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by dstblj52
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK and the lack of low-cost carriers
Replies: 97
Views: 14005

Re: JFK and the lack of low-cost carriers

NYC was after WN for yearrrrrrsssss to enter JFK, and by the late '90s, were offering all manner of incentives to do so. WN didn't bite. "New Air" however, did-- we know them today as "JetBlue," and their very existence is testament to the fact that WN can F-up just as badly as ...

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by dstblj52
Sun Nov 07, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Hub Facilities
Replies: 71
Views: 8746

Re: American Airlines Hub Facilities

I have to say, I passed through SLC for the first time in a LONG time yesterday and their new terminal is absolutely outstanding. It's just impeccably designed and user-friendly - add to that the ease of using the airport (I actually left and had lunch in downtown SLC with a friend before going bac...

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by dstblj52
Sun Nov 07, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Hub Facilities
Replies: 71
Views: 8746

Re: American Airlines Hub Facilities

Frankly, every carrier has good facilities and poor facilities. C/D at IAD for United is a dump but rarely crowded so I suppose its workable. ATL is a dump; a crowded dump, that is. DTW is very nice. MSP is fine. AA's T8 at JFK is very nice. UA's renovations at LAX were nice and the facility looks ...

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by dstblj52
Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAnother Meltdown
Replies: 289
Views: 44105

Re: AAnother Meltdown

if it's weather the regionals take the brunt if it's a meltdown it's roughly equal if it's staffing their not correlated easy test.

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by dstblj52
Fri Nov 05, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production
Replies: 208
Views: 26464

Re: Airbus blasted by leasing companies over plans to lift jet production

There is plenty of demand in growing countries like India for more direct services. I've spoken to Indian Colleagues from large cities that don't have good connecting services to the metrolpolises of India where old A32X and 737s would easily find service if they were only cheaper to acquire. It wo...

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by dstblj52
Wed Nov 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.
Replies: 92
Views: 15798

Re: FT: Risks of Airbus passing 60% market share.

Nobody knows for sure. I suspect MAX, 787 and 777X struggles are the tip of an iceberg. We are drifting off topic but the tanker quality issues and the space capsule problems point to a pretty widespread malaise at the company. Boeing will survive but it is going to take time and how it is after re...

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by dstblj52
Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 48888

Re: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted

I see a worrying development of settlements solving criminal, regulatory, strategic, legal irregularities. Worrying, because usually settlements are a win-win. Victims need to get on with their lives and use the financial compensation to invest in their future. The defendants, often large companies...

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by dstblj52
Sun Oct 24, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Purchase A359/737-900ER
Replies: 900
Views: 249121

Re: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Purchase A359/737-900ER

737Gs was easy to retire last year because of the A319s, and they have a lot of time left. DL's approach to enlarging their fleet seems to be to buy as many used aircraft as possible, fix them up and then buy only what they have to buy from the manufacturers. This isn't a bad idea, because it saves...

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by dstblj52
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa Air to get in drone delivery business
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

Re: Mesa Air to get in drone delivery business

You can’t fault them for dipping their toes in potential work outside of the traditional regional model. I can; I'd expect them to devote resources to improving their regional operation (you know, the one that keeps the lights on) before chasing after the next cockamamie idea. It'd be one thing if ...

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by dstblj52
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mesa Air to get in drone delivery business
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

Re: Mesa Air to get in drone delivery business

This. This exactly. Sometimes I wonder if we will see Mesa evolve into a completely different type of company over time. They keep throwing ideas at the wall. Eventually something might stick and work out for them. At that point why be a bottom feeder CRJ operator? Maybe change is what’s best for t...

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by dstblj52
Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive
Replies: 450
Views: 81846

Re: AirAsia X plans overhaul to survive

AirAsia X falls 5% on plan to pay just 0.5% of US$8.1b debt owed to creditors The shareholders aren't completely wiped out, which they ought to be in any restructuring which expects the creditors to take the most pain. Shareholders are 99.9% wiped out and there is no realistic hope of ever recoveri...

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by dstblj52
Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

"Amazon solve all the problem by using economies of scale. That's also why legacy airlines worked, but then disrupted by ME3 and LCC because those provide even better economies of scale." The proposal of multiple smaller hubs completely go against such economies of scale." Amazon doe...

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by dstblj52
Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

50 seats is not too small. If you burn less fuel, 50 seats can be a magic number, as you only need 1 FA. but any tech that lowers fuel costs on a 50 seat also presumably lowers fuel costs on a 76 seater which is a aircraft thats got better labor efficiency You still have the cost of an extra FA on ...

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by dstblj52
Sun Oct 10, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

The easiest solution is shared flights instead of a RJ from every city to the hub. Run the big jet through a couple of cities to fill it up before heading to the hub. No need for massive investment in a new design that may not (most likely won’t) be economical to operate. IMO, Customers are more li...

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by dstblj52
Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 218
Views: 21664

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

The CR5 exists due to scope issues. It has the side effect of becoming a 50 seat airplane, reducing FA costs. They can use the airplane to backfill yield needs in markets that support it. Agreed. What I was trying to say was that if there was a market for 50 seater that had worthwhile yields, we’d ...

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by dstblj52
Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 48888

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

A couple of questions on your comments: 1) Please advise us/me where you have the idea that there is a law that states that the FAA cannot impose regulations based on hypothetical events? I would sure like to know which law that is. For example most of the airworthiness regulations governing aircra...

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by dstblj52
Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 382
Views: 48888

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Airbus and Boeing can decide who they deliver airplane to. If an airline’s training or maintenance doesn’t pass muster, they can hold off deliveries until they help them improve. The OEMs shouldn't be doing the regulators job. Is it really up to Toulouse or Chicago to judge Air Whatever's training ...

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by dstblj52
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time
Replies: 58
Views: 8943

Re: 16 years ago: NW and DL both file CH11 bankruptcy at nearly the same time

Average age of pilot group being 50 has no bearing on how long they've been with DL. Also, the people who took voluntary buyouts had over 20 years on average with DL; meaning they started to "get up there in age", and their buyouts were most likely quite substantial as well: someone with ...

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by dstblj52
Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New IAG carrier at LGW
Replies: 251
Views: 51261

Re: New IAG carrier at LGW

why are they holding this flying in house at this point why not just take the cpa route at this point and have multiple sub contractors bid for the flying if their not interested in anything but the lowest labor costs?

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 26, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta 330 order
Replies: 136
Views: 34611

Re: Rumor: Delta 330 order

Airlines typically don't replace 1-for-1 or make clear replacements. Indeed, yesterday DL said the A321neos were for continued "fleet renewal" - sounds like they are replacing something, but they aren't naming the aircraft. Sure Airlines dont always replace 1 for 1, in many cases this is ...

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190041

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

One C17 just took off. Didn't turn Transponder on until FL20. Doesn't have a destination. Doesn't have a flight number. Probably headed to Qatar https://www.flightradar24.com/X/28ebf3ba EDIT: It's weird. It is just circling around to the east of KBL @ FL23. Get of the ground reroute later probably

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by dstblj52
Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan
Replies: 177
Views: 36447

Re: Updated: US Activates the CRAF program for Afghanistan

USAirKid wrote:
I'm curious, do CRAF flights have the normal IFE offerings that would be offered for a normal passenger flight?

Their usually not turned off so yeah, in general if the aircraft has it they can be used wifi is sometimes turned off for security reasons otherwise

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by dstblj52
Mon Aug 23, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190041

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

Ticker on CNN says more than 30 C17's are slated to head to Kabul in the next 24 hours. I'm not sure if that's 30 individual aircraft, or 30 movements.. The way it was worded is how I wrote it.. I guess that sounds like individual aircraft? I don't really want to go hunt for flights and see how man...

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 19, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?
Replies: 106
Views: 18199

Re: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?

I've brought this up before, but I'm curious to see how the landscape in these markets change with these DL cuts: Take BDL for example, pre-covid DL served 8 destinations (6 year-round), now they are down to just 3. Or IND, where DL served 15 destinations, and now they are down to 7. How does DL ma...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?
Replies: 106
Views: 18199

Re: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?

CVG was perfectly healthy hub at one point too. When aircraft gauge went up, it was much easier to upguage at a large O&D station like EWR than at a smaller station like CLE (just to keep the comparison in the same airline). CLE shrank, but CO still needed it for it's geography, so it stayed ar...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?
Replies: 106
Views: 18199

Re: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?

It isn't required due to aircraft performance, no. It is required to be a national carrier that serves the entire country though. Otherwise, you end up with a network like Jet Blue. How so? What coverage does CVG offer that DTW and ATL don't do even better? I'm not saying CVG is necessary (it's not...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

Everyone forgets it's contractors. For instance in ATL, is ATS ground handling NK, F9, B6 and AS. So the ramp guys are going back and forth between the different airlines, and it's worse in ATL with both NK and F9 having a huge presence there. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but in contract stati...

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by dstblj52
Mon Aug 16, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 190041

Re: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

I am stunned that all these USAF assets are trackable. Why would we do that? Pinged the same to an ANG friend who has flown extensively in the region. Only in very controlled areas where overflight requires coordination with civilian ATC and limited military ATC capabilities. Also in some areas alo...

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by dstblj52
Sun Aug 15, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Citilink QG5900/CTV5990 off the coast of Alaska
Replies: 3
Views: 2032

Re: Citilink QG5900/CTV5990 off the coast of Alaska

cargo or its going to delta to get work done are the probably answers,

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by dstblj52
Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?
Replies: 106
Views: 18199

Re: Delta pulling down RDU & CVG?

those smaller focus cities were in a way born to be the cushion that keeps the core structure intact when times get bad

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Purchase A359/737-900ER
Replies: 900
Views: 249121

Re: Updated: Used Delta Aircraft Order A359/737-900ER

Next three B737-9GP/ER scheduled to leave Malindo to join Delta are: 9M-LNF 38687 / 4368 (this is the 7500th 737) 9M-LNG 38729 / 4380 9M-LNH 38732 / 4484 All delivered in 2013. With these three frames delivered to Delta, all six Malindo B737-9GP/ER will have gone to Delta. Next B739 will be reporte...

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by dstblj52
Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirts current situation

Spirit's only comment "there is no strike", ALPA's only comment "there is no strike", but neither organization is willing to provide more information. Since there is no strike then this must be an unofficial call in sick day which is terrible for passengers but I'm sure Spirit's...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 513
Views: 69637

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

airplaneboy wrote:
I’m curious if this meltdown will prompt Spirit to insource their own ramp/customer service/ops people.

doubt it they might start their own outsourcing company but they wont want to bring it fully in house because unions

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

Spirit hired a xxx company to do a certain job ( above/below the wing ). If said company cannot staff the contract they agreed on, can Spirit demand payment on a broken contract? If Ats/Menzies/Swissport etc fail to staff that’s a them problem that also is a Spirit problem. It depends on how the co...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

they may be making things better but man fundamentally how do they increase ground handling staffing for contractors? Really no way to do it in a timely manner, even new hires are 2-3 weeks out from being able to contribute. And I doubt very many new hires will stay on long. Imagine your first day ...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

302 xcls so far, per Flightaware. If 253 is 33% of flights as per prior post 302/(3*253) is about 40%. Considering here on the West coast I am about to have lunch... Which isn't half way through the day, we have days left to go in my opinion. The is the 2nd day promised to be better that wasn't. Li...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

I'm not so sure that temporarily wet leasing aircraft in is banned, in fact it seems explicitly allowed by their scope clause. This is their scope clause: B. Scope 1. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, all flying on the Company’s aircraft (whether leased to or owned by the Company) or ...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

Much like the B6 meltdown, the NK one has left crews and aircraft displaced. B6 chartered multiple aircraft from North American Airlines, World Airlines and others to clear the backlog of passengers using B767s, MD-11s, etc. (Quite the sight to see at JFK T6 at that time). Obviously, B6 did not ope...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

1. The contractors can't find staff and whatever staff they have been doing crazy over time so it's not being handled, and the staffing situation is being made worse by the fact that every other airside company is recruiting among the spirit contractors as they were all previously short. 2. Yes tha...

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by dstblj52
Fri Aug 06, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

I remember when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened at B6, I was working at JFK that day. I have a few questions about NKs recovery compared to ours. 1) While B6 contracts ground ops out at smaller operational cities, they have their own crews at all focus cities and some smaller cities as we...

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

The amount of abuse these contract employees face, I am surprised more have not just walked off the job. No benefits, below poverty pay wages, and constant abuse. Not a smart job to have. I fully support them all walking out. Not true. NK MCO here. I think the pay is great for a part-time job, I ha...

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 05, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
I am surprised DL hasnt rounded up a spare 757 and done sort of PR stunt offering anyone with NK tickets stuck in SJU able to get a $150 o/w to ATL or FLL or something

why offer spirit for free the key domestic legacy differenciator

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 05, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 513
Views: 69637

Re: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021

I realize pax are SOL-- which is absolutely horrible-- especially on flights with less than daily frequency but is there any precedence of airlines flying them home for free to earn goodwill? I'm thinking about maybe airlines that went Chapter 7. Yes but no ones going to do that for spirit passenge...

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by dstblj52
Thu Aug 05, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

A 60% cancellation rate is a serious operational meltdown. I wonder what it’s costing Spirit to protect its passengers on other airlines. What protections? I bet they're using every trick in the book including simply not answering the phones or emails..to not put anyone on any other airline. I'm no...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

apparantly crew scheduling at one point just stopped taking more calls the line was that bad, so yep its the summer spirit meltdown part 7 That was what I was expecting. They have probably 10-12 schedulers at most between pilots and FA's on duty at a given time. Call everyone in and they might have...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

apparantly crew scheduling at one point just stopped taking more calls the line was that bad, so yep its the summer spirit meltdown part 7 That really sounds like a staffing issue. Did they really stop taking calls? Or did the waits stretch into hours? they had to many people on hold, so the phone ...

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by dstblj52
Wed Aug 04, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 63415

Re: Spirit operational challenges

apparantly crew scheduling at one point just stopped taking more calls the line was that bad, so yep its the summer spirit meltdown part 7

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by dstblj52
Tue Aug 03, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?
Replies: 52
Views: 8869

Re: Ryanair Group Airlines: Existing Aircraft Repaints?

I’m surprised Ryanair or Ryanair group does not have a dedicated thread like other airlines, especially during this moment when it is most active airline in Europe. Are Ryanair news so interesting? Ryanair is mostly covered in the news regarding low worker's rights. There is no vision. They don't w...

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by dstblj52
Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 135
Views: 29754

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

Does anyone have insight into how these aircraft will be financed. As far as I know the sale of Condor to LOT fell through. unclear airbus may be financing them in house to get a deal done, which is common in situations where the manufacturer is vulnerable Vulnerable to?? Please explain how Airbus ...

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by dstblj52
Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo
Replies: 135
Views: 29754

Re: Condor orders Airbus A330-900neo

zeke wrote:
Does anyone have insight into how these aircraft will be financed. As far as I know the sale of Condor to LOT fell through.

unclear airbus may be financing them in house to get a deal done, which is common in situations where the manufacturer is vulnerable

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