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by MEA-707
Sun Dec 12, 1999 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The New Pan Am
Replies: 23
Views: 1845

RE: The New Pan Am

Well, give Pan Am a chance. Maybe they'll manage to make a whole transcontinental network flying from secundairy airports. I checked their site and having long flights and hot meals for less than $200 return-trip looks nice. If the airports they fly have good transport to nearby cities, I and I thin...

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by MEA-707
Sat Dec 11, 1999 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swissair Fleet Plans
Replies: 10
Views: 1818

RE: Swissair Fleet Plans

Just adding about the MD-11, although it's quite young, many airlines already consider it an outdated obsolete airliner, because operating economics are disappointing. American already disposes it off and buys 777s instead, Korean moved it to Freighter service... I know KLM hates their MD-11s and lo...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Kmart Of Flying
Replies: 115
Views: 4238

RE: The Kmart Of Flying

I wonder why SW doesn't fly more long sectors non-stop, like Baltimore-Oakland , Las Vegas-Miami or so. I think they could ask more and attract more happy passengers. Maybe they can even earn an extra buck by selling sandwiches or meals on longer flights. As an airplane addict, I always try to fly S...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Favourite London Airport
Replies: 17
Views: 1835

RE: Your Favourite London Airport

LGW is a nice compact airport. There's a monorail-shuttle which transports you from north to south terminal or back in a minute, so you can change planes there quite easily. Heathrow is great for all its class and airlines but a pain for changing planes. Luton is a bit of a cramped dump.... I have w...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern 757's
Replies: 20
Views: 2290

RE: Eastern 757's

TEDSKI,
listen, I don't talk nonsense when I write were all the Eastern 757s have gone. Al this information is confirmed and retraceable. AA did get the routes, but didn't get any Eastern aircraft!

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev TU-154
Replies: 23
Views: 3810

RE: Tupolev TU-154

I have flown a roundtrip Amsterdam-Moscow SVO in augustus 1996 with Aeroflot Tu-154M's. It were nice uneventful flights. The planes looked clean and modern (compared to the dirty Il-86s they used on another trip) but the seating arrangement was a bit cramped. The second flight I sat on the right win...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Rolls Out Last Classic 737
Replies: 6
Views: 3100

RE: Boeing Rolls Out Last Classic 737

Well said, Ben! Its a sad day that the 'classic' production line is shut down. The last is a 400 for CSA indeed, it will be delivered in February. It is line# 3132. It is also a pity Boeing just couldn't sell 12 more... With 30 737-100s and 1114 737-200s, Aircraft #3144 would make the 2000th 737 300...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern 757's
Replies: 20
Views: 2290

RE: Eastern 757's

Nope, US Airways DID pick up 11 but none went to Delta. NASA got 1, Airtours (UK) 4, America West 3, Air 2000 (UK) 3, LTU (Germany) 2 and 1 ended with Birgenair and crashed in Dominican Republic.

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATA Officially A Major Airline
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

RE: ATA Officially A Major Airline

Pff, the fact ATA holds the #11 spot tells more about lack of competition and the majors having wiped out most mid-sized airlines. I have read somewhere more than 90% of the passengers are carried by "the big 7" (UAL, AA, Del, COA, NW, US, SW) and their Express-counterparts, so anyone picking up som...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 8:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Geriatric Jets
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

RE: Geriatric Jets

What kind of active service? There are some old 707s with non-airline operators, like the N707SK of 1959 which is with Skyways Aircraft Leasing. The oldest airliner-jet in US service is a Fine Air DC-8 of 1962. The oldest in passenger service: Midwest Express has some 1965 built DC-9s. Reeve Aleutia...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 8:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A300
Replies: 1
Views: 1215

RE: Airbus A300

Hi Matt, You can check all production statistics on the A300 on the website http://people.a2000.nl/sverb. About 480 A300s are built, and 256 A310s. (Both planes share one production-line). Although the last FedEx A300 was delivered on 20.10.1999, there is a batch coming up for UPS of 25 new aircraft...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future For America West
Replies: 26
Views: 2372

RE: Future For America West

Face the facts; America West may be the ninth airline, but only because most other carriers have faded or merged... Only some small niche carriers like Pro Air, Alaska, ATA and Frontier are behind America West. I guess their network is nice but too small to survive on its own. Because their only hub...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Your Favourite And Worst Plane?
Replies: 43
Views: 2758

RE: Your Favourite And Worst Plane?

My favourites are the planes with these graceful fifties-line; the Super Constellation, the 707, the DC-8, the VC-10, the Caravelle, the Comet... They had something classy and distinguished about em. Some planes of the 80s are quite boring (allthough in fact I like ALL planes one way or another)... ...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?
Replies: 16
Views: 2502

RE: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?

Oops, I forgot some; Scibe (of Congo) has one passenger 707 but it has not been reported in service. Aero Asia of Pakistan sometimes leases Romanian 707s for passenger flights. Sudan Airways still has one passenger AC but that's not seen in service for ages. Slovtrans of Slovakia also used to have o...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 3:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?
Replies: 16
Views: 2502

RE: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?

Hi Bryan, The Saudi vip 707 is still current... so are lots of other VIP and government 707s and even 4 720s!! There is also a handful of VIP/military DC-8s with seats etc. But I consider that by no means as passenger-aircraft; ordinary people (like me :-( ) can't possibly buy a ticket to get a ride...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Up With The 747?
Replies: 10
Views: 2822

RE: What's Up With The 747?

About the market-share between Toulouse and Hamburg; the A300/310-line is only a fast cry from what it has been; probably only a handful of UPS-freighters will be built before it will be closed down in another 3 years. And although the A330/340 is a fair success, only about 5 a month are built. The ...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 10, 1999 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?
Replies: 16
Views: 2502

RE: Flown A B707 In 1999! Anyone Else,too?

Well, my nick never was more appropriate... There is a small amount of passenger 707s left: Air Luxor (Egypt) has 1 JARO of Romania has 2 for charter-flights Iran Air has 2 (domestic/regional flights) Saha Air of Iran has about 3 (domestic/regional). But sadly all DC-8s in passenger-service have gon...

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by MEA-707
Thu Dec 09, 1999 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airplane Meals
Replies: 31
Views: 1702

RE: Airplane Meals

Well, I think the worst meal is no meal! On a two hour-ten minutes flight from Brussels to Florence with DAT/Sabena, I only got one tiny tiny sandwich... on Christmas-eve. That sucked. Although the typical meal of lukewarm chicken and a cracker isn't haute cuisine, I don't care, I always like the id...

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by MEA-707
Thu Dec 09, 1999 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PSA 737-700's
Replies: 21
Views: 1748

RE: PSA 737-700's

Hm, I still think it's an early April-Fools thing. All 737-700s built till now are identified and delivered or allocated to other customers. The only possibility is COA or SWA had leased some to the startup, which is very unlikely, to say the least. Maybe it's true with some old 733s. Isn't it possi...

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by MEA-707
Wed Dec 08, 1999 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Airlines Need New Colors 4 The New Millenium?
Replies: 40
Views: 2987

RE: What Airlines Need New Colors 4 The New Millenium?

What's wrong with Southwest?? Their aircraft are colourful, and their special liveries (whale etc.) are even nicer. Iberia, Air Jamaica, what's wrong with these colourful schemes? The liveries I hate are these mostly white ones. Air France, Sabena, Lufthansa, SAS, Swissair. I believe Airbus is pushi...

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by MEA-707
Sat Dec 04, 1999 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest To Atlanta?
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

RE: Southwest To Atlanta?

AFB is Air Force Base. And I believe the Lockheed Factories are at Marietta. I hope WN will go to the Atlanta area. There are some other smaller airports more near to Atlanta, maybe that's a good idea? But don't wipe out AirTran; with the Valujet-crash almost forgotten and loads of Boeing 717s being...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 03, 1999 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Fokker Outta Business?
Replies: 2
Views: 896

RE: Is Fokker Outta Business?

Some facts, They went into receivership on 15 March 1996. Although the jets, especially the Fokker 70, were selling nicely with view on some more large orders, Fokker kept loosing money. For the last few years, costs were too high compared to benefits; prices of props and small jets were going down ...

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by MEA-707
Fri Dec 03, 1999 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD80/MD90 Production In China?
Replies: 3
Views: 4087

RE: MD80/MD90 Production In China?

Flying Tiger is sort of right.... SAIC in China built 35 MD-80s till 1994. More Chinese MD-80s were already cancelled then, and swapped to a new follow-up contract for 20 MD-90s. Earlier figures of 100+ MD's being built in China are all along forgotten. Indeed demand is very slow. The MD-90 has not ...

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by MEA-707
Wed Dec 01, 1999 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sexiest Plane Alive?
Replies: 43
Views: 1834

RE: Sexiest Plane Alive?

I like the older jets more. Does someone remember the classic French lines of the Caravelle? Or the true virility of the 707/720, with her shrieking engine-sound? Although the CRJ of America West looks nice, I can't consider the CRJ a beauty. Bulky Mickey Mouse-engines and too few windows. More a bl...

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by MEA-707
Wed Dec 01, 1999 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Production
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

RE: 747 Production

Boeing will decrease production of the 747, but not cease it. They built about 5 a month for the last two years, but because of less demand it will shrink to about 2 a month in the next two years. Last year it was announced to be 1 a month but because of new orders for the freighter and the Asia-cri...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 29, 1999 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Best European Airline?
Replies: 19
Views: 2197

RE: Best European Airline?

I didn't fly every European carrier (yet)... Aer Lingus and Swissair are outstandig indeed, friendly service and offering nice snacks and meals even on the shortest flights. Sabena and Air France were less. Especially on the Sabena-flights operated by DAT (RJ's) you don't even get a meal on sectors ...

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by MEA-707
Sun Nov 28, 1999 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska's B727?
Replies: 5
Views: 985

RE: Alaska's B727?

Alaska Airlines stopped flying 727s a few years ago. You can check fates of all individual Alaska Airlines 727s on website http://people.a2000.nl/sverb (and search for "Alaska"). Many of their last ones ended up with American Trans Air, just like N290AS

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by MEA-707
Sun Nov 28, 1999 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR 72
Replies: 6
Views: 1710

RE: ATR 72

I don't really LIKE the ATR's. I guess some chauvinism plays a role; the French were quite rude in pushing the ATR's to third-world countries which actually preferred the Fokker 50. They threatened to put up trade barriers if these carriers didn't buy ATR. Fokker ended up bankrupt while the ATR cont...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Model Numbers...
Replies: 3
Views: 2270

RE: Boeing Model Numbers...

Hi Bruce, two remarks. First, Boeing stopped using the -100 series from the 757 onwards, probably because it was associated by the "awkard" version with toothing-problems. Theoretically shorter versions of the 757, 767 and 777 are the 100 but I don't think they were seriously planned to be built. So...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 8:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC-8
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

RE: DC-8

Chris is right. Maybe you'll like some more info. The DC-8 and the 707 were in the sixties what the Jumbo's, A-340 and 777 are now; THE trunk airliner for intercontinental services. As soon as the jumbo's became popular, in 1972, the DC-8 productionline closed, after 556 were built. About half of th...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The 717 A Lost Cause?
Replies: 20
Views: 1967

RE: Is The 717 A Lost Cause?

Well, the 717 is nice, it will attract some sales as it did in the last year, but it can not become a massive success. All Boeing jets have (707-747), will in a few years (757, 767) or later (777) pass the #1000-mark, the 717 will definitely not. Most airlines have now chosen their families of new r...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Model Numbers...
Replies: 3
Views: 2270

RE: Boeing Model Numbers...

I doubt Boeing will run out its 7X7 marks soon. I guess they will make NGNGNG-versions of their current 5 jets over and over. Maybe in 40 years Boeing will produce the Boeing 737 -1400 (70 pax), 1500, 1600 and 1700 (240 pax), the 747-700 and -800, the 757-400, the 767-500 and -600 and the 777-400 an...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Think Of A Boeing Monopoly...
Replies: 13
Views: 3762

RE: Think Of A Boeing Monopoly...

Well said, Udo, Airbus stimulated Boeing indeed to be more competitive. But without Airbus, maybe McDonnell, Lockheed and Fokker were still existing as jet-building factories. I still wonder why especially McDonnell, with all the competition around in the 80s, thought they'd save their day with airc...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 27, 1999 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Flight Was This?
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

RE: What Flight Was This?

Hi Matt D. Well, I don't even live near LAX but I wonder if anyone will answer. I guess it's almost impossible, especially when you don't give exact time/location. Maybe a FedEx freighter to Hawaii or so. Or maybe a flight to one of these isles in the Southeast Pacific, with AOM orso. I don't know, ...

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by MEA-707
Thu Nov 25, 1999 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have You Seen Any 707 Lately?
Replies: 8
Views: 1824

RE: Have You Seen Any 707 Lately?

There are around 90 Boeing 707s still in airline service. Mostly freighters. Since MEA has withdrawn their 707s, you can only fly as passenger with Iran Air and maybe Saha Airlines of Iran, JARO of Romania, Bin Mahfooz of Gambia/Dubai and maybe Shaheen of Pakistan. Some African, Latin American and m...

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by MEA-707
Wed Nov 24, 1999 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lil' Express?
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

RE: Lil' Express?

L'Express was a commuter-airline which flew four Beech 99s and six Beech 1900. They were based in New Orleans indeed and filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy at 1 sept. 91. This as an aftermath to their crash with Beech 99 (not Beech 1900) N7217L on 10 July 91, killing 13 in the plane and 4 on the ground...

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by MEA-707
Wed Nov 24, 1999 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's Fleet Plans.
Replies: 17
Views: 2393

RE: BA's Fleet Plans.

Some facts... British Airways withdrew their last six 747-136s by 31 October 1999, the last ever service was with G-AWNO from Toronto, landing 31.10.99. But 16 747-200Bs are still in service. The next 777s will replace the last DC-10s first, and I guess the other 747-classics will stay with BA for a...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 22, 1999 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Anyone Has More Info On TU-334?
Replies: 3
Views: 2317

RE: Anyone Has More Info On TU-334?

Just soms stats about the Tu-334... Development and production is quite slow till now. I hope it will not take 10 years (like the Tu-204 or Il-96) before the first 25 are flying. The only aircraft reported yet is RA-94001 (cn 01001) the prototype of Tupolev-OKB. It rolled out already 29.10.93, but t...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 22, 1999 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A3XX Confirmed!
Replies: 31
Views: 1987

RE: A3XX Confirmed!

I'm afraid it's more a prestige-thing just like the Concorde was. Airbus has beaten Boeing this year for the first time... mainly because of the A-320 family, and they now feel they are or will be nr 1 on every front, and can't stand the idea leaving the 500+ seat market to Boeing. You can tell from...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 22, 1999 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A3XX Confirmed!
Replies: 31
Views: 1987

RE: A3XX Confirmed!

I'm afraid it's more a prestige-thing just like the Concorde was. Airbus has beaten Boeing this year for the first time... mainly because of the A-320 family, and they now feel they are or will be nr 1 on every front, and can't stand the idea leaving the 500+ seat market to Boeing. You can tell from...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 22, 1999 1:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Bad Is Twa?
Replies: 16
Views: 2331

RE: How Bad Is Twa?

Well, there flights were on-time and OK, but I hated the attitude of the crews. I flew JFK-STL-ANC roundtrip with TWA and the crews really gave the impression they hated to serve us anything. I used my walkman-headphone for the inflight-entertainment to avoid the $5 surcharge and they approached me ...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 22, 1999 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Stops In A Single Flight
Replies: 8
Views: 2622

RE: Most Stops In A Single Flight

I also love to fly as many airplanes, airlines, airports for one pricing! Maybe my longest trip was to Bangkok with Aeroflot in 1996: AMS-SVO on Tu-154 and SVO-Baku-New Delhi-Bangkok on the same Il-86 which took around 18 hours. You could deplane in delhi. Now they use Il-96 and A-310 so they could ...

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by MEA-707
Sat Nov 20, 1999 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fairwell To The CO727
Replies: 15
Views: 1468

RE: Fairwell To The CO727

Hi Bruce,
It's a misunderstanding... The discussion was about Air Mike, CO's Micronesian counterpart. They used 4 757s but they return domestic in change of some 738s. CO altogether has about 35 757s now.

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Many Airplanes Are There?
Replies: 1
Views: 3634

RE: How Many Airplanes Are There?

It depends on which planes you count. Jets only? All aircraft (prop and jet) able to carry 19+ peope? In that case you'll exceed the 20.000 mark easily. Maybe the JP or another airline-fleets book is the best help. There are way over 2000 Russian-built aircraft, even jets only, in service. About 500...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Best Airline For Each Aircraft
Replies: 8
Views: 2479

RE: The Best Airline For Each Aircraft

What do you mean with 'most representative'? If you think about the operator flying the biggest number, it would have been 727 FedEx 737 Southwest 747 BA/JAL 757 Delta 767 Delta 777 UAL MD-80 American DC-10 USAF MD-11 FedEx etc. Or if it is the first operator, it might be 727 Eastern 737 Lufthansa 7...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Getting A Ride On Cargo-planes
Replies: 0
Views: 1884

Getting A Ride On Cargo-planes

I'd love to fly some older aircraft-types which are only in cargo-service now. I especially think about the DC-8, but the C-46, DC-6, Hercules or Il-76 would be fun too. Does anyone have experiences with contacting any cargo/non-passenger-airlines with the request of getting a ride on a cargo-aircra...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's L1011 And United B737-200
Replies: 3
Views: 2321

RE: Delta's L1011 And United B737-200

Delta is gradually retiring the L1011. You can check on my website http://people.a2000.nl/sverb that only 32 of once 57 Tristars are still in service. They will retire a couple this fall and the rest when the 767-400s and more 767-300s and 777s arrive. I'm not sure about United. Most of them have be...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 5:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rate United Airlines
Replies: 9
Views: 354

RE: Rate United Airlines

I have flown United on some International (Amsterdam-IAD, LAX-LHR) and typical domestic sectors (IAD-DEN, DEN-SFO, SFO-LAX) and I think the're fine. The inflight service is better than all other US-carriers, the FA's are informal and friendly (the European ones tend to be stiff and formal, just as i...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

RE: TWA Idea

The idea sounds great but I think a major restructure of the policy and the attitude of staff would be needed. Compared to most other US Airlines, I considered TWA the exponent of careless cattle-class travel. A rude flight-attendant on the STL-ANC sector made comments like "Please never touch the c...

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by MEA-707
Mon Nov 15, 1999 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1403

RE: TWA Idea

The idea sounds great but I think a major restructure of the policy and the attitude of staff would be needed. Compared to most other US Airlines, I considered TWA the exponent of careless cattle-class travel. A rude flight-attendant on the STL-ANC sector made comments like "Please never touch the c...

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