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by bob75013
Thu May 21, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1079
Views: 106978

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020

Is this a sign that their initially ridiculed strategy of not cutting as much as the others is paying off? I would think UADL have much worse numbers compared to normal (instead perhaps load factor) than WN/AA do. Any good news is still good news for everyone. In WN’s case, it’s probably more of a ...

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by bob75013
Thu May 21, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLC Airport to Close Existing Concourses as new ones open
Replies: 66
Views: 9028

Re: SLC Airport to Close All Existing Gates in September

Slice it anyway you want but SLC is a net loser in this pandemic. Apart from their large reliance on DL, the LDS international church traffic (has) will take a foreseeable hit. Expansion is an LDS tenet...things have changed. Fly in skiers for the 20/21 season will be virtually non existent, and on...

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by bob75013
Sat May 16, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston skyline height restrictions
Replies: 61
Views: 9086

Re: Boston skyline height restrictions

Not just for BFI, SEA as well. When Columbia Center (current tallest building in Seattle) was proposed, it was initially planned for a height of 1,006 feet but was reduced to a height of 933 feet at the insistence of the FAA because of it's proximity to the final approaches to SEA. A somewhat recen...

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by bob75013
Fri May 08, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25444

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

Reports I heard on Dallas TV news this morning indicated that the pilot did see the victim, tried to avoid, but could not.

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by bob75013
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - April 2020
Replies: 542
Views: 99961

Re: WN CEO makes course reversal on airline size.

Would you say that a future Southwest might build several HUB alike focus cities? If so maybe cities like PHX and former east coast legacy hubs/focus cities might benefits the most. I am thinking cities like Nashville, St. Luis and Cincinnati. It already has: BWI, MDW, DEN, DAL immediately come to ...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ
Replies: 31
Views: 8762

Re: Boutique Air PC-12 Down at Mesquite KHQZ

The wings were torn off and burned.T he fuselage remained intact. The video I saw included the trench the plane dug. At the end of the trench it looks like the fuselage made a 90 degree turn with the burning wings further back of the trench https://www.fox4news.com/news/single-engine-plane-crashes-n...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will flying be a luxury from now on?
Replies: 28
Views: 3042

Re: Will flying be a luxury from now on?

IMO as long as he ULCCs survive airfares will remain low. Legacies will have no choice except to match. So, no, flying will not turn into a luxury. OTOH, a projected 30% unemployment rate in the US will be a strong damper on the desire/ability of most to fly. I don't expect to see 50% load factors a...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?
Replies: 49
Views: 5401

Re: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?

You are excluding things like long-term debt which isn't reflected in current liabilities. You still have to make payments on those as well. This makes situation even worse for legacies. Especially AA which has significantly more debt that UA or DL. Actually, the portion of long term debt that is c...

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by bob75013
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?
Replies: 49
Views: 5401

Re: Will this be the year Southwest Airlines finally doesn't make a profit?

[quote="AMALH747430" The other three legacies also have the advantage of being able to better match aircraft size to demand. WN cannot do that. .[/quote] I'd be surprised if WN makes a 2020 profit, but it stands a better chance of avoiding bankruptcy, unlike it's legacy carrier competition...

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by bob75013
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?
Replies: 4
Views: 1064

Re: Does anyone here happen to work for Textron Aviation who know the status of the upcoming summer internship program?

If Textron has furloughed 7/8 of it's American employees, you have no future at Textron.

It's time for you to move on to any viable offer.

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by bob75013
Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airport construction projects question
Replies: 74
Views: 10792

Re: Airport construction projects question

I would imagine that DFW will put the new terminal into "hold" status as not much as been done yet.

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by bob75013
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: United facing class action over refunds
Replies: 29
Views: 3120

Re: United facing class action over refunds

At least for flights that takeoff or land in the United States, the federal Department of Transportation rules apply: 1) If the airline cancels, the airline must refund if requested, and that applies to corollary fees such as seat fees, too. 2) The is no refund requirement when the passenger cancels...

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by bob75013
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 530
Views: 293725

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/02/ge-avia ... eighs.html
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GE Aviation to furlough 50% of its engine manufacturing staff as coronavirus weighs

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/02/ge-avia ... eighs.html

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by bob75013
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: I wonder what Neelman will do about Moxy
Replies: 6
Views: 875

I wonder what Neelman will do about Moxy

This isn't exactly the best time to launch a new airline

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19212

Re: Boeing to Stop Washington State Aircraft Production

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/business ... index.html
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"Boeing said it will keep a 787 assembly line in South Carolina open at this time, as well as military and helicopter assembly lines near St. Louis and Philadelphia."

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/business ... index.html

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19212

Re: Boeing to Stop Washington State Aircraft Production

There's nothing in the article that says that Charleston is shutting down, but that would not surprise me at some point in the future.

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by bob75013
Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production
Replies: 144
Views: 19212

Boeing to Restart Washington State Aircraft Production

finance.yahoo.com/news/boeing-halt-washington-state-production-164727956.html "SEATTLE, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing Co will halt production temporarily at its twin-aisle jetliner factory in Washington state due to the spread of coronavirus, the U.S. planemaker said on Monday, following a simila...

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by bob75013
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MDW ATC Shutdown 3/17/2020
Replies: 43
Views: 7629

Re: MDW ATC Shutdown 3/17/2020

I was there tonight and saw it firsthand.

Passengers were rather docile because there were so few of them. The multiple re-ticket points had no more than 5 each in line.

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by bob75013
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs
Replies: 86
Views: 12015

Re: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs

Adding Steamboat seems like a decent idea (although with the MAX how will they source it?), but to Denver??? That part makes no sense. There will be no local market at all and Southwest doesn’t even have a truly banked hub. This will lose tons of money based on any industry typical modern measure o...

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by bob75013
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs
Replies: 86
Views: 12015

Re: Southwest adding Steamboat Springs

Well, this was certainly a surprise. There has to be a subsidy from some organization. If WN was going after a BIG ski destination, it would have picked EGE, with Vail and Beaver Creek numbering something like 2.6+ million ski days a year. Also close to Summit County which adds another 3 million ski...

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by bob75013
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?
Replies: 198
Views: 37352

Re: 5 Years Later, When Will They Find MH370?

Now a few weeks short of 6 years later. Here's an article that proposes that high level Malaysian authorities have always beleived that this was a case of murder suicide by the pilot -- says an ex Australian PM https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysia-airlines-flight-370-pilot-suspected-mass-suicide-g...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest misses on Q4 Earnings
Replies: 72
Views: 11125

Re: Southwest misses on Q4 Earnings

I’m not actually all that concerned about their numbers. They could be better but I don’t consider them worrisome for the airline. If you look at the full year it is a long way from a disaster Southwest airlines managed to earn higher fares by $3.34 per average passenger which mitigated MAX problem...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14743

Re: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

He's too smart to comment on an article that dumb. So, I made popcorn for nothing? Darn. Or perhaps the facts outweigh the bluster? Again this is the WSJ in business since 1889. They have integrity and a reputation for quality reporting. WN has a reputation of FAA fines, cozy relationships that res...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Accusation: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying
Replies: 87
Views: 14743

Re: FAA acted improperly in approving WN Hawaii flying

mcdu wrote:

Of course my skepticism about WN compliance isn't applicable to anything other than my desire to see them exposed for what they truly are. .


Thank you for clarifying your position.

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 22774

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020

Here are the load factors for WN nonstop flights out of DAL in October 2019: DAL-ABQ - 72.58% DAL-AMA - 68.17% DAL-ATL - 78.44% DAL-AUS - 74.01% DAL-BHM - 82.67% DAL-BNA - 81.99% DAL-BOS - 91.94% DAL-BUR - 90.74% DAL-BWI - 83.07% DAL-CHS - 77.22% DAL-CLE - 90.47% DAL-CLT - 84.58% DAL-CMH - 82.78% D...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020
Replies: 130
Views: 22774

Re: Dallas/Fort Worth Aviation Thread (DFW/DAL) - 2020

Just noticed that TKI is planning to add 1500 feet to it's runway length. 8502 feet should be long enough for commecial service.

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DoT Proposes ban on Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs
Replies: 103
Views: 12234

Re: US DoT bans all Emotional Support Animals other than trained dogs

Wonderful news for air travellers: The US Department of Transportation announced today that it would be banning all emotional support animals other than specially trained dogs. Airlines will also be able to require that ESA's remain on a leash or harness, and fit in the area under the seat. . Actua...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering
Replies: 53
Views: 9565

Re: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering

i'm sure someone will start a separate thread, but WSJ is reporting that FAA improperly 'lowered the bar' for WN's ETOPS approval: U.S. air-safety regulators likely acted improperly in the way they authorized Southwest Airlines Co. LUV +0.09% to begin flights between California and Hawaii last year...

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by bob75013
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering
Replies: 53
Views: 9565

Re: WN's Hawaii "win" vs. majors/HA partnering

Intra-island on a 737 works but back and forth to the mainland is painfull. 4 hours on a 737. Yuk!! An economy seat on an airliner is an economy seat. The only difference usually is seat width; admittedly, the 737 has narrower seats than some. But there are many other aircraft that have just as nar...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297605

Re: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752

I wonder if some or all of the passengers died just after the missile hit or when the plane hit the ground. Likely it happened so quickly that there was no time for any pax to leave a note or take a picture on their cellphones. If reports of the missle exploding at the left front of the aircraft ar...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020
Replies: 1079
Views: 106978

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2020

SK is planning on replacing its 737-700 and 737-800 planes with A320neo planes during the next three years, and WN might be able to possibly acquire some used 737-700's and 737-800's from SK in order to address the plane shortage that WN is currently facing as a result of the 737 MAX grounding. KL ...

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by bob75013
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 297605

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

The vertical fin being quite far back from the crash site suggests either that the missile hit it, or that the pilots were too aggressive (or there was some mechanical issue) trying to bring stability to the plane, or a bit of both. The vertical fin is at the end of the debris field of the crash si...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13052

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

WN needs to do someone to place a fare on search engines to match Spirit. As much as we all like something for nothing, costs must be reduced to be competitive. Lightsaber Southwest ain't going to put it's fares on search engines for the general public, but for business travel offices it's happenin...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13052

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

I know that a portion of this can be attributed to the MAX issue constraining their ability to grow capacity, but this is a trend that has been forming for a long time - really since the early 2010's. WN is stuck in the middle - and they're running out of routes to grow into with their current flee...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13052

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

SWA will also eventually add fees too, its inevitable... Really??? WN's GPM is already better than about everyone else's -- and "no fees" is a marketing plan that draws in customers by the tens of millions. Why alienate that customer base when you are alreaedy the most profiable airline. ...

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by bob75013
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy
Replies: 99
Views: 13052

Re: Southwest May Be Considering Basic Economy

WN needs to do someone to place a fare on search engines to match Spirit. As much as we all like something for nothing, costs must be reduced to be competitive. Lightsaber Why??????????????? Southwest's load factors are about the same as the majors it competes with. It's profitability is better tha...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5385

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

Hawthorne and Carlsbad??? I give it 3 months max. Well, the flights are only being flown through March, so you're prediction is already correct. :D Taos Air is actually owned by the same company that owns Taos ski resort, so it is likely heavily subsidized. In addition to the aforementioned other t...

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by bob75013
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5385

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

5832589 Forgot to add, that flights are operated on a 30-seat Dornier 328. In fact, I just realized, you can book yourself a Hawthorne to Dallas flight via Taos, New Mexico for a cool $290.00 one way. You can also book a Carlsbad - Austin TX for about the same price. Not bad! Because what is there ...

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by bob75013
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?
Replies: 53
Views: 7531

Re: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?

Simple logic: Airline buy 737 MAX Boeing give you 737NG You not get what you buy. Airline buy 737 NG You get a proven safe aircraft with no issues. You get to solve your capacity issues without waiting forever for a MAX resolution. You possess an aircraft the passengers will not hesitate to board. ...

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by bob75013
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 12324

Re: Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW

Actually there are two videos in the link. The second shows the result of the incident. The first shows the incident.

Apparently the driver was driving towards what I called aircraft 2 and swideswiped what I called aircraft 1 - before fully impacting aircraft 2.

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by bob75013
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 12324

Fuel Truck Takes Out 2 American Eagle Aircraft at DFW

I can only guess the driver impacted the wing of aircraft 1 while in reverse, shifted into forward gear, and hit the gas too hard causing the truck to hit aircraft 2. Aicraft 2's wing "impaled" the windshield and cab of the truck. It's a twofer. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/fuel-truck-df...

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by bob75013
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 606
Views: 103258

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

WN had also said in Thursday's earning call that its top market priorities are Hawaii, DEN, BWI, and HOU. WN also has its next schedule extension tomorrow, which extends its flight schedule to June 6th. I expect WN to announce a few new nonstop routes out of DEN and HOU in tomorrow's schedule exten...

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by bob75013
Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN- How much can it grow?
Replies: 120
Views: 14090

Re: DEN- How much can it grow?

Unless a severe recession happens, I agree. I could easily see DEN overtaking DFW as the fourth busiest in the US with the next 2-3 years. For the foreseeable future that’s doubtful. DFW is expected to serve 73 million passengers this year. Around 2024-2025 they are expected to hit 85 million and a...

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by bob75013
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 749149

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

Broward County (FL) mayor wants to ban 737MAX from FLL...and wants to enlist fellow mayors across the country to join the boycott. Our tax dollars at work. Hmmmm, wonder who would benefit....? https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Broward-County-Mayor-Wants-to-Prevent-737-Max-Fro...

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by bob75013
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019, Production suspended
Replies: 5670
Views: 749149

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q4 2019

The news just isn't getting better for Boeing. Even loyal partners are potentially looking elsewhere (or it is a negotiation tactic) - https://www.king5.com/article/tech/science/aerospace/boeing/leader-of-pilots-union-blasts-boeing-over-grounded-737-max/281-288a339e-5d1e-4bcd-9211-f9a37786d7d5 Boei...

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by bob75013
Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest faced grounding of planes due to maintenance/documentation issues
Replies: 65
Views: 12859

Re: Southwest faced grounding of planes due to maintenance/documentation issues

Actaully, the title of the artile should be "FAA Reminds Southwest that it has until 6/30/20 to make sure that Maintenace records are complete." A year and a haf ago it gve Southwest two years to comlete the process. Two years to get it done? I guess the FAA was real concenred about the sa...

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by bob75013
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Survey
Replies: 36
Views: 6036

Re: AA Employee Survey

This happens in my workplace every year. Rephrase or eliminate the questions that didn't elicit the desired responses. Don't ask questions where you know the answer will be unfavorable. Focus on the responses that seem to affirm senior management's strategy. Middle management gets blamed for the un...

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by bob75013
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 31038

Re: WN Downgraded based on aquisition speculation

[quote="questions" Southwest has added a lot of operational complexity to its model and its management team has not kept up and is surprisingly unsophisticated and lacks experience and skills to handle much more. It’s corporate cost structure has grown recklessly and needs to be reined in ...

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by bob75013
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Constrained Runways
Replies: 45
Views: 8156

Re: Constrained Runways

PacoMartin wrote:


I expect that if USA airlines begin ordering thousands of A220s we will quickly develop a crisis.


Not if those airlines are simply replacing ERJs and CRJs with A220s

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by bob75013
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 606
Views: 103258

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Interesting tidbit from the Barrons aricle talks about the return of WN's "106 MAXs. " That is the ony interesting thing in the article, but here's the link in case you want to read it anyway. https://www.barrons.com/articles/the-return-of-the-737-max-might-not-be-all-good-news-for-southwe...

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