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by F4N
Sun Oct 27, 2002 10:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: When Will The Usaf Order The 767 Tankers?
Replies: 10
Views: 5356

RE: When Will The Usaf Order The 767 Tankers?

To all: I believe that the biggest holdup right now is the exact nature of the lease deal itself(and yes, I agree that it is a bad idea-or "pork" as 747-451 refers to it)and the opposition to it by some significant Congressional personalities. Essentially the lease deal was a post-9/11 sop to Boeing...

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by F4N
Sat Oct 05, 2002 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F14's In BUF Today
Replies: 0
Views: 1118

F14's In BUF Today

To all: A little something different in BUF today for the spotters and enthusiasts; 3 F14's made two circuits around the airport before making a very loud and rapid landing. Certainly an entertaining change from the usual 737/MD80/DC9/A320 scene! All 3 were in the low-viz scheme; no CAG markings unf...

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by F4N
Mon Sep 30, 2002 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The 343 A Failed Aircraft?
Replies: 49
Views: 4055

RE: Is The 343 A Failed Aircraft?

Spark: The viability of this a/c appears to have endless fascination for people. Of course, the Boeing people say it's a flop; the Airbus mafia in the forum will always state the contrary. Take your pick... It is difficult however, to consider an a/c that has sold a relatively large number of frames...

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by F4N
Wed Sep 11, 2002 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Abandons BUF
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

RE: AA Abandons BUF

Jim: As far back as I can recall(early 70's flying BUF-ORD on AA-707"Astroliners"), there were few alternatives to UA/AA for westbound service. NW did not serve BUF and Eastern and (then) Allegheny had no direct service. You can imagine the price-gouge; even for those now long-off days(for some reas...

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by F4N
Tue Sep 10, 2002 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Abandons BUF
Replies: 19
Views: 2285

RE: AA Abandons BUF

To all: It comes as no real surprise that AA opted out of providing mainline service here; UA is probably next. Both provide limited service here and they are relatively expensive to boot. I really liked the AA 738 service for the brief period that they offered it though. I think the biggest reason ...

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by F4N
Thu Aug 22, 2002 11:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

RE: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

AvObserver: While the current trends seem somewhat negative for Boeing, I believe that they are probably more cognizant now than ever before of the threat Airbus poses to their leadership in civil aviation. If the information coming from various sources is true, Boeing will field either the dramatic...

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by F4N
Wed Aug 21, 2002 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

RE: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

Hamlet69: It would seem that you managed to pre-empt what would have been the next part of my discussion about market parity, which was Airbus being the beneficiary of MD's demise. It would seem that a number of carriers which had been loyal proponents of the DAC/MDC line of jets began to take a lon...

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by F4N
Tue Aug 20, 2002 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

RE: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

Hamlet69: I have read your comments with great interest; as always they are very well thought-out and articulated. Some thoughts and follow-up: Market parity: the idea that the large civil airframe market is split evenly is something of a moot point; how Airbus achieved that is far more interesting....

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by F4N
Mon Aug 19, 2002 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

RE: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

Udo: I guess I should have prefaced this post with the usual "this isn't meant to be an "A vs B" topic, but essentially that's what most will make of it. "A" has been doing alot of the things that "B" has been putting off, and it is starting to show. Obviously, "B" isn't going to go under; it's simp...

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by F4N
Mon Aug 19, 2002 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

RE: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

Backfire:

As I mentioned in my thread, Leahy was saying exactly what a top executive would say about his business; escpecially the top salesman.

Phillipe Camus, actually the co-CEO I believe.

F4N

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by F4N
Sun Aug 18, 2002 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...
Replies: 55
Views: 4683

Airbus To Lead Civil Aviation By Mid-decade...

To all: I've recently seen an interesting interview of John Leahy by the Seattle P-I as well as a brief article in Yahoo News about the CEO of EADS in which both reiterated their belief that Airbus will be the leader in civil aviation by the middle of this decade based on the launch of A380, current...

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by F4N
Mon Aug 05, 2002 9:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet And A Possible Split Order?
Replies: 3
Views: 1838

Easyjet And A Possible Split Order?

To all: The upcoming Easyjet order has been kicking around in various guises here lately with each faction proposing why their side will/should win, but does anyone think that Easyjet will split the order(A319/73G)? The chairman of Easyjet talked this up some time ago, indicating that it would give ...

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by F4N
Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US F100's - Still Around?
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

US F100's - Still Around?

To all: I was under the impression that USairways had disposed of its' F100's along with the DC9's and MD-80's. I certainly have not seen one in BUF for some time although all 3 were once frequent visitors. Nontheless, I though I saw a US F100 today. Does US still carry them in the fleet? Anybody kn...

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by F4N
Fri Aug 02, 2002 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet: 120+120 New Aircraft
Replies: 34
Views: 2728

RE: EasyJet: 120+120 New Aircraft

To all: It is becoming clear that this is a money-losing proposition for both frame-makers. In the best of circumstances, the 737/A320 competitions usually end up with razor-thin margins for either side. If a wide-body order is involved, the single-aisles become nothing more than bargaining chips. H...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 28, 2002 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing Be "Playing The Game"?
Replies: 32
Views: 3319

RE: Should Boeing Be "Playing The Game"?

TransSwede: The military sector does not have as much pesky competition? Lets see.... Rafale, Eurofighter, Gripen, F16, Su27, MiG29, F35, F22... A rather formidable array of competitors, to say the least... "runoffs with Lockheed Martin seem to be settled more for political reasons than technical or...

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by F4N
Sat Jul 27, 2002 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico Goes With Boeing
Replies: 20
Views: 1935

RE: Aeromexico Goes With Boeing

To all:

According to Reuters, Aeromexico will lease 15 737-600. No details on the lessor.

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Jul 27, 2002 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Build In US?
Replies: 26
Views: 3661

RE: Airbus To Build In US?

Klaus: "Your statement tried to turn protectionism into natural law". An interesting statement; somewhat self-serving, but interesting nonetheless. The suggestion of perspective in your response is an interesting contradiction in terms from someone who appears to lay 100% of the blame for the world'...

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by F4N
Sat Jul 27, 2002 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico Goes With Boeing
Replies: 20
Views: 1935

RE: Aeromexico Goes With Boeing

To all:

Let's try this again. Yahoo aviation quotes Reuters as Aeromexico selecting Boeing for part of the fleet renewal.

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Jul 27, 2002 5:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico Goes With Boeing
Replies: 20
Views: 1935

Aeromexico Goes With Boeing

To all:

Yahoo aviation quotes Reuters as selecting Boeing a/c for part of the fleet renewal. No types or numbers were noted.

F4N

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by F4N
Fri Jul 26, 2002 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Build In US?
Replies: 26
Views: 3661

RE: Airbus To Build In US?

Klaus: Your assumption is the existence of a free trade agreement; something for which there exists neither political will or insight on either side of the Atlantic. In addition, there exists neither the public enthusiasm, interest or mandate which would motivate it, again on either side of the Atla...

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by F4N
Thu Jul 25, 2002 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Build In US?
Replies: 26
Views: 3661

RE: Airbus To Build In US?

To all: Pardon the brevity of the opening topic and the lack of an active link. I got called away by a work-related problem which had to be addressed. The article is listed in the Yahoo "aviation and aerospace" news column. srbmod: while I doubt the overall US content of Airbus a/c exceeds that of a...

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by F4N
Thu Jul 25, 2002 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus To Build In US?
Replies: 26
Views: 3661

Airbus To Build In US?

To all: There is a very interesting article in the Seattle Times which states that EADS has decided in the near to medium term to locate and build a factory in the US. I believe this is a very wise move on their part as it would circumvent many of the issues which currently prevent the type of coope...

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by F4N
Sat Jul 13, 2002 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US "Warship" Orders Aircraft Off Course
Replies: 35
Views: 2867

RE: US "Warship" Orders Aircraft Off Course

To all: Some of you guys seem to miss the point; a warship about to engage in livefire missile excercises warns a civilian a/c to avoid the area, change course, whatever, based on safety concerns and it is being turned into some sort of sovereignty compromise or violation. You gotta be kidding... If...

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by F4N
Fri Jul 12, 2002 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US "Warship" Orders Aircraft Off Course
Replies: 35
Views: 2867

RE: US "Warship" Orders Aircraft Off Course

To all: It is a very prudent and normal course of action for a military vessel to warn civiian a/c if they are approaching an exercise zone. Bear in mind that modern missiles have greatly expanded acquisition envelopes so planners have to take into account the passing of civilian a/c. One needs only...

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by F4N
Mon Jul 08, 2002 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Plane Thoughts From BUF
Replies: 12
Views: 1478

RE: More Plane Thoughts From BUF

Jim: Buffalo ops pretty much mirrors what you see in Rochester, mostly the 150 seat flavors. I have not yet seen an A321 in BUF, but then again I only recently saw my first A319 here. I suspect that a 321 will be as novel here as a 752 is. FedEx continues 727F service in BUF. I would love to see a 3...

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by F4N
Sun Jul 07, 2002 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Plane Thoughts From BUF
Replies: 12
Views: 1478

More Plane Thoughts From BUF

To all: Only a couple of weeks since posting about the absence of US Airbii in BUF, I now see them on a regular basis. I believe these are A319's based on the size, but they look quite smart in US dark blue. Somehow, the smaller Airbus seem to lack the aesthetic appeal of the 737NG or the A330/340, ...

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by F4N
Thu Jun 27, 2002 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet Discusses $6 Billion Order With Boeing, Ai
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

RE: EasyJet Discusses $6 Billion Order With Boeing, Ai

To all:

It is interesting that Boeing announced it will increase production by 2004 to meet increased demand for (mostly) single-aisle jets. I read this in Yahoo "Aviation" news earlier this week.

Perhaps a little bit of a tip-off?

We shall soon see at Farnborough.

Regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Mon Jun 17, 2002 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 In BUF
Replies: 14
Views: 1773

RE: NW 727 In BUF

Zrb2: As I mentioned earlier, NW seems to utilize different a/c for weekend service to BUF. I HAVE seen DC-10's and 757's, but they are infrequent visitors. I have to admit that my work schedule includes weekends, so I don't always spot as consistently i as could. I am very surprised at how infreque...

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by F4N
Sun Jun 16, 2002 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 In BUF
Replies: 14
Views: 1773

RE: NW 727 In BUF

American 767: FYI: Delta service to BUF is exclusively 727 service to ATL. Only rarely have I seen a Delta 732 or MD8x. I have not yet seen a Delta 738 here although I have flown 737NG on Continental, American and very recently, a brand new 73G on Southwest(BUF-PHX). I very much enjoy flights on the...

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by F4N
Sat Jun 15, 2002 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 In BUF
Replies: 14
Views: 1773

RE: NW 727 In BUF

Rock: I am rather surprised at the number of different a/c types you see at ROC that don't make it here. I would have thought that with the recent renaissance of air travel that BUF is experiencing that we would see 717's, A320's, ect with the increased frequency of flights out of here. So it goes.....

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by F4N
Sat Jun 15, 2002 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW 727 In BUF
Replies: 14
Views: 1773

NW 727 In BUF

To all: I noticed that NW had 727 service to BUF this morning in place of the usual DC9. I thought NW had retired all of their 727's last year! Currently, BUF only sees 727 service from Delta(which incidently, are getting a bit tatty-where are the 738's?). United discontinued 727 service last year a...

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by F4N
Thu Jun 13, 2002 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Proposing "Normal" Plane With 20% Less Cost
Replies: 27
Views: 3370

RE: Boeing Proposing "Normal" Plane With 20% Less Cost

To all: From a business standpoint, an alternative plan should always be available as a contingency should unforeseen circumstances(say, 9/11, for example), changing market forces, customer requirements, ect negatively impact a previously made decision with regard to product. In the case of SC, Boei...

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by F4N
Tue May 21, 2002 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011 Freighter
Replies: 4
Views: 3757

L1011 Freighter

to all: I was recently reading a small article about the L1011 in one of the popular British a/c modelling magazines and was surprised at how few carriers operated this a/c as a freighter, especially considering how successful the trijets from MD were in this category. Any thoughts or comments as to...

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by F4N
Mon May 20, 2002 9:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-1B And F-15's At BUF
Replies: 6
Views: 4309

RE: B-1B And F-15's At BUF

BUFjet:

Both types of a/c participated in the airshow. There was an interesting story
in the sunday edition of the Buffalo News about the B1B pilot.

regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Tue May 14, 2002 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regarding Boeing's 767 Plans
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

RE: Regarding Boeing's 767 Plans

To all: I have to agree with Dutchjet about the need to upgrade the 757/767 line. Sales (not deliveries) have been slow and the A332 rules the roost in this category. Obviously, something about the Boeing planes is losing in this segment. A business HAS to listen to the marketplace if it is going to...

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by F4N
Wed May 08, 2002 9:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet, Go And Airbus
Replies: 60
Views: 2642

RE: EasyJet, Go And Airbus

To all: I would suggest a great deal of caution regarding what one has to consider a very unusual statement by Mr. Leahy. In general, such things are announced publicly only when an agreement has been reached. I am leery of statements such as "decided to go with" and "hopeful" since there is absolut...

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by F4N
Fri May 03, 2002 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet And Go News
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

RE: EasyJet And Go News

Jeremiah: I believe you are correct; these planes were originally to be purchased. Based on that, this <i>could</i> indicate a re-structuring of the original agreement with Boeing; possibly newer(most likely better)terms, changes in delivery times/positions or changes in product mix. Or it could be ...

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by F4N
Fri May 03, 2002 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet And Go News
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

RE: EasyJet And Go News

Jeremiah:

The leasing of more 737-700's could also indicate a further commitment to the retention of the Boeing fleet, leasing being a faster method of adding capacity w/o additional costs.

Now if they were to lease A319's....

Best regards,

F4N

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by F4N
Tue Apr 30, 2002 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific To Consider The B 747-400QLR
Replies: 105
Views: 5387

RE: Cathay Pacific To Consider The B 747-400QLR

To all: I don't see why the prospect of CX evaluating the 747XLRQ and possibly ordering the a/c seems so surprising to some. While the are certainly interested in A380, that interest and ordering 747's is not mutually exclusive. QF and AF did so; I suspect there may be others. I do not believe that ...

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by F4N
Sat Apr 13, 2002 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Should Change It's Name
Replies: 29
Views: 2936

RE: Airbus Should Change It's Name

Hartsfieldboy:

Note that they didn't keep the valujet name...

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Apr 13, 2002 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Should Change It's Name
Replies: 29
Views: 2936

RE: Airbus Should Change It's Name

To all: Absolute nonsense to change a trade-name unless merger, acquistition or circumstance force it. Nissan was always Nissan except in the export market; once Nissan became a force in the auto market, it was only a matter of time before it would want to associate the product with the company name...

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by F4N
Sat Apr 06, 2002 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fairchild-Dornier Update
Replies: 25
Views: 2642

RE: Fairchild-Dornier Update

To all: I would have to believe that an organization (be it Boeing or anyone else) would undoubtedly buy into FD for what it is, a manufacturer of RJ's, and with the intention of competing in the RJ market and NOT to sell off the various components at some type of corporate auction. The only possibl...

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by F4N
Sat Apr 06, 2002 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Possible Lauch Customer Of The 744 Xqlr
Replies: 7
Views: 2899

RE: Air France Possible Lauch Customer Of The 744 Xqlr

Na: An interesting possibility since AF appears to be planning to use the 744's to compliment the pending A380 fleet. Air France is rather unique in that the French carrier maintains a fairly large Boeing fleet despite the fact that France is the [spiritual] home of Airbus. Seems to me that this car...

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by F4N
Fri Apr 05, 2002 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Buys Boeing, Airbus
Replies: 105
Views: 4873

RE: KLM Buys Boeing, Airbus

To all: Despite the wording of the announcement, it would appear that KLM is going to order the 332 as part of the fleet renewal; I'm not sure why this is still a matter of debate... Although on the surface it would appear that a 764 order in conjunction with the 777 would make more sense, KLM appar...

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by F4N
Wed Apr 03, 2002 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Reported To Push Singapore Airlines On Plan
Replies: 41
Views: 4293

RE: Boeing Reported To Push Singapore Airlines On Plan

To all: I'd like to know what some of you guys do for a living that you can't get these naive, foolish notions out of your heads about Boeing being "desperate", "pathetic" and selling planes at huge losses. Whether you like Airbus or Boeing, these companies sell into the same market and essentially ...

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by F4N
Sat Mar 30, 2002 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767 Wins US Air Force Tanker
Replies: 28
Views: 2600

RE: 767 Wins US Air Force Tanker

Travellin man:

I'm had my fill too. Over and over and over again; same old crap. Maybe one day these guys will realize they just aren't going to convince anyone else...

F4N

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by F4N
Sat Mar 30, 2002 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus/Boeing; KLM And US AirForce 767 Tankers
Replies: 16
Views: 3116

RE: Airbus/Boeing; KLM And US AirForce 767 Tankers

To all: It's probably rediculous to continue debating this as there is no way the lease issue can proceed in the current political climate. While there is no doubt that the KC135 fleet is in need of replacement, especially the "E" version, the furor raised over the perceived overspending has effecti...

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by F4N
Fri Mar 29, 2002 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Says... We Are In Good Shape!
Replies: 32
Views: 3080

RE: Airbus Says... We Are In Good Shape!

To all: Before you start the usual A/B nonsense, bear in mind that jetBlue approached Boeing for the 737-700 with the intention of buying that model, just as Southwest had. The long delivery cycle and the lack of available simulator time made Airbus a viable alternative given jetBlue's desired start...

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by F4N
Sat Mar 23, 2002 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Egyptair 990 Co-pilot Crashed The Plane
Replies: 101
Views: 9505

RE: Egyptair 990 Co-pilot Crashed The Plane

Ts-ior: Despite the fact that suicide is a sin according to the dictates of Islam, that concept has apparantly not stopped Palestinians from becoming suicide bombers; I will assume that they were all muslims. As such, the co-pilot on the EgyptAir flight possibly deciding to do something like this wo...

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by F4N
Sun Mar 10, 2002 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing To Buy Fairchild-Dornier?
Replies: 19
Views: 3042

RE: Boeing To Buy Fairchild-Dornier?

Flying-Tiger: I, too, am surprised that Boeing would be interested in FD if only that Bombardier would have been a more logical partner. However, Bombardier does not seem to have any interest in such a partnership so I guess Boeing will have to go to the dance with whoever is willing... It was inevi...

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