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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 30, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

RE: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?

Thanks for all your responses!

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 29, 2004 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Fee To Speak W/ American Res Agent
Replies: 39
Views: 6244

RE: DL Fee To Speak W/ American Res Agent

Probably way off topic. I have had a Compaq and a Dell laptop in the past 4 years. When the Dell had a problem, I was given to some dork, who happened to be in India, who had no ability or authority to resolve the problem. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Compaq seems to have a mix of foreigners and Am...

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 29, 2004 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Practical Jokes
Replies: 41
Views: 12173

RE: Pilot Practical Jokes

"SlamClickers" are pilots and f/as that do not go out partying with the other airline crews on layovers. These are the serious ones, the ones with boyfriends or girlfriends that they actually want to spend time on the phone with, the ones that want to get up early and exercise, the teetotalers, etc....

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot Practical Jokes
Replies: 41
Views: 12173

RE: Pilot Practical Jokes

Do funny cockpit statements count? On a recent Airtran flight, the captain was obviously an old ValuJet guy. Funny as hell. Played the harmonica. Demonstrated with the "test" button which were the f/a calls (they all lit up red) and how we should push the OTHER button if we wanted our reading light....

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Airport Restricted" On CO?
Replies: 10
Views: 3524

RE: "Airport Restricted" On CO?

Most likely means that all the seats that they plan to offer for advance assignment are assigned, and that they'll have to see what's left when you get to the airport. Not uncommon in heavy travel periods. I wouldn't worry; I've had this happen and still received a very nice window or aisle by check...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

RE: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?

Thanks for the info on the 727. I had thought to add a parenthetical comment that it could be a 727 from the window arrangement, but I thought that I saw enough of the side of the aircraft to identify it as a 73. Guess not. Now, the question is, "Was the 727 that A340 Spotter saw in Houston the 727 ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Airlines' Beautiful New Livery
Replies: 34
Views: 12423

RE: ATA Airlines' Beautiful New Livery

I loved the old palm-tree ATA paint job, and really hated the new "corporate" look when it came out. But I have to say that the aircraft do indeed look absolutely beautiful, and I too have heard passengers asking "What airline is that?" (sadly for ATA that they're so unknown). It's a head-turner and...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Movement On DL-MD-11 Ship 802
Replies: 44
Views: 12559

RE: Movement On DL-MD-11 Ship 802

World has 803DE and 804DE. I think that they are on power-by-the-hour leases. Delta TOC has maintenance contracts with World for all sorts of work on World's eleven MD11s (including the 2 Deltas), as well as some by-the-hour maintenance contracts with World for their fleetwide avionics. World operat...

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by wjcandee
Wed Jul 28, 2004 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?
Replies: 12
Views: 5127

Who Is The 2nd Kerry/Edwards Plane?

I noticed tonight that Edwards arrived in Boston on a new charter plane. It's a 737, judging from the window arrangement on the cockpit and the front part of the aircraft. Only saw the part of the a/c in front of the wings. The aircraft was painted with the Kerry/Edwards logo and some other slogans ...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 23, 2004 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 717 And 777 Customers...?
Replies: 89
Views: 12581

RE: New 717 And 777 Customers...?

Someone commented that they hadn't seen an all-coach 717.

I believe that the Turkmenistan 717s are all-coach.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 18, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIA --Anyone Remember?
Replies: 7
Views: 2667

RE: AIA --Anyone Remember?

The schedule described must have been after they moved the operation to <acronym title="Philadelphia - International (PHL / KPHL), USA - Pennsylvania">PHL</acronym>. I think that it was originally based in ACY. As to the idiotic button slogan, I do recall that all the f/as at one point wore gigantic...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 18, 2004 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIA --Anyone Remember?
Replies: 7
Views: 2667

RE: AIA --Anyone Remember?

As to the Kalitta airline, same name, different (and later) operation. The earlier one (the one I'm talking about), was a PASSENGER operation that folded somewhere around 1985, IIRC. Kalitta's operation is freight.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AIA --Anyone Remember?
Replies: 7
Views: 2667

RE: AIA --Anyone Remember?

While starting law school in 1983 and 1984, I still had a girlfriend back in New Jersey. I flew them several times from <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> to Atlantic City, where my girlfriend picked me up even though it was a good distance fro...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryan Int Incident: Airtran Happy To Have 737s?
Replies: 1
Views: 2745

Ryan Int Incident: Airtran Happy To Have 737s?

The problem with subcontracting service to another carrier is that you don't control them. Looks like Ryan had a little problem this week, as shown below. Embarassing for Airtran? Happy to be getting their own planes? ******************************************************************************** *...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jul 11, 2004 9:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 744 Reg # & ATA L1011 @LAX.
Replies: 9
Views: 3076

RE: UA 744 Reg # & ATA L1011 @LAX.

The ATA a/c is either 188AT (an L1011-50) or 163AT (an L1011-500). The -50 tail may still have partial "wave" logo from its previous use on ATA's Hawaiian service; the -500 now has the full blue tail.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 752 & 753 To Europe
Replies: 58
Views: 7916

RE: 752 & 753 To Europe

Actually, the 757 in-flight entertainment can be configured to appear in drop-down video screens from the overheads; TWA did this in its later 757s. Delta does the screen-in-the-aisle thing, but it isn't that way on all airlines' fleets, and, more importantly, doesn't have to be that way.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Sun Jun 27, 2004 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Want CGN; No USA Gateway Mentioned
Replies: 37
Views: 4656

RE: ATA Want CGN; No USA Gateway Mentioned

My impression was that they wanted to offer connections to low-cost European carriers. Cologne offers German Wings as the low-cost carrier. If they can go into Stansted, then they get Ryanair and EzJet. The 752 won't, I believe, make Baltimore. Also, I think that the 757-300 has a *shorter*, not lon...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jun 25, 2004 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Expansion BOS And LGA Announcement
Replies: 33
Views: 6459

RE: JetBlue Expansion BOS And LGA Announcement

40 minute turns seem a bit ambitious in <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>, unless there is a LOT of padding in the schedule. Aaah, yes. THREE HOURS allotted for the air portion, whereas it's really a 2:15-hour in-the-air segment, so that's a good bit o...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jun 21, 2004 11:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airtran 435 Diverted To FLL
Replies: 19
Views: 3922

RE: Airtran 435 Diverted To FLL

I LOVE the fact that airlines use the old railroad term "flag stop" to apply to this circumstance. In the olden days, the railroad equivalent of SOC (using only the telegraph to communicate) could order an express or streamliner to stop at a station through which it would normally pass by having the...

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by wjcandee
Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTran Teaming Up With Miami Air?
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

RE: AirTran Teaming Up With Miami Air?

Are these aircraft in Airtran colors, or isn't it a long-term enough contract to merit this? Also, any word on whether Airtran is interested in AirStar/Impulse's 717s as they are retired?

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Thu Jun 17, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTran-credit Cards Only For Alcoholic Bevs!
Replies: 38
Views: 3743

RE: AirTran-credit Cards Only For Alcoholic Bevs!

Airtran doesn't shy away from technology when it is cost-effective, so I'm sure there's a reason for the imprinter rather than a swiper. They're profitable because they're *tight* with a nickel. Maybe they thought they would see how customers took to it by using basically-free imprinters before inve...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jun 12, 2004 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad News...airtran Keeps Ugly New Look
Replies: 52
Views: 6885

RE: Bad News...airtran Keeps Ugly New Look

By the way, I think that it's somewhat ironic that UPS's brand-spankin'-new, "modern" revision to its livery is in some sense a variation of the now-being-replaced Airtran livery: creamy front, colors and stripes to the rear. The angle of the rear-fuselage paint is just in the other direction on the...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jun 12, 2004 6:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bad News...airtran Keeps Ugly New Look
Replies: 52
Views: 6885

RE: Bad News...airtran Keeps Ugly New Look

Actually, the "new" livery is pretty much the OLD 737 livery, with a couple of changes (stripe going up instead of down at nose, black treatment under the cockpit windows, and the "A" instead of the old tail logo). Just pull up the old Airtran 737 photos here on airliners.net to see. Obviously, some...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jun 02, 2001 6:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways
Replies: 3
Views: 846

RE: World Airways

There's a wonderful article in the "World History" part of the World Airways web site at www.worldair.com It gives this carrier's interesting and storied past. World recently moved its headquarters to Atlanta, and is now run by Hollis Harris, a legendary airline executive. Its MD11 fleet seems close...

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by wjcandee
Tue Mar 13, 2001 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 767 Loses Both Engines Over Pacific
Replies: 32
Views: 4429

RE: United 767 Loses Both Engines Over Pacific

Just out of curiosity, if it can fly 3.5 times its altitude, and it was flying at 29,000 feet, wouldn't that mean that it could have glided 20 miles, not 100? (29,000/5280)*3.5 is about 20, not 100.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Tue Mar 06, 2001 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Accident: Charmed?
Replies: 14
Views: 1744

Southwest Accident: Charmed?

So WN runs an a/c off the end of a runway in Phoenix yesterday, and the media barely takes notice. If this were Airtran, imagine what the reaction would be. Someone said that this wasn't as serious as Burbank. Actually, I disagree. In Burbank, the crew was aware of the runway conditions, length, etc...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 And 767 Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 2853

RE: 757 And 767 Engines

Oh, and of course I forgot TWA, which is an all-Pratt shop.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 And 767 Engines
Replies: 21
Views: 2853

RE: 757 And 767 Engines

According to Bill Harms's Commercial Jet Aircraft Census, the complete list is Shanghai Airlines, FAT, Royal Air Maroc, Condor (about 1/2, the older ones), Ethiopian, US Air Force VC32As (VIP planes), Delta, NW, United, UPS (part), Finnair, Dutchbird, Aeromexico and Mexicana. As to the ATA planes, A...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 21, 2001 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?
Replies: 12
Views: 2150

RE: 717-200 Thumbs Up? Down?

As a passenger (on TWA), I have enjoyed flying on this plane. I have sat in both FC and coach. While its layout inside is kind of like a DC9, it is vastly upgraded, with modern bins and a lighted handrail under the bins. It is very quiet inside, although there is a rushing air sound in the front; no...

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by wjcandee
Fri Feb 09, 2001 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx: "A380 Better Than 747 Stretch"
Replies: 39
Views: 5366

RE: FedEx: "A380 Better Than 747 Stretch"

When UPS lost my overnight package containing important materials, not only couldn't they tell me where it was, they frankly treated me like total crap. The best they could say was that I should wait, because sometimes they just turn up. While the technology (scanning, direct access from the interne...

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by wjcandee
Wed Feb 07, 2001 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA, LAX -STL Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1956

RE: TWA, LAX -STL Question

Try it with IE 5.0; the reservation feature seems to work best with that browser. The online reservations service is provided by ITN (GetThere.com), which also services United and British Airways, as well as American Express. Sometimes, their servers get a little slow, but I have never been unable t...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 05, 2001 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA: Hows The Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 1576

RE: ATA: Hows The Service?

Didn't mean to be snippy; sounds like the rez agent just made up a number. If you ever want to know the gories, you can look at their customer service plan on their web site. "Initiative" something (towards the end) says something about disclosing seating arrangements, and they lay it out in full, i...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 05, 2001 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA: Hows The Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 1576

RE: ATA: Hows The Service?

Dude, ATA will be in the new terminal by the end of February (i.e. this month). That's the plan. If there's a delay, it will be a matter of days or weeks. As to the 727-200s, ATA puts in 173 seats, not 189. The legroom (as you obviously haven't actually *flown* in one recently) is as good or better ...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 05, 2001 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Bankruptcy Stokes Interest In Boeing
Replies: 6
Views: 2221

RE: TWA Bankruptcy Stokes Interest In Boeing

Correct: Airtran will have 30 717s by the end of 2001, but now only has 17 or 18 (depending on whether the 1-aircraft February delivery has occurred). However, Airtran restructured its delivery schedule for cash flow reasons AND because Boeing was expecting a big 717 order (rumoured to have been fro...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 05, 2001 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA L-1011 Out Of Place
Replies: 13
Views: 2103

RE: ATA L-1011 Out Of Place

For what it's worth, the two major passenger charter carriers that serve the military both domestically and internationally are World Airways (MD11s) and ATA (L1011s, 757s and 727s), particularly for movements that require large planes or long distances. Other carriers that do a smaller but substant...

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by wjcandee
Mon Feb 05, 2001 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA: Hows The Service?
Replies: 16
Views: 1576

RE: ATA: Hows The Service?

By the time you start flying ATA, they may have their new 737-800s coming on board. They definitely will be in a brand-new terminal at MDW, which will make your trip smoother. Having taken many ATA flights, I can tell you that, on average, you can expect: (1) Plenty of people at the ticket counter a...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jan 28, 2001 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sterling Words On JetBlue From Hegeman 1/25
Replies: 15
Views: 1928

RE: Sterling Words On JetBlue From Hegeman 1/25

Just remember one thing. Holly is an immature, impressionable, moron, IMHO.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 26, 2001 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

RE: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)

Ooops... make that "Spirit is $230 r/t, ATA is $269 r/t". I don't know where you got 400 per person. With a group, a connection is a hassle. Been there. Done that. Wouldn't do it again.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 26, 2001 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

RE: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)

Well, here's how it plays out. Airtran will be more expensive (122 out, 188 back) than ATA, which is 134.50 each way (although maybe cheaper if you go as a group). Airtran: 310 pp r/t. ATA $269 pp r/t. Spirit is cheaper but has had reliability problems. They are $230 each way. If I were the parents ...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 26, 2001 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

RE: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)

Not to give up on ATA: ATA has a group sales department. They define a group as 10 or more people, so you just qualify. Call them at 1-800-543-3715 and see what you can negotiate.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 26, 2001 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

RE: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)

I'm even more confused. The poster's screen name is Amtran727, so must be familiar with ATA. ATA has 3 round-trips a day to FLL from MDW, and offers group discounts, too. What gives? Why not just fly a nice Amtran 727, Amtran727?

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 26, 2001 10:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

RE: Spirit (NK) Or Airtran (FL)

Doesn't ATA fly from MDW to FLL? Why don't you just take them? I would certainly place them a cut above Airtran or Spirit in service quality and reliability.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 22, 2001 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Nonstops To Hawaii From The East Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 4305

RE: More Nonstops To Hawaii From The East Coast

One thing that you might find interesting about booking the ORD-HNL "Air Cruise": You can do it through ATA by telephone, but you *can't* do it at ATA's web site. (As I said, you *can* book the JFK-HNL flight on ATA's web site.) The reason: according to the ATA people that I asked, the company doesn...

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by wjcandee
Sun Jan 21, 2001 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?
Replies: 29
Views: 1842

RE: Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?

I don't know much about the operational economics of the MD87 (i.e. variable cost per seat-mile), but I imagine that the capital cost of those aircraft would be relatively low (although probably not comparable to 737-200s), given that they are kind of orphans here in the US. Only Spirit seems to wan...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jan 20, 2001 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More Nonstops To Hawaii From The East Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 4305

RE: More Nonstops To Hawaii From The East Coast

You can book the ATA flight either way. If you go through Pleasant, you can book it either with or without ground, hotel, etc. If you go through ATA or a travel agent, you can book the flight alone. You can go to www.ata.com to book it. You can book it through an online agency like www.itn.net. I wo...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jan 20, 2001 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?
Replies: 29
Views: 1842

RE: Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?

Thanks for the updates. Vanguard will be getting some MD80s from a lessor. However, I don't believe that they are planning to replace their 737-200s. Rather, the 737-200s don't have the endurance to reach the West Coast from MCI without substantial weight (meaning passenger) penalties. Given that th...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 19, 2001 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA L1011 At Miramar Air Station In San Diego?
Replies: 12
Views: 3887

RE: ATA L1011 At Miramar Air Station In San Diego?

ATA does piles of military work, as does World. Over the next 2 1/2 months, the military is moving a lot of personnel around, both domestically and abroad. Expect to see ATA and World aircraft regularly at military locations, particularly over the next 2 months. (Also, you'll see Omni (DC10s), ATI (...

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by wjcandee
Fri Jan 19, 2001 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?
Replies: 29
Views: 1842

Vanguard: Safe? Comfortable?

As ATA has recently cranked up their fares for purchase within 7 days of departure (almost doubling them), I notice that the cheapest last-minute way for me to get from LGA-DFW (which I do fairly often) would be on Vanguard through MCI. The flights are well-timed and reasonably-priced. Query: What a...

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by wjcandee
Sun Dec 17, 2000 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yesterday @ DFW, Plain White 747
Replies: 26
Views: 6221

RE: Yesterday @ DFW, Plain White 747

If it was 638FE, it is operated by Polar Air Cargo.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Dec 13, 2000 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD90-30's
Replies: 7
Views: 1788

RE: Delta MD90-30's

China Eastern operates 9 MD-90s. China Northern operates 11. UNI Air operates 12. Saudi Arabian operates 29, including 3 delivered in October 2000. Japan Air operates 16. AA operates the 5 ex-Reno a/c, but not for long. Delta operates 16. Scandinavian operates 8. AMC Aviation operates 5. Air Aruba o...

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