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It’s lent, the traditional time of Catholic self-loathing before Easter. But you don’t have to be Catholic to hate yourself and desire the most miserable travel experience on the planet. I can help with that, an around the world trip, in coach, on domestic 737s/A320s. This generally only works during the summer, but self-loathing is even worse in the summer. What would such an itinerary look like. Well here is a sample one, I came up with.

Sunday June 23rd Chicago-Toronto-St. John’s-London (Air Canada)

Air Canada 4899 ORD-YYZ CRJ-700

Air Canada 692 YYZ-YYT A319

Air Canada 822 YYT-LHR A319 +1 Day

Monday June 24h London – St. Petersburg

British Airways 860 LHR-LED A320

Overnight St. Pete

Tuesday June 25th, St. Petersburg — Vladivostok

Ural Airlines 385 LED-VVO A320 +1 Day

Wednesday June 26th, Vladivostok – Petropavlovsk

Ural Airlines 385 VVO-PKC A320

Thursday June 27th Petropavlovsk – Anchorage — Chicago

Yakuita Air 509 PKC-ANC 737-700

United 1562 ANC-ORD 737-800 +1 Day.

I have to admit that looks kind of fun.

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A week or so ago a tornado ripped through the central United States and Kansas. Your question is well why do I care? Spirit AeroSystems a major supplier has it main facility in Kansas and their plant was damaged in the tornado. Thankfully everyone is safe, however, their ability to supply parts was impacted. They supply the fuselages for the 737 and are a major 787 supplier as well.

The tornado’s effect on the 787 line should be minimal, Boeing already has a huge number of planes being readied in Seattle. However, the potential effect on the 737 line is much higher. Boeing’s 737 line is more like a car assembly line where the line moves continually and Boeing user “Total Resource Management” and “Just In Time” manufacturing techniques to insure they only get parts from suppliers when they need them. Any delay in that supply line could have severe short term and medium term effects.

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