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by wjcandee
Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?
Replies: 23
Views: 7055

RE: Where Did John Kerry Get His 757?

Regarding the comments about the MG registration on the 727 and
MGM Grand Air...two thoughts:

MGM Grand definitely had at least one 727.

Champion is, I believe, the successor to MGM Grand Air.

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Nov 03, 2004 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD11 Mirabel-Goodyear Today?
Replies: 8
Views: 3535

Delta MD11 Mirabel-Goodyear Today?

There's a Delta Airlines 9900 flight in the air right now from <acronym title="Montreal - Mirabel International (YMX / CYMX), Canada - Quebec">YMX</acronym> to <acronym title="Goodyear - Phoenix / Goodyear (Litchfield Municipal) (GYR), USA - Arizona">GYR</acronym>. It's an MD11. Any idea whether thi...

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by wjcandee
Thu Oct 14, 2004 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Thanks again, Jetset. Now I'm confused. My friend at World, who definitely knows their operations, characterized stops at <acronym title="Gander - International (YQX / CYQX), Canada - Newfoundland">YQX</acronym> for them as very expensive, and yet you have identified several factors (fuel, ground ha...

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by wjcandee
Wed Oct 13, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Thanks so much for the knowledgeable responses! This really answers my question!

All the best,

Bill

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by wjcandee
Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

RE: BGR Vs YQX

Not to reply to my own message, as I know that that's impolite, but maybe I didn't articulate the question well. I know that there are some folks from these various carriers who post here, and what I'm curious about in a global sense is what makes one choose one of the two major East Coast fuel-stop...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 11, 2004 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2692

RE: Spirit Airlines Questions

What made you a "confirmed Song hater"? Are you basing this on a multitude of experiences or one sour one? If I based my impression of JetBlue on my interface with one incredibly rude, crabby and unmotivated cabin crew on a <acronym title="New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild) (JFK / K...

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by wjcandee
Mon Oct 11, 2004 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BGR Vs YQX
Replies: 7
Views: 2040

BGR Vs YQX

I know that both <acronym title="Bangor - International (BGR / KBGR), USA - Maine">BGR</acronym> and <acronym title="Gander - International (YQX / CYQX), Canada - Newfoundland">YQX</acronym> are used as fuel stops for flights crossing the pond, and we see a lot of military flights on North American,...

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Random Observations On "Airline!"
Replies: 8
Views: 3175

RE: Random Observations On "Airline!"

Ditto about the ramp. They should show more, but that one episode where the guy was taught how to back the plane, how seriously he took the job and how concerned he was, and how perfect the disposition was of his supervisor/trainer, really made me have a lot of respect for the guys on the Southwest ...

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charter Airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 5990

RE: NFL Charter Airlines

I have to say that when the opponents see or hear of the Bills or Jaguars coming into town in a nice, big MD11 with plenty of room for everyone and all the cargo they could think to bring, it has to make them jealous....

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NFL Charter Airlines
Replies: 40
Views: 5990

RE: NFL Charter Airlines

Ed, what's the config of the Sonair MD11 these days?

Thanks.

--Bill

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tran Airbus Lost Cowling
Replies: 11
Views: 6653

RE: Air Tran Airbus Lost Cowling

There was a thread on this when it happened....

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by wjcandee
Wed Aug 18, 2004 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn
Replies: 9
Views: 4429

RE: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn

Uhhhh...TWA 847? A finding by the transportation department in 1996 that the airport "was not maintaining and carrying out effective security measures" pursuant to the International Security Development and Cooperation Act of 1985? True, subsequent findings have been that security has been improved....

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Random Observations On "Airline!"
Replies: 8
Views: 3175

RE: Random Observations On "Airline!"

Airline certainly shows the difference between Southwest's "sorry you missed your connection now stand in line" attitude with the quality service provided by Delta during challenging periods. On <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym>, if there's a misconnect, I arrive at the hub, scan m...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn
Replies: 9
Views: 4429

DL JFK-ATH Diverted To Einn

The CBS station in NYC is announcing that <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> 120 was diverted to Shannon this morning because of "security concerns" and that one man was taken off the plane. Nothing more. <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> shows the flight has conti...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 10, 2004 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Future Orders For B737-600
Replies: 27
Views: 5838

RE: Any Future Orders For B737-600

This last post makes no sense. Boeing is not likely to encourage its number one lessee of 717s -- indeed the one company to which it has leased all the 717s returned by others -- to "turn in" those aircraft. Given the lengths to which Boeing is likely to go to keep those 717s flying at Airtran, I ve...

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by wjcandee
Tue Aug 03, 2004 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion For Airtran
Replies: 39
Views: 5933

RE: Expansion For Airtran

DFW is an obvious place to expand if Delta pulls out. <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>-<acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym> is an obvious route to follow <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - Int...

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pulling Out Of DFW?
Replies: 25
Views: 8624

RE: Delta Pulling Out Of DFW?

If DL goes from DFW, I suspect that you will see a big Airtran buildup there.

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA To Add New Destination
Replies: 42
Views: 8965

RE: ATA To Add New Destination

PS I see that the once-weekly <acronym title="New York - La Guardia (LGA / KLGA), USA - New York">LGA</acronym>-<acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> service is well-sold recently. Too bad they don't run it every day; I'd take it every time I wen...

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by wjcandee
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA To Add New Destination
Replies: 42
Views: 8965

RE: ATA To Add New Destination

The old Midway Airlines used to serve STT from <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym> with a stop in <acronym title="Miami - International (MIA / KMIA), USA - Florida">MIA</acronym>. <acronym title="Chicago - Midway (MDW / KMDW), USA - Illinois">MDW</acronym>-<a...

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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: 5136

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: 6252

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: 12218

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: 12218

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: 3526

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: 5136

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: 12436

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: 12567

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: 5136

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: 12589

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: 2672

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: 2672

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: 2672

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: 2747

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: 3100

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: 7928

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: 4662

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: 6467

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: 3929

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: 3535

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: 3758

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: 6901

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: 6901

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: 851

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: 4463

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: 1762

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: 2865

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: 2865

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: 2159

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: 5376

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: 1994

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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