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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK
Replies: 60
Views: 10030

Re: Aeromexico to take legal action against EK

AM has been way too slow in terms of expanding to other cities in Spain. They had their chance years ago, and now this?? C’mon..

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP campaign in USA is receiving bad criticism
Replies: 33
Views: 5828

Re: TAP campaign in USA is receiving bad criticism

Great marketing campaign from TP. Years ago, I remember the Spain Amigo program from IB before they merged with BA. You could stop over in Madrid before flying to a different destination. The fact that TP is doing this is not surprising. Portugal is one of the most underrated destinations in Europe.

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 30, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)
Replies: 167
Views: 26365

Re: Lufthansa Reveals Why It Dropped Yellow From Its Livery (Interview)

Mixed feelings about this. I never saw that color as yellow but goldenrod, which is a huge difference. That said, I love the new tail design. But, as Enilria said, too many airlines use blue, and the new colors do not make the aircraft standout. One idea would have been to scratch the blue and gold ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue May 29, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9962

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29

The colors I guess are OK, but I think the male flight attendants look like bellboys. Not exactly professional looking. I also hate the polka-dotted squares in their jackets. The females are all right. Guess they're trying to look sharp like Virgin, but when you look like Americans do, it doesn't co...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 23, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most domestic flights to get from A to B?
Replies: 6
Views: 697

Re: Most domestic flights to get from A to B?

Three domestic legs often occur when a circuitous routing is cheaper. For example, instead of flying HOU-MCI, you might take HOU-DAL-OKC-MCI, with a fare break in OKC. Of course, that’s not likely to be cheaper, but it could plausibly happen.

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 23, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IL-62 installed on top of hotel at Graz
Replies: 11
Views: 2612

Re: IL-62 installed on top of hotel at Graz

Phenomenal. Very cool idea. Love how they’re preserving an artifact of the Soviet aviation industry.

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by usdcaguy
Mon May 21, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Iberia's Wheelchair double fiasco at MAD
Replies: 3
Views: 532

Re: Iberia's Wheelchair double fiasco at MAD

The issue here is that wheelchair assistants are not as readily available as in the States. In some countries like France and Germany, they seem to have a little more help, but I’ve never seen a skycap in Spain with a wheelchair. I think hiring them is more expensive there as they would get a good m...

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by usdcaguy
Sat May 19, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if the US3 mergers had gone differently?
Replies: 24
Views: 1672

Re: What if the US3 mergers had gone differently?

I used to think that NW should have merged with AS and CO. The cultures seemed very similar, and I think having hubs at SEA/DTW/MSP would have been very profitable. Not sure if MEM would have been kept. CO/NW would have gained a nice network on the west coast as well. It would have been weak in WAS ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 17, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service
Replies: 76
Views: 9739

Re: Aeromexico resumes Barcelona service

What took them so long? Barcelona has been a hot market for at least the past 20 years. Kudos to them, though, for spreading their wings. They at least have a government that supports them and has their back. Much better for the employees of AM.

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 16, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air is gonna resurrect its 747SP ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2757

Re: Iran Air is gonna resurrect its 747SP ?

The Iran Air SPs are iconic. I remember seeing them so many times at many European hubs and thinking I wanted to fly on one of them to Iran. I wonder if there are any problems getting parts due to sanctions or if they have to get them from other existing aircraft.

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 16, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF-KLM, Delta, Virgin Atlantic sign Trans-Atlantic Partnership
Replies: 20
Views: 4448

Re: AF-KLM, Delta, Virgin Atlantic sign Trans-Atlantic Partnership

I’d be curious to know if VS would ever connect London with the continent using their own metal to solidify the partnership. When you think of failed ventures like Virgin Express and Little Red, it’s hard to see a future there, but it would definitely help fill some flights to LHR. If DL/VS have alr...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 16, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 4950

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

You can’t charge an extra 10 Euros without showing up expensive on OTAs and corporate travel platforms. They need to match their published fares as much as possible.

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 16, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What to expect on KLM's HKG-AMS-HAM-AMS-HKG, AMS-JFK-AMS? KLM is a top airline?
Replies: 21
Views: 2265

Re: What to expect on KLM's HKG-AMS-HAM-AMS-HKG, AMS-JFK-AMS? KLM is a top airline?

They’re generally good. Cabin crew are polite if not overly friendly. Gate agents can be tough but are often nice. Planes are generally clean and well maintained. Make sure you get the right seat on their A330’s or you may feel cramped.

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by usdcaguy
Tue May 15, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;
Replies: 98
Views: 14008

Re: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;

So if you are going to discuss DL's contracts with Big Pharma you should also consider their cuts at EWR. Absolutely. Big pharma is mostly close to EWR, so DL has little chance of getting the traffic from PHL. Overall, DL has shown that it does not see transatlantic flights into OA hubs (apart from...

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by usdcaguy
Mon May 14, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;
Replies: 98
Views: 14008

Re: OAG Changes 5/13/2018:UA Swaps EWR/IAD Markets, Many Other Changes!;DL Adds BOS-PHL,Drops JFK-PHL,MCO-MIA;

Wow, no Transatlantic connections via JFK? **DL JFK-PHL OCT 1.0>0 NOV 1.0>0 DEC 1.0>0 JAN 1.0>0 Basically, this means that low season transatlantic fares do not contribute to the comparative profitability of this flight. The aircraft would likely be more useful flying another section to a DL hub. A...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 10, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Did any legacy major airline ever NOT have F/C/Y (one C was established)
Replies: 12
Views: 995

Re: Did any legacy major airline ever NOT have F/C/Y (one C was established)

From what I can tell, NW did not really have a first class that was beyond what they eventually offered in business class. Basically, I do not see where they had anything like TW where they would have had a first class, an Ambassador class and an economy class. It's possible the first class seats be...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 09, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Insider: How major airlines refer to Taiwan
Replies: 17
Views: 2818

Re: Business Insider: How major airlines refer to Taiwan

Is it not problematic that China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau all have separate visa requirements? Seems to me like the important concerns in aviation are customs and border patrol and not political geography, so all those areas are effectively countries if visas are processed separately for each one.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 03, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trends and changes occurring on trans-Atlantic routes (infographics)
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: Trends and changes occurring on trans-Atlantic routes (infographics)

This does not seem accurate at all... on the narrowbody side, according to the chart in 2017, 60+% of traffic was on the A321. Who operates scheduled A321 service across the pond? Most, if not all are operated by 737/757's at least from US. I personally cannot think of any scheduled A321 service, b...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Reservation status code
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: Reservation status code

SA is a code for standby, usually revenue, but it seems more popular in some systems than others.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 21302

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

This is where unfettered capitalism gets in the way of doing the right thing. There needs to be consumer protections in place for situations like this...as there are in Europe. If an airline takes your money and flies you to your holiday destination, they should be legally bound to bring you back. ...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 9098

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

Well DAM is certainly a military target so it being leveled would be appropriate. Airport serves as gateway to endless supply flights from places like Iran and Russia. I wouldnt call anything that happened tonight "Appropriate" - I doubt there is any reason to bomb the airport other than ...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3016

Re: BA Goes Basic

... and Virgin Atlantic does a similar thing and wins “Best European Long Haul Carrier” or whatever it was . British Airways could hand out free tickets with a complimentary 10 carat Diamond and would still be judged as racing to the bottom. People simply expect more from what was a premium carrier.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW 757s remaining in DL Fleet
Replies: 43
Views: 6443

Re: TW 757s remaining in DL Fleet

The TW 757s have allowed DL to fly to a number of markets that would never make sense with a 763, so these are great birds. I personally do not like flying across the Atlantic in coach on a narrowbody, but I do appreciate the additional choice in destinations and extra capacity the 757s provide. I'm...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?
Replies: 45
Views: 5936

Re: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?

Have often wondered about the possibility of running LCA-MLA-EWR in the summer. Unfortunately, even when combining the traffic from two cities, it’s hard to get enough PDEW. Also, most of the US does not live in NYC, and forcing them through EWR seems cruel. Additionally, I believe plenty of America...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United tells pax her bag is too large, despite it fitting
Replies: 85
Views: 9082

Re: United tells pax her bag is too large, despite it fitting

That bag was clearly close enough. The sizer isn’t ideal, either. It should have a top and lock on it. If the top is able to swing over the bag and be locked, then there should be no fee. Otherwise, it should be a no-go. The bag being sized in the video would have likely just barely fit enough to be...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Delta Giving Away Flights to Virgin?
Replies: 6
Views: 1560

Re: Is Delta Giving Away Flights to Virgin?

It doesn’t really matter. DL/VS share revenue across the Atlantic, so they benefit either way. Still, I wonder if the pilots are now working under a new JV clause that allows DL to cut those flights. Some of the 767’s may also be used to fund JFK-LIS/PDL this summer.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman dries her panties under airplane air vent (video)
Replies: 23
Views: 5436

Re: Woman dries her panties under airplane air vent (video)

Yeah way too small for her. But it’s just something you don’t do, regardless. I hope the panties were clean before she lifted them up to the vents...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Change Strategy
Replies: 191
Views: 26948

Re: Sun Country Lays Off 20% of Employees Outsources MSP

Gotta feel sorry for the SY guys at MSP. That will take part of what is left of a good company away.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question: will DL restart JFK-Asia on the A350?
Replies: 17
Views: 2049

Re: Question: will DL restart JFK-Asia on the A350?

The top three are probably Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore with Beijing a close fourth. DL can offer KE to HKG and SIN out of NYC, but it could likely use some sort of flight to HND. Still would seem like a weak offering, though, with nothing to China

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by usdcaguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 214
Views: 17366

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Having been a baggage service agent, I can confirm that passengers, especially East Indian males, can throw terrible tantrums only seen in daycare centers. The guy was wrong for cussing him out. Personally, I would have seen whether we had the bag before sending him back to Hawaiian, but the rules ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 3-Year Old Boy screams for 8-hours on flight.
Replies: 155
Views: 13498

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

Parents aren’t allowed to hit their kids anymore, so you have to take a lot of preventive measures, as they outline in the article. Still a terrible nuisance. They should make parents with kids sit in a predefined “kids’ zone” so the others don’t have to put up with all the screaming.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 214
Views: 17366

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Having been a baggage service agent, I can confirm that passengers, especially East Indian males, can throw terrible tantrums only seen in daycare centers. The guy was wrong for cussing him out. Personally, I would have seen whether we had the bag before sending him back to Hawaiian, but the rules a...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay
Replies: 69
Views: 11619

Re: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay

^^^ This is why I do not want to see G4 come into BNA as a lot of people here seem to want. That's very thoughtful of you to not want an airline to come in that allows an entire segment of people to travel that likely otherwise cannot afford to fly anywhere. How about you just don't fly them if the...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines will seasonally stop flights between the United States and Russia in early September
Replies: 37
Views: 9031

Re: Delta Air Lines will seasonally stop flights between the United States and Russia in early September

It’s quite sad the economy and business climate promised in the early 90’s never materialized for Americans. There was a lot of investment at the time, but I believe much of it eventually evaporated due to corruption. Nobody really does business in Russia anymore unless they’ve a very important, ico...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hypothetical: DL and AA exchange JFK and LGA slots
Replies: 51
Views: 5871

Re: Hypothetical: DL and AA exchange JFK and LGA slots

It would be nice for DL if AA weren’t at JFK, just like it would be nice if BA, LH and LX weren’t there. But what would DL gain at JFK by giving up slots at LGA to AA? They need those slots to serve the markets they can while AA needs the slots at JFK to serve the markets they can. Neither carrier o...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Uniforms for AS
Replies: 54
Views: 7898

Re: New Uniforms for AS

I like the vests and the blazers on the men, but the ties look cheap and almost ruin the uniform. The brown shoes are cute. Love the Dominatrix look on the woman hanging with the men. The women look a little blah. Not sure about the scarves or the little belts and how that would look with all the ba...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 19160

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

Great point that's probably overlooked here and everywhere else. Most of the US is poor, what is it - half the country makes $30k/year or less? Even salaried professionals like teachers don't make much. Not much disposable income left for plane tickets to Mexico or Hawaii for the vast majority. Thi...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK
Replies: 100
Views: 16608

Re: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK

But that's the point I'm making. They're going into a market where they have very little experience and expertise in terms of sales and distribution. If DL are going to assist them by taking a big chunk of the capacity and sell through a DL codeshare then they might have a better chance to make thi...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK
Replies: 100
Views: 16608

Re: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK

There’s no sales agreement, no distribution capacity unless there really is a contract for DL to provide those services. KQ might be better off doing their own thing on this so they can price however they want to fill the plane and sell what they can themselves. SkyTeam affiliation helps win custom...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK
Replies: 100
Views: 16608

Re: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK

Looking at pricing, they offering business class fares at $2,600 roundtrip NBO-JFK-NBO, and $4,700 roundtrip JFK-NBO-JFK, so it's clear where they're looking to make this work. So this route is going to be highly dependent on DL-AF-KL providing a solid sales and distribution capacity for them in th...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 195
Views: 41854

Re: Updated: IAG purchases NIKI

Where are the SkyTeam members in all of this? They appear to be hamstrung in Germany and Austria with little strength, even as a whole. AF/KL seem a little too content to stick with Transavia. Why wouldn’t they want to make a bid? Money issues?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL cuts LAX-YVR and ATL-BCN
Replies: 8
Views: 2124

Re: DL cuts LAX-YVR and ATL-BCN

Doubt ATL-BCN is going away, but I wouldn't be surprised. They'd much prefer that traffic flow over CDG or AMS. Good luck finding a cheap seat.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Donning my "snowflake hat" for a minute, I would argue that a pilot's hat symbolizes patriarchal authority over women. Though women have worn pilots hats for years, they still look as though they have decided to do drag when they wear them as the design of the pilot's hat has traditionall...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: November Traffic & Capacity for Alaska
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: November Traffic & Capacity for Alaska

With the weak fare environment, does AS need to be dumping all this capacity in the market?

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by usdcaguy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Donning my "snowflake hat" for a minute, I would argue that a pilot's hat symbolizes patriarchal authority over women. Though women have worn pilots hats for years, they still look as though they have decided to do drag when they wear them as the design of the pilot's hat has traditionall...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Business class vs economy: how plane food compares on 10 major airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 1939

Re: Business class vs economy: how plane food compares on 10 major airlines

Love the pottery-like dishes in Etihad business as well as the way they did the sauce on the main dish. Pretty healthy too. They even did well in economy.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM pilots will take their caps off
Replies: 132
Views: 22727

Re: KLM pilots will take their caps off

Donning my "snowflake hat" for a minute, I would argue that a pilot's hat symbolizes patriarchal authority over women. Though women have worn pilots hats for years, they still look as though they have decided to do drag when they wear them as the design of the pilot's hat has traditionally...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways, Delta, Japan Airlines in talks with Boeing
Replies: 79
Views: 32752

Re: British Airways, Delta, Japan Airlines in talks with Boeing

Any chance DL might be in talks for replacing their 767s?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French airlines at the dawn of a big bang
Replies: 15
Views: 9536

Re: French airlines at the dawn of a big bang

Corsair could easily be combined with Aigle Azur. Air Austral could be folded into Air France. Air Tahiti Nui and Air Caraibes should stay separate given how far one is from the other.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa shows new Business Class seat
Replies: 71
Views: 22050

Re: Lufthansa shows new Business Class seat

This looks reasonably nice, with some privacy and extra table space for those in the middle. However, there is a LOT of plastic in the cabin, so it looks dull. It would have been better if they had decorated the plastic with a different color or some sort of texture or design. The ability to lower t...

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