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by usdcaguy
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US-Russia nonstop flights
Replies: 80
Views: 10920

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: 224
Views: 21357

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: Delta to serve Mumbai nonstop in 2019
Replies: 666
Views: 83134

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: 224
Views: 21357

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: 9592

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: 3567

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: 3567

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: 224
Views: 21357

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: 805
Views: 195972

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: 8684

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: 4613

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: 11233

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: 12240

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: 124
Views: 17129

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: 9673

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: 6656

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: 9673

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: 2809

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: 8548

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: 366

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: 21116

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: 17910

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: 4161

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: 17910

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: 8881

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: 16919

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: 16919

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: 4157

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: 993

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: 1325

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: 6718

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: 6079

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: 10759

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: 5281

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: 29
Views: 5802

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: 3818

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: 28677

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: 6390

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: 12589

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: 12589

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: 9542

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: 6293

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: 9542

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: 20632

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: 6505

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: 11879

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: 9308

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: 6846

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: 10234

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: 5989

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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