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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order
Replies: 29
Views: 13961

RE: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order

Atmx: If that's the case, you're probably right.

Sorry if I stirred up a hornet's nest. (Dang WSJ headline writers...)

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order
Replies: 29
Views: 13961

RE: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order

Floris: I hardly thinks that this merits a "Duh." Respectfully, the Wall Street Journal often breaks stories on Boeing (and other large American industrial firms) before the markets open and before the companies officially announce them. That's sort of the point of being a business reporter -- to gl...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order
Replies: 29
Views: 13961

RE: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order

Too bad nobody here subscribes to the Online Journal, then they could just click on the link and read the article. I actually am finding it quite suspenseful...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order
Replies: 29
Views: 13961

WSJ 1/2/05: Boeing Gets Big US 7E7 Order

The WSJ online edition hit with a headline an hour ago that says "Boeing Gets Big U.S. Order for 7E7s". I don't subscribe to the online edition, so I don't know if this is in addition to the <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> order announced on Wednesday. I don't know if 10 air...

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by wjcandee
Mon Jan 03, 2005 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAG: DL To Pull An HP And Become An LCC!
Replies: 60
Views: 8582

RE: MAG: DL To Pull An HP And Become An LCC!

This is a brilliant move, because of the buzz it will create. As a seasoned traveller, I know that claims by American, for example, that they have "low fares" are in fact a come-on. If I want to travel <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym>-<acro...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jan 01, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Business Class Discontinued?
Replies: 7
Views: 2068

RE: ATA Business Class Discontinued?

LN-MOW: You may be right. That was certainly the case at the beginning of the service. However, I believe that I noticed business class seats available for reservation on the web site previously. I didn't book one so I can't say for sure. TIMBERWOLF: How good is your source? If accurate, very sad. A...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways DC-10's
Replies: 31
Views: 6228

RE: World Airways DC-10's

Ed, for consistency, wouldn't it have been renumbered as 351 wL, not wA? The other two were numbered 352 and 353 wL. I do know that several secondary sources were assuming (like Bill Harms) assumed that the tail number was going to be changed on ship 351. Guess that was just a bad assumption. All th...

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by wjcandee
Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Business Class Discontinued?
Replies: 7
Views: 2068

ATA Business Class Discontinued?

Is ATA business class history? I just tried to price a business class seat from <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>-<acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> on ATA, and no biz fares came up on ATA.com. I t...

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by wjcandee
Tue Dec 28, 2004 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK
Replies: 20
Views: 4570

RE: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK

Ed, doesn't Miami Air also have a reputation for outstanding catering, as well? I remember seeing Dick Cheney (I think) saying somewhere that they just blew away every charter that he'd ever been on as far as food went. I know that World can do anything from peanuts to caviar as well. Just asking ab...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 27, 2004 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEO Pilots?
Replies: 22
Views: 3094

RE: CEO Pilots?

George Mikelsons of ATA. He flew their first aircraft personally.

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 27, 2004 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK
Replies: 20
Views: 4570

RE: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK

Makes much better sense. Thanks for the explanation.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 27, 2004 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK
Replies: 20
Views: 4570

RE: World Airways MD11 Operating For Miami Air Ex JFK

That explains the movement <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B Hartsfield) (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym>-<acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / KJFK), USA - New York">JFK</acronym> this am. Interesting. You'd thin...

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by wjcandee
Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways DC-10's
Replies: 31
Views: 6228

RE: World Airways DC-10's

Ed, I see what you mean about lift/range. To haul 360 pax (nice pitch for coach!) that distance requires an MD11 over a DC10 or L1011. I hadn't realized that ATA split that route with you; nor did I realize that the AMC considered the load on the -500 sufficient. (Actually, maybe it doesn't; maybe i...

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by wjcandee
Sat Dec 25, 2004 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways DC-10's
Replies: 31
Views: 6228

RE: World Airways DC-10's

The funnier part is that USA Today's article described it as an "L1011" instead of an MD11. I was looking at it and saying, "If that's a DC10, why does it have the Delta belly?" then realized that it was an MD11 (going in the other direction than the DC10 that they mention) and that it was 804. I gu...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hardball With The TSA-Passenger Removed From Plane
Replies: 149
Views: 15776

RE: Hardball With The TSA-Passenger Removed From Plane

Mom sanctimoniously and self-centeredly decided to inconvenience the OTHER PASSENGERS to benefit herself, regardless of whether the <acronym title="Taipei - Sung Shan (TSA / RCSS), Taiwan">TSA</acronym> had a reason or not to ask her to get off. If I were delayed because of her antics, I would be in...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 20, 2004 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon
Replies: 17
Views: 2544

RE: FDX A310 Enroute Bangor-Shannon

You are correct, sir.  <img border=0 src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> <br><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/open.file/625865/L/" target="_blank">View Large</a> <a href="/open.file/625865/M/" target="_blank">View Medium<br><img bor...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 20, 2004 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Is The Most Powerful Widebody Takeoff?
Replies: 52
Views: 12466

RE: What Is The Most Powerful Widebody Takeoff?

Noise -- I read a story from a guy who said that the (non-widebody) Concorde often lined up at Heathrow across the field from his office right as he and his co-workers were returning from lunch. They had some kind of card-key entrance system at the door. If they happened to notice the pointy nose tu...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charters
Replies: 85
Views: 7914

RE: NFL Charters

Ed, Is the unavailability of even ONE <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</acronym>-11 pax jet (out of nine now), a good sign as far as utilization? Or are there a/c out of service? (Or do the NFL teams require a particular config that limits the useable aircraft to a smaller number than 9?) Two slig...

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by wjcandee
Sun Dec 19, 2004 1:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Atlanta Hub A Mess
Replies: 32
Views: 6019

RE: DL Atlanta Hub A Mess

Another broad-brush conclusion based on a SINGLE experience. How smoothly a hub flows on a given day depends upon a million things, including things that can be happening 2 hours' flight time away. I personally think that the <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B ...

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by wjcandee
Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ducking When Leaving Helicopter?
Replies: 26
Views: 19418

RE: Ducking When Leaving Helicopter?

Of course, boarding and disembarking with the rotors not turning is probably safest. (I know that operational considerations often preclude this, in which case sitting in a seat with the cyclic in your hand is a preferred location.) Approaching while the rotors are stationary also eliminates the pos...

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by wjcandee
Tue Dec 14, 2004 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang
Replies: 18
Views: 9697

RE: Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang

What is the usual capacity of a -100? I was thinking that it was -200, with the 170 or so that a one-class -200 usually holds. But of course, World originally flew -100s, then -200s later. Does a -100 usually hold closer to 100 pax?


--Bill

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by wjcandee
Sun Dec 12, 2004 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JB Not Doing Maintenance Is A Myth...
Replies: 23
Views: 3734

RE: JB Not Doing Maintenance Is A Myth...

I don't think you can lump all 3rd-party vendors together, nor can you suggest that "foreign" maintenance is per-se inferior. Depends upon where you send the stuff. Many countries have reputations for excellence in skilled manufacturing: Germany, Japan, Switzerland, for example. Indeed, some workers...

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by wjcandee
Sun Dec 12, 2004 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ho Chi Minh City But Still SGN?
Replies: 17
Views: 3459

RE: Ho Chi Minh City But Still SGN?

As a practical matter, lots of people still call HCM City "Saigon". The hotels there still include the Sheraton Saigon, the Best Western Saigon, the Marco Polo Omni Saigon Hotel, The Grand Hotel Saigon, The Windsor Hotel Saigon, The New World Hotel Saigon, etc. As to renaming airports, lots of us ei...

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by wjcandee
Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang
Replies: 18
Views: 9697

RE: Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang

On re-reviewing, the bravery of some involved is remarkable. Here's Ed Daly, climbing down the ventral stairs in flight at 6000 feet to try to pull aboard a person stranded on them. I wonder what it's like standing out there at a couple hundred miles per hour and 6000 feet with no safety harness! Im...

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by wjcandee
Sat Dec 11, 2004 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang
Replies: 18
Views: 9697

Video: World Air's Famous Last Flight From DaNang

Tonight, I saw some amazing archival video on www.cbsnews.com of World Airways' famous Last Flight From DaNang. Years ago, I read an article on World Airways' storied history, including how its founder, Ed Daly, participated in the Last Flight From DaNang at the end of the Vietnam War. Daly and a cr...

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by wjcandee
Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Was Tower Air?
Replies: 72
Views: 12468

RE: How Was Tower Air?

Msllsmith: Enjoyed your post about policing the aircraft at Tower. I have noticed a lot more attention being paid recently to at least the *briefing* at the exit rows on some carriers (mostly Delta, Airtran), but it seems that some f/as aren't as interested in enforcing the *qualifications* as one m...

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by wjcandee
Fri Dec 10, 2004 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Song To Fly JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 37
Views: 7492

RE: Song To Fly JFK-LAX/SFO

N1120a "<acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> tried to compete with <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym> and basically gave up, pulling out of <acronym title="Santa Ana - John Wayne / Orange County (SNA / KSNA), USA - California">SNA</acronym>, < If by <acronym title="...

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by wjcandee
Fri Dec 10, 2004 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HP Pulls Out On ATA
Replies: 35
Views: 5870

RE: HP Pulls Out On ATA

HP would have needed substantial working capital to take the losses until they could realize whatever synergies they saw. Frankly, I saw few. I'm not persuaded that Airtran's offer necessarily succeeds now, although I suppose its chances have increased. Did anyone see the idiotic New York Times arti...

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by wjcandee
Thu Dec 09, 2004 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 727-200 Refurb?
Replies: 12
Views: 3691

RE: 727-200 Refurb?

How does UPS like its 727s? It has virtually all re-engined with TAY engines.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 717 Order Rumour
Replies: 109
Views: 18388

RE: New 717 Order Rumour

Kanebear, "last I checked" it was a public company, too. However, different leaders set different priorities, and bring different experiences and different perspectives to bear. There is no omniscient being in any company that can determine the optimal strategic path with absolute certainty. A pleth...

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by wjcandee
Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New 717 Order Rumour
Replies: 109
Views: 18388

RE: New 717 Order Rumour

**Boeing would have still closed the line shortly after the 200th airframe was finished, as said aircraft would have competed with the 737** Uh, does anybody NOT get that there's been a major management change at Boeing? Condit is gone. Harry Stonecipher is now the CEO. The 717 was one of Harry's ba...

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by wjcandee
Wed Dec 08, 2004 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Song To Fly JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 37
Views: 7492

RE: Song To Fly JFK-LAX/SFO

I'm a business traveller and I'd take Song in a second on this route. <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> tried to compete with <acronym title="JetBlue Airways (USA)">B6</acronym> and basically gave up, pulling out of <acronym title="Santa Ana - John Wayne / Orange County (SNA / KS...

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by wjcandee
Tue Dec 07, 2004 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Earn Silver Medallion Status Or 15,000 Miles?
Replies: 9
Views: 3777

RE: Earn Silver Medallion Status Or 15,000 Miles?

Not to beat this to death, but was there a link to redeem or sign up? I have erased so many airline spam emails, including delta ones, recently that I could have inadvertently done so, and then I will be kicking myself up and down for the failure to take advantage of this. I'm sure that if I'm not a...

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by wjcandee
Tue Dec 07, 2004 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Deltas 737-232s
Replies: 26
Views: 3542

RE: Deltas 737-232s

Grinstein acknowledged that customers HATE the CRJ on long routes, so hopefully the 732s won't be "replaced" with RJs. Yecch. (Moreover, as much as some people are afraid of 737 classics, at least they haven't had a dual engine failure recently...)

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirTran...1st PIT-FLL Canceled
Replies: 11
Views: 2739

RE: AirTran...1st PIT-FLL Canceled

N506CR: "Flagstop" actually has its routes in the railroad business. In the olden days, railroads had express and local trains. The express trains (such as the luxurious long-distance streamliners) would pass but not stop at many stations along their long-distance routes. From time to time, the rail...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Earn Silver Medallion Status Or 15,000 Miles?
Replies: 9
Views: 3777

RE: Earn Silver Medallion Status Or 15,000 Miles?

Just out of curiosity, what do you think the criteria is for the email from Delta? I'm just a hair short of Silver this year, due to flying my tail off on Airtran in the first half of the year then switching back to Delta, and it's actually worth something to me to have the Silver status (cut the li...

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by wjcandee
Mon Dec 06, 2004 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Deltas 737-232s
Replies: 26
Views: 3542

RE: Deltas 737-232s

Add one more destination from <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B Hartsfield) (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> on the 737-200...<acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>. The 8pm flight from <acronym t...

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 27, 2004 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL Tstorms Wed: Thanks For WorldSpan
Replies: 9
Views: 2664

RE: ATL Tstorms Wed: Thanks For WorldSpan

A friend told me that they were in widespread use in ATL on Wed. I'd be curious to hear some stories.

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by wjcandee
Sat Nov 27, 2004 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MD80 Lands Short At DEN
Replies: 62
Views: 16350

RE: AA MD80 Lands Short At DEN

(referencing Southwest landing "a bit" long in <acronym title="Burbank (/ Glendale / Pasadena) - Bob Hope (Lockheed Air Terminal) (BUR / KBUR), USA - California">BUR</acronym>): The Southwest long-landing (very long landing) event in <acronym title="Burbank (/ Glendale / Pasadena) - Bob Hope (Lockhe...

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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 25, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MD80 Lands Short At DEN
Replies: 62
Views: 16350

RE: AA MD80 Lands Short At DEN

717Driver's post (reply 53) shows how different airlines' different procedures can lead to different results during those periods where things get tricky. Sounds like TWA's procedure here was (no surprise) substantially safer. What a shame that <acronym title="American Airlines (USA)">AA</acronym> e...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL Tstorms Wed: Thanks For WorldSpan
Replies: 9
Views: 2664

ATL Tstorms Wed: Thanks For WorldSpan

With thunderstorms threatening to hit <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson International (The William B Hartsfield) (ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL</acronym> on one of the busiest travel days of the year, I have to say "Thank you," to Delta's travel system, WorldSpan, for its incredible tec...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?
Replies: 44
Views: 19136

RE: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?

Mike: That sounds fair to me. I'm also embarrassed that I didn't pick up that you were commuting to and from the City rather than to and from the airport. It also occurred to me that the A probably still provides airport transportation to folks with suitcases going to <acronym title="New York - John...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?
Replies: 44
Views: 19136

RE: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?

Garuda:

You can look at www.flyi.com for information, but the timetable suggests that the A319s will be used to the Southwest and West, so that leaves the 50- seat Canadair RJ.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?
Replies: 44
Views: 19136

RE: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?

Mike and Space: Sigh. We obviously just disagree and it's not worth further debate, as I guess I can't convince you that a tourist with luggage and money would be safer on the Airtrain. Or that some parts of our subway system are more dangerous than others. Fine. But I do think I have to be crystal ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?
Replies: 44
Views: 19136

RE: 4 Hrs Transfer Between EWR And JFK: Possible?

Gee, I thought personal insults were off limits on this board... Regarding my comments about the A train, here's my thinking, as a virtually lifelong New Yorker. It's one thing to use the subway to commute, wearing clothes that don't make you a mark, carrying nothing that makes you a mark, having no...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NBC Cancels 'LAX' Today
Replies: 44
Views: 7976

RE: NBC Cancels 'LAX' Today

Good riddance. I watched ten minutes of the show, just once. In this episode, Blair Underwood was flying back to <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>. He noticed a slight jostle on climbout and immediately knew that the airplane was in serious tro...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 23, 2004 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex And UPS Flight Listings
Replies: 2
Views: 3925

RE: Fedex And UPS Flight Listings

I'm not sure what you mean. Type SDF in the arrival airport, and you get both UPS and Fedex flights shown there.

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 23, 2004 7:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US Senate To Allow Airbus Tanker BID
Replies: 48
Views: 6993

RE: US Senate To Allow Airbus Tanker BID

Too bad that the Air Force didn't just continue follow-on orders for the KC10; they could have replaced a larger percentage of the KC135 fleet and the situation would not be as desperate today. Of course, the thinking about how to use air power, and how to project it into certain areas where there a...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A300
Replies: 26
Views: 10367

RE: Delta A300

My recollection is that the word around Delta was that the A310s were not sufficiently reliable and were responsible for more delays than the airline was comfortable with. This is of course unscientific, but I recall several trips through Atlanta on <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym...

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by wjcandee
Tue Nov 23, 2004 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK-HNL/OGG Service?
Replies: 25
Views: 3623

RE: JFK-HNL/OGG Service?

PS If you look at a random selection of trips from <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym> to <acronym title="Honolulu - International / Hickam AFB (HNL / HIK / PHNL / PHIK), USA - Hawaii">HNL</acronym> with a week stay in December, it's $540 roun...

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