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by MAC_Veteran
Fri Mar 30, 2001 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was 747X Just A Front?
Replies: 6
Views: 1112

RE: Was 747X Just A Front?

<i>More like a front to get airbus to force prices lower and lose money. </i> Bingo CPDC10-30! That's exactly what it was. Nothing More, Nothing Less. It was a classic marketing wedge campaign designed to get cheaper prices on a competing product that was real (the A380) versus one they knew wouldnt...

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by MAC_Veteran
Fri Mar 30, 2001 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Airline

United Hold on a second here. Let's get something straight. Boeing just announced that it's "shelving" the B747X and announced that they are going to concentrate on the "Yellowstone" Mach .95 jetliner. How much do you think the "Yellowstone" is going to cost in development? Easily..Quite Possibly *m...

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by MAC_Veteran
Fri Mar 30, 2001 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: To: United Airline- The 747X Is -history-

Hey 747-400 Ahem..If you could -read- and -understand- the -obvious- in the press releases and also factor in this is the SECOND TIME a project based on an upgraded 747 has been "shelved" in only a few years then you would finally wake up from this punch-drunk ridden dance called -DENIAL- and realiz...

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by MAC_Veteran
Fri Mar 30, 2001 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

To: United Airline- The 747X Is -history-

I hate breaking it this way to you, but it seems you havent read through the various press releases (independent of those from Boeing mind you) and understand the manner in which you were 'spun'. To borrow from a popular childrens song.. "Ding Dong!..The 747X is dead!" Boeing "shelved" it's 747-500 ...

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by MAC_Veteran
Thu Mar 29, 2001 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 343 China Airlines
Replies: 15
Views: 1650

RE: HKGSpotter1

I was wondering, you say that there will NOT be a B-18804. Is that due to the superstition of Number 4 sounding like the Chinese word for -death-? Time to trying out my 'Basic Mandarin' here. (G) 1- Eiy 2- Errr 3- San 4- Suhh Suhh rhymes closely with -Suhr-, which means "death" in Chinese. Also expl...

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by MAC_Veteran
Thu Mar 29, 2001 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-17 A Lemon!
Replies: 64
Views: 3096

RE: Aerotech

FDXMech Just to give some insight into the USAF cargo system. The USAF uses the "463L" system of palletization on their aircraft when loads and mission call for their use which is quite common. The "463L" stands for the year and month they were incorporated into the AF inventory, it stands for "Apri...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

Boeing 747-400 I dont think it's much an issue of a right to post, no-one would question that, but with that responsibility, one should post with a sense of brains behind them too. The anonymity of the Internet doesnt expose us to the personality or age of the persons engaged as easy as it is in "re...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Fleet Modernisation
Replies: 23
Views: 1550

RE: NWA 747-400

The PW engine offering does make sense and a possibility PW could easily jump into given their yearning to get a leg up in the market. They build incredible engines. The combination of a PW and RR choice for the A340NG would be a -huge- boon to that aircraft program. If Airbus accomodated Air France...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should 747-100/200 Be Flying?
Replies: 6
Views: 2495

RE: Should 747-100/200 Be Flying?

I would fly in a 747-100 or 200 without any second thought given if it's with a reputable carrier. It depends totally on the carrier flying them to be quite fair. If it's Tower Air..No way!..if it's Northwest..No problem. I know their levels of maintenance and there's a difference. Northwest has flo...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: Lol! Tullamarine

Tullamarine <i> What a bizarre thread. It started out about UA buying A32Xs and has rambled on for ages about every type developed since the 707. Boeing 747 400, you were in trouble when United_Airline started agreeing with you. In general, most of this thread shows the weakness of this site, opinio...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW Fleet Modernisation
Replies: 23
Views: 1550

RE: NWA 747-400

NWA747-400 If NWA opts for the A340-600, if RR remains the sole engine supplier for it, will NWA bite? If the only impediment is the cost of adding a new engine supplier, then I tend to believe they will, for NWA prefers 3 and 4 engined aircraft on the Trans Pacific routing. Mel Ott is a retired 747...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-17 A Lemon!
Replies: 64
Views: 3096

RE: C-17 A Lemon!

It would be quite interesting to see the capabilities of the C-17 converted from the 463L palletization/rail system to standard airline/air freight container use. Can one imagine what Airborne Express would do with custom made containers to fit the ramp and internal cube of that puppy? Holy Smokes! ...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767300 & 767300ER
Replies: 15
Views: 1627

RE: 767300 & 767300ER

Delta's 767 fleet and defining what is what is an exercise for the sharp eyed. One has to know what a GE versus PW look like. To be complete, DL has: A considerable number of 767-200's powered by GE CF680 engines. (Remember the "Spirit of Delta".. N101DA or N102DA?) *domestic routes only*. 767-300s ...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

Ahh..Paradigm Shifts. What Are They?

Folks, Some here would really like to see UAL's "loyalty to Boeing" continue. Granted there are many reasons for this. But I ask for those who think that way to take a look into the real world of business today and see if it applies in a global economy. How pragmatic is that? A thread on the Airbus ...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

What I stated are statements that have been circulating around for awhile. Is it true? Well it came from a UA A320 FO on my way to DEN last year.

Thank you for posting that, that's all I was asking for.

Regards
MAC

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

<i> "For CX, they already flying the B777-200/300. So why not add the ER version as well?" UAL has never flown an A 330 before. And they never will. They better off getting the B 767-400ER which is compatible to their B 767-300ER fleet. </i> Well, I suppose an order for a few Hindenburg Zeppelins ar...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

King767 You just illustrated the "look before you leap" tendencies that us fact-starved aviation fans are -dying to avoid- when it comes to discussion of a topic like this. You went ahead and shot off your mouth (in type form) assuming there was something else at issue when all it was doing was aski...

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 28, 2001 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

King767 Can you take the time to detail and -substantiate- these "rumors from management" that they intend to dump the A330 (or other Airbus equipment inherited from the US merger)? I think everyone would be quite interested to see the details of UAL's long and short term strategic fleet planning (p...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 26, 2001 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

RE: Shemya AFS Links

Here are a few links on Shemya, it's quite a capable facility as you'll see in the links below, which will probably make you wonder..Why did they go to Cold Bay? Anyway, have a go at these. Semichi Sam's website on Shemya: A lot of additional links here too. <a href="http://members.aol.com/semichisa...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 26, 2001 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

RE: DesertJets

I would imagine they had at least APU power or capability to run an engine for power, but..given there was an electrical problem with smoke in the cockpit they were troubleshooting, they probably elected to pull the breakers on the whole thing so as to not take a chance bruning the whole thing up if...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 26, 2001 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

RE: PW4084

Only one problem I have, Shemya is an Air Force facility and has much more in the way of billeting and hot cooking facilities available on site to house and feed people, as this incident shows; Cold Bay doesnt. My Commander in Turkey and a fellow Sergeant at Guam were assigned to Shemya during their...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 26, 2001 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

RE: CleCo

Hey Jake <i> "They ate all their food, wasn't there anything left on the plane?" </i> Remember, we're talking about DELTA here (G). As in -Not exactly tops in the onboard catering budget department- (G). Perhaps all they had served on this was a "SkySushi" Deli Bag on their Trans Pacific jaunt. I co...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 26, 2001 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

RE: Delta MD-11 Diverts To A City Of 65!

I've got to think it must have been a bit of a comedic moment there in Cold Bay..the airport manager getting on the phone to the mayor and explaining what was about to happen. The collective "Oh SH*T!" being muttered afterwards, I'd have paid to see that. (G) Thanks for posting that. This also opens...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 25, 2001 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-17 A Lemon!
Replies: 64
Views: 3096

RE: C-17 A Lemon!

Galaxy5 A friend of mine stationed with me at Andersen AFB, Guam told our shift one evening that his father, a civilian employee at Edwards AFB, CA, working on certification of the C-17A told his son in a phone conversation or letter to never ever fly on the C-17 when it entered service if he could....

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by MAC_Veteran
Wed Mar 21, 2001 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: MAC_Veteran

<i>The reason why DL is only operating 764s currently on domestic routes is because DL wants "pilot familiarization" before they expand with the 764ERs. </i> For how many months? Sheesh this thing has been in "familiarization" mode for -how long now-? That's the point I'm getting at, which belies so...

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by MAC_Veteran
Tue Mar 20, 2001 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: MAC_Veteran

KING767 "Get what worked out? The plane is doing EXACTLY what it is supposed to be doing! Domestic routes? Again, look at CO, and DL has plans to send them to Europe too. Far more to what story? LOL!" -How long have they been in service? How long has the 764 been flying and certified to fly? -Why is...

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by MAC_Veteran
Tue Mar 20, 2001 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: King767

"Also, MAC, I really think you hate to admit that the difference between the A332s and 764LRs MAX range is just 285nm" A Major -BIG- difference though Tom: The A330-200 is already flying, building a record of what it can and cant do, allowing Airbus to build in enhancements to it. The 767-400LR hasn...

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by MAC_Veteran
Tue Mar 20, 2001 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: DeltaSFO

"As I'm sure you are aware, ATL-HNL currently stops in LAX because corporate can't agree with the pilots on rest facilities for the 767-400." Is that the -only- issue though? I have heard the fuel and payload trials done on the ATL route have shown some problems with fuel burn and payload penalties...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

Fascinating Story On Boeing's New Profit Maker

Further to my comment about Boeing's space operations taking a much bigger role at the company, today's LA Times posted this facinating story on a huge new spy satellite program underway with them. They now have the contract to build a new spy satellite system beginning in 2005. Take a look. <a href...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

Widebody, One thing I forgot to add in more complete terms.. Boeing's tactic of discredit in recent years (especially re: the A380) seems to be borne of a culture of arrogance that has existed there for a while, remember what I said about UAL's sense that Boeing was arrogant back in 1992? (Resulting...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 12:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

Widebody That's my only gripe with Boeing, their long term and short term vision is just "out there". They've been all over the place, as the Wall Street Journal said during last year's stirke by engineers, many second and third generation Boeing engineers and workers have said or the comment eluded...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: DeltaSFO

My sources have been PPrune's website with regards to payload and range discrepancies. I weigh the comments there with a great deal of salt but are quite worth looking at as most of the comments posted there are from professional pilots, other sources include Airliner World, Marc Shaeffer's order li...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: Widebody

Boeing 747-400 " MAC_Veteran, I am actually supplying reasons on why the 747X Stretch is better for United. I'm not saying any Anti-Airbus shit, like you think I am, I am stating my view, and I don't give a shit on what you think of it. " What "sage vocabulary" to use in a discussion. This is becomi...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: Widebody

Widebody It's quite evident that Boeing747-400 is -wishing and hoping- that other airlines wont order the A380. That's the root issue at heart here. The words "self fulfilling prophecy" applies (G). Personally, I believe that short of a miracle order, possibly from KoreanAir for the freighter varian...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: Kalb

KALB Personally, I think there could have been a part to play in this, but sincerely, I feel overall it was more a business decision (meaning better financial and support terms) than that incident overriding all, but surely it could have been one of those irritating things that must have inspired UA...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 19, 2001 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: MAC_Veteran

KING 767 The payload restrictions and "underpowerd-ness" of the 767-400 are reportedly by pilots at Delta, especially their HNL service. What sort of payload restrictions does CO have in place for their current overwater routes? Do they restrict passenger or cargo payload in any way on their flights...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 18, 2001 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

Widebody, If UAL received an excellent discount on the A380 (which is a common thing Airbus is doing) combined with the mass scale economics the airplane could very well bring, the rest is easy to figure out. It would be a boon to UAL and Airbus to buy the A380. Especially if traffic forecasts conti...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 18, 2001 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

CPDC1030

....And then you have to factor in the issues of payload and range restrictions the 767-400 have been rumored to have (-if true-) then factor in the time from order placement to delivery. Does UAL strike you as a carrier with unlimited funds and resources on it's hands to do such a stunt like that? ...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 18, 2001 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

If anyone here believes UAL wont order Airbus products other than A320's, then I've got a large bridge for sale. This "urban myth" style mentality that UAL will "ditch the A330s" or "never order anything else made by Airbus" is simply astonishing to take with any level of seriousness. UAL is a stron...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 18, 2001 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client
Replies: 343
Views: 15281

RE: United Becomes Airbus's Biggest Client

KALB The original UAL A320 order of 1992 had many factors behind it, engine choice was not one of those prominent though if you factor in the SUX accident, remember they have a huge 737-300/500 fleet that were powered by CFM's as were their DC-8-71 fleet. One major issue that pushed them to Airbus w...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sun Mar 18, 2001 7:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff's TUL-NRT Flight
Replies: 9
Views: 1489

RE: Braniff's TUL-NRT Flight

On Asian routes, Braniff operated the SP from LAX to SEL, continuing on to HKG and SIN. Another route crisscrossed the Pacific, DFW-HNL-GUM-HKG (the GUM-HKG leg on that was very short lived I might add). There were active plans at one point in BN's history to operate a "Round the World" service simi...

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by MAC_Veteran
Tue Mar 06, 2001 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Secures Airbus Discounts
Replies: 26
Views: 1850

RE: Qantas Secures Airbus Discounts

Scott Some nice points, however with regards to NRT, the second runway in question can only handle "767 and below" sized aircraft. While it will relieve a modest amount of congestion for those sized aircraft, its similarly a modest at best relief for larger widebodies that more frequently use this a...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 05, 2001 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airliners Have U Flown?
Replies: 80
Views: 3372

RE: My List Is Shorter.

I forgot to add:

MidwestExpress DC-9-14
Republic DC-9-30/50
Northwest DC-9-50
Uni Air BAe 146-300 (a karate chop to my handcarried bag into the overhead compartment included (G)

Regards
MAC

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 05, 2001 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airliners Have U Flown?
Replies: 80
Views: 3372

RE: My List Is Shorter.

Let me compile some flights from memory: American 707-323B, 727-223, 767-223, 767-323, MD-82, DC-10-10 American Eagle SD-330 Continental 727-224, DC-10-10, DC-10-30, A300B4 Continental Micronesia 727-224 PeopleExpress 737-130, 727-227 Piedmont 727-214, 737-301 USAir BAC-111, DC-9-30 Allegheny BAC-11...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 05, 2001 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airliners Have U Flown?
Replies: 80
Views: 3372

RE: What Airliners Have U Flown?

Sheesh I've been on all sorts of airplanes, from the 707-300B and 720B, DC-8-21 to -71 to the 747-SP/100/200/400, Airbus A340 and A330, Lockheed C-5A/B, C-141, C-130 included. I would VERY much like to try out the 777 in any marque along with the A330-200. I'd also be game to see what the 737NG is l...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 05, 2001 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas Secures Airbus Discounts
Replies: 26
Views: 1850

RE: Qantas Secures Airbus Discounts

Precisely CPDC10-30 If airlines dont realize the value in the deal they are getting early on, then woe to those who wait and lose later on. Airbus is taking the risk on themselves and if they lose, then fine, they get massive egg on their face. If not, and the pump is primed as it very might will in...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Mar 05, 2001 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Were Convair 880s That Smokey?
Replies: 5
Views: 2353

RE: Were Convair 880s That Smokey?

Indeed they were that smokey. The Convair 880 used an early General Electric turbojet engine called the CJ-805-3, which was not a water injection augmented engine. This engine was the powerplant that was featured on the Convair B-58 Hustler bomber as well. Convair was quite smart using this engine (...

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by MAC_Veteran
Sat Feb 24, 2001 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines A340s
Replies: 4
Views: 1109

RE: China Airlines A340s

Indeed, at least 3 MD-11's have been sold to Federal Express in recent days.
Also, according to Marc Shaeffer's Airliner Orders Website, China Airlines will firm up orders for 9 A330-300's.

Regards
MAC

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by MAC_Veteran
Tue Feb 20, 2001 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express Toying With Middle Seat Idea
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

RE: Midwest Express Toying With Middle Seat Idea

EnginesRUs That makes an interesting point, the flip side is Air Tran could snap these 717s up as well, adding more capacity to their fleet, or Hawaiian takes a few on. AirTran's route system seems more geographically set with the 717's capability (on a primarily N-S hub/spoke network) centered in A...

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by MAC_Veteran
Mon Feb 19, 2001 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express Toying With Middle Seat Idea
Replies: 10
Views: 1776

RE: Midwest Express Toying With Middle Seat Idea

Very interesting article, thanks for posting the link to it here. I sense that MidEx is going to look very long and hard at the capability of either airplane, especially with competition from the major carriers inevitably to creep into their own markets carved out of the MKE, MCI and OMA hubs. The r...

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