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Everything posted by j.k.

  1. Ok... more like Russian and Chinese money laundering then? I wouldn't book a flight on them with your credit card even...
  2. Formed in 2016? 4 x 340-300s? No network or route structure? Seems like the need an injection of Emirati cash if the plan is to dump some more seats into the Atlantic market. If this have failed yet, it should...
  3. Pilot input electric trim will counteract/pause the system. The stab trim cutout switches will completely disable the system's ability to trim. Procedure is to disconnect the autopilot if engaged, control and trim the aircraft with the electric trim, and then use the cutout switches. From there manual trim only would be available.
  4. And just to clarify my post for those that don't follow the rise and branding of "Air Italy"... Meridiana, a fledgling charter carrier was infused by dollars and aircraft from Qatar Airways who officially hold a 49% stake, but I think we all know really run the show at the rebranded "Air Italy" Qatar Airways is the wholly government owned and controlled flag carrier of Qatar, where homosexuality is punishable with sentences which have included prison and lashings.
  5. AC is a big sponsor of Pride. While I don't imagine they will waiver in their support, I don't think they will be happy with a Qatari-proxy-upstart competitor jumping in with them... Further, I am disappointed in Pride accepting sponsorship from a company that is backed by a nation where homosexuality is illegal. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Qatar I mean they won't let Toronto Police participate, but Middle Eastern dollars? No problemo. Hypocrites.
  6. I've operated into Port-au-Prince a handful of times. It's an airport terminal experience like none other... I got the impression that the hodgepodge of men with guns and uniforms doing their day job at the airport, probably had a night job with the gangs outside the fence. We were met every time by Canadian embassy security staff, who always briefed us that the situation was not good in the streets... armed convoy was the only way to get around... The people we were flying were certainly not vacationers. Lots of deportees going down, and medical patients with family or status in Canada coming back... I can't imagine why you'd want to go there for vacation... People want an adventure in a known trouble area? Better be ready to fend for yourself and get yourself out when SHTF... this isn't on airlines or Canadians (government) to bail them out on. Personal responsibility and accountability for your own decisions. It's a fading idea in this world apparently.
  7. There are still box cutters and knives on the secure side... 911 was an opportunity for some to justify making a lot of money on all the extra layers of BS.
  8. What? Nobody to buy a pizza? Seriously though... That's what travel insurance and self sufficiency is for... Go book a room! Feed your children! Take a taxi! Oooooh... fending for yourself in this world... The horror. If you can afford a week or two vacation for your family you can pay a couple hundred bucks for a last minute hotel booking for the night to look after your family and then sort it out with the airline or the insurance when you get home... Those people will absolutely fly Westjet again if they are the cheapest option by 2$...
  9. I'm not saying that. As I stated "truths"... But somebody will inevitably have a problem with him and anything he says no matter how right it might be. Some are more interested in shouting down discourse because of the messenger rather than listening to an idea on its own merit. It's impossible to bring up some things now, impossible to reference some people now, without someone else being deeply offended. Anyway... my statement was more a joke about that... "LoL"... and the association to the "victims" of this well handled oceanic diversion and recovery.
  10. "non-contributing zero" Sums it up well... LoL... Be careful about dropping Louis CK truths though... Someone will have a problem with that too.
  11. The Pilots made a great decision... probably just inside ETOPs when the issue occurred, well ahead of the ETP... a little bit of figuring and coordinating was likely before the turn around which took them further out... but why chance it with 1 system left over a big ocean into a base with minimal support and a shortish runway. The flight got back to YVR at 1433. Replacement flight left YVR at 1936, into OGG late that evening - Pax didn't miss any nights... Less than 5 hours in the terminal... all considered not too bad IMO. If you can't get by with a 10 dollar sandwich and a coffee, chip in an extra 5 or 10 and get what you want. I mean what do you want? Surf and turf and a bottle of '81 Chateau Latour? No these people want to be victims. Like the story of the Hawaii holiday trip and oceanic diversion isn't enough. And instead of saying great job pilots and airline, we're glad we were accommodated reasonably quickly all considered and got there safely later that day, they call the CBC and feign outrage. Get a life.
  12. I heard A350-1000 orders are in the works too as a 777 replacement... not B777X.
  13. Shunning more Boeings plays well politically too after the BS from Boeing and the Americans.
  14. How does it stall progression? Wasn't Swoop going to do that anyway?
  15. It's like a Mexican standoff. Hamilton wants the airlines' commitments before expansion, the airlines want the expansion before committing... Hamilton loses either way.
  16. I tried to take the flight a few times... Every time the flight was full or close to full. They had just moved to 3x daily from 2x... if I recall when they launched the route a few years back it was only 1x. I suspect it's more than light loads that caused the route to be pulled... maybe politicking with airport authority or something.
  17. Was it a MAX or NG? Sounds like NG... "737-800"
  18. Sounds like a great reason to bilk taxpayers for a bunch of business class trips around the world... "research"...
  19. Yeah, they totally showed everyone on the Atlantic how to do it with the 767 operation...
  20. Swoop is a new airline. They still need the required FAA approvals to operate into the US. Once approved it's open skies. Seems pretty amateur that they wouldn't have this taken care of ahead of time, before they started selling the tickets. Swoop should be rebooking all the affected people on other airlines, or wet leading replacements for every flight cancelled... not making excuses and giving refunds. Where's Gabor when there is a real complaint to raise?
  21. No matter what the will a always be someone who would rather commute, but it certainly doesn't help being based on some of the most expensive cities in the planet (YVR, YYZ). Especially as effective pay goes down, while inflation goes up, taxes go up, pension costs more, utilities up, interest rates rise... free cash gets tight when average home price is over a million... Companies need to pay to afford a life in the city you're based in...
  22. CDM is anything but collaborative. Guaranteed delays...