Anyone in the market for a new, slightly under functional 787?

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  1. gregm

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    Looking at the airlines that rejected the planes, it looks like all could easily fly the aircraft w/o entering US Airspace (i presume that's what they mean by federal standards).
    I expect that they will eventually end up in SE Asia, S. America and/or Africa.
     
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    I'd definitely take one, but, well......we know it will need a battery change right off the lot!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    DL seems to like used airplanes, but only those of tried and proven designs. If they were 717s, DL would grab them in a heartbeat.
     
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    If we could gather all the miles from the members on MP I'm sure it would be possible to redeem one with mileage ;)
     
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    There's a part of me that expects to see DL offering "improved Super-80" service once AA starts retiring the mAAd Dogs from their fleet. :D
     
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    I hear Randy was considering it :)
     
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    Well they are a bit newer then all the B747's and B757's that they're intended to replace when those models are retired. And if all it would take to refunctionalize them for U.S. airspace is just the addition of functioning directional signals and a new battery here or there, shouldn't be too hard to get approval for Randy to make a bid for at least one of them, or perhaps start his own fleet of MP Airlines B787's.
     
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    Is there enough room for an airstrip in the little park next to his office or would Randy need to use the main road as the runway?
     
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    The road would be more appropriate for the fleet of eleven, with the park available for servicing and maintenance as needed. Of course with the road use, they'd have to add high speed spoilers and slightly more inset main gears on the aircraft, with higher clearance to avoid those pesky bushes, trees, and telephone poles along the road. And if the road could be tilted uphill for landings, that, of course, would aleviate the need for larger slats, flaps and spoilers and the need for a total STOL conversion, which might be costly for all eleven of the aircraft. However, with the added convenience of an uphill/downhill road/runway, departures from the small park/airport terminal/maintenance area would be that much easier as the crew could just hold the brakes briefly for a standing start while the engines are spoiled up before releasing them for the short downhill takeoff into the wild blue yonder. In winter, however, the road could also be used as a ski hill, with flights temporarily diverted to PSP until later in the season, when Spring has finally sprung, and this additional ski hill dimension would add revenue needed to keep the road flyable after off season there.

    I'm really surprised that Randy hasn't deduced all of the above by himself, but glad to help out with these very concise suggestions.
     
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    Knowing him, the fact that he hasn't replied probably means he's considering it -- just like that VX jet that was for charter a while back. :)
     
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    While Randy is still considering doing his considerations, over in the Ryanair thread about Mr. Ryan offering 10GB pound fares across the pond, and who is therefore very strongly maybe possibly almost considering the purchase of the entire fleet of eleven of those very slightly used B787's offered by Boeing at fabulously discounted prices, which, of course, would be very conducive to matching Mr. Ryan's lower airfares everywhere with only a fewer addons then most other airlines, the quite very real possiblity of Randy missing out on a once in a lifetime (mine, anyway) opportunity to start an airline that offers the very highest quality of service, perks, high quality restaurant-beating meals ,and frequencies from his little airport to around the world and possibly beyond too (did Richard Branson call?), with better on time schedules and more frequent frequencies to many of the most frequently requested destinations, that the frequent business travelers and other people too, request from time to time.

    Has anyone as yet alerted Randy to that which he may be missing out on what with his not taking into consideration all the opportunity that he may be missing without considering it? And being the guru of frequent flyers from all over, one would have to expect that he would know how to put forth a FF plan that would entice ALL its members to frequently fly, if not ski, from his small airport.
     

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