies: 3214
Views: 556791

Re: United Fleet, Network, & Livery Thread - 2020

Anyone know what's driving all of the traffic to Guam?

Right now, I see three direct 777s enroute to Guam from LAX, HNL and SFO. I know Guam has a large US military presence, but this seems like a lot of lift for a little island when the leisure market is non-existent.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?
Replies: 58
Views: 12174

Re: How come even after all the 777Fs coming off the line, MD-11Fs are still going strong?

Much of the year a significant portion of the MD-11 fleet will sit parked in some way shape or form (whether in maintenance or just sitting at a random airport) and the ones that do fly are flying light schedules. . Fascinating. I see 14 in the air right now at 130PM on the west coast and we're now...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)
Replies: 18
Views: 3469

Re: Atlas (GTI) Callsign "Qantas" (QFA)

I don't mean to be a dick, but maybe search next time? This question comes up on at least a monthly basis, if not weekly, and this service has existed for 15 years now.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 88209

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

The 747 had a much more prolific history than the A380 did.

However, didn't AF operate a few farewell flights for the A380? It wasn't all salt.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread
Replies: 867
Views: 110977

Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

NASA Super Guppy N941NA flew to IWA and looks like it did 6 touch and gos then headed to ELP. What's that about? https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N941NA/history/20200730/2111Z/KSBD/KELP It is in the air again after 30 minutes in El Paso. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N941NA IWA is a great ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Constellations to Europe
Replies: 24
Views: 6195

Re: TWA Constellations to Europe

They were gone from TWA by 1967, so, sometime before then.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo
Replies: 73
Views: 26845

Re: SIA to review fleet plan; future of A380 in limbo

I'll be surprised if anyone other than EK, China Southern and BA return their A380s to the air and if you're someone like QF or LH, I'm skeptical that it makes much sense to bring them back and operate a micro fleet of them for one or two routes.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

The NASA Super Guppy N941NA is doing touch and goes at Gateway right now. According to Wiki, it's the only surviving Guppy in the world. I wonder why? But it would be fun to watch. And not surprised it's now the last one, talk about elderly! I remember when Airbus used their old variation of it how...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

The NASA Super Guppy N941NA is doing touch and goes at Gateway right now. According to Wiki, it's the only surviving Guppy in the world.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

Fascinating.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6777

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

20 years on and people still cling to the same ridiculous arguments about this accident to try and absolve Continental of blame... Trying to solely blame Continental and the piece of metal for this incident isn't any less ignorant. Aviation disasters happen because of several causal factors, not ju...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 459
Views: 66611

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2020

I find it interesting DL is continuing to fly LAX-SYD, considering QF isn't flying to the US and it's damn near impossible for anyone other than an Australian citizen to get into OZ right now.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash
Replies: 40
Views: 6777

Re: 20th anniversary of Air France 4590 Concorde crash

20 years on and people still cling to the same ridiculous arguments about this accident to try and absolve Continental of blame... Trying to solely blame Continental and the piece of metal for this incident isn't any less ignorant. Aviation disasters happen because of several causal factors, not ju...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Hawaiian wait for the A321LR/XLR?
Replies: 69
Views: 14131

Re: Why didn't Hawaiian wait for the A321LR/XLR?

HNl-DFW on a regular A321neo is a pipe dream under real world conditions. AA is having numerous fuel diversions on DFW-ANC, which is 750 miles shorter. And that's not even an ETOPS flight. DEN is too hot and high and SLC is most likely going to be in the same boat. The winter time could be a differ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21339

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

....and the 747 era is over at QF.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F-15s jets intercept BEY bound Mahan Air over Syria
Replies: 12
Views: 4160

Re: F-15s jets harrass BEY bound Mahan Air over Syria.

There's two sides to every story and we're only hearing one. USAF jets would not be harassing civilian airliners as a matter of policy.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today
Replies: 119
Views: 21339

Re: End of an era: Last Qantas 747 retired today

My first flight out of the country was on one.of the 744ERs back in August 2005, LAX-SYD. Wish I knew the tail number.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22451

Re: Revisiting MH370

I also wonder if the US (and maybe China) have more information on this than they're willing to divulge, though the region where the plane eventually flew to is fairly isolated from anything so its a possibility that there's virtually no coverage there. The area of the SCC under contention is near ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet
Replies: 350
Views: 87756

Re: Updated: BA fleet parking, will retire 747 fleet

SmithAir747 wrote:
BA have served DEN for years with the 747, and I have flown BA DEN-LHR often, with the 747. With what type will BA serve DEN from now on?


Probably depends on how well the economy rebounds, but I'd say 77W or 789.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread
Replies: 867
Views: 110977

Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

I am curious as to why Qantas has chosen to fly 2 A380’s from Australia all the way to Victorville for long term storage, while Singapore Airlines has chosen Alice Springs which is right in Qantas’s home backyard? Is it because the Qantas machines will be joined by their stored roommates at LAX one...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 55831

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

She's just off the coast on her way to VCV.

Man, that's depressing. I got to fly on VH-OQA when she was brand new, LAX-SYD.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reconsidering seatback video screens
Replies: 107
Views: 16490

Re: AA reconsidering seatback video screens

I never understood how AA taking out PTVs on domestic aircraft makes some think they're turning into the White Star Line, while Southwest does not even offer in-seat power, let alone PTVs. Yet Southwest is for many a customer favorite over AA even without those things. Because SWA offers other valu...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020
Replies: 56
Views: 13839

Re: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread 2020

Asiana had one up this weekend, looked like a test flight as it had no filed destination on F24.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Boeing 747-8???
Replies: 16
Views: 4898

Re: Qantas Boeing 747-8???

Qantas wet leases two 747-8s from Atlas for cargo ops. This arrangement has been going on for over 15 years now.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 822
Views: 85735

Re: St. Louis Aviation Thread - 2020

I really don't miss the dysfunction of the city of STL.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14156

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Damn.

100 airplanes is half of the combined Qantas/Jetstar fleet. I'm highly skeptical we'll see any of those A380s come back. Does QF own those outright or are they leased/financed?

Such a sad way to end the 747 era at Qantas.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 88209

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

There's a BA 747 pilot on Twitter claiming that BA has shutdown the recurrent training pipeline for the 744.

That doesn't bode well.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

I'm not concerned if AA reduces PHX. As long as the economy is improving, someone will jump in to fill that void.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?
Replies: 85
Views: 10966

Re: Hawaiian Airlines inter-mainland service possible?

The A321XLR has a published range of 4,700nm in a two class configuration, which takes in to account normal reserve requirements. HNL-PHL is under 4,300 nm. Normal reserves are 45 min, ETOPS alternates are usually far more depending on the ETP and weather. Dodging another weather system over the mi...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

MO11 wrote:
Phoenix PD (FB = Firebird, like on the helicopters). It has FLIR equipment, among other things.


Yeah, I'm impressed with the capability. I found an article on PHX PD's air fleet at azcentral - apparently this is one of four fixed wing airplanes they have in addition to their helicopters.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 416
Views: 52099

Re: Phoenix Aviation Thread - 2020

Anyone know anything about N620FB? It's a PC12 that seems to be owned by the city of PHX and presumably operated by Phoenix PD. It seems to be some sort of surveillance platform which is a pretty advanced capability for a city police department. This is footage taken from her a few years ago for som...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed Jun 03, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3705

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

This...unless you want to send a tanker in harms way, the fighters do not have the loiter time as the ASW birds.. The P8s and fighters never leave international airspace, let alone tankers, so there's really no "harm's way" about it. This is a big game that we've been playing since the 50...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat May 30, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is American really done with the 757?
Replies: 54
Views: 10190

Re: Is American really done with the 757?

PHX-Hawaii has gone all A321(N) which was a large reason for the existence of the LUS 757 fleet. They're done.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu May 28, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA staff layoffs coming
Replies: 86
Views: 13389

Re: AA staff layoffs coming

AA747123 wrote:
Remember AA was on track to liquidate in 2011 before he led the US/HP purchase of AA.


Nonsense. AA went into bankruptcy with $4.1B in cash on hand. They were nowhere even remotely close to liquidation.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed May 27, 2020 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28284

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

One reason: Minimize exposure from food contamination. Don’t buy it? Keep going to those drive throughs that are still open and see how that shakes out for you. Oh, please. Drive throughs and food delivery services have been operating since the pandemic began and there's no evidence they're spreadi...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun May 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA conducting fleet review, may retire some 777-200ERs
Replies: 53
Views: 11469

Re: AA conducting fleet review, may retire some 777-200ERs

ok question, why do some of you say 777-300 and 77W in the same sentence when its the same plane?? Whats wrong with just typing 772 or 773?! Because the adolescents on this website will rage at you if you don't use the industry correct abbreviation, even though we'll all know what you're referring ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat May 23, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions
Replies: 236
Views: 39144

Re: Southwest Airlines planning on squeezing competitors in weaker positions

DDR wrote:
WN is not a LCC


Southwest is still very much an LCC.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Wed May 20, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 356
Views: 58412

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

I read on luchtvaartnieuws that the fase out costs for the A380 are 500 million euros. Can anyone explain why that is so high? Probably write downs due to the difference between book value and current actual value (for owned aircraft), as well as penalties for early lease cancellation (for leased a...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Tue May 19, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group fleet groundings, Germanwings closure
Replies: 356
Views: 65878

Re: LH Group fleet groundings, Germanwings closure

As per the always-accurate Lufthansa Group fleet, the A380s that will leave the fleet due to the pandemic are D-AIMC/MF/MI/MJ/MM/MN. Just curious as to how LH chose these frames, especially because MM and MN are both barely 5 years old. Why retire the youngest A380s and keep the oldest ones? It mak...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun May 17, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 365
Views: 63469

Re: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max

I could see Boeing taking the 717's off DElta's hands and prompty offering Hawaiian Air a killer deal for those frames. They seem to be perfect island hoppers. . HA isn't buying a bunch of 717s just to have them sit around and it's going to take years for demand to return to where it was last year ...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun May 17, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8992

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

Some fraction of the A380 fleet will have to be parked a long time. EK subsidizes Dubai, not the other way around. Like all tourist economies, it will take some time. We'll debate Dubai a long time. Heathrow had to rebuild and relocate a lot of taxiways to become A380 compliant, LAX had similar iss...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun May 17, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1498
Views: 8992

Re: Rumour: Emirates to decommission 40% of A380 fleet

... thus a rumour is born. Most rumors by former/present employees about EK ultimately became true. Of course there will never be an official statement even after 100% fleet is gone. Just keep playing "Nearer my God to Thee". Yeah, I'm not sure why this is so hard to believe. When the muc...

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sun May 17, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 123070

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

Weren't the 77Ls fairly inefficient at anything other than near max range? At least relative to its contemporaries. Helluva capable airplane, but they were over built for the more pedestrian longhaul routes.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Sat May 16, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020
Replies: 387
Views: 88209

Re: Boeing 747-400 Passenger Fleet Tracking/Retirements Thread - 2020

That makes me sad - one of QF's 774ERs was the first 747 I ever flew on back in 2005.

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by PhilMcCrackin
Thu May 14, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 123070

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

They should trade with American. Delta 777's for American's A330 fleet. That would be a great idea if AA/DL could put together such a deal :) No, it wouldn't. DL and AA are both reducing capacity expecting a large downturn in traffic. Trading aircraft doesn't achieve that end. DL and AA aren't gett...

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