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by ClipperYankee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Tire Brand Options
Replies: 24
Views: 3085

Re: Aircraft Tire Brand Options

As well as an aviation enthusiast, I'm also an automotive enthusiast. And I have special interest in tires. Do aircraft manufacturers, especially the large ones like Airbus and Boeing, give options to their customers on what brand of tires they want to use on the aircraft they order? Hi: Yes, they ...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5924

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

Most accidents happen during takeoff and landing and often develop very quickly where there is not enough time to eject anyways . Well, my one ejection took about 12 seconds from onset of the accident to being caught in a tree. A mere 300 milliseconds from being too late to pull the handles. The se...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Tire Brand Options
Replies: 24
Views: 3085

Re: Aircraft Tire Brand Options

Interesting topic. But many WWII American aircraft types had all sorts of grooves on them, I'd imagine that was because it was before the arrival of anti-lock systems? For example see: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrEzeagPPNbZJgAggdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzZnNnMjV0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?
Replies: 97
Views: 15688

Re: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?

Agreed that it did not weather well but put me in the minority who liked the look.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 88
Views: 19543

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

I've found that as far as aircraft noise goes the weather is big factor. For example I live not far from SYR and I've noticed that on cloudy days that planes sound 2x as loud as they do on sunny days. I suspect that this has to do w/ the moisture particles acting like amplifier to the sound waves. ...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 87
Views: 9803

Re: TWA Hotel @ JFK

The last press release I have on file here at Gannet shows expected opening date of May 2019. I am slated to cover the grand opening. Being the boss has its privileges. :) Ah, another person that's in the news business that frequents this site. Good to see! AFAIK all 11 staffer in my department hav...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 87
Views: 9803

Re: TWA Hotel @ JFK

Blimpie wrote:
The last press release I have on file here at Gannet shows expected opening date of May 2019. I am slated to cover the grand opening. Being the boss has its privileges. :)


Ah, another person that's in the news business that frequents this site. Good to see!

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2532

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

I've had the questioning departing to the U.S. from ARN, OSL, CDG, GIG and EZE but not from FRA, and that's two or three times flying out of that airport. The questioning has been polite, not too invasive and not very long. I'd imagine they are looking for "tells" that you might be telling...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Windows in the 787
Replies: 38
Views: 6948

Re: Windows in the 787

As I've mentioned before on other threads on this topic, I really like them because on certain airlines the crews force you to shut the shades right after takeoff (looking at you, XL Airways and Singapore) and even on the darkest setting I can see out on the 787. I've flown with the sun on that side...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 4586

Re: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?

I seem to remember LH flew 747s out of LPB and they would rumble down the runway for what seemed like five minutes before they could get airborne? I don't know if they flew non-stop to Europe or made a fuel stop somewhere though, I would guess they stopped.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5
Replies: 47
Views: 9598

Re: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5

This thread seems to have surpassed that one in length And the nonsensical thread "AirTran: What would it be like today" thread has 48 participants and climbing. It just goes to show you how little interest there is in classic civil aviation, which is quite a shame. Hundreds of people use...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5
Replies: 47
Views: 9598

Re: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5

I think I read somewhere that Connies did not have provisions to have the wings removed easily? So basically if you take them off it will never fly again? Or perhaps I'm thinking of the main spar. Any techs out there know? Yes, of course it doesn't matter with this particular bird and I'll be very h...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9886

Re: Interflug and their A310s

Depending on how you factor them in, behind the Iron Curtain or not, would JAT count as the biggest Western aircraft operator in Eastern Europe? They flew everything from Convairs to Caravelles to DC3s, DC6s, DC9s and 10s as well as 707s, 727s and 737s.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?
Replies: 17
Views: 5964

Re: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?

Must be that rumored A220 NEO...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 20529

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Not as many 747 flights for me as I'd like but I did do: 1974 - JFK-FRA LH one way - Probably a -200? 1991 - IAD-ZRH SR r/t with a stop in Boston each way -300 and got to ride upstairs in coach for both flights - Only time upstairs, loved it. 2000 - SFO-SYD UA r/t to the Sydney Olympics -400 - manag...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 15216

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

Well, some of the delays are due to days so hot that some aircraft are not legally allowed to takeoff, if I'm not mistaken? And 386?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 15216

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

Wasn't there a plan bandied about for a while to eventually take over Nellis Air Force Base and have flights out of there? I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere, as highly unlikely it is that it ever happens.

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 31032

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

Not true! ;) https://www.airlineratings.com/news/new-qantas-787-record-17-hours-without-toilet-break/ Sorry, couldn't resist. HaHaHa! I challenge you to do the same - 17 hours without a toilet trip! You don't need to put yourself through the torture of the actual flight, just the time! If you succe...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First 777 produced heading to a Museum
Replies: 85
Views: 16163

Re: First 777 produced heading to a Museum

Pima is one of the best aviation museums in the world. The 777 and the 787 are the tip of the iceberg in terms of exhibits. As a longtime PASM member, I thank you for the compliment. I know it's major league money to do so but is there a plan in place to provide some sort of roof for Sun protection...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: WN rolls out free texting onboard
Replies: 32
Views: 4853

Re: WN rolls out free texting onboard

Would an AC CRJ have had the Airfone back in the day? I kind of remember missing a connection and having to take a later YYZ-IAD flight and needing to use the phone to change the pickup time to keep from having my relative waiting too long for me at IAD. I just can't gibe the phones being on a CRJ a...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: WN rolls out free texting onboard
Replies: 32
Views: 4853

Re: WN rolls out free texting onboard

I also had free text and some internet access on a DL DTW-AMS A350 flight this past April. I couldn't open every site but I could read Yahoo, with incoming and outgoing e-mails, and ANet through my phone's Firefox browser without any issue. Fairly fast too.

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Couple of go-around questions
Replies: 28
Views: 4103

Re: Couple of go-around questions

No report of any kind required at my airline And that’s deliberate, you never want a pilot second guessing his or her decision to go around because of perceived paperwork hassles or worse, management questions No, of course that's very understandable. I meant it more in case the people looking at t...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Couple of go-around questions
Replies: 28
Views: 4103

Couple of go-around questions

I was watching a video of go-arounds at Madeira and it made me think of two questions for pilots or those in the know: if you go around do you need to notify the "home office" or someplace similar (mostly to account for why there was increased fuel consumption on the flight) and also, when...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 18527

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

Cello parent here. AFAIK the procedure hasn’t changed in many years and is the same on all carriers: buy a second seat (like a customer of size would) and put the cello in it. I can’t imagine a seat and cello combination that would not work; heck, I saw a double bass (a much larger instrument) in a...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 dead in Junkers Ju 52 crash in Switzerland
Replies: 149
Views: 40128

Re: Where Eagles Dare: Ju-52 in a deadly crash today

RIP to those who perished and, less importantly of course, poor Tante Ju. I got a private tour of the one that is in the Smithsonian's Dulles Airport annex quite a while before the museum was built and it was a fascinating aircraft to be in.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian has applied for a Brazilian operating license
Replies: 26
Views: 5812

Re: Norwegian has applied for a Brazilian operating license

And the Norwegian train keeps a rollin' - there must be a method to the "madness" claimed by so many here.
Norwegian Chile would be fine by me, I have friends there who could use a cheaper ticket to Europe.

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the A330F so unpopular?
Replies: 12
Views: 5515

Re: Why is the A330F so unpopular?

The A330-200F will do even more, but it will require more ramp area to operate from as it's wingspan is larger than the A300/A310/MD10. In the distant future this will have to change as whatever freight derivative coming after the 767 line closes, will have a wingspan at least as big as the 787. Ah...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with One Room Terminals that have Jet Service?
Replies: 63
Views: 5975

Re: Airports with One Room Terminals that have Jet Service?

ITH (Ithaca) - three operational gates, one room. Though will expanded shortly. Seems to work ok and getting through TSA is rarely an issue.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shades drawn
Replies: 13
Views: 2494

Re: Shades drawn

I just had that on an XLAirways flight JFK-CDG. A male attendant shut the shade in my face five minutes after takeoff as I was looking out over my native Long Island. Not wanting to talk to airport police I did not protest. On the way back none of the crew cared and I enjoyed the view for the whole ...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1821

Re: US Inbound Int'l Flight Security Questioning - US vs. Foreign Airlines

Just recently I've been questioned on Norwegian and XL Airways flights, out of ARN and CDG respectively. A lot fewer questions out of the latter, though.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing has given the 3 Major Engine Manufacturers until June 27 to submit their 797 engine proposals
Replies: 313
Views: 48331

Re: Boeing has given the 3 Major Engine Manufacturers until June 27 to submit their 797 engine proposals

Well actually, the 797 doesn’t have to compete with the A321LR. Boeing predicted the market spot on with the Dreamliner. Point-to-point, high frequency, focus in economy. This is just a continuation of that strategy, a notch smaller but the same idea, with new bells and whistles. Ideally opening ag...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing has given the 3 Major Engine Manufacturers until June 27 to submit their 797 engine proposals
Replies: 313
Views: 48331

Re: Boeing has given the 3 Major Engine Manufacturers until June 27 to submit their 797 engine proposals

Looks like the 797 is coming soon. Very soon. Maybe even within a month, if it follows the 787 timeline. Exciting! You don't pick winner(s) of an RFP the day they are due.. Yeah but Boeing has a ton of familiarity with the basic offerings they are going to see. The manufacturers will make their gua...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Protesters destroy Air Niugini Dash 8.
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Protesters destroy Air Niugini Dash 8.

Poor bird. What a lousy way to go.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Boneyard Aprons
Replies: 8
Views: 2480

Re: American Boneyard Aprons

Wasn't there an old saw that a woman wearing high heels puts more pressure on the ground via the small rear tip of the shoe than a 727 does on a runway? I'm fairly certain to have read that and it involves weight distribution by the multiple large tires on an aircraft, etc.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ITH Airport Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: ITH Airport Redevelopment

MaverickM11 wrote:
When was the last time they regularly used that single jetway? When the PIT hub was around?


It appears to be in the sole use of Delta at the moment. I've used it to board their CRJ200s to DTW many times while the other two airlines board from the tarmac.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ITH Airport Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: ITH Airport Redevelopment

UA to IAD, DL to DTW and AA to PHL, pretty close to the same except for the services that used to exist to LGA AND EWR. There was a rumor of AA to ORD or CLT but nothing has ever come of it.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ITH Airport Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: ITH Airport Redevelopment

It rarely seems crowded to me but the additional jet bridges will be welcomed. It's usually a nice, easy airport to frequent and I will miss the Newark flight. Washington is useful but I wish they had chosen DCA, as was rumored a long time ago, but of course IAD is the United hub. I used to the take...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ITH Airport Redevelopment
Replies: 16
Views: 1194

Re: ITH Airport Redevelopment

Hah! We used to get DC-9s here many moons ago, 737s would be pretty cool, however unlikely.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4999

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

washingtonflyer wrote:
Don't remember 330s ever being part of USAir - it was 360s and they went away a long time ago. 1997?


It likely was 360s. Mind you, this was in the mid '80s. I do remember the 1900s coming in as well and we'd help support them as I worked for a Beech parts place at the time.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4999

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

For a brief period US Airways served HEF. I forgot which regional was technically headquartered at HEF - I think it may have been Colgan. As to RMN, good luck. Nobody from north of Prince William County is going to think about this airport unless fares are really, really low and service is to a cit...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area
Replies: 56
Views: 4999

Re: Potential 4th Commercial Airport — Washington, DC area

Isn’t Manassas airport closer to DC? Beat me to it. I used to work at Manassas Regional many years ago. The traffic on I-66 can be just as miserable as that on I-95 though the VRE's terminus is right by the airport but on the other side of the runway(s) from the newish terminal. Due to all that con...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu May 17, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics
Replies: 94
Views: 16087

Re: Nolinor Aviation refits a 737-200 with modern avionics

Thank you, Longhauler. Love stuff like this. And as an owner of a cottage in Ontario (I'm a Gringo) and a visitor to almost all of Canada over the years your posts are even more enjoyable to me.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon May 14, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California
Replies: 26
Views: 4316

Re: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California

Such a pity no 314 survived. If there was one in the bunch that would be so cool to see in a museum it's this one. I read that one wreck has been found in a body of water somewhere, too far gone to restore, of course, but there were thoughts of recovering the remains and displaying it. Would love to...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun May 13, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California
Replies: 26
Views: 4316

Re: The Long Way Round - Pan Am Clipper California

There's a book on the story, not very long but fascinating. I'll have to dig through my Pan am collection to find the title. My favorite part, as mentioned in the link the OP posted, was their announcing over the radio that they were approaching for a landing in New York and how incredulous the grou...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639913

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Slightly off topic: Do I remember reading early on that the dimming windows on the 787 were going to be available as an option on the A350? Did AB finally choose not to offer it or if it did, did any airline pick the option? I just had my first A350 flight y'day (DL) and was curious. Apols if I sho...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 1683
Views: 639913

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Slightly off topic: Do I remember reading early on that the dimming windows on the 787 were going to be available as an option on the A350? Did AB finally choose not to offer it or if it did, did any airline pick the option? I just had my first A350 flight y'day (DL) and was curious. Apols if I shou...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline had the first Website?
Replies: 64
Views: 11424

Re: What airline had the first Website?

I do remember checking out Lan Chile's page (way before they became Latam) and I remember it as crude, of course, but fun. IIRC about all you could do was check schedules, I don't think you could check if a flight was on time or anything else.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 37069

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

It does seem to work better on the 748 than on the 350 but it still doesn't thrill me. Put me down as disappointed.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 157
Views: 26014

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

Add me to the no recline preference. All other things being comparable, such as schedule and price, I would absolutely pick the airline that does not allow recline over one that does. Now I'm not one of those saying it should be mandated on every airline, it just my personal preference. Despite bein...

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