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by adambrau
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211021

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

I'm onboard DL27 ATL-ICN at the moment. Full load. I noticed quite a few Mandarin speakers, so I wonder if many pax were directed from the canceled PVG flight. Who knows, they could also be Taiwanese heading to TPE. Seems like a majority of pax are wearing masks. Wow that must be eerie. My friend i...

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by adambrau
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211021

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

So with the US barring foreign nationals who have recently traveled to China, does this mean Chinese Airlines will stop flying to the USA? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/31/coronavirus-us-public-health-emergency-travel-china I know UA/DL/AA are cancelling. But as an employee at JFK T1 do...

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by adambrau
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1387
Views: 211021

Re: Corona Virus outbreak - Aviation related News and Discussion Thread

My friend is supposed to go back to Beijing where she lives, on Saturday. She was booked on Swiss through Zurich but as the flight has been cancelled Swiss said she could fly 'Lufthansa' which was actually a CA codeshare. My friend is unsure what to do as she is returning to work!

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by adambrau
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canada Could Be JetBlue’s Next International Destination
Replies: 56
Views: 8371

Re: Canada Could Be JetBlue’s Next International Destination

Every time I fly to BTV on JetBlue there are many pax speaking French from Quebec/ Montreal who clearly have driven 2 hours to avoid the high transborder taxes. With a family of 4 the savings on taxes and lower airfares can run into the hundreds . So in a way JetBlue already has a market in southern...

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by adambrau
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates President slams other airlines and Airbus for mishandling and retiring A380
Replies: 294
Views: 43027

Re: Emirates President slams other airlines and Airbus for mishandling and retiring A380

Totally agree. The AF A380 experience at JFK is horrible. Sky priority boarding is like 100 people with a snaking uncoordinated line. And the AF A380 J experience is very substandard. As I am a there first hand to see this 5 to 6 times a every week (x2 in the summer), the combination of of the huge...

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by adambrau
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates President slams other airlines and Airbus for mishandling and retiring A380
Replies: 294
Views: 43027

Re: Emirates CEO slams other airlines and Airbus for mishandling and retiring A380

There are enough airports to handle it. Watch AF boarding 500+ 2x per night from April to October at JFK - it's a mess. Not a great Pax experience. That is after long checkin lines and getting all these people thru security at T1. Add in the cost to refurb the the planes and no wonder AF is getting ...

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by adambrau
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Lufthansa cabin crew strike November 7th, 2019 1300 flights cancelled
Replies: 26
Views: 2715

Re: Lufthansa cabin crew union calls for Sunday strike in Frankfurt, Munich

Seems that AirFrance is always on strike, they call it "service as usual." Things are changing at AirFrance and the last strikes were early in the summer of 2018. LH and BA have been much more prone to strikes in the last year. AF signed contracts with all its pilot unions sin Ben Smith c...

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by adambrau
Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Now Using T7 and T1 at JFK
Replies: 25
Views: 5306

Re: Norwegian Now Using T7 and T1 at JFK

Air France doesn't have a problem with them flying to DeGaulle out of Terminal 1. Businesses provide business services to competitors all the time across all industries. Nothing against Norwegian but if there is space in T8 for them I don't think AF, LH, JL or KE would mind too much to see them go....

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by adambrau
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why aren't empty flights cancelled?
Replies: 47
Views: 10587

Re: Why aren't empty flights cancelled?

UA flew 763/777 daily RT from LHR to AMS/BRU from the late 80’s ostensibly to hold their LHR slots inherited from PA. Frequently there were only 20 pax on these ‘feeder’ flights and on more than one occasion everyone was upgraded. After 9/11 when UA was fighting for its life Company decided it was m...

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by adambrau
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"
Replies: 138
Views: 29912

Re: AC to improve inclusivity and stop using "Ladies and Gentlemen"

Maybe something along the lines "Air Canada wishes all our passengers a very pleasant flight/morning/afternoon/evening/night"? Might sound more professional/inclusive than "Air Canada wishes all/everyone/folks a very pleasant flight"? Makes sense given AC is developing a new gend...

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by adambrau
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta buying 20% of LATAM
Replies: 867
Views: 124202

Re: Delta buying 20% of LATAM

Nice move Delta!!! Now go out and snag a CX/TG/SQ-level partner in Asia and we'll forgive you for the draw down in Narita!!!!

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by adambrau
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 217340

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines News and Discussion Thread

danipawa wrote:
so this year: XL, Aigle, JOON, JetAiways, Thomas Cook, WOW, Avianca Argentina, Oceanair,. Germania, FlyBMI...


Joon just got rolled back into mainline Air France so not in the case as others you mentioned.

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by adambrau
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ed Bastian: SkyTeam Failed
Replies: 68
Views: 20361

Re: Ed Bastian: SkyTeam Failed

ME gets a lot of USA traffic from AF and DL.

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by adambrau
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Repaint Thread
Replies: 267
Views: 64328

Re: United Fleet Repaint Thread

At first I hated the evolution livery but it is slowly growing on me. Great to see all the liveries on the different equipments thanks for posting!

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by adambrau
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: BA pilots call off strike on September 27th, 2019
Replies: 133
Views: 22048

Re: BA pilots to strike, 9-10 27 September.

If they want a share in the profits they can.... buy shares and get dividends. Of course this involves an investment and they might lose some money too. For the union to say that the cost of the strike to BA far outweighs the difference between their demands and what BA has offered is no way to neg...

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by adambrau
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)
Replies: 63
Views: 13112

Re: Captain Al Haynes has Flown West (UA232)

RIP Captain.

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by adambrau
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 183
Views: 44523

Re: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest

United just suspended ORD-HKG in September that is pretty telling. So after HKG - GUM ends that just leaves EWR and SFO. Bad times for HKG. Hoping things get better soon.

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by adambrau
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Flagged Airlines to Israel
Replies: 60
Views: 8138

Re: US Flagged Airlines to Israel

Pan Am mostly served KHI originating in BOM. BOM-KHI-FRA-JFK ie PA073 on a 747 one of which was hijacked in 1986. The A310's were used during PA's dying days. Do you happen to know the exact date when Pan Am stopped serving Karachi? I've been searching for months and can't find it. My guess is, it ...

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by adambrau
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mom, daughter kicked off Air Canada plane, not told they're banned from airline until it was too late
Replies: 138
Views: 20531

Re: Mom, daughter kicked off Air Canada plane, not told they're banned from airline until it was too late

As someone who works at JFK in passenger service for a major international airline, I would add that we deal with rude and sometimes threatening behavior on a daily basis. It takes a lot to get banned from transport AFAIK. There is more to this story than we know. For those who think AC acted with a...

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by adambrau
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Flagged Airlines to Israel
Replies: 60
Views: 8138

Re: US Flagged Airlines to Israel

America is insanely popular throughout the Middle East, where they are obsessed with American culture and products. People in the Middle East love American culture and products, but as for the American government , it's a different story. And with only a handful of exceptions, the feeling is very m...

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by adambrau
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest
Replies: 183
Views: 44523

Re: Hong Kong airport disruptions due protest

So overall seems like longhaul flights are operating. As an an example UA operated today from EWR/ORD/SFO to HKG. My sister arrived last night into HKG from PVG to HKG on CX. Seems like so far HKG ops are a bit of a gamble. Hope a solution is quickly found or that the ops can get back to normal soon...

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by adambrau
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 117995

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

[quote="mig17"] AF perhaps not, but I can assure you KL is ;) It's looking more and more like AF will move to an all Airbus fleet while KL is going all Boeing. [quote="mig17"] How is AirFrance going to get rid of some 70 Boeing 777’s anytime soon. I am guessing the A380 replaceme...

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by adambrau
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 117995

Re: AF signs MOU for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022

The A380's have bad dispatch reliability, they have angled lay flat Business seats which are really uncompetitive, the cost for the cabin and aircraft updates are euros 80 million a pop, and the size creates customer grief at checkin at JFK. I understand they are a joy to fly notwithstanding in term...

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by adambrau
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 117995

Re: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?

They would need to acquire or lease a slot pair at JFK to keep that capacity. Or sell tickets for a 777-9 at a higher average price. And/Or... The A380's are too big for the terminal, and although AF fills 2x per day in summer only management knows what the yields are. Come to JFK any day between 4...

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by adambrau
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights
Replies: 52
Views: 7681

Re: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights

Didn't the Iranian Gov't make a bid to help save Pan Am prior to 1979? As sad as it is to have lost "The World's Most Experienced Airline" since December 4th 1991, can you imagine if that deal had gone through?

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by adambrau
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: AF firms order for 60 A220 plus 30 options and 30 purchase rights, A380's to be retired by 2022
Replies: 577
Views: 117995

Re: AF to order A220, replace A380 with 787 or A350?

I love the A380 but as an AF employee in a station who sees them daily I am glad they are rumored to be exiting the fleet. Simply too many people in restricted terminal facilities.

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by adambrau
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?
Replies: 142
Views: 16981

Re: Craziest Airline Routes from the Past?

I think it was Pan Am 90/91 that went JFK-ZRH (747) - GVA - IST (727) and vice versa.

PA had many strange routings - like HKG-DPS-SYD that didn't even touch US soil.

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by adambrau
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?
Replies: 26
Views: 5211

Re: Incident in 1988 in either New York or New Jersey?

Depending on the day you flew Pan Am to Leningrad in 1988, the routing would either be: 1. JFK-SVO nonstop 747 on PA and then connecting on something else to LED. 2. JFK-FRA nonstop 747 on PA connecting next day on a Pan Am 727 FRA-SVO-LED. Sounds like there may have been an engine issue which requi...

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by adambrau
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British security officials visit Karachi Airport
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

Re: British security officials visit Karachi Airport

Still remember PA73 BOM-KHI-FRA-JFK back in 1985. Good on BA to return to Pakistan. Imagine most Americans who fly to there would choose a non-USA flag.

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by adambrau
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express E175 in new livery
Replies: 6
Views: 2740

Re: UA Express E175 in new livery

Agree looks lots much nicer than the billboard titles!

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by adambrau
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Look we all have our options and I respect yours. And just because I have been GS for the last 4 consecutive years doesn't make me right. But I can assure you I am recently familiar with UA service standards ;)

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by adambrau
Sat May 25, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

Ironically United and Air France have shared several common structural deficiencies over the years. Longstanding lack of trust between management and the rank and file. A high rate of management turnover at both leading to a lack of a longterm vision implementation on management's part. Air France P...

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by adambrau
Fri May 24, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I personally love “minimal” design. I like the AF livery. I love Swiss. But when AF made that change I scratched my head because it said nothing to me? Like: more modern? More hip? More Sophisticated than before? - I just got nothing from it. (Can you remind me if the typeface changed?) The reason ...

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by adambrau
Wed May 22, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

As I said earlier, I don't love it, I don't hate it. I do think that some of the artwork shown here in this thread is more appealing than the design that United ultimately chose, Carbon Fibre's in particular. That always amazes me - that companies spend big dollars paying a design company to come u...

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by adambrau
Tue May 21, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Niki Lauda Dead at 70
Replies: 46
Views: 2211

Re: Niki Lauda, R.I.P.

RIP Niki Lauda. As an above poster mentioned, a life well lived. He came onto my radar when I was living in Hong Kong 1991-1992 and the tragic Lauda Air crash occurred on the BKK-VIE sector which originated in Hongkong. He never quit despite several setbacks. An inspiration to us all.

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by adambrau
Thu May 16, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy
Replies: 84
Views: 12567

Re: Seattle is Vancouver's greatest threat to Trans-Pacific airport hub supremacy

Just a few points I would bring up: 1. Canada requires an ETA visa for all non US/Canada passport holders transiting USA-Canada-Int'l and vv - many travelers don't realize this. Relatively easy to get but less so if you arrive late. 2. EWR-YVR is a daily 789 with many pax connecting onto Australia/N...

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by adambrau
Tue May 07, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

I’m a United pilot and I absolutely love the new livery. To me it looks modern and fresh. The swoop to me is key. I can’t think of another US airline that has it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the constant cry here seems to be that it appears “LCC”. Ummmm. Sprint yellow, anyone?? Front...

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by adambrau
Thu May 02, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

IMHO: This is by far the BEST version of the best U N I T E D branding. Sadly, it would have never been approved as it would be TOO MUCH like "Shades of Blue" and viewed as a step backwards. Although, I'd argue that VERY, VERY FEW of the general flying population would have realized it, b...

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by adambrau
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

My efforts: https://i.imgur.com/oiEThgM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jLsjItc.jpg Either of these would have been so much better - nice work! I think the swoosh and the billboard 'United' and the tail globe are all individually fine elements. But together they're disconnected and a mess - it screams LCC ...

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by adambrau
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released

My efforts: https://i.imgur.com/oiEThgM.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jLsjItc.jpg Either of these would have been so much better - nice work! I think the swoosh and the billboard 'United' and the tail globe are all individually fine elements. But together they're disconnected and a mess - it screams LCC ...

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by adambrau
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A359 9V-SGE Suffers Engine Damage - EWR
Replies: 9
Views: 4029

Re: SQ A359 9V-SGE Suffers Engine Damage - EWR

I was on the AirTrain from Terminal A to NJTransit and was wondering why SQ was parked on a remote stand. Someone's in hot water, unfortunately.

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by adambrau
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1797
Views: 381342

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

lostsound wrote:
Just preparing y'all for the inevitable:

Image


Love it! Better than what we have now. Will the final livery evolution be different - likely. But this is a step up IMHO - nice work!

Adam

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by adambrau
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 12868

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Pan Am from the classic 60's livery - Clipper Crest of the Wave was a test toward Billboard. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Pan-American-World-Airways-Pan-Am/Boeing-747-121/230244/L?qsp=eJwtjcEKwkAMRH%2Bl5OxFBA%2B96Q/owR8I2dEWq7skwXYp/Xfj4u3xZphZSfLbsfitFlBPBlYZaEeFlV9G/UpP1DlrCiZRmHf53vmAbuYPomhZ/...

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by adambrau
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived airline livery.
Replies: 90
Views: 12868

Re: Shortest lived airline livery.

Pan Am from the classic 60's livery - Clipper Crest of the Wave was a test toward Billboard.

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by adambrau
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021
Replies: 871
Views: 108639

Re: Official: Airbus announces A380 production to end in 2021

The A380 was a wonderful aircraft to fly on - spacious and quiet. Too bad they ended up relying on one customer for real sales - always a danger sign. Farewell to the whale, you were a nice ride but IMHO the most frightfully ugly modern Western aircraft of late/ever.

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by adambrau
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.
Replies: 216
Views: 38298

Re: QF officially cancels final 8 A380s.

It's the ugliest Airbus by a long shot, even if it was a pleasure to fly on. Seems like the writing's on the wall.

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by adambrau
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 176
Views: 22880

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

As another MD-11 occasional pax, the only hard landing I experienced was from Shanghai to HKG in 1992 on China Eastern. Upon somewhat successfully grabbing ahold of the runway half of the overhead bins self-opened in the cabin where I was seated and heavy braking action. Kai Tak Airport no doubt ha...

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by adambrau
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD-11 Safety Discussion
Replies: 176
Views: 22880

Re: MD-11 Safety Discussion

As another MD-11 occasional pax, the only hard landing I experienced was from Shanghai to HKG in 1992 on China Eastern. Upon somewhat successfully grabbing ahold of the runway half of the overhead bins self-opened in the cabin where I was seated and heavy braking action. Kai Tak Airport no doubt had...

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by adambrau
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian Airlines flight HNL-JFK diverts after FA dies mid flight
Replies: 23
Views: 13022

Re: Hawaiian Airlines flight HNL-JFK diverts after FA dies mid flight

I saw this story on CNN Int'l just a few minutes ago - very sad news and RIP to this FA who by all accounts loved his job, his company and it's customers. Very sad news anytime a death in flight occurs, but somewhat more so when it's a flight crew member/FA with such a distinct service record.

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by adambrau
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGA Groundstopped due to staffing / other delays [EWR/PHL]
Replies: 68
Views: 10160

Re: LGA Groundstopped due to staffing / other delays [EWR/PHL]

hayzel777 wrote:
Imagine if the 20% eligible to retire just retire. Total devastation.


I have heard 20% and I have heard 40% - not sure if different numbers being indicated for different airports? But I'm sure the head of the ATC organization, on CNN, said 40% in recent days...

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