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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point
Replies: 28
Views: 5313

Re: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point

SFO service will be cancelled in favor of DEN. I fervently hope it won't be a CRJ200 on the route but who knows!

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point
Replies: 28
Views: 5313

Re: UA to move STS-SFO to DEN at some point

BRING IT ON :) I understand the wisdom of the SFO connection but DEN makes a ton of sense for a lot of east bound traffic to avoid double connections for North Bay passengers. Hopefully it will be E175 service since its unlikely to be mainline at first. Looking at the CRJ 200 (which flies the SFO ro...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will UAL fly their 787-10s?
Replies: 49
Views: 13741

Re: Where will UAL fly there 787-10's?

The 78J is probably the best TATL bird in the world right now. :checkmark: I don't think that the standard 78J will ever go transpacific. You would need a -10ER for that. The 787-10 has very similar range to the A330 and there are a number of A330s flying transpacific. UA even used their 777-200As ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is UA doing on LAX-SIN-LAX? Any chance to restart HKG-SIN-HKG?
Replies: 28
Views: 7416

Re: How is UA doing on LAX-SIN-LAX? Any chance to restart HKG-SIN-HKG?

I flew LAX-SIN (business) on UA on January 23rd... Flight was 30-40% full. Business class was 3/4s comprised of upgrades. I have looked at the flight a few other times since flying it and have seen higher load factors.. So I don't know. My flight was very empty, that's for sure. That is a Tuesday i...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement
Replies: 260
Views: 48597

Re: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement

The 788 has far too much range vis a vie the 767. They don't need a 16 hour plane to perform an 8-9 hour mission which is primarily what the 767 does (though many segments are shorter). A driving force as people stated earlier is efficiency. The 338 will be cheaper almost certainly than the 788, Ai...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax and Pilots are complaining about lavatories in AA B737-MAX
Replies: 215
Views: 40537

Re: Pax and Pilots hate AA B737-Max

With MCE at only 34", that doesn't really help a whole lot. It also doesn't change the number of bathrooms nor the size of the bathrooms. It really wouldn't be a big deal on shorter segments. However, this a/c will be used on long segments of five and six hours which will make the experience mi...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement
Replies: 260
Views: 48597

Re: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement

The 788 has far too much range vis a vie the 767. They don't need a 16 hour plane to perform an 8-9 hour mission which is primarily what the 767 does (though many segments are shorter). A driving force as people stated earlier is efficiency. The 338 will be cheaper almost certainly than the 788, Air...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement
Replies: 260
Views: 48597

Re: United eyes A330-800 for fleet replacement

What is interesting in this discussion is the notion of a paper derate/thrust plug option for the 338. We know the plane vastly over performs vs the 763/764 but if Airbus is willing to do the derate option which will lower the capex per plane and get a good deal per unit on top of that so Airbus can...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 10269

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

DEN is a much different geographic situation than SFO which sits on a peninsula. Land is cheaper in Colorado and they had hundreds of square miles to choose from to build a massive airport. SFO has no additional room unless part of the bay is filled in; something which is a non-starter in California...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails
Replies: 110
Views: 29870

Re: United 1175 - Engine Cowling Fails

This plane will not be written off absent substantial wing or air frame damage. There is none apparent from the vids and pics we've seen so far. This is an engine failure with the cowling taking the damage as it was designed to do. Once the NTSB inspection is done, the engine will be replaced and th...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian CEO on A321neo In-Service Economics
Replies: 60
Views: 10503

Re: Hawaiian CEO on A321neo In-Service Economics

Whether its THE plane to buy depends on the mission. I think for HA, this airplane is a perfect fit and the great economics gives the airline more flexibility to deploy their 330s to other markets.

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United posts 2017 net-income 2.1 billion
Replies: 58
Views: 9614

Re: United posts 2017 net-income 2.1 billion

It's clear there is a performance difference between airlines. By that I mean the pre-tax margins compared between the airlines, particularly DL. Perhaps an ANetter who is a Wall St whizkid can clue the rest of us in about the wisdom of such large scale share buy backs when that capital could be use...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing
Replies: 50
Views: 5723

Re: Delta in hotseat with Chinese government over Tibet and Taiwan listing

Delta was beyond stupid to do this and its not hard to understand why China flipped out. Yes China politically and morally (IMHO) is in the wrong for the horrors they inflicted on Tibet and are in denial about Taiwan but China's views have been clear forever. If companies want to do business with Ch...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing Terminates Agreement to Establish Joint Ventures with Embraer
Replies: 1171
Views: 149092

Re: Did Boeing just Confess they couldn't compete?

Its a panicked decision by a company which doesn't have a plane to compete with the C Series then got the U.S. govt to slap tariffs on Bombardier which drove them to Airbus and Boeing still doesn't have a plane to compete. Boeing is reaping what it sowed with not moving towards a new generation narr...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has UA888 SFO-PEK Been Downgraded To 772?
Replies: 5
Views: 1423

Re: Has UA888 SFO-PEK Been Downgraded To 772?

The down gauge is not permanent the 77W will return to the route on January 18. Thank you Jay! I changed routing just to get Polaris seats and was hoping I wouldn't get burned on the deal - it looks like I will be fine. Do we know what prompted the temporary change? Was it planned? The down gauge c...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 87092

Re: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options

Would they set this fleet up the same as the CEOs for short(er) range operations or would they be the full transcon config'd type?

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 3862

Re: Electric Powered Jets

We are seeing an evolution in battery technology. However, the power needed to fly and aircraft is very high. It's certainly possible we will see some kind of battery powered flight before the end of this century but I'd not expect it until the latter part. I think what we will see in the mean time ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 737 MAX Fleet
Replies: 53
Views: 11165

Re: United 737 MAX Fleet

Has UA confirmed ISP at every seat on their 737 MAX fleet? We can all complain about how squashed econ can be on many carriers but things like streaming and ISP at each seat can help distract from the squash factor. Just ask EK :)

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-300ER losing 9-abreast MCE
Replies: 26
Views: 11085

Re: AA 777-300ER losing 9-abreast MCE

I'm not a regular AA flier, but I've had no choice but to book the AA 77W in Y for work and have always paid out of pocket for MCE. No chump change on a transatlantic flight. The thought of paying that amount for a 10 abreast product is maddening, and not going to happen. Will hustle harder to make...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 11016

Re: Why no United to Africa?

The dumping of Lagos coincided with a slump in oil prices from their historic highs. The oil industry was forced to retrench and there were a lot of energy sector cut backs in that time. Even with the 787, the flight didn't make economic sense. It may come back at some point but domestic oil product...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality
Replies: 51
Views: 13297

Re: UA temp suspends DEL service due to air quality

This is the result of a combination of factors. One is the duty time limits and the stage length. When you have smog delays and a single departure runway, you quickly eat into the spare duty time for the crew. The air quality is worse by orders of magnitude than even Beijing and that is saying somet...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SZG (salzburg, austria) 10/28 - crosswind approach, one-side hard landing, go-around
Replies: 17
Views: 4224

Re: SZG (salzburg, austria) 10/28 - crosswind approach, one-side hard landing, go-around

High and gusting higher cross winds are a pain. The pilot did a good job to crab it all the way down but at the end, he was right of the center line and not stable on the touch. Good call to go around.

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 62470

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

SQ will not be abandoning the U.S. market. They have what many believe is superior service and they will introduce their LAX service soon. They will either wait for the 359ULRs or use their 359s with seats blocked if they feel they can make enough money.

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 16687

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

Long term revenue growth over short term stock gains is the way to build a business. It does take time and the analysts will whine because that's what they do. The question is whether the plan executed based on Kirby's vision pans out? Unless you are thinking short-term, you have to see where this i...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 169489

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

The genx is already a certified engine. The 763 is already certified. How hard is it to certify it on the 763? One assumes GE has at least some basic engineering done on how to slap the genx on the 767, A330, etc. Would it take much longer than it would take to finalize the order from UA, restart t...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 190720

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

After horrible week here in Sonoma, I needed a really good laugh. This transaction gave it to me. Thank you so much Airbus! An amazing jetliner gets a big boost and the protectionist poo flinging in Washington state and D.C. goes exactly nowhere. They will split the production to maximize efficiency...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Bombardier Commercial Aerospace?
Replies: 35
Views: 6429

Re: Future of Bombardier Commercial Aerospace?

All of you are jumping the gun. The tariff isn't a done deal and if the U.S. attempts to finalize it, watch to see if the E.U. opens a probe of their own on Boeing. This knife cuts both ways with all of the "incentives" and tax breaks given the Boeing for any of a number of programs. As fo...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines - STS to SFO vs. DEN
Replies: 13
Views: 2023

Re: United Airlines - STS to SFO vs. DEN

SFO offers a far larger compliment of international connections for STS passengers than DEN. I'd love to see DEN flying from STS (or SLC for that matter) but a/c availability might be an issue. The 50 seat CRJ2s have to go somewhere and UA gets an incentive on top of it so it seems to be working. Gi...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 37947

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

I'm having a hard time thinking of a 77E route the A359 would more or less do better on than the 789, which is currently operating on mostly former 77E routes (i.e. DFW-MAD/ICN/CDG), not to mention it will also be doing LAX-SYD/AKL/GRU and ORD-CDG this fall. My guess is that the 787-9 does a fine j...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 17084

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

I'd love to see that contract and see what effect, if any the bankruptcy had on the ability to enforce that clause. UA needed a narrow body people mover. It's likely Boeing gave very attractive prices and Airbus didn't, regardless of the AA clause. Airbus has a massive order book for the 32xNEO seri...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 77W EWR-TLV, why?
Replies: 70
Views: 20462

Re: United 77W EWR-TLV, why?

SFO-TLV has long been eyed by UA for a n/s flight given the tech and premium traffic. The 787 gave them a perfect platform to launch the service and its done well.

Given the upgauge by UA to the 77W at EWR, I doubt the SFO flight hurt EWR traffic that much. Its a HUUUUGE market :)

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL orders additional 787s
Replies: 39
Views: 11528

Re: JAL orders additional 787s

It makes sense for the -8s to go domestic as the 763s are removed. Should they go domestic, its likely to be single class service as was mentioned above. It doesn't make sense to have a small sub fleet domestic and another international but we'll see.

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 37947

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

They will swap out the 350 for a top up of the 321 or a 339NEO order. The current 359 order doesn't fit AA now and they have a big commitment to the 787 program.

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about QF at SFO
Replies: 2
Views: 1179

Re: Question about QF at SFO

It arrived at 9:15 a.m. this morning. Following inspection and unloading, its likely moved back to a hard stand roughly 10 a.m. given they have a very busy late morning departure bank. It will be towed back to the gate 90-120 minutes prior to departure, depending on gate availability. It could be ea...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 106620

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

I don’t see the need to apologize. These weren’t tax breaks. A company was bailed out that should have gone under. The numbers are right there. If a US train builder got $2-3 billion it wouldn’t commercially be able to obtain to finish a C-series train when it was on the verge of bankruptcy and sta...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 106620

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

I also hope Air Canada and West Jet turns it's backs on Boeing. This modern day mafia of a company makes me sick. Air Canada is a private company, I'm sure they don't care that much. In an alternate reality, the Canadian gouvernement would propose an import tariff on Boeing products. Then Air Canad...

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SJU is open on a limited schedule.
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: SJU is open on a limited schedule.

News reports had UA not charging for that 77W flight up to ORD. That is great if true. Folks that don't live there or wish to leave need to do so which reduces the humanitarian need pressures for now.

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 106620

Re: Boeing targets Bombardier for “price dumping” CSeries

Can't imagine Delta ordering a Boeing product in the near future after this. Great news for Airbus. If they invested more in engineers (recently laid off 100) maybe they would have a product that could have competed with the C series. Instead they have a tired apollo era 737 stretched to insanity. ...

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 797 Discussion Thread - 2018
Replies: 3491
Views: 441513

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

This should be a really interesting program to watch. Boeing blew it on the 787 with their botched out sourcing and issues with production so learned a lot (one hopes). They also developed or refined some great tech and have partner companies now with the experience and expertise to take those advan...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF
Replies: 59
Views: 7714

Re: Norwegian considering expanding services in SWF

I would imagine a lot of this traffic is organic and is not hurting the established airlines out of JFK/EWR/BOS. And this organic traffic is being drawn in by promotional fares that can not be profitable in the long run. You simply can't fly a plane profitably for 6-7 hours with $99 fare pax, no ma...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 15663

Re: United not looking at C Series

Jayafe wrote:
The same NAFTA that "someone with a red hat" is trying to drop?


Yea well that would murder the agro economies of several states that voted for him so yea that one :)

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 15663

Re: United not looking at C Series

If Bombardier opened an assembly location in Witchita for their American CSeries orders, could they avoid tariffs for the units assembled in America? The CSeries is already more then 50% made in America. I doubt a few more percentage points of 'USA Inside', would make much of a difference to the co...

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by SonomaFlyer
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1935
Views: 331214

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

iahcsr wrote:
789
N26970 This one was delivered a month ago and has yet to fly a single paying passenger. Today it ferried SEAPAE UA2777 19Sep. Something’s afoot :tongue2:


Warranty work? lol

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by SonomaFlyer
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 15663

Re: United not looking at C Series

The C Series has a CASM advantage over the 737 series and 320 series given the weight differences alone. Bombardier had a ton of data at their fingertips to enable them to do a clean sheet design to take on both A and B. If fuel costs had remained at historic highs, its likely they would have had an...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU
Replies: 96
Views: 14973

Re: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU

The high time has come when US should work towards reducing costs. Protectionism will earn duck. I don't understand your statement. US airlines have been sending maintenance work, and a lot of it, overseas for about 15 years now. They reduced their direct cost. Reliability on the other hand has suf...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 66
Views: 15663

Re: United not looking at C Series

The C Series is not really an a/c UA needs to consider in the near term. They are in the midst of inducting a bunch of used 319s from China at this point and have no plans to retire any small narrow body aircraft. They would likely start taking a look at this a/c a few years from now and will have a...

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by SonomaFlyer
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. House of Representatives votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
Replies: 46
Views: 9814

Re: House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

This would have to clear the U.S. Senate and its unlikely to happen. Lets all stay calm and breathe regular until we see whether this has any chance to clear the Senate.

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by SonomaFlyer
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats
Replies: 82
Views: 27704

Re: SQ A350-900ULR to feature 162 seats

SQ ran the 345 on these routes for years. They know the market and have no doubt talked to their corporate customers. The 359ULR will cost a lot less to operate and will make money.

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by SonomaFlyer
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible KLM cabin crew strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: Possible KLM cabin crew strikes

So in the jobs you all have, you never ever try to improve your working conditions, never try to negotiate with your boss about things like pay, hours, incentives? Either you all are self made moguls or just take what someone shoves at you. Employees have every right to utilize the tools in their po...

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by SonomaFlyer
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 27518

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

Yes UA just closed their 787 base but will re-open it within a couple of weeks given the FAR/FAA requirements and those pilots who had to do a displacement bid off the 787 at IAH have first rights to go back. If they have not yet trained on another aircraft (many went 777), there is no training cost...

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