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by Chemist
Tue Jun 29, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29441

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Are lounges, assigned seats and premium class seats really that necessary for attracting corporate accounts ? For most corporations, on a flight under about 5 hours, the important things are cost, reliability and suitable flight times. If a company set a travel policy as an experiment over a limite...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29441

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

Re: Power at seats. Buy a $25 battery pack. Your first free checked bag saves you money for that. Is that really so tough?

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146966

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

The job of the executive leadership is to mange the mid-level management. The upper level defines the company culture and how problems are reported, recognized and solved. If the 777X would be the first occurrence of such problems one could look at the program management, but we have seen this with...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146966

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

It seems that Boeing is a long way from cleaning its house, even given the MAX fiasco.

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 27, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021
Replies: 670
Views: 146966

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2021

To be fair they have more than zero credibility for sure. They got the MAX cleared by the FAA and EASA after these authorities test flew the mods that are still improved with the -10 and then finally implemented to the family. Call it "very low credibility", then. It's going to take a lon...

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 27, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29441

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

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by Chemist
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers
Replies: 305
Views: 29441

Re: WN Wants To Attract Business Travelers

If WN wants to attract business passengers, it needs to also consider scheduling. Business travellers do not like to travel in the middle of the day, or the middle of the night. We like frequency, and we like choice. One thing WN might do is offer free same-day flexibility on business tickets. U2 d...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397375

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Because it might not be smart to add Alaska at the same time they are going balls-out for Hawaii. Plus added many new stations in the continental US.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 22, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues
Replies: 291
Views: 62066

Re: AA Facing Summer Cancellations and Crewing Issues

This isn't the fault of rebounding travel, this is the fault of scheuling more flights than you can staff. The planes could be 50% full or 100% full - AA couldn't fly their schedule. Is WN out of trained pilots? How about DL, UA? This just seems systemic of the rot that AA has gone through over the ...

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR
Replies: 156
Views: 45975

Re: BA 787-8 Nosewheel collapse at LHR

It'll take some speed tape.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement
Replies: 144
Views: 16201

Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement

If the engines are what's holding back new airplanes, what is keeping either maker from continuously slapping the latest engine technology onto existing frames? (Ignoring the 737's ground clearance issues). If a new engine technology gives say another 10% efficiency, how is Boeing going to make a cl...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement
Replies: 144
Views: 16201

Re: Steven Udvar-Hazy: 737 needs replacement

I think the next narrow-body from either Boeing or Airbus has to be a significant improvement. All composite, with open-rotor engines. It looks like open rotors (nee propfans) are getting interest again. That said, Boeing needs to milk the 737 cash cow for now. The 2030 timeframe will be good timin...

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

When CDC itself is not sure what are facts, how to define misinformation? That's not how science works. The CDC is reporting the best knowledge it has. It's still composed of imperfect humans. When more information is found, the recommendations are adapted to fit the latest understanding. Expecting...

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I know of quite a few companies starting to look at back to work and travel between now and September. Despite free Uber, paid time from work and easy access, huge parts of Los Angeles are < 30% vaccinated. e.g. Compton is 22%> https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-covid-vaccine-racial-disparities-by...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Michigan vaccination seems to have come to a standstill. 59.4% as of 6/4. I would have preferred if it stalled at 69.4%, benefits of near herd immunity without meaningless re-openings/relaxations which will only trigger next wave. California touts high vaccination (lower than Michigan), but on the ...

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by Chemist
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I'm quickly getting to the point (in the US) where those adults who are unvaccinated will just fend for themselves and take what happens. Not a lot of sympathy for those choosing not to protect themselves.

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by Chemist
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16095

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

I don't see nontraditional fuels being the primary source for a new airplane before the 30's, if even then. Hydrogen has all sorts of problems of energy density, explosiveness, and making metals brittle. Electric has the battery energy density issue. I could see an electric hybrid approach though.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avelo Airlines News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 927
Views: 187562

Re: Avelo Airlines News and Discussion Thread

I flew WN BUR-PHX a week or so ago and saw the Avelo check in counters. I hope they do well, but it seems like it's going to be a risky effort for some time.

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16095

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

On a typical 180 passenger narrow body boarding 40-60 persons from the back via stairs would be welcome to most, turn those rear seats into something more premium as well as reduce hassle just a little. I board on the tarmac at BUR on WN all the time. It makes loading/unloading a lot faster, and wi...

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by Chemist
Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO
Replies: 105
Views: 16095

Re: Reuters: The $15 billion jet dilemma facing Boeing's CEO

I've always wondered why you wouldn't tolerate longer boarding times on longer range aircraft, and want shorter boarding times on shorter range aircraft, since there are more turns per day. That would imply that a shorter range aircraft with two aisles might be feasible if the turn times could be dr...

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by Chemist
Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I messaged my High School friend (from decades ago) on Facebook who said that she "doesn't trust the vaccines". I pointed out that she's not choosing between the vaccine risks and no vaccine risks - she's choosing between the vaccine risks and the COVID risks.

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by Chemist
Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16742

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

Speed tape and some buffing and it should be as good as new!

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by Chemist
Wed May 26, 2021 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I flew into the Phoenix, Arizona airport today on my first (short) flight since the pandemic began. They were offering free vaccines, choice of Pfizer or J&J, no appointment needed. At this point I feel bad posting this as I know that so many people in other countries still can't quickly get vac...

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by Chemist
Tue May 25, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

An old high school friend that I'm with connected with on Facebook recently posted that she and her husband are moving to Tenessee. So I messaged her and said "Wow - are you vaccinated". She said they were moving and ranted about the California governor driving people out, and said she was...

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by Chemist
Fri May 14, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397375

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Hawaii is already expensive and I wonder what all the increased capacity to the islands does to hotels and rental cars?

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by Chemist
Mon May 10, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of A220
Replies: 139
Views: 19732

Re: Airbus puts supply chain executive at helm of loss-making A220

"We lose money on every plane, so let's sell more to make it up on volume!"
What could possibly go wrong?
I assume Airbus is either going to get the program profitable, or have to discontinue it at some point. Which would suck for those airlines that purchased it.

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by Chemist
Sun May 09, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16593

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

To correct earlier comments, BUR is closer to downtown Los Angeles than LAX is. BUR is planning a new terminal, but due to NIMBYs, it is still limited to the 14 gates contained in the old terminal. That limits the BUR commercial traffic opportunities, along with the relatively short runways. I'm nea...

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by Chemist
Tue May 04, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397375

Re: Southwest's Top Ten Connecting Airports

Doubt it could work in summer- temperatures in LAS too hot to make it to HNL. I remember when HA inherited the DL 767's- they couldn't be used on LAS daylight flights- only after midnight when the temperature dipped. Of the Half dozen or so LAS/PHX-Hawaii flights I've seen are scheduled for Mid mor...

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by Chemist
Tue May 04, 2021 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Luggage drops from open compartment mid-flight
Replies: 29
Views: 7013

Re: Luggage drops from open compartment mid-flight

American Airlines' new "Gate Checked Baggage Ejection System"!

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by Chemist
Mon May 03, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

NY Times article says what many of us have feared - that due to vaccine hesitancy, herd immunity even in the US isn't likely to be achieved, and that COVID-19 will become an illness that will remain at a low level and end up like the flu or common cold over a couple of generations: https://www.nytim...

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

I'm also in Southern California, in Ventura County. We have our lowest COVID rate since the pandemic began. Somehow California leads the nation in low case rate and low testing positivity rate (about 1%) at the current time. Not sure how this happened, or how long it might last. Our county has 59% o...

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by Chemist
Mon Apr 26, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bonuses Paid to Boeing Executives. Are they justified?
Replies: 39
Views: 2776

Re: Bonuses Paid to Boeing Executives. Are they justified?

Incentives for short-term goals deliver short-term focus. The BOD is incentivizing the same shitty leadership that has put them in their mess.

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest post Q1 2021 - profit!
Replies: 34
Views: 4335

Re: Southwest post Q1 2021 - profit!

WN is more domestic and more leisure, so I would assume that makes it a bit easier for them to do better than the big 3. Also smaller planes gives them more operational flexibility, and lack of highly centralized hubs means more route flexibility - huge numbers of possible departure/destination pair...

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 361
Views: 44528

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

We took our first trip to Australia/New Zealand in February 2020. We had been going to go in fall 2020 but decided in late 2019 to go in February instead. What a good decision given what happened. At the time we flew to Australia in late February, we knew about the pandemic in China and took some wi...

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 14299

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

I've never had COVID.
First jab (Pfizer) - sore arm for two days.
Second jab at 3 weeks - sore arm after a few hours, nothing else for about 18 hours, then fatigue and ran a fever for about 8 hours. Very tired, sleepy. Faded away by the second day. 64, M

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245205

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

This entire thread just causes the conclusion that Boeing is either going to take a big financial risk on a new program in the next few years, or they are going to fade into commercial aircraft obscurity/or become a minor player over time. There's not really any other option. Nope there isn't - it'...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Sorry, but I thought it legitimate to point out that restricting exports of vaccines is protectionism. It’s the USA putting their needs first. That is, IMHO, regrettable, if understandable. What is unfortunate is that the level of protectionism extends to the point that the US won’t sell doses of a...

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by Chemist
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245205

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

This entire thread just causes the conclusion that Boeing is either going to take a big financial risk on a new program in the next few years, or they are going to fade into commercial aircraft obscurity/or become a minor player over time. There's not really any other option.

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by Chemist
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206507

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

A couple items for discussion: 1 - Why does/should it take a year for variant boosters if we only took a year for the initial vaccines? I thought it would be a faster process? If trials needed again, how long should that take? Do they do flu shot trials for variants every year? 2 - re: Lightsaber ge...

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by Chemist
Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245205

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

Possible disruptive changes (just brainstorming here, don't attack me on this; I'm not an aircraft designer): 1 - Much cheaper manufacturing 2 - Latest technologies to enable improved fuel economy. Possibly design for shorter range than A321 or 737-10 to enable even lighter weight, let future PIPs a...

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by Chemist
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 23878

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

..... I can see the value to find the cause of an accident but it is essential that the footage is only used for that purpose. Completely agree on that part. The government and the NTSB are not capable of not leaking the footage. This is the stuff lawyers salivate over. So then you would promote th...

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by Chemist
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11958

Re: School Shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee

johns624 wrote:
Chemist wrote:
Thoughts and prayers from the GOP.
The only person killed was the gunman. He didn't take anyone with him. That sounds like a happy ending to me.


Also thoughts and prayers from the GOP for the latest Fedex Indianapolis mass shooting. And so on, many times/week.

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11958

Re: School Shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee

Thoughts and prayers from the GOP.

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by Chemist
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane
Replies: 2225
Views: 245205

Re: Boeing CEO's Comments On Their Next Airplane

I know everyone here is talking about capacity and size. But don't you find it weird that their targeted range for the NMA is 5,000nmi at max? While B767-300ER have close to 6,000nmi? If you think about it. Flights from Dallas to Cities like Rome or Berlin. And San Francisco to Madrid or Zurich rea...

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 23878

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

No, no, no. Flight Data Monitoring has shown that management is completely unable to handle this stuff responsibly. This is going to devolve faster than you can imagine into managements slapping the pilots over their wrists for reading the newspaper while in cruise. So the you are calling for remov...

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders
Replies: 344
Views: 23878

Re: NTSB Renews Calls for Cockpit Video Recorders

Let's see...take charge of our $50million piece of equipment and take the responsibility of 200 lives in your hands. How dare you think that we ought to be able to have a recording of what you're doing while we pay your six figure salary!!! Blasphemy!

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by Chemist
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2767
Views: 397375

Re: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021

Would like to see WN add BUR-HNL and/or OGG.

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine
Replies: 119
Views: 10178

Re: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine

Those vaccines must be a communist plot! The virus is just a talking point hoax!

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train Wreck in Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 1327

Re: Train Wreck in Taiwan

c933103 wrote:
Chemist wrote:
At least Taiwan has high speed rail, unlike the USA.

This isn't high speed rail.



If not, my mistake. But my original comment stands - Taiwan DOES have high speed rail even if this particular train wasn't.

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by Chemist
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train Wreck in Taiwan
Replies: 11
Views: 1327

Re: Train Wreck in Taiwan

At least Taiwan has high speed rail, unlike the USA.

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