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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: 999

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: 8343

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: 7926

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: 9887

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: 11778

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: 5110

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: 3762

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: 10298

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: 7642

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: 6810

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: 3349

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: 5330

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: 37536

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: 2940

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: 37536

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: 9573

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: 7086

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: 351
Views: 30596

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: 351
Views: 30596

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: 20545

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: 22281

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: 1726

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: 6439

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 Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 460
Views: 106631

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: 13860

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: 6680

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: 13860

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: 14138

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: 28758

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: 2451

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: 68720

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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by flyingcat
Thu May 18, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...
Replies: 46
Views: 9402

Re: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...

Fluff piece, Delta clearly is trying to avoid talk about its recent issues, meltdown, incidents with denied boarding and removing passengers. Internally they view themselves as not UA and AA while everyone else just sees them as more of the same.

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by flyingcat
Thu May 18, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE
Replies: 56
Views: 13620

Re: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE

I fear that the latest scam is continual bridge loans. They will continually state that AZ is viable however it needs another loan to implement a cost cutting plan and make AZ attractive for a buyer. If I were IAG or LH I would get the EU to hold Italy accountable.

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by flyingcat
Thu May 18, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac in talks to acquire Bombardier aviation business stake
Replies: 14
Views: 3489

Re: Comac in talks to acquire Bombardier aviation business stake

So does this mean we should expect a C Series knockoff available for sale in the year 2035???

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by flyingcat
Mon May 15, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 372
Views: 30232

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

D.B. Cooper has decided to come out of hiding and sue Delta for allowing him to jump out of a moving aircraft. Clearly Northwest Orient should have protected all of its passengers from such a calamity and he is suing for compensatory and punitive damages. In addition he is seeking royalty payments t...

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by flyingcat
Mon May 15, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 4990

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

Darn you young people and your technology. I prefer wooden props on my aircraft and want air crews to use a sextant. Now thats the proper way to cross the Pacific in less than a week. :old:

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by flyingcat
Thu May 11, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package

Why are there no ethics clauses included in their employment terms. Entertainment has had them for years it is not unheard of.

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Norwegian faces appeal from US crew over longhaul flights"
Replies: 22
Views: 4302

Re: "Norwegian faces appeal from US crew over longhaul flights"

Your thoughts? I hope that this doesn't mean that they will have to delay the launch of their flights from SWF/BDL/PVD. I hope there is a sensible outcome to the "flags of convenience", in the end run it is the European tax payer that is subsiding this operation as they are missing out on...

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?
Replies: 123
Views: 15308

Re: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?

Actually I reverse my opinion. going through the filing there might be an effort, not ALPA led though, to intimidate pilots. Several have been recorded that there is intimidation and a website was created to call out piliots by name who picked up time

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6622

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

masseybrown wrote:
How soon will they start charging for baggage?


It is now insanely easy to charge for bags in Altea. My hunch is that Southwest will start by charging for the second bag, that way they can still claim bags fly free.

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model
Replies: 702
Views: 94579

Re: Airbus weighs response if Boeing launches new mid-market model

Interesting divergence if Boeing went small widebody and Airbus went extended narrowbody. At the end of the day Boeing will really have to turn things around. Not spend too much in development and price the new airplane at a premium price, plus deliver the aircraft absent the 787 debacle, Airbus A32...

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Norwegian faces appeal from US crew over longhaul flights"
Replies: 22
Views: 4302

Re: "Norwegian faces appeal from US crew over longhaul flights"

No chance, Spicer and Trump seem to be supportive of Norwegian. When you can't stop EK, EY and the rest then there is no point.

Market forces at work in the transatlantic market and the legacies would love to have the same advantage.

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by flyingcat
Tue May 09, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?
Replies: 123
Views: 15308

Re: Spirit Airlines Labor Trouble brewing?

Drudge has now posted two stories with video about the chaos in FLL last night. Expect Spirit to be in damage control mode for the rest of the week. Florida is usually very conservative but the court in the greater MIA area and if the issue is based around needing volunteers to operate the schedule ...

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 126
Views: 17203

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

Dr Dao may end up the loser in the long run. Now he is flush with money and will no doubt be constant TMZ fodder, and as his past has shown he loves sex and gambling. Expect him to be in the news again.

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights
Replies: 58
Views: 7480

Re: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights

Just means more pax will be standby. With WNs liberal change policies not "overbooking" would be financial suicide. Either change policies would be more restrictive going forward or more pax will be given standby status. Something is not right, overbooking is a key financial contributor. ...

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by flyingcat
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 460
Views: 106631

Re: Alitalia Vote for Rescue Plan Failed. What Now?

As usual things are complicated, the Prime Minister has stated to the the press that there will be no nationalization. However the Economic Development Minister insists there will be a bridge loan. Once again the politicians don't want to be the bad guys and are saying no to a bailout just a loan th...

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by flyingcat
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Fakes Hijacking To Avoid Vacation With Girlfriend
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

Re: MAN FAKES HIJACKING TO AVOID VACATION WITH GIRLFRIEND

This would have been a great episode of Catfish

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by flyingcat
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.
Replies: 143
Views: 10458

Re: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.

The United issue was not based on overbooking, that was a company must ride situation that necessitating pulling people off. As to overbooking, one needs to be specific. Overbooking does happens on regular basis industrywide, and does not always result in an oversold situation. Also even when a flig...

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by flyingcat
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown
Replies: 34
Views: 6600

Re: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown

Jim Whitehurst was always much more hands on, Bastian was always much more ambitious about climbing the ladder and enjoying the spoils.

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surf Air ready for Europe launch; plans Embraer Phenom order
Replies: 9
Views: 2776

Re: Surf Air ready for Europe launch; plans Embraer Phenom order

Is there any indications what there margins are?

Europe seems to be set to offer a higher burn rate with larger jet powered aircraft,

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