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by usdcaguy
Thu May 23, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 20
Views: 3293

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

Why do certain cities only have CDG (CVG, IND & RDU) while others have AMS!? Is it related to the traffic mixture (The Dutch like to go to Florida, French not so much...). While they're at it they should have launched RDU-AMS also as there's actual business traffic in RDU due to tech. Companies...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 15, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 143
Views: 20458

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

As a BA flyer from the US, I would definitely expect tea with my afternoon “tea”. People are already used to having to pay extra for BA, so anything they advertise should be truthful and not give you the impression you’re flying with Easyjet.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big can SWA get in ATL
Replies: 51
Views: 5804

Re: How big can SWA get in ATL

It would be great to see WN expand in ATL, but I don't believe WN's costs are significantly lower than those of DL anymore, so they will continue to limit themselves to markets that are low-hanging fruit (LGA/DCA/LAX/MCO/BNA/HOU, etc.) from a city that has frequent flights to every major market in t...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 19168

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

Great add from UA, though they’ll have trouble getting high fares up front. Corporate traffic to CPT is near zero. One of DL’s problems with CPT in my mind was that the stop in DKR and service from JFK really added to the overall elapsed time from cities besides NYC. Even out of Chicago, it may have...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops
Replies: 73
Views: 7337

Re: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops

AS is a niche carrier compared to the majors. It’s a no frills airline but the staff have that PNW charm and friendliness. I can see how they are at the top. "PNW charm and friendliness" reminds me of the friendliness of the Northwest flight attendants that I used to experience years ago....

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by usdcaguy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14336

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t? Why compare one holiday destination with another one? There are destinations on earth that people go to I will never understand as personally I don’t see any point going there. But thanks god we can choose and we don’t end up all together at ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service
Replies: 96
Views: 20199

Re: British Airways cancels Fort Lauderdale service

Interesting development. I would think a DL 767 on FLL-LGW would do nicely in the absence of other carriers, but my guess is that DL/VS will continue to focus on serving LON out of MIA. Still, it's a good thing for FLL that DY is gone; they've never had enough capacity in their CBP facility to handl...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)
Replies: 61
Views: 14336

Re: Varadero Cuba (you’d think you’re in Canada!)

What does Varadero have that Cancun or Punta Cana don’t?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/31/3019:AV Pulls More Routes;DL Drops SLC-ELP;G4 Adds Intl?;UA Bulks Up 2nd Tier SFO Transcons
Replies: 96
Views: 13810

Re: OAG Changes 3/31/3019:AV Pulls More Routes;DL Drops SLC-ELP;G4 Adds Intl?;UA Bulks Up 2nd Tier SFO Transcons

Previously seasonal *AT BOS-CMN NOV 0>0.4[0] DEC 0>0.4[0] JAN 0>0.5[0] Interesting add. AT has always been very conservative when it comes to its North America service and probably for good reason. Access to Africa in winter should be attractive to some people, though my gut is telling me this will ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is..?
Replies: 13
Views: 2013

Re: The benefit of computer travel agents over humans is..?

Southwest Airlines will propose some interesting routings. For example, they have one schedule that involves flying ATL-SJC with a stop in OAK before changing planes in SNA for SJC. That's enough to get me to take the nonstop to OAK and take the train down. Another one is ONT to ISP via MDW and FLL ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1709
Views: 329869

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I really wish at least one US carrier besides NK would dump the color blue completely from their color scheme (even F9 has it in their uniforms/computerized screens). I love the (very) old CO scheme of gold and black; it looked so clean and crisp. UA would need to update the font, but a simple varia...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat
Replies: 40
Views: 8652

Re: Qatar Airways Announces New Economy Seat

These look incredibly cramped and uncomfortable given the pitch and hard-looking seats. I do like the 13.3 inch monitors, but the rest is atrocious. Why someone would pay to sit in those things for 15.5 hours is beyond me.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL...MCO official announcement
Replies: 79
Views: 8568

Re: EL AL...MCO official announcement

It looks like they're trying to increase their aircraft utilization with once-weekly service to a destination that caters to Israelis. For US-originating pax, the times are terrible. Connections would be difficult, as most of the inbound flights at that time of day are offered by F9 or WN, which don...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 10417

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

When you do not take a connecting flight, you will not have flown the trip you purchased but instead will have flown a trip that you did not purchase. It's a bit like paying for a ring with rubies and then turning around and taking a ring with emeralds that was more expensive. Even if the cost to th...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3689

Re: Top 10 busiest US airports 2018

It’s interesting that CLT now has more movements than SEA. I suppose AA has expanded the hub operation there as the city continues to grow, but Seattle’s importance seems like it should eclipse Charlotte’s with two hubs there. I suppose larger aircraft at SEA may have something to do with it.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year
Replies: 80
Views: 9397

Re: BOG gets USA pre clearance in less than a year

Seems to me that if BOG is getting preclearance, MEX and CUN should be next in line with GDL/MTY/SJD not far behind. If you had preclearance in Mexico, a large number of smaller airports could do away with their own CBP facilities, as often the only international flights are to Mexico.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City
Replies: 143
Views: 23285

Re: Updated - Southwest pulls out of Mexico City

My impressions is that you need to be available in a GDS to make a go of it in Mexico. WN may be still be available in Sabre (and maybe Amadeus now?), but realistically, they would need to have a multichannel strategy whereby agencies can at least access them through a direct connect, and WN would a...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking class letters (why is y economy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2179

Re: Booking class letters (why is y economy)

You have to wonder if "Y" became jet coach class because it's located in the middle of the keyboard and thus easy to use. "J" is also easy to access. Classes like "X", "W", "O" and "N" are newer classes for many carriers, and these happen t...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 11597

Re: US-Russia nonstop flights

From what I gather, it's fine to connect through SVO, and their business class lounges there look nice. They even have a small hotel in the transit area to use if you have one of SU's long layovers, though I'd be tempted to get a visa and head into town. SU has really come a long way in filing throu...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 27599

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

I don’t know the answer but to me they have a lot to offer but up against Delta they will have a battle to fight. Yes, I agree. NYC is a very competitive market, but B6 knew this from the start. There are still enough folks out there that are loyal to B6 in spite of their problems that they still h...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Delta announces JFK-BOM
Replies: 971
Views: 136844

Re: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019

SEA would be a good place to launch a nonstop to India. The tech sector there combined with high traffic flows to places like BLR, HYD and DEL would offer amble opportunity. I don't see NYC being the best place for an India nonstop as there is not nearly as much business traffic and AI already offer...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 27599

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

The idea of B6 becoming a ULCC doesn't sound like a good one to me; they'd only be trashing most of their current yields, and there's no guarantee they'd attract enough incremental passengers on higher-density aircraft to warrant the drop in RASM. Currently, they price at around the same level as or...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France
Replies: 67
Views: 9964

Re: Official: Joon To Be Re-Absorbed Into Air France

Why is it that Level can make this work but not Joon? Sounds like AF may have messed this up somehow and that it wasn't the idea that was bad but rather the management of the idea.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New F9 MCO Announcements!
Replies: 15
Views: 3692

Re: New F9 MCO Announcements!

Sorry, I don't share the same enthusiasm as does the topic poster....as a long time resident, plane spotter and user of MCO for over 40 yrs, the announcement of a low cost carrier increasing A321 service does not sound exciting at all to me.. The days when Aeroflot announced IL-62 service to MCO, S...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New F9 MCO Announcements!
Replies: 15
Views: 3692

Re: New F9 MCO Announcements!

Great to see some new F9 service out of MCO. I hope they schedule the flights so they create connections instead of making all of them P2P.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 250
Views: 27599

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

My experience with B6 has been that they have great staff but that they simply do not hustle. A flight will be late, and you will not see them focusing on getting people seated and the plane pushed back. While much of that may be waiting for bags, things feel sloppy, including the interiors of the p...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 905
Views: 221123

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

To be honest, I do not see how DL would benefit from an investment in AZ apart from the ability to keep it away from LH. DL already has a fairly good network out of Italy, and although AZ is able to provide some feed from its Italian and Eastern European routes, DL is able to cover most of these mar...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Airlines Is Coming to Hilton Head
Replies: 67
Views: 9036

Re: Delta Airlines Is Coming to Hilton Head

As is the case with many smaller airports close to major cities, there may continually be a price advantage people can find by flying into Savannah. Often times, a carrier will price trips into the smaller airport at a higher rate because it optimistically believes it will get a higher rate for prov...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product
Replies: 13
Views: 4820

Re: LATAM Airlines Unveils Stunning New Cabin Product

Business class is the most interesting here. It's not clear how they're going to keep the corrugated plastic around the seats clean, as cleaning crews have only so much time to wipe down each ridge. Another concern is whether it will be possible to lower the armrests of the seats so as to have the m...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?
Replies: 70
Views: 11584

Re: Has Delta Ever Run A Daylight ATL-LHR?

The problem with a daylight ATL-LHR flight is that it wouldn't catch enough connecting traffic from passengers originating from cities over about an hour from ATL. If you look at flights arriving into ATL before 0830, you will notice that, with the exception of redeyes, most all of them come from pl...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures
Replies: 81
Views: 12530

Re: United announces new employee incentive program; focus on D:00 departures

I think complaining about D0 stems from privileged entitlement. There is no way a plane leaving the gate on time is a bad thing. Personally, I hate boarding 20 minutes early then waiting for over 10-15 minutes past departure time for this, that and the other. As a customer, there is nothing better t...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’
Replies: 145
Views: 21529

Re: Brexit: ‘IB wouldn’t be able to fly in Spain in case of no deal’

Legal issues have a way of sorting themselves out, so I sincerely doubt there would be any issues with IB not being able to operate. Worst case scenario would be that IAG sells a percentage of IB to a European partner, but it's not clear it would need to go that far.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.
Replies: 55
Views: 9820

Re: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.

A big part of the problem as I see it is that most American air passengers do not buy travel insurance to help them in the event of a catastrophe like this. People in other countries often book with tour operators who are legally bound to help, but we Americans usually throw ourselves at the mercy ...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees
Replies: 49
Views: 6784

Re: UK Says Airlines Forcing Families Apart to Charge More Fees

I'm afraid we've reached the point where if families want to travel together, they will either need to pay for the opportunity to do so or ensure that one of them is an elite frequent flyer who can call their service desk and have everyone seated together. When you are just an average passenger payi...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.
Replies: 55
Views: 9820

Re: Sun Country passengers stranded in Mexico file a federal lawsuit.

A big part of the problem as I see it is that most American air passengers do not buy travel insurance to help them in the event of a catastrophe like this. People in other countries often book with tour operators who are legally bound to help, but we Americans usually throw ourselves at the mercy o...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country adds DFW-PHX/PSP
Replies: 18
Views: 2878

Re: Sun Country adds DFW-PHX/PSP

These are pretty easy sun markets with AA being the only true competitor on DFW-PSP. I'm still surprised at the lack of LCC service to PSP after all these years.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19
Replies: 42
Views: 8682

Re: Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

It makes you wonder if they need to cut costs somewhere. If their revenue is up, their profits should be up, unless their costs are rising. Fuel is one cost; what about staffing, equipment leases, etc.? My suspicion is that they've maxed out their network and now need to look at trimming unprofitabl...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Releases October A14 Results
Replies: 1
Views: 377

Re: DOT Releases October A14 Results

Very good stats. It looks like the other carriers are catching up with DL. That's a pretty impressive improvement for WN. Still remember the days when some airlines had A14 rates in the 60's.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 21367

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Looks like a DC-9. Not terribly impressive.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 18462

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

And yet somehow Southwest makes money without charging change fees... True, and yet somehow AA/UA/DL make lots of money allowing customers to standby the same day of travel for a nominal fee. Well and I believe all three allow elites to same-day-standby (with varying restrictions) for free. So it's...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: EK cancels A380 for ISB
Replies: 14
Views: 4232

Re: Unconfirmed: EK cancels A380 for ISB

Why wouldn’t they? ISB is like three hours away and they could put in more frequency with smaller aircraft. No need for an A380.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 18462

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

aaflyer777 wrote:
And yet somehow Southwest makes money without charging change fees...


True, and yet somehow AA/UA/DL make lots of money allowing customers to standby the same day of travel for a nominal fee.

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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL return to HKG again?
Replies: 120
Views: 17253

Re: Will DL return to HKG again?

Yeah but who wants to connect via SEA and get on a small domestic plane after arriving on a long flight vs. connect in an international hub through which you can get two international flights with international service? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 17044

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

Is it just me, or are the engines on the 75's particularly prone to failure? Seems like DL has had a number of in-flight emergencies with its 757 engines. You have to wonder if DL is flying them a bit past their prime and should have ordered the A321s earlier. It's just you. A.Net - The 757 is the ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO
Replies: 51
Views: 17044

Re: Delta uncontained engine failure - ATL-MCO

Is it just me, or are the engines on the 75's particularly prone to failure? Seems like DL has had a number of in-flight emergencies with its 757 engines. You have to wonder if DL is flying them a bit past their prime and should have ordered the A321s earlier.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS launches SEA-PIT
Replies: 33
Views: 4219

Re: AS launches SEA-PIT

Smart move on Alaska's part. This should do very well. PIT should have nonstops to all the major hubs like BNA, and SEA is definitely on that list. Rather surprised, though, that DL didn't try this before AS.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Re: Wataniya Airways (Kuwait) suspends operations

You really have to wonder if Kuwait can support a third airline. Having too much competition probably hurts KU, so it would not surprise me if the DGCA is out to get Q9.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH
Replies: 7
Views: 1372

Re: Royal Air Maroc begins ATH

Great going, but they need to ensure the flight arrives back in CMN in time for NYC and YUL, and it can’t require an overnight at the airport. It can be very challenging to offer connections that are competitive with the top 3 JV groups and TK, and carriers like AT or SU sometimes don’t make them as...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATL-WAW route
Replies: 44
Views: 6889

Re: ATL-WAW route

Not a good idea. WAW has hardly any traffic up front. Connections these days are via CDG and AMS. DL is launching a few new routes next year, and that is where the equipment will go. They might relaunch ATL-PRG but I think launching AUS-LHR with VS codeshare might be a better idea as would MSP-FRA.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?
Replies: 59
Views: 6271

Re: The old Northwest Airlines - good place to work?

In my book, it was a very good place to work with much less stress. Not because of the pay, but because of the courteous nature of coworkers and people at the airport in MSP. It felt very professional. Truly wish the merger had never happened, but we all know that it was inevitable.

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