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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Apr 09, 2004 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit City Airport
Replies: 42
Views: 4695

RE: Detroit City Airport

I flew ProAir to DET once. Spirit was at one time trying to fly DC-9-21s from DET to <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>. It got hung up on the <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym> side and never happened. I w...

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by BeltwayBandit
Wed Apr 07, 2004 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saw A Wild Flyby At Lunch Today (Southeast Of IAD)
Replies: 4
Views: 3528

RE: Saw A Wild Flyby At Lunch Today (Southeast Of IAD)

Thanks! Very eye-catching.

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by BeltwayBandit
Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saw A Wild Flyby At Lunch Today (Southeast Of IAD)
Replies: 4
Views: 3528

Saw A Wild Flyby At Lunch Today (Southeast Of IAD)

A formation comprised of: 1. Narrowbody commercial aircraft (A320 or B737) with winglets. 2. Mid- to large- business jet. 3. Fighter jet. 4. Fighter jet. They flew in a single wing formation, narrowbody in the lead, fairly low. It looked like an airshow formation. Any ideas what this might have been...

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by BeltwayBandit
Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Did Delta's Problems Start?
Replies: 22
Views: 3445

RE: Where Did Delta's Problems Start?

I analogize it to a bear chasing a bunch of campers through the woods. The meaty, slower campers get caught first (that was UAL and USAirways). Delta was always toward the back of the pack, but until the others got caught, nobody noticed them. Worse, the bear is still hungry! Delta and American are ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Lengthen 739?
Replies: 38
Views: 5409

RE: Boeing To Lengthen 739?

I'm confused. How does adding two emergency exits increase seating? I can understand that you may need more exit capacity to handle more passengers, but adding exits (without a stretch) does not add seats. Right?

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by BeltwayBandit
Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ted At Chicago O'Hare = Smart Move
Replies: 41
Views: 5528

RE: Ted At Chicago O'Hare = Smart Move

Ted is not "linked" to United. It is United. It is certainly good for consumers that Ted will come in and match the prices of LCCs, but with a United-type cost structure, that only means they'll bleed more money than before; and this time they'll do it at the expense of a couple of legitimate LCCs. ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sun Mar 28, 2004 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Funds Needed For An LCC To Start?
Replies: 7
Views: 3293

RE: Funds Needed For An LCC To Start?

So hard to say. You could start with 4 aircraft on a single route. You could lease MD80s and have your fleet in place for about $300,000 in downpayments (assuming you got your lessor to cover configuration costs). You contract out for all the ground handling and maintenance, set up two stations, hir...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways Chief To Call For Wage, Benefit Concess
Replies: 33
Views: 5658

RE: US Airways Chief To Call For Wage, Benefit Concess

Spoon04: When the two "sides" (labor/management) cannot get past the "whose-fault-is-it?" debate, they are both doomed. The sins of past and current management have no bearing. I do not think anyone is bluffing about the impending demise of the airline; and the competition will get worse. Labor can ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoke Condition - AA MD-80 @ LGA
Replies: 11
Views: 4108

RE: Smoke Condition - AA MD-80 @ LGA

<i>As for a potential problem with the <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-80, it's not likely. Airliners make precautionary landings several times a week because of things like smoke in the cabin. It can come from any number of sources, none of which are harmful to the safety of the aircra...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines To Add Frills
Replies: 20
Views: 5805

RE: Spirit Airlines To Add Frills

This is not an aggressive nor risky move. 1. They are making firm orders for the same number of aircraft they currently have (and will retire). So we are not talking about radical growth. 2. Crew and maintenance training will probably be highly subsidized by Airbus. They will remain a one-type carri...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 25, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does Ryan Intl Operate Airtran Flights?
Replies: 21
Views: 3930

RE: Why Does Ryan Intl Operate Airtran Flights?

It's called a "wet lease" where the aircraft and crew are operated for the lessee. The aircraft (although painted like Airtran) is operated by Ryan Int'l and on Ryan's FAA Operating Certificate. With Ryan as a middle-man, there is probably little, if any, profit in the deal for Airtran. It's a place...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 25, 2004 6:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have You Flown With A Famous Person?
Replies: 79
Views: 10114

RE: Have You Flown With A Famous Person?

Jesse Jackson (DCA-LGA shuttle)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (don't recall when/where)

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Mar 20, 2004 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal Careers In The Airline Industry
Replies: 10
Views: 26626

RE: Legal Careers In The Airline Industry

I really cannot add much to what Fox Bravo said. That really covers it. To add a little color: 1. Figure out what you really like about aviation and act accordingly. If you end up at large firm doing structured finance deals, then your day-to-day life will not relate much to the airline industry. Yo...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Mar 20, 2004 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legal Careers In The Airline Industry
Replies: 10
Views: 26626

RE: Legal Careers In The Airline Industry

Send me an email.

gcirillo wrf com

(The brackets are to save me from spam. Just insert the @ and the ".")

Lots of options, but the easiest way is to focus on the FAA or DOT as an early career path.

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 18, 2004 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Free Flights On September 11?
Replies: 59
Views: 6895

RE: Free Flights On September 11?

Let me try to add some objectivity (even though I have the US flag by my Username). Those of us where were touched by 9/11 (some more than others, but everyone to some extent) hoped that the powerful injustice of it all would be used as a lever to make the world a better place. How can anyone argue ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.
Replies: 40
Views: 6616

RE: Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.

There's a big difference between going bankrupt and going out of business. As United has proven, you can slog along almost indefinitely while in bankruptcy. Delta filing bankruptcy does not mean that they disappear. It means that things get restructured, and they could and should get restructured vo...

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by BeltwayBandit
Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.
Replies: 40
Views: 6616

RE: Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.

It's just brutal capitalism at its best/worst. If Delta and any major could reset its employees back to JetBlue seniority levels, then they would survive. But that cannot happen, in part because the management-labor relationship is a game of "chicken" --except nobody turns away. The collision is the...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.
Replies: 40
Views: 6616

Delta To Lose $300,000,000 In 1st Q 2004.

Pretty big hole. They attribute $50M to fuel. They point to the need to cut costs. Obviously, the alternative is to increase yields (i.e. higher prices) but with the LCCs on one side, and United on the other, there is not much hope. Unfortunately, a Delta bankruptcy is likely to create more of the m...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 Dead In Citation 560 Crash!
Replies: 20
Views: 5693

RE: 4 Dead In Citation 560 Crash!

<b>Can we establish a rule that crash messages not be posted with exclamation points? </b> I realize that there is a morbid fringe among our members that are drawn to such things, but if this site is about aviation --and not about crashes-- we should all find crashes to be tragic and not in the best...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing And FD728 - Again?
Replies: 11
Views: 2990

RE: Boeing And FD728 - Again?

I hope Boeing pursues the 728. The decision to go with the 7E7 versus a giant aircraft signals a pragmatic approach that would include competing in the 100 seat market (which really goes up to 130 seats before you start to infringe on the 737 range). At this point, airlines looking to fill the lower...

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by BeltwayBandit
Wed Mar 10, 2004 3:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Having To Stop For Fuel
Replies: 40
Views: 7187

RE: Having To Stop For Fuel

Believe me, no airline wants to stop for fuel. It kills their operating costs as well as scheduling. If you have a very full aircraft, that would limit fuel load. Then with ground delays, air traffic re-routing and turbulence, the margin of safety can go away.

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Effects Of LCCs
Replies: 36
Views: 3317

RE: The Effects Of LCCs

Ckfred: It is invalid to suggest that the service offered on an LCC is a "chevy" while the legacy carrier is a "cadillac." It is the SAME EXPERIENCE. Metal tube, lots of seats, little or no food. Air travel is a commodity because the legacy carriers have chosen not to offer an upgrade in the experie...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Pilots Become Obsolete?
Replies: 60
Views: 9789

RE: Will Pilots Become Obsolete?

We don't even have unmanned subways for the most part, and we KNOW that they could be run remotely. As time and science progresses, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will prove that safe flight is possible without on-board pilots. But you will never find an airline willing to be the "roll-out" customer for o...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LCC - How Long Still?
Replies: 13
Views: 1855

RE: LCC - How Long Still?

I think it is fair to say that safety can be compromised by the use of contracted maintenance, and LCCs are at first more likely to use contracted maintenance. I believe, however, that the current crop of LCCs are all well-capitalized and profitable, making it very likely that their maintenance is a...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When NW Should Retire DC-9s: Do The Math
Replies: 3
Views: 3420

RE: When NW Should Retire DC-9s: Do The Math

Master of the obvious. Right now, starting from scratch, accounting rules favor new aircraft -- at least that's a fair assumption based on JetBlue and others. The maintenance cost is not just low, it is virtually nonexistent for a few years. It's an artificial "honeymoon" period, but as long as the ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIT In Negotiations With Spirit
Replies: 6
Views: 2470

RE: PIT In Negotiations With Spirit

Based on anecdotal information, I think the regional loyalty to US is definitely fading. Spirit is not (yet) a network carrier, so for at least a year or two they will only add routes to their current map (Florida, Mexico, Denver, <acronym title="Lan Chile">LA</acronym>). Spirit is looking at a <acr...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Mar 02, 2004 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Trans-atlantic LCC Is Being Born!?
Replies: 16
Views: 5101

RE: First Trans-atlantic LCC Is Being Born!?

That's a tough business when you do not have a network on either end to support it. Maybe the'll pick up a domestic partner, or maybe they are just setting up to be acquired by JetBlue!

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Feb 28, 2004 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Aren't The UA Boosters Crowing About This?
Replies: 85
Views: 8946

RE: Why Aren't The UA Boosters Crowing About This?

Adding new service? You can't dig yourself out of a hole. <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> has to become a much smaller (or two or three much smaller) airline(s), either matching its competitors' cost structure, or finding a way to make a higher yield. Reminds me of the Savings & ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 26, 2004 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Ruling Out Boeing?
Replies: 34
Views: 4856

RE: Spirit Ruling Out Boeing?

Here's the press release that has people baffled. My understanding is that it does not mean much. ======================================== <b> Reuters Boeing says not offering jets to Spirit Airlines Friday February 13, 6:37 pm <acronym title="Ethiopian Airlines">ET</acronym> SEATTLE, Feb 13 (Reuter...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cute New Planes, Same Old Problems - Ted & Song
Replies: 42
Views: 6607

RE: Cute New Planes, Same Old Problems - Ted & Song

<i>im sure every one has their opinions but ua shuttle actually made money for ua till contract 2000, until then ua made money...</i> You can't put much weight on the accounting that determines that a captive LLC made money. How much general overhead was allocated to the captive LCC? Anyway, nobody ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 26, 2004 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Sell 7E7 For $ 125 Million Only
Replies: 65
Views: 10349

RE: Boeing To Sell 7E7 For $ 125 Million Only

Like I've said before, Boeing's decision to leave the "biggest" title to Airbus and pursue a strategy that leads to more subtle advances (weight, manuf methods) is a better one. Let's hope that they can start to book some orders. Any contracts they sign will have serious financial incentives to get ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines
Replies: 83
Views: 5406

RE: Spirit Airlines

If Spirit wants 100% fleet commonality (able to fly shorter and longer runs on the same type) then it's unlikely they will keep growing their MD80 fleet and add 757s. That could, however, be a short-term solution while the new planes are added. Keep in mind that re-fleeting is a phased-in process an...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prediction: US Will Be Swallowed By Virgin
Replies: 16
Views: 4758

RE: Prediction: US Will Be Swallowed By Virgin

It would have to be a good, clean deal -- no overhanging debt, valued slots, competitive labor deals. It would be a great solution for both parties. Above all, Branson is smart, and he'll do a deal that gets him an operating airline (planes, gates, customer service, etc.) in one step -- even if it d...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So Is The Fokker 70/100 Coming Back!
Replies: 19
Views: 5339

RE: So Is The Fokker 70/100 Coming Back!

How current is the Fokker wing technology? I've heard that the ultimate demise of the 717 is due to an obsolete wing design that undermines efficiency. Building and certifying a new wing is a significant undertaking. Unfortunately, in the airline business, pennies make all the difference, and a desi...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will "ted" And "song" Work?
Replies: 16
Views: 3313

RE: Will "ted" And "song" Work?

It's silly. You cannot "fake" low costs. You either have low costs or you don't. Neither "airline" is truly running independently from their network parent. Maybe with Song and Ted, the network carriers can create a laboratory experiment and show operational profitability, then show that to their un...

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by BeltwayBandit
Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's The Greatest US Airline Success Story?
Replies: 26
Views: 5103

RE: What's The Greatest US Airline Success Story?

I think this title should be reserved to: 1. Airlines that are not bankrupt. 2. Airlines that have been in business (fresh or fresh out of bankruptcy) for at least 10 years (sorry <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym>, you're not a success story until your fleet is getting heavy airfra...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Re-engined/Reconfigured 727's
Replies: 18
Views: 4266

RE: Re-engined/Reconfigured 727's

They might make sense for a charter or private jet. For commercial use, it would be an odd-duck for purposes of crew hiring and training, and maintenance.

But a cross-country 727 for $20M would sure put pressure on the BBJ.

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: January LCC Statistics Reported.
Replies: 0
Views: 1471

January LCC Statistics Reported.

Interesting tidbits: 1. Spirit topped JetBlue for highest load factor (78.7 vs. 78.1). 2. Southwest had no growth (versus Jan. 2002) in RSMs. 3. Frontier jumped in RSMs (up 50.8%) versus Jan. 2002; topping JetBlue's 39.7% increase. LCCs seem to be doing well. I'd love to see the "bogus" LCCs (Song a...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 19, 2004 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GA At DCA
Replies: 9
Views: 2095

RE: GA At DCA

We're lucky we have commercial aviation out of National!!! Seriously, the proximity of National to the Pentagon, White House and Capitol building make it unlikely that <acronym title="Garuda Indonesia">GA</acronym> will return. Conceivably, they could put a gross weight cap and limit it to smaller p...

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by BeltwayBandit
Mon Feb 16, 2004 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Favourite LCC Livery
Replies: 37
Views: 3584

RE: Favourite LCC Livery

I have to vote for Spirit. 1. Its unique. The gradient pattern is very eye-catching, and not like anything else out there. 2. It's visible from several thousand feet. 3. Because the name is below the cheat-line, the airline name is very visible on approach/departure. It'll be interesting to see how ...

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Feb 14, 2004 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Branson Be Allowed To Start Virgin America?
Replies: 57
Views: 8799

RE: Should Branson Be Allowed To Start Virgin America?

I actually have my doubts that Branson would enjoy any cost advantage versus Southwest, JetBlue, Frontier, Airtran or Spirit. If he wants to enter the market, he should offer something different (perhaps international routes!).

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by BeltwayBandit
Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Branson Be Allowed To Start Virgin America?
Replies: 57
Views: 8799

RE: Should Branson Be Allowed To Start Virgin America?

You would not ask this question if it was Donald Trump or any other American. The concept of "letting" someone start a business is generally alien in the US <b>except</b> when talking about airlines (and a few other things). So what you are really saying is, should we drop the foreign control issue?...

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corperate Jet Prices?
Replies: 14
Views: 3535

RE: Corperate Jet Prices?

Liability issue is not likely to influence a decision. You have more liability putting your sales guys in rental cars than in a business jet. Insurance and extraordinary safety history make it manageable.

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many B727-100 Are Still In Service?
Replies: 22
Views: 10114

RE: How Many B727-100 Are Still In Service?

ConAir (US Marshall's Service) operates a lot of short-term leases of many types. MD80 seems to be their preference right now.

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I Paid My $25 To Post, Here Goes!
Replies: 57
Views: 5846

RE: I Paid My $25 To Post, Here Goes!

You forgot:

"By what law of nature does an aircraft seat get smaller and less comfortable when it is installed in a narrowbody (single aisle) aircraft?"

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 12, 2004 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corperate Jet Prices?
Replies: 14
Views: 3535

RE: Corperate Jet Prices?

New jets will soon be available at $3 million, and they go up to $40 million+ for a Gulfstream GV, Global Express and Boeing BBJ.

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by BeltwayBandit
Thu Feb 12, 2004 6:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Pan Am Ever Come Back?
Replies: 18
Views: 10801

RE: Will Pan Am Ever Come Back?

It's just a name. The image and aura of the original Pan Am cannot be re-created unless you can turn back the clock to the mid 1960s.

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by BeltwayBandit
Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any News From The 717?
Replies: 78
Views: 11500

RE: Any News From The 717?

From what I hear, Embraer is going to own the 90-150 seat market for a while. The Boeing / Airbus shrink jobs don't work, Bombardier has no platform, Fokker is out of production, the 717 is an orphan that needs a new wing, and the 728 is such an unknown that orders are unlikely. Too bad. I feel (and...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/Bankruptcy Ironies
Replies: 39
Views: 4367

RE: UA/Bankruptcy Ironies

A bankrupt airline with the intention of emerging from bankruptcy MUST operate just like an airline with a future. All those things make sense. As long as the big creditors are happy with the course of the plan, the plan will move forward. At some point, however, if all these efforts seem futile, th...

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by BeltwayBandit
Tue Feb 10, 2004 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Bombardier Sell Their FlexJet Division?
Replies: 7
Views: 6489

RE: Should Bombardier Sell Their FlexJet Division?

It's hard to say. It's very possible that NetJets and Flight Options are under some other obligation (or pressure) to buy the types that they buy. Unfortunately, it seems like there are still more planes than customers for now.

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