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by LCDFlight
Fri May 20, 2022 10:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 104
Views: 4328

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

As of 2020 half of China earned less than 1000CNY a month, or 330 INR a day. And HSR tickets in China cost much more than 1K INR or 100CNY. Yet their trunk routes still have the strong ridership you are seeing, although it is not the case for poorer township. HSR isn't something you take daily unle...

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by LCDFlight
Fri May 20, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 53
Views: 1947

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

I'm shocked at how badly this man has aged in the years since he left office. Considering that the key people in his administration have never expressed any regret over the decision to go into Iraq, I don't think he will ever either. These people have their legacy to protect. Irritating how he laug...

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 19, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 33
Views: 1378

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88 Very relevant to our times. How a bunch of wealthy white people made themselves feel better by driving massive chemical reactors around filled with heavy metals…. To me it has no relevance. And that’s my demographic group, more or less (shrug!) If we care...

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by LCDFlight
Wed May 18, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there alternatives to B6's hostile takeover?
Replies: 39
Views: 5473

Re: Are there alternatives to B6's hostile takeover?

There is no alternative to the mergers needing to stay outside of the Big 4. The Big 4 are off the table for further mergers. You could try to talk about WN, but I really don't think they are on the table. Regulators are realizing, especially in tech but also in airlines, that anti-trust law is a th...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 17, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IL-62... current interesting routing
Replies: 15
Views: 6130

Re: IL-62... current interesting routing

Somebody wanted to pay an awful lot of money to keep something secret. Something that needed to travel fast.

Alternatively, the people paying for the trip are under sanction right now.

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by LCDFlight
Mon May 16, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4391

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

You might have a point if it were 400 billion. The Florida State Retirement system has $36B in unfunded pension liabilities, for comparison. 40 billion will not be a blink in the eye of the national debt. https://reason.org/commentary/the-florida-retirement-system-is-still-in-need-of-reform/ Also L...

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by LCDFlight
Mon May 16, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union
Replies: 44
Views: 8701

Re: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union

Airlines exist to benefit pilots and families? :rotfl: I thought it was the owners/shareholders? So the C-suite is entitled to 10s to 100s of millions, but the pilots demanding less outsourcing is where the greed lies? :scratchchin: What ratio of CEO to pilot compensation is fair to you? Today, mai...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 15, 2022 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7153

Re: US pilots age 65+

People get older, it's logical that retirement ages can be adapted. If you look at old photo's of Lyndon Johnson or Marlon Brando when they were 55, they looked like someone of 75 nowadays. I am sure they can do increased testing to see if a pilot in his/her 60s is still capable. Retirement at 55 w...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 15, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 203
Views: 7763

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

The report I read said after this a-hole shot up the place, he put the gun to his chin but the cops talked him out of doing himself in. Too bad - nothing would be more deserving than this piece of filth to be removed from the planet. There are no words in the English language to strongly enough con...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 15, 2022 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 203
Views: 7763

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

What lowlife scum! Hope they try him and fry him ASAP! Clown!

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 15, 2022 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US pilots age 65+
Replies: 59
Views: 7153

Re: US pilots age 65+

It’s ridiculous when you consider that the 1500 hour rule had no evidence and is limiting the supply of legal pilots, but the age 65 rule is based on scientific evidence on cognitive decline. This is all about rewarding particular people financially… not safety. The US safety culture is really in da...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 14, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The terrible roads of Russia.
Replies: 22
Views: 1475

Re: The terrible roads of Russia.

At the end of the day, Russians have only had cars for 15-20 years. They aren't bad people, they just have no tradition of knowing how to drive. Although somehow I doubt Russian horsemanship was the same as German either. Possibly cultural issues, but more likely simple logistics issues. Russia is n...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 14, 2022 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union
Replies: 44
Views: 8701

Re: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union

Scope needs to be greatly limited by law. It is a restraint on trade which is tolerated in almost no other industry. (and I am pro union - was as a kid and still am). Police, pilots, and West Coast longshore men unions have way to much power, and they abuse it. Nor do their members support other le...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 14, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union
Replies: 44
Views: 8701

Re: United Airlines reaches new contract deal with pilots' union

Scope needs to be greatly limited by law. It is a restraint on trade which is tolerated in almost no other industry. (and I am pro union - was as a kid and still am). Police, pilots, and West Coast longshore men unions have way to much power, and they abuse it. Nor do their members support other le...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 14, 2022 12:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 55
Views: 2079

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

I looked up the water use purposes of the Colorado River not long ago. The result? 85% agriculture. As in, irrigating the desert to grow food on non-farmland. That is nearly the entire source of any water shortage in the US. Weather and climate are a secondary cause. Unregulated water use by farms i...

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 12, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does FX normally use the MD-10 to HNL?
Replies: 14
Views: 3693

Re: Does FX normally use the MD-10 to HNL?

Love it, a 1978 build DC-10 winging its way to Hawaii, making money both ways.

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 12, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 104
Views: 4328

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

China has built about 38,000km of high speed rail, in about the same time since California first got approval to start construction back in 2008. California is the world's 3rd largest economy, what's the problem here? China invested 100 Billion USD into constructing HSR each and every years. While ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 12, 2022 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9234

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

She doesn't realize that relations between Russia and Europe right now have been shattered with no chance of being repaired until Putin leaves power. Considering that Putin will make sure that his successor shares the same ideology and hard line attitudes that he has, I don't see relations improvin...

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 12, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 104
Views: 4328

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

California HSR is (yet another) example that actual transportation professionals are being completely misused and deliberately misunderstood, in order to pursue a political fantasy. California HSR is a sick joke and a tragedy. IMO, it proves that government must be sharply reduced in size. Meanwhile...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 10, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AerCap CEO says “Boeing will Bounce Back”
Replies: 48
Views: 5901

Re: AerCap CEO says “Boeing will Bounce Back”

The barriers to entry are so high that IMO, it is not a certainty that Boeing will have the capability to continue to manufacture certified passenger airplanes. It is by no means easy, and Boeing does not reliably demonstrate that capability. Boeing is a company that is crying out to be replaced by ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 10, 2022 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?
Replies: 87
Views: 11222

Re: What will happen to shorter routes when airlines replace 50 seaters?

The millionth time such a topic is coming on a.net :| And I will repeat that the topic keeps coming up, because small markets continue to exist, and 50 seaters STILL exist 20 years after Mike Boyd said they were doomed. A 50 seater can make more profit than an A350 (or A320) in many, many specific ...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 07, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"
Replies: 90
Views: 15379

Re: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"

I agree, and think that Boeing may be poised to be fully replaced by other, better managed and more capable companies. I don’t think we can overlook the struggles of other companies which exemplify how complex and difficult certification has become ⋅ Mitsubishi has essentially failed to b...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 07, 2022 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"
Replies: 90
Views: 15379

Re: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"

I tend to find people who have done undergraduate Business degrees of MBAs have tended to be some of the worst managers I've ever come across. The tend to have no people skills and believe the way to run a business is from everything they learned in a book and anybody who questions your judgement i...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 07, 2022 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"
Replies: 90
Views: 15379

Re: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"

I agree, and think that Boeing may be poised to be fully replaced by other, better managed and more capable companies. For example, the 737. I am not convinced that the next equivalent product will necessarily come from Boeing. I think another company, maybe Embraer for example, may be better posit...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 07, 2022 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"
Replies: 90
Views: 15379

Re: Avolon CEO says Boeing has "lost its way"

I agree, and think that Boeing may be poised to be fully replaced by other, better managed and more capable companies. For example, the 737. I am not convinced that the next equivalent product will necessarily come from Boeing. I think another company, maybe Embraer for example, may be better positi...

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by LCDFlight
Sat May 07, 2022 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA
Replies: 242
Views: 30068

Re: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA

This was the criteria compiled by the Harvard Business Review back when they did the story on Boeing was moving out of Seattle in 2001, and ultimately landed in Chicago: https://hbr.org/resources/images/article_assets/hbr/0110/F0109B_A.gif Arlington checks all those boxes today too, and can simply ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri May 06, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin flight returns to LHR after FO found to be insufficiently qualified
Replies: 37
Views: 9221

Re: Virgin flight returns to LHR after FO found to be insufficiently qualified

I wonder how they found out. If the crew noticed it while in air, or if company realized the error and relayed it to the captain. Either way I'm sure the decision to turn around was taken after some back and forth communication. I think the captain became suspicious when the FO did not respond as e...

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 05, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing moving HQ to Arlington, VA
Replies: 242
Views: 30068

Re: Boeing moving HQ to DC

Pathetic. Says it all, really.

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 05, 2022 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14446

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

oldannyboy wrote:
All I can think of is how graceful and elegant the A220 is. So happy to see that fabulous bird gracing the skies.


Totally agree, one of the most elegant things in the sky. It would be great to hear pilot reports from the line.

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by LCDFlight
Thu May 05, 2022 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP
Replies: 54
Views: 14446

Re: DL A220 rough landing, near-tailstrike at MSP

That is a ropey approach that probably should have been aborted earlier (they struggled with directional stability numerous times). It does appear to be a near tail strike. However, there is no major stress or impact seen at all in the video. The airplane is probably fine. Lucky, more than anything.

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by LCDFlight
Wed May 04, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Celebrates 75 Years to Hawaii
Replies: 52
Views: 7053

Re: United Celebrates 75 Years to Hawaii

May 1, 2022 was the 75th anniversary of UA's service to Hawaii. That strikes me as pretty remarkable. What other carriers - including HA - have served Hawaii for a long time? Which of the US carriers - old and new - served Hawaii at one time, too. Did USAir (pre-HP) serve HNL or any other destinati...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 03, 2022 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows
Replies: 764
Views: 24153

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Campaign statements are not the same as statements made to Senate panels under oath. This is a junior high school-level distinction. What are the content of those statements? As I don't think it would be legal for a congress member to ask a judge to say they will rule some cases some ways for them ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 03, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows
Replies: 764
Views: 24153

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

Well, hey. At least we will never read anything in the news about Covid or Ukraine again.

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 03, 2022 10:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 152079

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

People, stop with the idea “ JetBlue afraid of the combined carrier“ they’ve been thriving in high competition markets in their whole existence by all types of high fair and low fare carriers and been doing just fine and making many years of profits. They want them because they need to grow decisiv...

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by LCDFlight
Tue May 03, 2022 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 152079

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

wonder if jetblue goes the hostile route? The accusations in the letter above from B6’s management are quite distressing and almost claims Spirit has not done it's required fiduciary responsibility. Spirit's board and management seem to be looking only for their own financial interests and ignoring...

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by LCDFlight
Mon May 02, 2022 2:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2884

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

Actually, people WANT to work. Look at the unemployment rate. It's not that people don't want to work. That is a Republican talking point that gets the base ginned up. People can't afford the "affordable" housing. THAT is the problem! Even in the Republican led states, housing costs are o...

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by LCDFlight
Mon May 02, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2884

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

Well if left wing paradises of Oregon, Washington, and California had a $20 per hr minimum wage, would you still have the worst homelessness outside of New York? Google search - "To make sure you have enough money to go around, a good rule of thumb is to spend 30% or less of your gross monthly...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 01, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit
Replies: 992
Views: 152079

Re: JetBlue bids 3.6B for Spirit

Yup. NK makes higher margins than B6, though B6 has stated in their merger the B6 product goes away. As a shareholder this seems bad for B6, and it might be okay for NK’s shareholders, since they get cash. Where did B6 say their product goes away? I mistyped. B6 has said the NK product goes away, e...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 01, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2884

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

So just stop what? We have a massive homeless issue and not enough affordable housing. How about you figure out how to stop that. The US has an immense amount of affordable housing. But people refuse to follow the laws and work, instead harassing taxpayers in top desirability areas, as they indulge...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 01, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?
Replies: 21
Views: 4899

Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?

Have always been intrigued by what jets can really do, at 99.9% safety rather than 99.999% or above. Can jet engines run 50% above tbo? Can MTOW be exceeded by 15% relatively safely? Is this routine in less developed countries? I suspect this is an attractive opportunity for operators in less govern...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 01, 2022 2:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How far in advance do airlines announce new service?
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: How far in advance do airlines announce new service?

Just curious, how far in advance of the first flight do airlines typically announce new service? (New cities/routes). I know this is like the 5th or so thread I have asked a question about this, but my husband and I are planning a trip to Disney World in the fall OF 2023 and we're hoping that maybe...

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by LCDFlight
Sun May 01, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2884

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

With massive homelessness on the West Coast and the shortage of housing throughout the country, where will they live? Housing costs (along with other necessities) are going up dramatically. It already costs LA County how much per housing unit for the homeless? You are right about the past but aren'...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Apr 30, 2022 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are the Pratt & Whitney GTF reliability issues fixed now?
Replies: 47
Views: 8394

Re: Are the Pratt & Whitney GTF reliability issues fixed now?

Great thread. Even the fact there is room for debate means the new generation of engines is becoming plausibly mature in airline service. It takes years to perfect new equipment through the duty cycle. I’ll say ten years.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5591
Views: 363719

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

marcelh wrote : Let me guess: you aren’t in Europe? I'm European and live there too and I can say: the primitive intimidation hasn't frightened me for a long time. Incidentally, it doesn't matter where you live in a nuclear world war because the planet would be completely destroyed anyway. The Russ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5591
Views: 363719

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1519420947585015810?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1519420947585015810%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.redditmedia.com%2Fmediaembed%2Fudeu8p%3Fresponsive%3Dtrueis_nightmode%3Dfalse Wow. Watch what she says at 42 secon...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KE Resumes ICN-LAS, Increases LAX and YVR
Replies: 27
Views: 5919

Re: KE Resumes ICN-LAS, Increases LAX and YVR

This is a sign the KE-DL Pacific JV is going great. I have always said ICN aside from HKG is the best Asian transit hub serving destinations from HKT and DPS to RGN. Once the COVID situation in China improves it will be great as KE is the foreign airline that serves more Chinese destinations than a...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeings 1Q22 Earnings
Replies: 146
Views: 16416

Re: Boeings 1Q22 Earnings

One thing not mentioned anywhere: debt only decreased by 400 million, while its stands at around 60 billion still. Interest payments are only going up. Last year, someone calculated that even if Boeing manages to sell all their backlog at record margins, they are still many billions shy of paying o...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Apr 27, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 11644

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

Is calling someone by the sex they were at birth a false fact? Should that be banned? If so, on what grounds, and where do you stop? Twitter blocked the Hunter Biden laptop story and suspended accounts for it...only for it to be true. Facebook blocked users from posting theories that covid could ha...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Apr 27, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 11644

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

Is calling someone by the sex they were at birth a false fact? Should that be banned? If so, on what grounds, and where do you stop? Twitter blocked the Hunter Biden laptop story and suspended accounts for it...only for it to be true. Facebook blocked users from posting theories that covid could ha...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Apr 26, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 11644

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

The one thing you can trust about Elon is that he is not afraid to change the plan when empirical evidence suggests that his current plan is not working. We saw it at Spacex, We saw it at Tesla, and I am sure we will see it at Twitter. To this point Elon has been a consumer and producer of Tweets. ...

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