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by drgmobile
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it feasible for Aegean Airlines buy A321 ULR?
Replies: 15
Views: 2046

Re: Is it feasible for Aegean Airlines buy A321 ULR?

I'm scheduled to take them a couple of times in the next few weeks for a connection to Cyprus and flights within Greece. I'm annoyed about them before I even take my first flight due to the way they play games with Olympic Air coding to avoid providing Star Alliance services.

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30498

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

You are mixing up engineering with business strategy. It's not the fault of the people who built the aircraft that the executive leadership decided to concentrate on the C-Series rather than a newsheet regional jet in the 50- to 100-seat range. Okay. So please tell me what engineering aspects you c...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30498

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

:banghead: Plenty of other manufacturers: Gulfstream, Cirrus, Embraer, Honda, Dassault, etc. I guess, the meaning is -- once you own a BBD-built bizjet, your option on MRO are limited. Not that cannot buy an additional bizjet from some othe rmanufacturer. That's the issue right? Is CRJ service netw...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30498

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

Why are so many comments on this site just not even remotely contributory to the conversation and always negative? Y'all must be fun at parties. Back on topic, this is actually a pretty good move. Of course Mitsubishi was never interested in the CRJ itself, but this way they get to learn from it , ...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire CRJ Program from Bombardier
Replies: 309
Views: 30498

Re: Updated: Mitsubishi finalising deal for acquisition of CRJ programme according to FlightGlobal

vfw614 wrote:
crjflyboy wrote:
From a passenger standpoint, the CRJ far surpasses the ERJ planes.


Can I get some of the stuff you are smoking :-) ? I think your view is quite exclusive....


It depends. Air Canada CRJ-705s (now 900s) are certainly nicer than an old ERJ-145. The 170, 190 and 195 aren't known as ERJs.

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by drgmobile
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies
Replies: 86
Views: 12040

Re: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Returns to the Skies

I'm less curious about the current aircraft models, and more about R&D. Are they going to be content to pump out the current product line or are they prepared to invest in research and development for a new generation of aircraft? Perhaps as a joint venture with one of the upstart electric aircr...

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by drgmobile
Thu May 23, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Air Canada to buy Air Transat
Replies: 308
Views: 49830

Re: Air Canada in exclusive talks to buy Air Transat

cskok8 wrote:
Good, a merger of airlines with vast experience in gliding


Best response ever :)

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by drgmobile
Mon May 13, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?
Replies: 4
Views: 1905

Re: Reason behind 12H+ AC recent delays from Oz?

There are a lot of changes with aircraft and schedules due to the 737 MAX grounding. For example, I was supposed to be on an A321 from Toronto out to Vancouver this afternoon but I showed up to see that it was a 787-9. I have a flight out to Phoenix next month that has been "changed" about...

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by drgmobile
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14552

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

usdcaguy wrote:
What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t?


It's more like the other way around. What does Varadero NOT HAVE that Cancun and Punta Cana DOES?

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by drgmobile
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rouge to serve Iceland instead of AC Mainline Summer 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: Rouge to serve Iceland instead of AC Mainline Summer 2019

I'm surprised it wasn't already Rouge.

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by drgmobile
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round
Replies: 21
Views: 3413

Re: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round

With this much service between France and Quebec, it would be great to see somebody put on a day service heading east. As far as I have been able to tell, the only day flights between North America and Europe go to London. A waste from an aircraft utilization perspective but a dream from a passenge...

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by drgmobile
Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round
Replies: 21
Views: 3413

Re: Corsair's ORY-YUL to become year-round

With this much service between France and Quebec, it would be great to see somebody put on a day service heading east. As far as I have been able to tell, the only day flights between North America and Europe go to London. A waste from an aircraft utilization perspective but a dream from a passenger...

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by drgmobile
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL
Replies: 108
Views: 20074

Re: What MAX Ban Means For Air Canada TATL

According to planespotter.net no AC A320-family aircraft are stored, so this means their NB fleet has just shrunk with 25%. Thats huge... I believe their NB fleet has shrunk 25% if you don't include Rouge . AC can Rouge a route if necessary to fill in the holes. If you include Rouge and the E190s/1...

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by drgmobile
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 66962

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

I always found them ugly. I practically grew up on Boeing 737-200s. But then in the late 90s I flew a couple of Md-80s in new interiors (at the time) at American Airlines. I loved them. I look forward to the 3/2 configuration of the A220s.

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by drgmobile
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada S19 Toronto – Regina aircraft changes
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: Air Canada S19 Toronto – Regina aircraft changes

I'm trying to remember what I was on into/out of Saskatchewan last year -- I think CRJs or Embraer regional jets. There are a few things going on with the fleet with the Embraer 190s leaving the fleet, 737s are arriving and the A220s arrive at the end of the year, and some changes/delays to the flee...

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by drgmobile
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Airfares Jump 28% in Inflation Report
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

Re: Canadian Airfares Jump 28% in Inflation Report

This seems to be written on rather weak assumptions. Canadians payed more due to higher prices...inflation isn't likely to be the cause, especially at that rate. The dollar is low which certainly doesn't help, and it is entirely possible (and likely) that average fares went up due to supply and dem...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 9709

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'd ever use the word "brilliant" to describe an ad campaign based on making fun of people. This campaign takes group of what appears to be poorer, undereducated Americans in Texas (Wharton, TX has a population of 8,773 people and a median household income of $32,243) w...

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by drgmobile
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 9709

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

An ad making fun of low status people who will never fly Aeroméxico to fluff the egos of worldly coastal jet setters... not what I would call brilliant. It’s just petty. If you think the ad is brilliant, it’s for you. This was the point I was trying to make, although I was trying to do it without b...

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by drgmobile
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!
Replies: 64
Views: 9709

Re: Brilliant Aeromexico ad has gone viral!

Hmmm. I'm not sure I'd ever use the word "brilliant" to describe an ad campaign based on making fun of people. This campaign takes group of what appears to be poorer, undereducated Americans in Texas (Wharton, TX has a population of 8,773 people and a median household income of $32,243) wh...

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by drgmobile
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787
Replies: 15
Views: 3471

Re: WestJet delivery team readies for the 787

These will be introductory fares, of course, not necessarily indicative of long term pricing but I just took a look at some of the business fares on these routes. A weekend in London in late May in Business: $5830 on WestJet, $8491 on Air Canada, and $2895 on AC in Premium Economy.. A two day trip m...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 69
Views: 12129

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

If TXL stays open, BER has no future, even after all the nightmare ends. Berlin does not need two airports. It cannot support two. If TXL stays open and there is no restriction on how it is used, no one would use BER. BER will become YMX, unless TXL is restricted to serve limited routes, such as re...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane
Replies: 7
Views: 3057

Re: Didn't pre-book your seat? You need to get off the plane

Ah yes, the whole "overbooking" thing. My favourite overbooking story is my own. Once I missed my Air Canada flight from DCA to YOW as it had left the day before (I had changed the flight and the Air Canada computer defaults to the previous day when you do that, which I didn't realize unti...

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by drgmobile
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LYS-YUL: a growing route
Replies: 17
Views: 3574

Re: LYS-YUL: a growing route

We took this flight on Air Canada two summers ago. Air Transat had a massive billboard in the middle of the city at a time -- with a whale on it, which is funny if you're familiar with Montreal as the whale watching region is a few hours away.

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by drgmobile
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel
Replies: 145
Views: 20783

Re: The Future Of Hawaiian Inter-Island Travel

In the medium term, an early generation of passenger carrying electric aircraft like the one that Zunum is developing (with the backing of JetBlue and Boeing). Longer term, drones. And they'd probably bypass airports and head straight to major resorts. By 2030/40. This is the perfect kind of market ...

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by drgmobile
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dirty planes: three Canadian airlines tested (video)
Replies: 17
Views: 4596

Re: Dirty planes: three Canadian airlines tested (video)

They focused on flight attendants and turn around time between flights, which seems like a bit of a red herring. Do flight attendants clean aircraft? Is that in their contracts? I'd like to know what happens at the end of the day. Are the seats and table trays EVER cleaned? They didn't ask that ques...

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by drgmobile
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 15339

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Two quads -- the A340 and the 747 -- outlasted one trijet -- the MD-11. It all comes down to which companies survived and which didn't. Lockheed had stopped producing commercial jets by the 1990s and McDonnell Douglas was gobbled up by Boeing. Boeing and Airbus had quads and Lockheed and McDonnell ...

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by drgmobile
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come quads outlasted trijets?
Replies: 86
Views: 15339

Re: How come quads outlasted trijets?

Two quads -- the A340 and the 747 -- outlasted one trijet -- the MD-11. It all comes down to which companies survived and which didn't. Lockheed had stopped producing commercial jets by the 1990s and McDonnell Douglas was gobbled up by Boeing. Boeing and Airbus had quads and Lockheed and McDonnell D...

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by drgmobile
Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 81
Views: 15072

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

I have always questioned this over the last couple of years, and I will share some of my thoughts below. So, why is there not a replacement? At least in the US where the majority of them still fly? I know that they will still fly until 2025 or so. My thoughts are that the airline economics are chan...

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by drgmobile
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?
Replies: 28
Views: 5155

Re: Why is Norwegian Air suffixed by “Shuttle”?

Just read the Wikipedia page. Not seeing an explanation of WHY the word "Shuttle" is used. Are we perhaps missing something Does perhaps it have with translation from Norwegian?

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by drgmobile
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has WestJet lost its way?
Replies: 53
Views: 11428

Re: Has WestJet lost its way?

To me the problem was allowing the previous guy to run the airline. He was known for his mishandling of Canadian Airlines and working with Alaska during their trouble periods. Clive Beddoe warned against the 767 overseas ops back when they first announced it and it seems ever since that expansion a...

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by drgmobile
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Air Canada mainline taking back so many Rouge routes?
Replies: 63
Views: 11872

Re: Why is Air Canada mainline taking back so many Rouge routes?

The "airline within an airline" model has proven itself, time and again, to NOT work. The industry is littered with failed attempts to force lower pay and more hours on a subset of employees to try and face off with LCC competition by a legacy airline. It does not work. Ted, Shuttle by Un...

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by drgmobile
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC COO potential new AF-KLM boss
Replies: 30
Views: 5074

Re: AC COO potential new AF-KLM boss

It just occurred to me that Smith is probably bilingual French-English. Having a CEO who doesn't speak French would certainly be frown upon. He isn't -- at least not according to Ben Smith himself. As the Globe and Mail reported yesterday, "When asked about his French, he said he was a French ...

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by drgmobile
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition
Replies: 55
Views: 9085

Re: Air Canada prepares Rouge for ULCC competition

Airlines are becoming like telecom companies in Canada with their multiple brands. I think the BA approach of tailoring their fleet to the destinations (especially out of LGW) is the better approach for AC. Have never understood why AC can't just "rouge-ify" mainline. We all know it's hea...

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by drgmobile
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes
Replies: 33
Views: 6510

Re: Swoop Announces 7 Canada-US Routes

So the usual Canada/Sunbird routes. Pretty much. In fact, I think out of all of these only YHM-TPA is completely new. The others I'd hazard a guess are all transfers from mainline with, in most cases, increased frequencies added. This is addressed in the article: "Swoop will take over four rou...

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by drgmobile
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAE And Canada amend Air Service Agreement
Replies: 76
Views: 9727

Re: UAE And Canada amend Air Service Agreement

I'm also wondering how the +68% are defined as capacity increase doesn't equal to capacity increase. - more frequencies between both countries or still limites to specific cities? - more seats per flight while maintaining the amount of frequecies? - new city-pairs? EK already flies 380's to YYZ. Wi...

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by drgmobile
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for Porter
Replies: 33
Views: 6466

Re: Future for Porter

Porter has been around since 2006 and with only 29 planes is not exactly a counter to Air Canada or Westjet just yet but I'm curious what future they do have. They seem to have backed themselves into a corner with focusing on YTZ and with the shutdown from the Toronto Government to expanding the ru...

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by drgmobile
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for Porter
Replies: 33
Views: 6466

Re: Future for Porter

Porter has been around since 2006 and with only 29 planes is not exactly a counter to Air Canada or Westjet just yet but I'm curious what future they do have. They seem to have backed themselves into a corner with focusing on YTZ and with the shutdown from the Toronto Government to expanding the ru...

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by drgmobile
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic corp unveils plan for 55-seat supersonic jet
Replies: 90
Views: 12933

Re: Boom Supersonic corp unveils plan for 55-seat supersonic jet

I couldn't quote inline because the ads on this page are blocking the reply option. To the person who said that only the "ludicrously wealthy" could afford a $5,000 plane ticket, your threshold for "ludicrously wealthy' seems pretty low. This is not a particularly expensive ticket for...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300
Replies: 354
Views: 49610

Re: JetBlue Orders 60 Airbus A220-300

Wonder what this means for their smaller markets like BTV, PWM, SYR ect. It means nothing. What other examples are there where an airline replaced their smallest plane for a 30-40% increase in capacity without any smaller gauge replacement or regional flying in place? May be interesting to see to s...

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by drgmobile
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is A220 still a regional jet?
Replies: 108
Views: 14177

Re: Is A220 still a regional jet?

817Dreamliiner wrote:
Was it ever referred as a regional jet? It's bigger than an Embraer 190/195 And it's often debated whether or not they are Regional jets.


No. Bombardier never called it a regional jet.

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by drgmobile
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 12072

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

The biggest challenge they will have is lack of network. There may be lots of premium traffic between major cities like Chicago and Atlanta but if you live in either market and fly regularly in first or business, you're almost certainly already connected to a major hub airline. Unless the passenger ...

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by drgmobile
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 21325

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

Virgin Atlantic has been ending routes to Cape Town, Tokyo, Dubai, Mumbai and Sydney in favour of Atlanta, Detroit (which has already ended, surprise surprise) and Seattle (because of Delta hubs) and adding extra services to other US cities. Delta is ruining VA in my opinion and its network in the ...

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by drgmobile
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet Cutting Sudbury...Again
Replies: 26
Views: 3763

Re: WestJet Cutting Sudbury...Again

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/westjet-ending-flights-out-of-sudbury-in-october-974258 “The Greater Sudbury Airport team has worked diligently to ensure the reintroduction of the air carrier was successful and seamless in our community,” the statement said. “It is unfortunate the airline has de...

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by drgmobile
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargojet Airways fleet update
Replies: 65
Views: 9929

Re: Cargojet Airways fleet update

Sad to the see 727s eventually go. I live about 8 kms north of YHM and every now and then I see (hear) one leaving! Whatever plane they buy, could somebody over there please hire somebody with some talent to come up with a new logo and livery. Their planes look like they were painted by a 12 year o...

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by drgmobile
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargojet Airways fleet update
Replies: 65
Views: 9929

Re: Cargojet Airways fleet update

Whatever plane they buy, could somebody over there please hire somebody with some talent to come up with a new logo and livery. Their planes look like they were painted by a 12 year old.

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by drgmobile
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft
Replies: 23
Views: 5756

Re: FAA facing scrutiny for deadly Southwest aircraft

"Deadly Southwest Aircraft"? That's a bit rich.

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by drgmobile
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018
Replies: 97
Views: 14212

Re: Norwegian Air Intl plans Canada launch on July 23, 2018

This "news" is out of date. As I believe has already been discussed, the airline is delaying the start of commercial service until spring of 2019 due to delays in receiving aircraft. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-10/norwegian-air-postpones-canada-services-amid-737-deliver...

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by drgmobile
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?
Replies: 65
Views: 5627

Re: What Is The Real Difference Among Full Service, LCC and ULCC Carriers?

This kind of question comes up a lot, as if Moses had come down with a second set of tablets with official definitions on this kind of industry term. For some things there are, but a lot of these industry terms develop because somebody influential coins it and others start using it because it's usef...

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by drgmobile
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737 Max In Service Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 3245

Re: 737 Max In Service Thread

I did ask one of the flight attendants if she liked the Max, her response was favorable, but she also said that she just moved over from the Embraer, so it seems much roomier. She did mention that some of the business class travelers are disappointed with the narrowbody for transatlantic flights as...

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