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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 576
Views: 151186

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

"Italian media claim that Lufthansa has lowered the number of aviation jobs it wants removed to 4,000 of the current 8,400. Previously it had planned on 6,000 redundancies." Even a compromise on layoffs is going to really sting for Alitalia's current workforce. As much as I loathe layoffs,...

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by flyingcat
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 652
Views: 100991

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Pardon my ignorance but is this Southwest's first-ever fatality? *edit, I know the 2005 Midway incident result in one death but it was not a passenger. Due to an inflight accident, yes this is the first. There was an incident in 2000 where an unstable man broke into the cockpit and was subdued and ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash
Replies: 32
Views: 7312

Re: Reward for fugitive mechanic in Valujet 592 crash

If he had never fled he likely would have avoided incarceration like the other employees but he choose to run and made a bad decision worse. Usually the FBI watches the family, I'm surprised they have not tracked him that way. Either he has totally abandoned his kids, or they are frequently on ATL-S...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations
Replies: 37
Views: 8055

Re: DOT Fines Qantas - Cabotage Violations

I wonder what AA's view is on this, on one hand QF is valuable partner, on the other hand it is revenue that should have been on AA metal.

I wonder if they played innocent and alerted the DOT, how else do you think they found out about it.

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by flyingcat
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines announces service between LAX and Buenos Aires
Replies: 55
Views: 9342

Re: American Airlines announces service between LAX and Buenos Aires

Unless I am mistaken AR historically flew the route with a tech stop in the 747 and nonstop with the 340 but I thought I recalled some tech stops occurring seasonally even though it was listed as nonstop.

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines female co-pilot claims male pilot drugged and raped her
Replies: 173
Views: 5558

Re: Alaska Airlines female co-pilot claims male pilot drugged and raped her

Pure conjecture but it here are two major things that stand out for me. 1. She never reported the incident to police initially but then once she was presented evidence that Alaska compiled she realized it was rape. She was under the impression that reporting it to AS and the union would be enough. S...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss
Replies: 91
Views: 12825

Re: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss

Did this actually occur? Warning pilots about a financial shortfall ahead of the general public is insanely illegal.

Has anyone heard of the SEC?!

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 12934

Re: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.

Ultimately the parents are best aware of what it takes to calm their children down. My kids are not screamers but my youngest can also be calmed easily with an iPad. It looks like they did not take into account that they needed wifi for streaming, however this is incredibly shortsighted. A prepared ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9423

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Technically SFO could, in theory, fill in more land, but the tradeoff is that they must restore an equal amount of wetland elsewhere. The restrictions were made to not seem like outright ban but the effect is just the same. As for the costs in general, I think the outright graft is reaching a tippin...

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by flyingcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.
Replies: 37
Views: 3861

Re: ONT taking design bids for their new International terminal.

Wasn’t ONT a booming airport at one time? Seems like there is so much potential. What happened? (I’m just looking for a quick summary, not a debate that hijacks the thread). The financial crisis of 2007-2008 hit the Inland empire acutely. The area rode high on real estate values and has taken time ...

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by flyingcat
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18509

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

Q1 generally is the worst month for most transatlantic airlines, especially January. The smart move would be to cut back or reallocate frequencies and ramp back up later otherwise you dig a deep hole that has to be filled by the peak Q3. The issue with LCCs is that there is a huge aversion to avoid ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7295

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

I would counter that unlike in Europe the US has yet to embrace a tertiary airport mode in a point to point system that Ryanair has championed. Skybus tried but having an author as CEO and using CMH as a hub were huge mistakes.

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by flyingcat
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17137

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

When I was in my youth, IBM annually removed 5% of their white collar people, the least useful 5%. Microsoft had similar termination quotas that severely affected their standing similar to Boeing's issues Management tended to fire those who thought out of the box or were critical of timelines. This...

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by flyingcat
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TV crew arrested at EWR smuggling fake bomb to film TSA reaction
Replies: 20
Views: 4490

Re: TV crew arrested at EWR smuggling fake bomb to film TSA reaction

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/01/9_arrested_at_newark_airport_were_part_of_reality.html There are differing stories from TSA and the passengers. The passengers say the luggage was a prototype for vacuum compression luggage. TSA believes that the group were trying to get an IED through. TSA ...

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 44629

Re: Power outage in ATL

Does this mean that their no cancellation streak is over??? :duck:

They might add an asterisk and have it exclude cancellations caused by non Delta stuff :idea: :twisted: :praise:

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by flyingcat
Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH
Replies: 99
Views: 35728

Re: Qatar A321 destroyed by fire at DOH

I am curious, with an internal fire. How much better things would have been had the maintenance occurred inside a hangar with a proper fire suppression system.

Are there hoses in place on the maintenance ramp for fire??

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by flyingcat
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms
Replies: 33
Views: 8183

Re: DL JFK-SEA makes unplanned stop due to bathrooms

Let's act like adults, now my question is what kind of food were they serving on this flight. Did they hand out free Metamucil samples in the boarding area? Is Gate Gourmet having a special on chili con carne? Did they run out of blue juice? How much "displacement" (weight and volume) can ...

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by flyingcat
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC
Replies: 40
Views: 7213

Re: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC

So they raise money to by the AOC and then surprise they need to back out. I'm sure they gave themselves all a bonus finders fee and will give themselves a good governance bonus as well. At least Avatar airlines branched out into opening up a medical clinic. It was probably unlicensed and would bill...

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by flyingcat
Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best time to redeem your AA AAdvantage miles
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

Re: Best time to redeem your AA AAdvantage miles

331 days may be the window at which it's possible to book but as they control all inventory they may never release cheap award seats for certain high demand flights. Getting an award is based on how good or bad the inventory analyst is at managing the flight.

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does SFO have a flawed design?
Replies: 45
Views: 8877

Re: Does SFO have a flawed design?

When LAX wanted to separate the northern runways many NIMBY communities lobbied against it but all this was swept aside when a federal report specifically mentioned that for safety reasons it was necessary to complete. Is there any such clause on filling in the bay that allows for safety considerati...

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "
Replies: 40
Views: 8150

Re: Alex Cruz " vows to make BA a premium carrier again "

Alex Cruz be like https://i.imgur.com/Fh6TgJt.png This should be the official BA cap! Am I the only one however who sees this as wishful thinking. LCC penetration is increasing and I'm not sure they can put the genie back in the bottle. Maybe Premium options with everything a la carte, but the old ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10447

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

With JetBlue supposedly starting TATL service from the east coast soon, and if AS should ever start TPAC from the west coast, a merger between the two would truly create a powerhouse of an airline. It would be a blockbuster to see such a combo, with huge transatlantic and transpacific potential. Ex...

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by flyingcat
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian AIr Argentina: final list of routes authority requested
Replies: 58
Views: 12678

Re: Norwegian AIr Argentina: final list of routes authority requested

Is a liberalized air market causing anyone to revisit a dedicated rail link between Buenos Aires and EZE??? how about AEP?

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by flyingcat
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier
Replies: 53
Views: 5470

Re: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier

While I understand the that many FAs are the authority on many things they should stop on anything not involving inflight service. I don't see this as necessarily a political topic but more of a bossy person not knowing when to keep their mouth shut. Besides many were doing it out of a sign of respe...

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by flyingcat
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?
Replies: 41
Views: 3909

Re: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?

Perhaps they could market it like Ryanair would, as Lakeland - Orlando West/Tampa East Airport

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA
Replies: 20
Views: 10459

Re: Tommy Lee's Mile High Adventure on AA

highflier92660 wrote:
It should be noted that Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's sex tape was made a long time ago when both had many less airframe hours and cycles.


It should be noted that Pamela blames Tommy for contracting Hepatitis C. AA should douse the entire lav in bleach.

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by flyingcat
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UBS predicts pilotless cargo flights by 2025
Replies: 135
Views: 10698

Re: UBS: Pilotless planes ‘could save airlines $35bn’

Once single-pilot planes would prove human being at controls is a redundant element, we may talk about going pilotless.. Completely agree, single pilot ops should be the next step. There are so many instances where good software design can improve cockpit efficiency. Radio interaction, autopilot co...

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by flyingcat
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 48
Views: 6985

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

Two disruption possibilities come to mind, first there is a lot of potential selling unused corporate or private jet space, ideally passengers would have to be vetted, and given the earning power of jet owners its possible no one wants to share their plane and does not need the actual revenue. The o...

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3406

Re: T100: CUBA Load Factors Through Jan 2017

One odd observation, generally all network carriers did better in Florida and improved over time, with the exception of Southwest.

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by flyingcat
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA flight returns to DFW when drunk woman slaps FA, hits cockpit door
Replies: 21
Views: 5422

Re: AA flight returns to DFW when drunk woman slaps FA, hits cockpit door

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/doctor-dra ... s-for-sex/
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bennett123 wrote:
Dr Dao was not drunk and did not assault anyone.


Quite true, his preferences are Vicodin and meeting up with his male office manager at the local Red Carpet Inn, far more civil.

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/doctor-dra ... s-for-sex/

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by flyingcat
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th
Replies: 312
Views: 38160

Re: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th

AWACSooner wrote:
So where are the planes coming from this suddenly to account for this mass increase?


That's the key question, PGD is already gone and it looks like the flights have shifted back to RSW. There are undoubtedly cuts but so far that's all I have found.

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by flyingcat
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue pilot union/B6ALPA files for mediation with NMB
Replies: 27
Views: 3113

Re: JetBlue pilot union/B6ALPA files for mediation with NMB

I have always been confused about market rate vs carrier positioning. If a carrier focuses on a market they do well in but tdo not have the ROI of a network carrier like DL, should they pay comparable rates. Many years ago, US pilots wanted rates equivalent to DL, yet they had nowhere near the same ...

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by flyingcat
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th
Replies: 312
Views: 38160

Re: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th

I'm both amazed and confused.

The P2P is clearly to look for the weak spots where OD demand exists for an alternative carrier however for many years F9 reiterated that DEN focus was a three way battle not worth the time or money. Yet they seem to be retrenching

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman Ditches Bullets In Haneda Trashcan And Gets Detained
Replies: 87
Views: 9787

Re: Woman Ditches Bullets In Haneda Trashcan And Gets Detained

Somewhere in Tokyo, in the bowels of an Onsen, a Yakuza boss is cursing that the rare bullets for his American gun did not arrive!

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by flyingcat
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates America ? is that possible?
Replies: 35
Views: 7184

Re: Emirates America ? is that possible?

dtw2hyd wrote:

#1 CEO has to be American



As Fred Reid found out the DOT felt he was not American enough.

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by flyingcat
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?
Replies: 412
Views: 36328

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?

A friend of mine who is airport ops at PIE assured me they might be getting a long haul intl flight, I was rather skeptical on that nor would I guess who it could be. TPA getting Air Transat was interesting. PIE may get a big boost if the caps on the Passenger Facility Charge come off. Smaller airp...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?
Replies: 412
Views: 36328

Re: What's Next For TPA (Route Wise)?

Amazon (PrimeAir) just started ABE and PHX routes today, as well. From TPA? Its makes sense since it can serve both warehouses in Ruskin and Lakeland and they are roughly equidistant from TPA. Otherwise PIE might have been better but why serve 2 airports for two warehouses when you can consolidate ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL releases anti-ME3 video
Replies: 196
Views: 20968

Re: DL releases anti-ME3 video

Speaking of breaking the law, the video does not have subtitles as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires all videos online from U.S. public transportation company websites to provide subtitles for the hearing impaired. http://www.3playmedia.com/2015/02/17/legal-requirements...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service
Replies: 78
Views: 22695

Re: Comac ARJ21 Enters Service

China is better than this, as they have proven with the C919. Stop stealing other people's designs. You do know that the C919 looks like an Airbus and ironically Airbus built an assembly facility in Tianjin in 2014 to secure further orders in China. So in may ways China is just following the same M...

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by flyingcat
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport T3 and T5 baggage systems failure today
Replies: 9
Views: 1773

Re: Heathrow Airport T3 and T5 baggage systems failure today

Guess no one got around to downloading the patch for Windows XP. Did they fill out a ticket?

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by flyingcat
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina
Replies: 44
Views: 6673

Re: List of routes requested by Norwegian Argentina

JUJ! Wow they are ambitious.

AR currently is the dominant one with three daily flights. Andes would probably bow out with only one frequency Mon-Fri

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by flyingcat
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 576
Views: 151186

Re: Etihad to deepen its ties with Alitalia

There's a sucker born every minute.

Please Etihad guarantee all investment with EY assets.

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by flyingcat
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17030

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

USPIT10L wrote:
SABRE is based in TUL. You saw the AA training complex, which is, in a word, massive.


The servers are in Tulsa but the company is headquartered in Southlake and has other support centers all over the world.

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by flyingcat
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former WN 733s become air tankers
Replies: 29
Views: 6748

Re: Former WN 733s become air tankers

Am I the only once concerned with having such a high cycle airframe perform water drops. The C130 crashes come to mind or is the 737 a more resilient frame?

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by flyingcat
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 98
Views: 17030

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

The major issue is that QIK is in severe need of UI improvements and additional capabilities for non standard events.

Generally GDS users are moving off of native due to training issues. Most large agencies don't use native interfaces any longer.

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by flyingcat
Wed May 31, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future Hubs: Where could it happen?
Replies: 120
Views: 14432

Re: Future Hubs: Where could it happen?

Outside of MIA with huge OD, the pricing environment in Florida is an issue for any prospective hub. Could MCO be a hub yes, but the yields are not great. I still believe that the next move is not new hubs but someone attempting to infiltrate a current hub. ORD, DFW and ATL all have tremendous room ...

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by flyingcat
Fri May 26, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL acquire the A350 and A330 Neo?
Replies: 149
Views: 33002

Re: Did Delta Make a Mistake Acquiring the A350 and A330 Neo?

Here's the thing that everyone forgets about efficiency. Priice discounts, seating capacity, length of ownership, depreciation, commonality savings. We could all have cars that are far more efficient but if it costs more than our house than there is no point. Boeing and Airbus always have to balance...

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by flyingcat
Wed May 24, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal
Replies: 31
Views: 2585

Re: APN (Alpena County Airport) Alpena Michigan gets new multi million dollar terminal

Why does an airport with only two CRJ flights a day need a restaurant and bar?????

If they are smart and think like a Ferengi I would make all gate seating inside the restaurant.

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by flyingcat
Tue May 23, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory
Replies: 236
Views: 69394

Re: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory

Basically, they believe they can fill fewer seats with higher fares. There is only one problem with this plan. Level, Norwegian and ME3 are continuing to erode yields for all transatlantic carriers. Other legacies clearly are second guessing aggressive international plans and focusing on domestic e...

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