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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: 20258

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: 16087

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: 3940

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: 16087

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: 79
Views: 8298

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: 16461

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: 16461

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: 3923

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: 941

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: 1240

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: 6367

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: 5656

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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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just How Close Was U.S. Airways to Shutting Down in 2004-2005?
Replies: 77
Views: 10261

Re: Just How Close Was U.S. Airways to Shutting Down in 2004-2005?

It was extremely close. HP saved them. They were hemorrhaging cash at the time, and talent was fleeing the company. They had also laid off many people well before the merger, and if HP hadn't made an offer, they would have closed up shop about the same time. Ultimately, that merger saved a lot of US...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SKG Proposed new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 4923

Re: SKG Proposed new routes

Why is there no SKG-BCN? Rather surprising that Vueling isn't doing that one.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21
Replies: 24
Views: 4451

Re: Syrian Arab Airlines To Order Irkut MC-21

So basically, this might be a replacement for one of the A320s, as it's about the same size. I will admit that the MC-21 looks very nice and just as modern as a Boeing or Airbus aircraft. However, I haven't heard of many other airlines ordering it. Kind of fascinating that Russia is back in the mid-...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?
Replies: 31
Views: 3670

Re: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?

Much the business between DFW and SEA/BOS/RDU comes from traffic originating in DFW, which will likely always be loyal to AA. DFW-SEA would theoretically be a possibility since SEA is a "hub" for Delta, but there's already too much competition in that market.

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by usdcaguy
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gay couple allegedly bumped for straight couple...
Replies: 344
Views: 27532

Re: Gay couple allegedly bumped for straight couple...

Part of the problem with discrimination is that you never know when it's going to rear its ugly head. Most discrimination is not this overt; it can involve being passed over for promotion, being laid off first, being talked down to by a superior or simply not getting the support you need from cowork...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAROM future fleet
Replies: 34
Views: 6260

Re: TAROM future fleet

The leasing of the RJs makes total sense from economic perspective. They may also be used for domestic service within Romania. The problem with the ATRs is that they cannot compete against the jets that others (particularly the LCCs) may run into Romania and are a little too small for services into ...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta
Replies: 121
Views: 12296

Re: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta

I can see where it would be nice to have an airport that served the NW burbs and Athens, but I see a second airport in that area struggling. Doesn't AHN already exist? I wonder if F9 or G4 could start service to the popular Florida markets, like TTN, and if advertised well, maybe attract some passe...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta
Replies: 121
Views: 12296

Re: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta

I can see where it would be nice to have an airport that served the NW burbs and Athens, but I see a second airport in that area struggling. People want the cheapest flight possible, and they want nonstop service. If flights from the second airport were too few and far between, people might experien...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-ORD
Replies: 85
Views: 9330

Re: Delta adds RDU-ORD

The difference here being that DL lacks the footprint in PHL, ORD, EWR (LGA/JFK is for others), DCA and SFO that AA/UA have. Their big hubs at ATL/DTW/MSP simply do not have the same O&D demand. They also have no Texas hub. As a result, DL has had to fill in with nonstops where possible if it w...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l Routes that are underserved/not served
Replies: 93
Views: 6055

Re: Int'l Routes that are underserved/not served

STL/MCI-LHR on AA/BA
AUS-AMS on KL
AUS-ICN on KE
ATL-CPH on DL
MOW-ORD on SU
BLR-SFO on UA
SJC-AMS on KL
BJX-SAT on AM
BJX-ORD on UA
ELP-MEX on AM

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-ORD
Replies: 85
Views: 9330

Re: Delta adds RDU-ORD

How many markets now does DL consider focus cities? AA and UA may want to consider their hub only approach while there’s still markets that can support a viable focus city. At some point WN, the ULCCs and DL will have market penetration too strong for AA and UA to get a foothold. WN, the ULCCs and ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?
Replies: 112
Views: 20104

Re: Virgin Atlantic network going downhill?

CUN was said to be profitable, and yet it was cut too. No idea why they would cut a strong VFR route like that. CUN is not VFR; it’s a tour operator market like Gran Canaria. While it’s surprising VS is pulling out, they likely cannot get premium revenue up front in that market. Most of the busines...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)
Replies: 38
Views: 6316

Re: IBERIA´s New Cabin and Ground Crew Uniform (2019)

Not that impressive. The women's shirts look really old-fashioned, and I don't get the jumpsuit on the far left. Is that for men? If so, that's going to look terrible. I do like the red and gold accents on the jackets, however. Meanwhile, I do think we should shift away from ties, skirts and dresses...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 11632

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

I’m surprised how short some of these routes are, like CHI-ATL/NYC and ATL-MIA. Unless I wanted my employees burning cash, I think I’d prefer them to take one of the majors first class in those markets. $660 is sky-high to travel from ATL to MIA for 1h45m.

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA not resuming OAK
Replies: 61
Views: 9225

Re: BA not resuming OAK

Seems like there would be other cities that would be more viable than another San Francisco airport, but they already fly to most major metropolitan areas in the US with business links. What about PIT?

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN's refusal to look at PSP
Replies: 52
Views: 6739

Re: WN's refusal to look at PSP

With 'up to' 37 flights a day at ONT 71 miles away by toll-free interstate highway I don't think WN needs to rationalize its choice for the OP or mayor. What airports would they serve from PSP? Why? From what big WN cities could they plausibly fly? A few ideas: DAL, DEN, PHX, HOU, PDX or AUS They h...

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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: 10177

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: 5937

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: 179
Views: 31562

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: 10119

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: 726

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: 2678

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: 558

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: 1747

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: 9882

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: 2827

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: 4497

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: 5003

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: 2353

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: 14163

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: 14163

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: 1045

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: 2869

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: 1481

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: 762

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: 21591

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: 9190

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: 3119

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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