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  1. Was McDonnell Douglas really a competitor in the civil world in the 1990's? They weren't developing anything new, just spinoff's of old designs (DC-9 and DC-10)....Sound familiar . MD-D was focused on the C17 and other military aircraft. Boeing built the MAX because that's what the customers wanted them to do. Did the customers want to wait for a new design or pay the higher costs vs the MAX for purchase and training? Nope, not at all..... Southwest, Ryan Air, etc were very clear about that. American's huge narrow body Airbus purchase in 2012?? made it clear they weren't waiting a decade or more either. In the early 2000's nearly every carrier in North America went thru Chapter 11 bankruptcy so its not like planes were flying of the lot either or operators wanted more expensive planes. Blaming MD-D is cop out...... but I'm sure it added to the effect.
  2. Pilot inexperience is an easy cop out. AC's SFO and YHZ events involved high time crews. In June a well experienced Norseman pilot ripped the floats off the plane and almost drowned during a glassy water landing in Northern MB and an experienced DC3 driver (Ice pilots fame) put a Basler into the drink in Fort Hope. Inexperience is definitely out there but the veterans do it too.
  3. Being a technogeek on the Flight Ops side of the company doesn't mean you're good on the customer side of the operation. Lockheed makes very amazing technical airplanes ie the L1011 but it sure didn't do very well commercially. The DC-10 sold +150 more and it had a really bad rap after a few high profile accidents.
  4. If the tickets worked 3 times before AC picked up on it then I think they're on the hook for 2 of the 3. Fool me once.... If the flights weren't full (lost revenue) did it really cost AC anything but a few meals, etc. Are their claims reasonable....
  5. Is there a reason this is his 3rd attempt to purchase an airlines and the other 2 attempts failed? ego driving airline purchases?? ONEX has already been in business with Westjet for awhile. They own one of the leasing companies that Westjet works with... I'd say its pretty likely that a few NDA's were signed during regular business dealings and then a few rounds of drinks started the conversation. Hopefully it doesn't end up like my time with my ex-wife. That started with a few rounds of drinks that turned out to be a lot pricier than I ever imagined.
  6. "Desperate" is a bit of a stretch. There a backlog of 5,000 orders and Airbus is booked solid for the A320NEO family for a very long time. Not really many options for the carriers to do but wait it out. Everything else Boeing makes is late so they are used to shuffling the cash around to pay bills and stall creditors. The MAX was the first Boeing delivered nearly on-time in a very long time and it was just a face lift.
  7. My guess is that Encore will get sold off with have a long term CPA with WJ mainline just like nearly every other regional in North America. They already have a CPA with Pasco.
  8. I hope that wasn't one of machines they recently did the life extension (120K hrs) on....
  9. This group is generally well educated (as are most pilots, etc) and they have a lot of spare time in cruise and hotels to read boring investment type documents. I know personally that my investing returns to a big hit in ROI when I left the flight line for an office job and my kids became soccer, hockey, swimming, dance fanatics. So did my exercise too until I figured out a routine. Lots of time in hotels is a great reason to read a prospectus, use the treadmill......and then drink beers. Warning, don't read a prospectus if your working early mornings a nap is inevitable....
  10. YYZ can take them. I saw the whole C3 fleet lined up at Pearson shortly after 911 and that was before the 24L was built
  11. Nothing too drastically changing for specs with the "NEW" 777, more efficient engines, better wing and upgraded systems & avionics. Meant to do the same mission but cheaper.
  12. Because it's British, typically under powered. Have they ever built a plane that couldn't use watermeth for a boost? It gets warm enough in the summer to need it.
  13. The B200 is the work horse of the north these days. Great range, reliable Pratt’s and there’s not much else out there that’s easier to fly. Lots of power and forgiving. It would be my choice for a personal airplane if I had the $$$. It’s about the best plane these low time pilots could be flying in the North and many have autopilots to help out. Several operators have upgrade the avionics and have put the G1000 avionics package ($400k) into these machines. An amazing upgrade that matches or exceeds what you’d find in a CRJ or Dash 8. VNAV descent to the LPV with moving map and synthetic vision. I always cringe when I hear about a plane with just two pilots onboard crash in what appears to be good weather. There’s too many planes that have crashed with people doing stupid things. I hope I am wrong.
  14. Why wouldn't they? It helped push back the Germans in WW2. They functioned on large quantities of low grade equipment vs smaller #'s of quality equipment. The Germans made amazing tanks. Their engineers and factories designed and built transmissions for tanks that would last +2 years before work was needed. Too bad the average life of a main battle tank was less than 6 weeks.