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by starrion
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement
Replies: 213
Views: 21645

Re: USAF looking for an E-4B replacement

Then they're runnng out of time to get a 748 as the line will close unless they get an order in soon. Unless they are going to take one or more of the white tails/ parked frames that are up for sale.

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by starrion
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020
Replies: 1740
Views: 192007

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, January 2020

I think it's ridiculous to suggest that designing an airplane that is not able to aerodynamically fly without the input of automated controls (MCAS) is acceptable. Boeing's mistake was not that the automated system was malfunctioning, but rather than the plane itself cannot fly as it is expected to...

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by starrion
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries
Replies: 148
Views: 26140

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Deliveries

Summaries for 2019: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49386100852_c6bb57d4bd_n.jpg Obviously Boeing's numbers were massively impacted by the MAX grounding. Of note - a record number of deliveries for Airbus (8% up on 2018) and their 17th consecutive year of production increase. I'm well impressed...

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by starrion
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 737NG Pickle fork issue
Replies: 565
Views: 140142

Re: 737NG Pickle fork issue

Sorry, I did not phrase my question right....I am not very good at forums! Not looking to cancel my flight! Just wondering if I should change from a 737-800 to another type leaving at a similar time. Just concerned whether this is a big enough issue to make a change. Sorry again, thank you. No. Pro...

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by starrion
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 749293

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

OK, but still far from a "global aviation design engineer". I would argue that Boeing didn't have a fully successful project in more than a decade, since 773ER and its derivatives. So, out of latest Boeing projects: 787 - lemon. 748 - who cares 737 MAX - lemon 777X - TBD. Pretty grim pict...

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by starrion
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 749293

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

The bigger question right now is 'Where is the fix'? October has come and gone and there is no fix submitted. Is Boeing quietly going to drop a press release of Return to Flight 2020?

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by starrion
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Goodbye Tahiti- 343's leave 24 Sept
Replies: 76
Views: 15132

Re: Goodbye Tahiti- 343's leave 24 Sept

Do you have hard data? Or is it just a generalization? Yes have first-hand knowledge. I am part-time resident in FP. Well known how unreliable TN has become with A340. Island ran out of hotel rooms not too long ago when 2 A340s broke simultaneously. For tourists that could almost be an advantage 'O...

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by starrion
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019
Replies: 4380
Views: 676288

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q3 2019

It's the 24th. Supposedly the fix is supposed to be submitted for approval? Are we expecting to hear something in the next couple of days?

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by starrion
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Boeing 2019 Orders
Replies: 486
Views: 137318

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2019 Orders

How close are we to the lowest combined order total? If we combined the net order totals at mid-September we stand at -14? Hopefully Boeing can get back to positive numbers by end of year.

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by starrion
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 134253

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

exFWAOONW wrote:
ryanflyer wrote:
..... All Md80s will be sent to ROW on September 4th and will be arriving in ROW all afternoon...
And there will be a NW DC-9 waiting to ferry all those pilots back to DFW. :mischievous:


Yes, it had to be said.

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by starrion
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QR Finalizing Order for Five 777F
Replies: 37
Views: 8255

Re: Qatar Airways Upcoming Order - Any Details?

The bigliest most terrific order. The best airplanes. It's gonna be fantastic. Tremendous yuge order. Very nice. Rehashing some facts (they speak for themselves) now that Trump’s rehashing has been confirmed. The yuge order is the 5 777X. Ay la Madonna. Heck, the biggest headline might be the 777X ...

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by starrion
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419882

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Just a question - with B ferrying aircraft after production to storage, would they take the opportunity to run the new software package for those flights to mitigate (if it gets approved) the upgrade scenario that needs to happen on the original grounded aircraft? Boeing isn't going to modify any p...

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by starrion
Mon May 13, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 951
Views: 248968

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Any news on why LN688 is still in storage for more than a year? Was the plane damaged or something?

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by starrion
Fri May 03, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 419882

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I've seen a lot -a lot- of discussion, but where is Boeing and the Cert. Authorities in the process now? The last I heard was that Boeing had their proposed fix, and they had tested it, but where are they now?

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by starrion
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100845

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

So what's next for this thing? It's been in the test phase for some time. With SpaceX going gangbusters, is there even a market for air launched rockets?

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by starrion
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 753532

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

You can get a ppl today without ever having recovered from a spin. It’s not taught or required. It used to be a requirement. SMH. Lowering of standards and skills. It’s a snowball effect at all levels of aviation. One of the discussions I had with my flight inspector was about spins. He said he had...

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by starrion
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757527

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Surely by now Boeing would have found a copy of their e-mail or hard correspondence detailing the increase from 0.6deg to 2.5deg, and showing a named person at the FAA who would have received it? That would definitely put the FAA on the spot. Showing that eMail conversation around could pop the lid...

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by starrion
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757527

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

Ferry flights are allowed. If the aircraft is genuinely unsafe it should not fly at all, because it poses a risk to the crew and to people on the ground. So is it unsafe? Or just partially unsafe? Or not sufficiently unsafe that airlines shouldn't be inconvenienced by having their fleet dispersed? ...

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by starrion
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi Q1 2019
Replies: 5479
Views: 753532

Re: Ethiopian Airlines 737MAX crashes enroute to Nairobi

Remember, the 737 is a Cyborg i.e. augmented manual control, not an Automatic i.e. directed robot (e.g. A320 maybe), so single sensor/single channel is not out of question as it already exists for the other systems. Any suggestion of adding additional sensors dual channel controls etc. defeats the ...

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by starrion
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN carrier air wing 2040 suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 3820

Re: USN carrier air wing 2040 suggestions

If done right, the drone carriers could be forward deployed to work with long range land based assets.
Perhaps a new role of the B-2 Spirit would be that of Forward edge drone strike management rather than dropping hardware itself.

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by starrion
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6476
Views: 757527

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

I don't believe you understand the 737 manual that well. And the point is this goes well beyond a manual. If the trim is not working right, take control of it (and what MCAS was doing wasn't completely opposite of the procedures in the manual that will correct it). I have told you that the Lion Air...

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by starrion
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USN carrier air wing 2040 suggestions
Replies: 13
Views: 3820

Re: USN carrier air wing 2040 suggestions

Since we are looking not only at the air group component, but also the fleet structure, is there any reason not to consider an escort -type drone carrier? With militarily useful drones being available in much smaller sizes than manned aircraft, they could take ASW roles, and supply drone aircraft to...

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by starrion
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 overran runway at BUR
Replies: 233
Views: 39945

Re: Southwest 737 slides off runway at BUR

While I understand that the airport has strict rules on approach for safety and noise limits, like the previous crash there it is likely this plane came in too high and fast and compounded by the wet conditions. As this was built in 1999 this is for sure going to scrap after the investigation. WN i...

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by starrion
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest 737 overran runway at BUR
Replies: 233
Views: 39945

Re: Southwest 737 slides off runway at BUR

While I understand that the airport has strict rules on approach for safety and noise limits, like the previous crash there it is likely this plane came in too high and fast and compounded by the wet conditions. As this was built in 1999 this is for sure going to scrap after the investigation. WN i...

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by starrion
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 441544

Re: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018

We are old enough to have seen the huge interest in the 747Advanced, NSA, 737-7, 777X and 737-9. Thats more communication, creating enthousiasm. Still I think there is a significant demand, regardless how a medium aircraft would exactly look or what engines it would have. You forgot Sonic Cruiser. ...

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by starrion
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 21492

Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

India is looking if they can combine AEW and tanker capability in 1 platform. https://www.livefistdefence.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/IMG20170214081944.jpg Maybe they can even top up fighters during a mission. That just makes just too much sense, not from here plus reduces platforms & jobs. ...

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by starrion
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stratolaunch Discussion Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 100845

Re: Stratolaunch‘s Carrier Aircraft Production

It's been nine months since the low speed tests. Is this project moving to slow to succeed?

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by starrion
Wed May 16, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg Article on Second Lives of 747s
Replies: 11
Views: 3263

Re: Bloomberg Article on Second Lives of 747s

What do they mean sold out? As in Boeing is going to stick to the .5 per month, even if someone placed a large order? That doesn't make sense.

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by starrion
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Southern & Kuwait Airways 77W's collide on the ground at JFK
Replies: 14
Views: 10174

Re: China Southern & Kuwait Airways 77W's collide on the ground at JFK

Anyone know if JFK Steve was on that night? That recording would be gold...

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by starrion
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Su-30 takes a peek inside a IL-76 over Syria
Replies: 25
Views: 4670

Re: Russian Su-30 takes a peek inside a IL-76 over Syria

Would have stunk if a stuck pallet came off the rails.

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by starrion
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?
Replies: 66
Views: 15149

Re: Why doesn't Russia make larger planes?

When Russia had money, they also had domestic customs (travel restrictions). How can you generate high demand when customers are prohibited from traveling unless you were an elite? The AN-124/225 were military planes. Funding did go away, but Russian planes were never competitive with the west. The...

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by starrion
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18
Replies: 2065
Views: 211788

Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

The good news is that there will shortly be only one white tail in Boeing inventory. The clouds on the balance sheet are clearing up. So hopefully we will see some new cargo replacement orders soon. There are no white tails left. L/N 1495 is going to Qatar Amiri Flight and L/N 1435 will be used as ...

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by starrion
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Hurricane relief flights?
Replies: 3
Views: 1324

Hurricane relief flights?

Puerto Rico has been destroyed by hurricanes, I presume most of the response will be from air given the need. Are any specific airlift groups primarily handling the response?

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by starrion
Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18
Replies: 2065
Views: 211788

Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

The good news is that there will shortly be only one white tail in Boeing inventory. The clouds on the balance sheet are clearing up. So hopefully we will see some new cargo replacement orders soon.

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by starrion
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator
Replies: 353
Views: 118874

Re: First Airbus A380 parked amid search for new operator

Is the issue with the wiring primarily the aircraft operating wiring or the customer PTV/power wiring? If a holiday operator picked it up and opted to omit PTV/seat power, would that make it feasible?

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by starrion
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 31474

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

kanban wrote:
Let's hope the interior will be as utilitarian as the current planes and not a "trumped" up cross between a bordello and a gold plated Renaissance ballroom.


It won't be THAT difficult to unmount the stripper pole when the new POTUS takes over.

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by starrion
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders
Replies: 645
Views: 163648

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders

Wonder how long it will take to firm the 748's for AF1.

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by starrion
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18
Replies: 2065
Views: 211788

Re: Official 747-8 Flight Tracking/Production Part 18

So if the NTU Transaero birds are spoken for as AF1 replacements, and the BBJ has been taken, there is only 1 whitetail left. The only remaining orders are UPS and whatever Airbridge will take.

What are we gonna talk about?

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by starrion
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders
Replies: 645
Views: 163648

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders

B748 is officially futureless now. It's future is cargo which is what it was originally intended for. The real question is if there is enough 400F and 400BCFs aging out to maintain a production line. Promoting a myth, the main sales were supposed too be the 747-8i. I was actually referring to the f...

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by starrion
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders
Replies: 645
Views: 163648

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders

http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=385061 contains this "In contrast with Airbus's predicted market, Boeing foresees sales of only 900 aircraft carrying 450 passengers or more, and expects to capture half those sales with the 747-8. Randy J. Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' di...

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by starrion
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777
Replies: 80
Views: 13675

Re: Boeing delivers 1,500th 777

And of that 1500, about 1400 are still active. Only 25 have been scrapped/written off, although I am sure a number of the 80 someodd stored frames are done for.
Boeing is still a little short of orders to make 2000...

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by starrion
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders
Replies: 645
Views: 163648

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2017 Orders

No new orders. In the changes category, reduced 747 orders by three. Probably the remainder of Transaero's order. B748 is officially futureless now. It's future is cargo which is what it was originally intended for. The real question is if there is enough 400F and 400BCFs aging out to maintain a pr...

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by starrion
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worcester adds new service
Replies: 2
Views: 1084

Re: Worcester adds new service

A Hanscom to Hyannis shuttle would also be a good idea. Given how bad traffic is, I am surprised that kind of service isn't a regular thing.

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by starrion
Fri May 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 204
Views: 45566

Re: DL Considering Deferring 10 A350s

lavalampluva wrote:
Maybe they can salvage some aircraft parked in the graveyards.


They're expecting to have too much capacity when the recession hits. So they're not going junk picking.

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by starrion
Tue Apr 11, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 136760

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Now the airline had been flying four crew to the place were their next flight leaves the next morning. Let us assume the airline has booked rooms, let us assume they were prepaid to be sure that the crew would get those rooms. What would the airline say if there was exhibition or conference in that...

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by starrion
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 136760

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

By the way, UAL market cap is down $890,000,000 today. So maybe throwing an extra $1k of compensation to get that extra seat would have been a good idea. Exactly! The cost of how UA chose to respond is at least in the short term, catastrophic. I'm sure stock prices will rebound eventually, but in t...

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by starrion
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 136760

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

By the way, UAL market cap is down $890,000,000 today. So maybe throwing an extra $1k of compensation to get that extra seat would have been a good idea.

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by starrion
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air and Boeing announcing agreement to order 50 Boeing 737's and 30 Boeing 777's
Replies: 214
Views: 47365

Re: Iran Air and Boeing announcing agreement to order 50 Boeing 737's and 30 Boeing 777's

Well, a little silence has been broken. From The Washington Free Beacon. Appearantly, the Trump Admin and Treasury Department will continue to grant liscenses to companies to sell to Iran, and that includes Boeing. Deal may not be as dead as thought. Given the insult of Travel Ban I & II, would...

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by starrion
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders
Replies: 729
Views: 84367

Re: Airbus And Boeing 2016 Orders - Part 2

StTim wrote:
I thought they were still short of NG's


They still have 1100 NG orders to deliver, so they are not that short.

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