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by TropicBird
Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Loses On CSAR-X Again
Replies: 112
Views: 10401

RE: Boeing Loses On CSAR-X Again

If a competition has an error and it is brought to the attention of "impartial" authorities (read that the GAO) then they are required by law to investigate and determine if their is indeed a problem. If as in this case they determine (for the second time) there is a problem with the award, they are...

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by TropicBird
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways - European Routes In Meltdown?
Replies: 86
Views: 16632

RE: US Airways - European Routes In Meltdown?

A comment was made earlier about Parker laying low. With that in mind, a friend at US recently told me that he believes the reason for the lack of aggressive direction in fixing these problems is because of a possible merger with UAL. If true, this would explain the dragging of feet because it will ...

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by TropicBird
Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Politics And The KC330
Replies: 146
Views: 12999

RE: Politics And The KC330

The DoD typically has 2 competitors who will build several test models and compete against each other for the final contract. The losing platform then goes to a museum or scrapheap. In the case of the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-X, the US<acronym title="Air France...

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by TropicBird
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Politics And The KC330
Replies: 146
Views: 12999

RE: Politics And The KC330

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by TropicBird
Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USAirways Questions!
Replies: 59
Views: 6096

RE: USAirways Questions!

From my source..

1) There was talk that the existing 321's would not get repainted until 2008 which is also when new 321's are due from Airbus.

2) Certificate merge is scheduled for Sept 25/26 but rumors are it may be later.

3) "Cactus" will remain as the call sign in the merged carrier.

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by TropicBird
Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing, Lawmakers Reject Splitting Tanker Order
Replies: 96
Views: 8062

RE: Boeing, Lawmakers Reject Splitting Tanker Order

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by TropicBird
Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus Rolls Out First A330 For Usaf (KC-X)
Replies: 121
Views: 11817

RE: Airbus Rolls Out First A330 For Usaf (KC-X)

According to a defense web-site...the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-X decision has now been delayed until December. Daily News: Air Force Source Selection on <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-X Now Delayed Until December DefenseAlert, A...

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by TropicBird
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier And JetBlue Geting Closer?
Replies: 38
Views: 6280

RE: Frontier And JetBlue Geting Closer?

I just posted this on the <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> merger thread. Another clue on this discussion is toward the end. Full link found below. <a href="http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/onair/transcripts/070706d/" target=_blank>http://www.pbs.org/nbr/site/onair/transcripts/070706d/...

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by TropicBird
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Merger - Any News?
Replies: 67
Views: 8135

RE: United Merger - Any News?

Check out this <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> show from a month ago (7/6/07). Airline analyst Julius Muldutis openly says it will be <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> & US. I copied the pertinent excerpt below with the full link after. BTW...he also discusse...

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by TropicBird
Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: America West 757 Engine Shutdown Over The Pacific!
Replies: 80
Views: 24846

RE: America West 757 Engine Shutdown Over The Pacific!

Contrary to published reports, the engine was not shut down but was flown at idle the remainder of the flight.

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by TropicBird
Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:02 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Why The Usaf Cancel The YC-14 & YC-15
Replies: 25
Views: 17157

RE: Why The Usaf Cancel The YC-14 & YC-15

As I recall the YC-15 was the precursor to the C-17... MDC won the competition over Boeing.

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by TropicBird
Wed Jul 18, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Offers Package For Senior Staff
Replies: 17
Views: 3652

RE: Southwest Offers Package For Senior Staff

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by TropicBird
Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 62 737 UFO Order: Single Order For 739ER
Replies: 112
Views: 16747

RE: 62 737 UFO Order: Single Order For 739ER

There was a rumour within US about a month ago that they were buying 739's and 777's. We should know soon enough what the truth is.

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by TropicBird
Wed May 23, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Astrojet (N951AA) - How Much Longer?
Replies: 9
Views: 6910

RE: The Astrojet (N951AA) - How Much Longer?

What happened to the AA 757 with this retro look?

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by TropicBird
Sun May 20, 2007 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines: No Napkin?!
Replies: 11
Views: 7502

RE: Southwest Airlines: No Napkin?!

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by TropicBird
Sat May 19, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines: No Napkin?!
Replies: 11
Views: 7502

RE: Southwest Airlines: No Napkin?!

Here is some other sobering news about Southwest. The excerpts below are from an <acronym title="Air Niger">AW</acronym>&ST story about the airlines fuel hedging advantage which is now disappearing. During the four years between April 1, 2003, and March 31, 2007, Southwest reported a total of $2.8 b...

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by TropicBird
Wed May 16, 2007 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Parker Says Labor Still A Problem At US
Replies: 86
Views: 5871

RE: Parker Says Labor Still A Problem At US

Today's WSJ has a front page story on airline industry labor problems here in the USA.

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by TropicBird
Mon May 14, 2007 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Fleet Order Update.
Replies: 85
Views: 16811

RE: US Fleet Order Update.

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by TropicBird
Tue May 08, 2007 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Getting More 2nd Hand 767s?
Replies: 16
Views: 3710

RE: HA Getting More 2nd Hand 767s?

I would be surprised if UAL would give up any 767-300ER's since they supposedly don't have enough and they do not have any non ER's.

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by TropicBird
Tue May 08, 2007 12:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CO B720 And B707 Hawaii Question
Replies: 8
Views: 3394

RE: CO B720 And B707 Hawaii Question

My first trip to Hawaii was in June 1970 on a brand new <acronym title="Continental Airlines (USA)">CO</acronym> - 747 (commercial flight) from <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym>. Some of our luggage missed our flight and came on a later <acrony...

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by TropicBird
Sun May 06, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada 767-200 At SJC Today - What Happened?
Replies: 22
Views: 8285

RE: Air Canada 767-200 At SJC Today - What Happened?

For those interested. AC has also been overnighting an EMB 190 in SFO.

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by TropicBird
Thu May 03, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd Largest Investor In US Airways Dumps Shares
Replies: 42
Views: 7814

RE: 2nd Largest Investor In US Airways Dumps Shares

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by TropicBird
Thu May 03, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2nd Largest Investor In US Airways Dumps Shares
Replies: 42
Views: 7814

RE: 2nd Largest Investor In US Airways Dumps Shares

The softness in the domestic market is why US plans to expand aggressively in the international market and the upcoming widebody aircraft orders are supposed reflect this. A side story here is that the same softening supposedly affecting US, will impact all the other domestic carriers, most notably ...

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by TropicBird
Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US E190 Deliveries Delayed?
Replies: 13
Views: 3407

RE: US E190 Deliveries Delayed?

(7) 737-300's will be returned early.

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by TropicBird
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airways Reported To Switch To The B787
Replies: 148
Views: 31072

RE: US Airways Reported To Switch To The B787

Tomorrow US will report its first quarter earnings and they have previously said they will announce their aircraft orders by the end of April. There was a rumor going around they were ordering 787's and some 777's. They were also expected to announce their narrow body needs at the same time. Stay tu...

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by TropicBird
Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 B787 UFO's Are For A US Carrier (DELTA)
Replies: 165
Views: 23353

RE: 30 B787 UFO's Are For A US Carrier (DELTA)

US has publicly stated they will announce some aircraft orders at the end of April. The candidate aircraft are 737-900ER vs. A321's and 787's vs. 350's. Didn't a news article say the 787 mystery order will be announced soon? The end of April is soon although another news report said that US has pick...

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by TropicBird
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Will Get The A340!
Replies: 167
Views: 38133

RE: US Will Get The A340!

I seem to recall reading that what tipped the DOT to award the new <acronym title="Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD</acronym> to China route to UAL was that they were providing the "most" seats in that market with a 747-400. It seems to me that if US really wants t...

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by TropicBird
Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C5 Crashes At Dover AFB
Replies: 150
Views: 34462

RE: C5 Crashes At Dover AFB

Has the accident had any impact on the AMP or RERP programs? They are over budget and there is serious talk of cancelling the conversion of the "A" models and can that mean the "B" models are not far behind?

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by TropicBird
Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Some UA News
Replies: 66
Views: 12602

RE: Some UA News

UA is just getting their fleet in line for the rumoured merger with US.

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by TropicBird
Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No A380 At SFO?
Replies: 10
Views: 5234

RE: Why No A380 At SFO?

Just heard SFO will soon install its first A380 jetway on Gate A-9. I believe 2 more gates are to follow.

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by TropicBird
Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EU Gives Go Ahead To EU-US Open Skies
Replies: 121
Views: 9635

RE: Confirmed: EU Gives Go Ahead To EU-US Open Skies

Doesn't the U.S. Congress have to buy into this first before it becomes a reality? Maybe that is why it was watered down, to get their blessing because they were not going to approve the earlier version. Until Congress approves this, I believe it is still an open matter on the U.S. side. Someone ple...

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by TropicBird
Fri Mar 16, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Congress Wants To Reject Open Skies
Replies: 54
Views: 7281

RE: Congress Wants To Reject Open Skies

The negative position by this Congress is not new. The Bush administration has been trying to get this through for the past few years and the Democrats have blocked it. Now that they are in control, I am surprised the EU even tried. This idea is dead for some time to come.

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by TropicBird
Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767
Replies: 168
Views: 34138

RE: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767

What I am hearing here is that both the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-767 and <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-30 will easily meet the SRD "threshold" standards for fuel offload (900 gal/min) and that both airframes will need to carefu...

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by TropicBird
Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777's Parked At LHR?
Replies: 22
Views: 12106

RE: UA 777's Parked At LHR?

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by TropicBird
Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777's Parked At LHR?
Replies: 22
Views: 12106

RE: UA 777's Parked At LHR?

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by TropicBird
Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 777's Parked At LHR?
Replies: 22
Views: 12106

RE: UA 777's Parked At LHR?

I am told both aircraft are seriously damaged and are being repaired by Boeing. One of them had an electrical fire which besides damaging wiring also damaged aircraft skin. The other apparently has a damaged (dented?) horizontal stab.

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by TropicBird
Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Taking RFP For 737-900ER
Replies: 137
Views: 17458

RE: US Taking RFP For 737-900ER

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by TropicBird
Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf $40B Tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 9770

RE: Usaf $40B Tanker

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by TropicBird
Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Taking RFP For 737-900ER
Replies: 137
Views: 17458

RE: US Taking RFP For 737-900ER

What about the ETOPS aircraft such as the 757's to Hawaii? I believe the 737-900ER will work but the 321 may have range/payloads problems? This has been debated back and forth but I seem to recall the 321 would have problems on hot days out of <acronym title="Phoenix - Sky Harbor International (PHX ...

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by TropicBird
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: FBI Agents Seize 4 F-14s From Air Museums
Replies: 20
Views: 5014

RE: FBI Agents Seize 4 F-14s From Air Museums

Seems to be an example of an over reaction...why didn't they let the museums fix the problem instead of wasting taxpayer money to remove them?

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by TropicBird
Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf $40B Tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 9770

RE: Usaf $40B Tanker

I read the GAO report and they are pretty adamant that they want the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> to do an analysis of the need for cargo and passenger capabilities. I found this statement below from page 5 of the report most telling: "Therefore, the inclusion of a passenger and cargo ...

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by TropicBird
Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Usaf $40B Tanker
Replies: 95
Views: 9770

RE: Usaf $40B Tanker

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by TropicBird
Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Applying For PHL-China Route
Replies: 87
Views: 8732

RE: US Applying For PHL-China Route

Doug Parker has just gone on record as saying they will use either (2) 777's or (2) 340's on the route and that the aircraft will come from a leasing company.

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by TropicBird
Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: KC-777, Possible Changes To Reduce Footprint?
Replies: 24
Views: 4883

RE: KC-777, Possible Changes To Reduce Footprint?

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by TropicBird
Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767
Replies: 168
Views: 34138

RE: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767

A reason to ask congress for the money to build some new (and bigger) hangers now will be the eventual need to house the follow-on tankers to the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-X which are supposed to be bigger then even the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (H...

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by TropicBird
Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767
Replies: 168
Views: 34138

RE: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767

Maybe 75 KC-X will tanker for 60 days while another 75 are used as a transport for 60 days. If they were all tankers then the other 75 might sit around with nothing to do and that would be a waste.

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by TropicBird
Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767
Replies: 168
Views: 34138

RE: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767

I think the point of having an aircraft that can act as a dedicated tanker one day and then on the next transport cargo or passengers has been missed by some. This is what the US<acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> wants in the <acronym title="Carpatian Air Transport (Hungary)">KC</acronym>-X no...

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by TropicBird
Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767
Replies: 168
Views: 34138

RE: It's Official. Boeing Offers Advanced KC-767

Please do not assume the 767 will be the least expensive...if you read the article in the link below, you will understand why I say this.


http://www.leeham.net/filelib/ScottsColumn020607.doc

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by TropicBird
Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USAirways/America West Question
Replies: 50
Views: 5219

RE: USAirways/America West Question

When the repainting is over, there will be 2 aircraft remaining in <acronym title="America West Airlines (USA)">HP</acronym> colors. One is a 319 in the original <acronym title="America West Airlines (USA)">HP</acronym> paint (a/c 828?) and the other also a 319 in the more recent <acronym title="Ame...

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