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by flyingcat
Fri May 26, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Delta Make a Mistake Acquiring the A350 and A330 Neo?
Replies: 135
Views: 18429

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: 2168

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: 51
Views: 17796

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: 8972

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: 41
Views: 8919

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: 3047

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: 176
Views: 16985

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: 3001

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: 2893

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: 4087

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: 14045

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: 6289

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: 157
Views: 17493

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: 4087

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: 14045

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: 104
Views: 12847

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: 7040

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: 274
Views: 57723

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: 1307

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: 144
Views: 9718

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: 6444

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: 2655

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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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 161
Views: 8742

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

I did some research and found it is voluntary. There are at least three airlines operating domestic flights that are not included (and this doesn't count the regionals). If you are not in CRAF you can forget about bidding for the GSA program which cuts you off from Federal employees and the Militar...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 161
Views: 8742

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

CRAF is another political lever. I can't get into too much detail but there was an incident where a small carrier was denied their CRAF certification because someone senior was not an American citizen. The issue is that they used to work at a massive network airline, in a more central role, and ther...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 12694

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

While I don't support any shoving there is one thing that cops and authority figure always forget. There is no expectation of privacy in a public setting, you cannot order someone to delete photos taken of you. I don't agree with the man's method, shoving a camera in someones face is idiotic but the...

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yahoo Industry news about airline business was changed
Replies: 17
Views: 2795

Re: What happened to Yahoo Airline/Aviation news

http://finance.yahoo.com/industry/major_airlines is the replacement than this is another reason their CEO is clueless.
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The screener is not the same, the old page used to show only official press releases from airlines and aviation companies. If http://finance.yahoo.com/industry/major_airlines is the replacement than this is another reason their CEO is clueless.

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by flyingcat
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS
Replies: 86
Views: 7047

Re: IAM Fills Second Petition to Unionize Boeing CHS

Yes, SC is right to work. I want to see the IAM lose. These unions are part of the reason all our jobs are going over the border. Unions are the reason we have a 40 hour work week. Minimum Wage. Health Insurance. Retirement. Diversity in the workforce (Women, African Americans, GLBT folks, etc.) Wi...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing, JetBlue bet on an electric regional airliner
Replies: 40
Views: 6959

Re: Boeing, JetBlue bet on an electric regional airliner

If they could couple this with advancements in automation and flight cabin ergonomics, than single pilot ops could be a reality. I do not believe that it will open up more point to point. Such an aircraft would initially add lost spokes to hub airports.

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Keep DAL
Replies: 100
Views: 12891

Re: Alaska to Keep DAL

What is the real deal with the lie flat product? You come on A.N and the lack of a lie-flat product precludes someone from competing on a trans-con. You don't have lie-flat...don't even bother. You listen to AS upper management and they say that passengers (at least their pax) prefer a traditional ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Keep DAL
Replies: 100
Views: 12891

Re: Alaska to Keep DAL

Can AS/VX trade/deal the LGA and DCA slots to a carrier with the best offer? Originally I would have expected VX to angle for more JFK or EWR slots, now as a combined company without a premium lie flat I have no clue what they may want.
ORD gate?
cash only?
SAN gate?

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by flyingcat
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: And the Oscar goes to.......Delta
Replies: 14
Views: 4150

Re: And the Oscar goes to.......Delta

Woah, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences begs to differ :duck:

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by flyingcat
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN in CA recap
Replies: 53
Views: 5445

Re: WN in CA recap

gregn21 wrote:
How about LAX/SNA-EWR?


Southwest does not operate any traditional transcon pair, other than BWI and the odd EWRSAN and EWROAK. It would be a huge shift in strategy to enter this market

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure
Replies: 54
Views: 11738

Re: Pilots: AA leaving behind standby passengers to improve on-time departure

If this is true, it would kill employee morale across all departments and divisions. AA needs to confront this ASAP before this story gets some legs.

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 109
Views: 19514

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

"And this Château le Blanc '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled! This is room temperature! What do you think we are? Animals?!"

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22296

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Easy to say while he's counting his wad. I think he's been classless through this whole process. "Hey, I love you guys!" to the VX crowd while at the same time VX is putting themselves up to the highest bidder. Due to ownership restrictions he was never allowed to retain majority control....

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22296

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Can someone clarify something for me. I fail to see how any element of VX will survive. Isn't moodlighting standard on the B737 at this point and don't the vast majority of customers utilize blue only. Looks like Alaska was going to do all of this even without acquiring Virgin America. Compared to J...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 170
Views: 12765

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

Given there's not really much of Amtrak remaining, not sure. I doubt small cities even have stops on Amtrak. Actually Amtrak has the inverse problem compared to EAS. Many of the short haul regional trains have enough local support such as Chicago, Boston and others. The issue is the long haul train...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 10225

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

Growing direct sales from 20% to 50%. That is going to be very difficult, maybe they plan on charging like Lufthansa did. Lots of airline/travel leaders will be watching this closely, some will probably sue.

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 170
Views: 12765

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

The state of Alaska gives a portion of oil revenue's to its citizens, why is that not used to pay for air service. Why are the oil companies not handing out discounted 100LL if the growth of towns is due to their influence. Prior to aviation many of this towns got by on hunting and trading and could...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Soda Spill In Main Cabin Causes Diversion To JAX
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Soda Spill In Main Cabin Causes Diversion To JAX

I'm shaking my head trying to think what in the main cabin would necessitate a diversion due to a spilled drink??? The IFE box, USB port?? They all have circuit breakers to prevent shorts. Why did someone mention smoke in the cockpit, was it steam? Very odd story since such a minor event should hard...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16223

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

jumbojet when you are right, you are right. Like that incident with QR and the Fox Theater. Clearly Fox Theater is a shoddy decrepit operation, a aging broken symbol that Delta in its wisdom pulled its support. I hear if Jetblue has Chick-fil-A at the launch, Delta will pave over the Dwarf House and...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16223

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

The timing is key that something strange occurred. Jetblue makes it clear that they need to set up facilities. Why would B6 scope and plan for E space and ATL say nothing up until the last moment. If the agreement is in writing than ATL is ripe for a lawsuit. I'm still not convinced DL is not doing ...

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by flyingcat
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16223

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

It seems like ATL is going back on their word which is a big deal in new service deals. B6 wanted an E or F gate as a prerequisite and ATL said sure. Now three weeks before service starts they suddenly cannot accommodate them. Delta has already made clear the extent they will go to block a competito...

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by flyingcat
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Launches Divested AM/DL, MEX/JFK Slot Award Case
Replies: 101
Views: 13669

Re: DOT Launches Divested AM/DL, MEX/JFK Slot Award Case

jfklganyc wrote:
Hey LGB City Council...paying attention yet?


LGB politicians and NIMBY's think that this is proof that every flight will be an A380 unless they stop it.

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA
Replies: 95
Views: 17464

Re: Harrison Ford in Near Miss at SNA

TMZ has now posted a photo clearly showing Harrison Ford landing on the taxiway Charlie so this is no longer an allegation but a confirmed incursion. http://ll-media.tmz.com/2017/02/16/0216-harrison-ford-landing-tmz-7.jpg http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/16/harrison-ford-plane-landing-photo/ Bottom line i...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 6281

Re: Essential Air Service Program

The problem with cutting this is that there is that too many in both parties are dependent on EAS to deliver accolades with the voters in their districts. I'm not sure there is enough pull in Congress to pull this away entirely. However there might be enough to modify it. Increasing the minimum mile...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA leader leaves for UA
Replies: 29
Views: 7044

Re: Another AA leader leaves for UA

Nocella was one of the few senior people at pre merger US that was kept in the merger with HP. He handled RM at pre merger US more than a decade ago and the market has changed a lot since he had the reins, he will not doubt look to change RM leadership next. I guess combined with Kirby they should b...

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part
Replies: 188
Views: 21239

Re: Emirates Says Flight Was Delayed After Delta Withheld $300 Spare Part

Policy is one thing, but when the part is already installed it's too late to take back your mistake.

Looks like the big D stands for something else these days, of course the Fox Theater found that out already.

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by flyingcat
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday
Replies: 143
Views: 21349

Re: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday

So his B757 pilot is going to head FAA If he was an ALPA member they might go for it :duck: Seriously though Southwest has advocated making ATC a non profit entity separate from the FAA. Maybe an actual ops person would be best. The current head of the FAA only has experience managing outsourced ai...

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by flyingcat
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Profit Drops On Higher Cost
Replies: 18
Views: 2242

Re: Spirit Airlines Profit Drops On Higher Cost

Spirit is clearly reeling from the loss of passengers with cleavage bound for Florida and Dr. Phil guests.

Sometime I wonder if Spirit realizes who is flying them.

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