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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly
Replies: 78
Views: 19661

Re: A321neo operators alerted over 'excessive pitch' anomaly

You can pull back on the side stick all day long and hard as you want, and the 320 will only pitch up to its software limit. Unlike a Boeing where it'll let you pull loops if you try hard enough. This should be a very simple software change.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Argentina may cancel EZE-MIA route if conflict with unions is not resolved
Replies: 20
Views: 3460

Re: LATAM Argentina may cancel EZE-MIA route if conflict with unions is not resolved

Sounds fishy since an ADSB setup is probably less than $500k for a commercial airliner. And the 767 has plenty of resale value.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MYR and possible Allegiant future plans
Replies: 9
Views: 1071

Re: MYR and possible Allegiant future plans

Demand to MYR drops off a cliff after the summer. Allegiant rarely focuses on outbound traffic, they want inbound pax going to MYR.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020
Replies: 41
Views: 8055

Re: Lufthansa Cargo considers retiring all MD-11s in 2020

The MD-11 is on its way out everywhere. Support will be getting more and more expensive, and I doubt that Boeing is interested in helping any operators prolong their life. I strongly suspect that all the ones flying today are flying for their last operator. Naa, these birds were probably maintained...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United drops GUM-HKG
Replies: 51
Views: 11100

Re: United drops GUM-HKG

UA has an allegiant style niche there in Guam. I was there last year and the hotels are all full, as were various flights. HNL-GUM seems to have mixed load factors but I would bet the 777 brings in a lot of cargo. They also get steady military business.

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Eva Airlines cabin crew negotiation broken, strike to start today
Replies: 25
Views: 1484

Re: Updated: Eva Airlines cabin crew negotiation broken, strike to start today

The 2.5 is because the crew bus picks up in Taipei and makes the 45-60 drive to TPE, and then they still need to do their briefings and cabin prep.

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by Sean-SAN-
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRJ GPS Issues
Replies: 52
Views: 11784

Re: CRJ GPS Issues

I was flying an A319 yesterday and had the same issues.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon May 13, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thailand seeks new ICAO safety audit, hope to regain U.S Cat-1 safety rating
Replies: 29
Views: 3801

Re: Thailand seeks new ICAO safety audit, hope to regain U.S Cat-1 safety rating

I still find it strange that a smaller airline like PR flies to the US and Canada and make its Transpacific routes work (even if at a loss, although historically this wasn't the case, only in more recent years), while apart from SQ, even large Southeast Asian airlines like MH, TG, GI, or VN can't m...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun May 12, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Discussion Thread - 2019
Replies: 190
Views: 24782

Re: Allegiant DIscussion Thread - 2019

Anyone have any idea of say there top 10 and bottom 10 performing stations right now as things stand? Don’t follow G4 that much self admitingly but curious on if any loose ends could be cut as they continue to grow. It's impossible to quantify things in terms like that, in the way other airlines do...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun May 12, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: At DL flying is a family affair
Replies: 58
Views: 6818

Re: At DL flying is a family affair

Because if the story was about a father with multiple sons, you wouldn’t have heard it. But because it’s all females (who have an easier path to getting hired) it’s newsworthy Yep. People on the outside have no idea how socially engineered flight decks are these days. White males need 6x the experi...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat May 11, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Eva Airlines cabin crew negotiation broken, strike to start today
Replies: 25
Views: 1484

Re: Eva Air (BR) Flight Attendants to Hold Strike Vote

I was always surprised when I worked for a regional and had a LGA layover, and the EVA crews stayed at the same hotel in Flushing Queens. A long ride from JFK and ending up in Chinatown after a 15 hour flight from Taiwan.

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed May 08, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines announces Fukuoka
Replies: 12
Views: 3291

Re: Hawaiian Airlines announces Fukuoka

The DL flights were consistently full, it's just a matter of profitability. Good luck to HA!

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed May 01, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship
Replies: 73
Views: 6948

Re: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship

Flying the MD88 was definitely the most fun of the jets I've worked on. It keeps pilots on their toes and requires you to really interact and fly the plane, while not being overly laborious. It's not the most comfortable to work on if it's hot outside or raining. The airbus on the other hand, is mu...

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed May 01, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship
Replies: 73
Views: 6948

Re: MD88/MD90/B712 Love/Hate Relationship

Flying the MD88 was definitely the most fun of the jets I've worked on. It keeps pilots on their toes and requires you to really interact and fly the plane, while not being overly laborious. It's not the most comfortable to work on if it's hot outside or raining. The airbus on the other hand, is muc...

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Air to Mexico
Replies: 53
Views: 8084

Re: Allegiant Air to Mexico

Allegiant actually has 30" seat pitch, better than many "legacy" airlines. The fact that they don't recline means you actually have more space as well, and no seatback right in your face. Works fine for their typical 2 hour stage length. Which lagacy has less than 30" pitch?????...

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by Sean-SAN-
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Air to Mexico
Replies: 53
Views: 8084

Re: Allegiant Air to Mexico

Allegiant actually has 30" seat pitch, better than many "legacy" airlines. The fact that they don't recline means you actually have more space as well, and no seatback right in your face. Works fine for their typical 2 hour stage length.

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by Sean-SAN-
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?
Replies: 13
Views: 2539

Re: What is the largest aircraft type LAS sees now?

Still a busy fleet of A340-500 and 747SPs over at LV Sands as well.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019
Replies: 93
Views: 26181

Re: A330 and A340 Write-off/Retirement/Scrap Thread - 2019

Still two ex-PAL 340s sitting in SFB. Can't imagine Orlando is ideal for air plane storage.

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings Adds FRA-LAS
Replies: 32
Views: 4839

Re: Eurowings Adds FRA-LAS

Europeans love Vegas.. you can get a 5 star room, food, and alcohol for a fraction of the price of any European city and there is plenty of shopping and nightlife. Go to any large hotel pool in the summer and you'll hear endless European accents and languages.

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 196
Views: 21742

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

This has happened for a long long time, and for some reason the FA unions don't seem to mind... UA and AA especially have a high number of FAs who drop all their trips and just keep the job for travel benefits and health insurance, and have completely different careers. Not sure why the unions sign ...

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France and 5 unions agree on new pay deal
Replies: 16
Views: 3636

Re: Air France and 5 unions agree on new pay deal

Does this include the pilots or cabin crew? Doesn't really specify..

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off
Replies: 52
Views: 15552

Re: Air India Express 737 gets massive gash on belly on take off

Sounds like it was a Trichy take off ;)

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Allegiant in Alaska?
Replies: 20
Views: 2510

Re: Possibility of Allegiant in Alaska?

Very unlikely to happen. BLI is mostly Canadian traffic going south, not locals going north. The rest of the bases would require an overnight in Alaska which goes against the G4 business model.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA employee fired after injuring passenger
Replies: 20
Views: 6054

Re: ANA employee fired after injuring passenger

So what actually happened, and how? This story makes absolutely no sense

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 5th freedom flights from Tokyo - thoughts?
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

Re: Hawaiian 5th freedom flights from Tokyo - thoughts?

If it was profitable, TG would have already done it. They do a lot of 5th freedom already. Scoot and Air Asia are constantly receiving new airframes and they need to book revenue, I doubt it's profitable but at least it covers most of the lease. Overhead is low now while they double book cabin crew ...

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread
Replies: 693
Views: 89474

Re: What's next for Allegiant? - discussion thread

Based on allegiant.com the red-eye flights will be A319 so it doesn't have anything to do with the newer airframes.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: India has the highest percent of female pilots.
Replies: 16
Views: 3377

Re: India has the highest percent of female pilots.

I would bet this has less to do with egalitarianism and more to do with patronage. In places like India, only the children of very wealthy and connected parents can afford flight school. These kids, depending on their parents level of connectedness can get jobs at those respective airlines once they...

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by Sean-SAN-
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok
Replies: 65
Views: 10445

Re: TG gets new President, plans revised turn-around plan, considers refinancing Nok

Lets face it -Thai has the demand, cost structure, and economy of scale at BKK that they can just throw anything at most routes and fill the plane. Usually to at least a break even cost. Having multiple fleet types makes more jobs, which is by design.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?
Replies: 82
Views: 12267

Re: Cargo Pilots: a different breed of airmen?

In the US, cargo can be the golden lotto ticket or the dregs. FedEx and UPS pilots are the highest paid pilot group on planet Earth, with fantastic work rules and retirement. Meanwhile, top seniority Atlas Air captains make less than a junior captain at Allegiant, Spirit, JetBlue. Same with most of ...

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by Sean-SAN-
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: EMIRATES EK348 [Colombo - Singapore] - Unprofessional crew?
Replies: 6
Views: 6181

Re: EMIRATES EK348 [Colombo - Singapore] - Unprofessional crew?

Quite widely known that EK has been reducing the number of cabin crew (as well as pilots on some routes) and they are being forced to do more work with fewer people. It's a pity EK has chosen to go down this road. I'm sure that, combined with reducing rest on many layovers is causing fatigue and low...

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by Sean-SAN-
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO: We beat AA/UA because we have the revenue to sustain it
Replies: 127
Views: 14298

Re: Delta CEO: We beat AA/UA because we have the revenue to sustain it

DL had good timing with an improving economy whilst plowing money into the operation, and running very old planes with low fuel prices. When the economy tanks and fuel prices skyrocket, they will suddenly be on the wrong end of that curve. At $90/barrel I would imagine a lot of their routes will bec...

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta captain ridicules Tamar Braxton for #flying while black (according to many articles)
Replies: 26
Views: 4481

Re: Delta captain ridicules Tamar Braxton for #flying while black (according to many articles)

The captain should have let the ground security coordinator deal with it (aka the gate agent). He will likely be backed up by ALPA but in the meantime he will have meetings with HR and his chief pilot. All of this could have been avoided by going through the normal protocol instead of being a super ...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air bends a 767
Replies: 131
Views: 41932

Re: Atlas Air bends a 767

Although unconfirmed, the FO was doing their first landing on the 767 after less than 2 years at a regional airline. Atlas has been known lately for very high turnover... Their captains probably make less than a 2nd year Delta FO and experience there is draining rapidly due to poor employee relations.

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How's Allegiant doing on routes with competition?
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Re: How's Allegiant doing on routes with competition?

G4 competes on many routes with WN/NK/F9. They seem to fill a niche by offering cheaper prices than WN and often more convenient times than F9/NK, both of who have much higher utilization and does a lot of oddly timed flights. On routes that NK/F9 offer similar timed flights, it seems G4 suffers, an...

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Hints At New US City Update: Confirms HKG-SEA
Replies: 194
Views: 25069

Re: Cathay Pacific Hints At New US City

Vegas or Miami is the most logical. Austin, they don't have the correct airframe. IAH is already covered internationally. SLC has failed for Delta so I doubt CX would try. HNL is ULCC. SEA eats into YVR and already has HKA. Denver, low O/D and operational issues. Dallas already has AA.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Shanghai Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3676

Re: Future of Shanghai Airports

They still don't want to talk about the real problem, which is airspace management. PVG (and PEK) perform about have as many take-offs and landings (movements) compared to ATL/ORD, and are lower than even CLT. The relatively high pax counts are due to widebody usage but the real problem plaguing Chi...

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA and A330 delivery problems.. no money
Replies: 49
Views: 15566

Re: HNA and A330 delivery problems.. no money

HNA is just like any other deadbeat who uses one credit card to pay off another and eventually can't get approved for another card, so the whole thing crashes and you end up taking your belongings to the pawn shop for quick cash.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates
Replies: 80
Views: 18130

Re: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates

Time to add a bit of common sense to this thread, those of you who have read what I’ve previously posted will hopefully know by now that I am not an EK apologist nor that I am not the least bit surprised that the latest effort to recruit pilots will merely delay the increasing severity of the fligh...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates
Replies: 80
Views: 18130

Re: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates

Flying the A380 to exotic locations every week may sound exciting to 16yo's on here or office desk workers. But over the last 5 years EK has systematically reduced the layover times by 1 or 2 days on most layovers, while also reducing crew from 3 to 2, or from 4 to 3 on some flights. On top of that ...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates
Replies: 80
Views: 18130

Re: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates

If I were other airlines in the region I’d be keeping my ranks as fat as possible as more and more pilots will return to the USA to fly. why would foreign pilots want to work in the US again? You can make the same as a 2nd year FO at NK/B6/G4 than a captain at EK/CX and work 1/3 as much. Legacy pay...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates
Replies: 80
Views: 18130

Re: Etihad is offering its pilots to work for Emirates

South African Airways also has a similar program. Unfortunately EK has gone down the path of degrading work conditions for their current pilots, and would rather go through the expense and risk of training new ones to backfill those who are leaving. The sad thing is, this is history repeating itself...

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by Sean-SAN-
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Gear Before Flaps::PHL to CMH
Replies: 20
Views: 3248

Re: Gear Before Flaps::PHL to CMH

On most planes the gear extension speed is higher than the first flap speed. The gear can be used in conjuction with speed brakes to slow down. Nothing to worry about.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CI reducing TPE-ONT flights
Replies: 102
Views: 19014

Re: CI reducing TPE-ONT flights

CI clearly seems to be going after local Taiwanese pax, the connection times are horrible with BKK being one of the few viable connections unless you want 30hr + trips with long layovers in Taipei. There is a large Asian community in the Ontario area, although I doubt most of them are Taiwanese or o...

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by Sean-SAN-
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant and PIE
Replies: 31
Views: 2921

Re: Allegiant and PIE

The MD80s are all based in Sanford now but can always fill in for other bases for various needs (mechanical, crew, etc).

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by Sean-SAN-
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A 3rd new commercial airport proposed for Shanghai
Replies: 3
Views: 982

Re: A 3rd new commercial airport proposed for Shanghai

The airport isn't the problem. The lack of civilian airspace and ability for Chinese ATCC to handle their current flights are the problem.

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by Sean-SAN-
Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 233
Views: 23965

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

During the UA/CO merger there was a huge loss of talent especially on the UA side. Smisek and his underlinings got rid of anyone they considered a threat. After he left, it's continued to be a revolving door, with lower and lower morale and their lack of competency is easily shown by their inability...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets: HNA Bailout
Replies: 55
Views: 8878

Re: HNA, COMAC sign deal for 200 C919, 100 ARJ21 jets

Is HNA paying for these with their vast cash reserves or their sterling credit worthiness?

Obviously this deal is completely government funded, and was probably part of the reason HNA was suddenly able to pay their fuel bill in the face of a shutdown.

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat May 26, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI begins inaugural service to MCI today
Replies: 54
Views: 6034

Re: FI begins inaugural service to MCI today

Just because the crew has a layover, doesn't mean the plane does. Although I am interested in the big scheme of things, how the FI crews look at a layover like MCI. Is it desired or lower on the list? I know crews from some countries love to go shopping in the USA... For Kansas City, the plane lays...

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by Sean-SAN-
Sat May 26, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI begins inaugural service to MCI today
Replies: 54
Views: 6034

Re: FI begins inaugural service to MCI today

Just because the crew has a layover, doesn't mean the plane does. Although I am interested in the big scheme of things, how the FI crews look at a layover like MCI. Is it desired or lower on the list? I know crews from some countries love to go shopping in the USA...

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