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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: 24
Views: 2238

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: 26539

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
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL
Replies: 14
Views: 3382

Re: Alitalia launches Daily FCO-DEL

One might think they are not in the middle of insolvency, or whatever it is that they are in. Didn´t AB announce new routes just moments before it really got ugly too? Yes they did. A number of them. I guess you have to have something to do until your fate is decided. I really hope AZ survives. It ...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: I don't get the hate for AA - recently had a nice experience in Y
Replies: 14
Views: 1342

Re: I don't get the hate for AA - recently had a nice experience in Y

Not a bad carrier. I've flown them a few times recently, and we were pretty much on time, the agents were pretty laid back and the hard product was decent. That said, DL flight attendants seem more professional. Have not had the chance to fly MCE yet. AA in my book is still better than WN, which alw...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta increases profit sharing
Replies: 21
Views: 3929

Re: Delta increases profit sharing

How much of this is Delta trying to give the flight attendants less of a reason to organize?

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by usdcaguy
Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are chances LGU (Logan, UT) gets air service?
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: What are chances LGU (Logan, UT) gets air service?

Why wouldn't DL do a bus add if UA does that to certain towns in CO from DEN? It would arguably be more efficient and cheaper to have a DL office in Logan with a bus stop and check-in facilities. I know that wouldn't happen anymore, it's just nice to think outside the box, like they used to do 30 ye...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights
Replies: 192
Views: 25864

Re: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights

The LAX-AMS/CDG add seems pretty small and not particularly impactful. LAX is a challenging market for DL, as the flag carriers are the ones who always get that business. Meanwhile, I don't understand why they pulled SVO entirely. I guess more AMS/CDG makes more sense, but SVO was one of the last tw...

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by usdcaguy
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY
Replies: 39
Views: 7956

Re: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY

*DL ATL-LOS MAR 0.6>0.5 APR 1.0>0.6 *DL JFK-LOS MAR 0>0.1 APR 0>0.4 Interesting turn of events. I'm sure there is demand for JFK-LOS, but it's hard not to think that taking ATL-LOS to less than daily is a sign they are having a hard time driving yield. One thing to consider is that JFK-ACC has been...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 4480

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Never left the plane: DKR

Never left the airport: ZRH, NRT, TLV

A couple of exceptions: visited FRA and MEM only as a teenager, visited MEX only once when I was 7, have only seen the parts of CLT close to the airport

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22296

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I'm incredibly curious as to why, in a multi-carrier deal like this, AZ is nowhere to be found in the investment chain. Yes, that would be a bad decision, but their JV flights are quite valuable to the group. I wouldn't be surprised if FR does end up buying AZ short-haul routes with the DL JV invest...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 50
Views: 12581

Re: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier

It remains to be seen what will become of the carrier. The introduction of Level is quite interesting in that it theoretically competes with service via LHR. Perhaps the future is for BA to become a true LCC itself and throw in the towel on premium service. No reason why the bankers couldn't live wi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 11244

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

Interesting quotes. It might be easier to have one airline instead of two.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million
Replies: 66
Views: 10559

Re: Jet Airways in talks with Delta to sell up to 24% stake for around $310 million

The writing was on the wall when 9W hired Vinay Dube away from Delta. It's a natural fit for 9W and DL to work closely and in the near future invite 9W into Skyteam. I've heard that KLM, DL and 9W all working together in AMS has been a huge success. I could see better traffic in AMS than CDG. BLR a...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France will launch Atlanta from Guadeloupe and Martinique
Replies: 94
Views: 18149

Re: Air France will launch Atlanta from Guadeloupe and Martinique

BN727227Ultra wrote:
Why stop at Guadeloupe and Martinique? ATL-RUN! I'd buy a ticket...


Are you kidding?? That's impossibly far. You'd need to schedule an extra week of vacation just to recover from sitting in a plane for over 17 hours.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada named best airline in North America
Replies: 77
Views: 8625

Re: Air Canada named best airline in North America

The people I've dealt with at AC were very professional, like the agents used to be in the US. You do get the impression they are a legacy carrier, but I've had good experiences with them. Their "best" award does not surprise me.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"
Replies: 49
Views: 5884

Re: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"

With a name like "The Public Theater", safe to assume that it's anything but. And since I'd not heard of it beforehand, also safe to assume that its audience is like-minded New Yorkers who plan their leisure time around getting their worldview reinforced. I seriously doubt that the theate...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"
Replies: 49
Views: 5884

Re: DL Pulls Sponsorship of Julius Caeser Performance Calling It "Trump-like"

Delta is free to do what it wants with its giving, but pulling sponsorship without first considering the merits of artistic license seems a little unsophisticated. The majority of New Yorkers love seeing their entertainers mock Trump, and if Delta is to be New York's airline, it should remember that.

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by usdcaguy
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 92
Views: 9251

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Best in North America: IAD, DTW and MDW, mostly due to nice facilities and food outlets. Worst: JFK (bus rides just to change gates and clueless staff), MSP (long walks, excessive carpeting), PHL (delays, confusing airport layout). Europe: Best are AMS, FRA and BCN due to ease of transfer. Worst are...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30094

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

IND to ATL is maybe an hour's flying time with multiple flights daily. I agree it's far less attractive than a nonstop to Schiphol, but IND would require a very small plane to be profitable, and I don't think the 757 or A321 could do it. 757 could do it just fine. Delta's CVG-AMS was a 752 in its l...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30094

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

Either way the question becomes, if you are flying USA-HUB-EUR.... is it better to have the hub in the US or in Europe? So, the real question is, if a majority of the pax on a plane are connecting somewhere..., where is it that makes the most sense to make that connection? For a one-stop travel, It...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?
Replies: 310
Views: 30094

Re: Which second-tier US cities can support Trans-Atlantic Flights?

RDU with AA to LHR and DL to CDG Those cities already have enough service (ATL already has flights to many points in Europe, Asia and Africa), though RDU might be able to use a flight to AMS on DL. RDU is not a tourist destination, so DY is not likely to fly there. Otherwise, I could see BUF benefi...

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by usdcaguy
Fri May 26, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 12055

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

I know this has been discussed before but with the Air Berlin and Alitalia experiments collapsing, Qatar in One World, could this be a sign that EY is joining Star Alliance? EY seems like it may need to be in an alliance as they don't have the economy of scale to compete with EK. I think UA could u...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 24, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination
Replies: 35
Views: 6455

Re: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination

WN did not show the luv here. With three small kids and a grandmother, they're a family. To tell a gay couple that they are not a family is hurtful, pure and simple. Perhaps WN has a rule about "one adult, one child", but they could have said, "Sorry, Sir, only one adult per child&quo...

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by usdcaguy
Sat May 13, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Makes SEA Better Than NRT For Delta
Replies: 154
Views: 16174

Re: WHAT MAKES SEA BETTER THAN NRT FOR DELTA

Yes, I tend to agree with this assessment. But I also believe NRT can continue to be an important cog in Delta's network. How? By continuing to use NRT as a hub to fly important routes to Tier 1 cities in Southeast Asia, and to other Tier 2 cities in the region, such as SGN, CGK, KUL, as well as in...

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by usdcaguy
Sat May 13, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 31042

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Beyond 2020, when every 50 seater out there is approaching 15-20+ years of service the cost of engine and airframe overhauls will render them uneconomical. However, the utilization (cycles and hours) per frame of the 50 seaters is way down from what it 5 years ago, and they've cycled some frames ou...

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by usdcaguy
Fri May 05, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling With a Handgun
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

Re: Traveling With a Handgun

What are people doing traveling with a handgun?? They're just asking for problems.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 04, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 23030

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight for overbooking

People do not understand that they are not buying a seat on the airplane. They are buying some vague promise of transportation from an air carrier that may or may not materialize. So, basically, you may have a "reservation", but really you, yourself, just have a way of getting on said flig...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 03, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA at Hobby
Replies: 22
Views: 3321

Re: AA at Hobby

The problem is that AA can easily serve most markets in demand from HOU via DFW. I do think a nonstop to ORD might be beneficial for greater access to the upper Midwest, but I don't believe they've ever had HOU-ORD, and there's too much competition from WN via MDW.

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by usdcaguy
Mon May 01, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems for Great Lakes
Replies: 29
Views: 5837

Re: More problems for Great Lakes

Preparation for bankruptcy?

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If all airlines gained 5th freedom rights in all countries...
Replies: 20
Views: 3266

Re: If all airlines gained 5th freedom rights in all countries...

A good example would be US/CA transborder flying. If AC were able to fly to SEA, drop off passengers, then fly on to PDX, it would potentially harm AS and DL as they would be dumping more capacity on the market between SEA and PDX. Likewise, if US carriers did the same between YOW and YUL, it might ...

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR
Replies: 52
Views: 15223

Re: QF will announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR 27 Apr.

why would anyone WANT to fly LHR-SYD non-stop? Especially Economy pax. Wouldn't people prefer to stop off for an hour or two to stretch their legs? 22 hours or whatver non-stop sounds like a horrible experience. In the event of a delay on the first leg, one could very easily miss the second leg and...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?
Replies: 79
Views: 14484

Re: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?

In the US, you are culturally expected to maintain "credibility" when dealing with others. If you are seen as submissive, giving in, letting the other win or otherwise losing ground, the other will take full advantage and exploit any opening they can find to get more out of you. This happe...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced
Replies: 29
Views: 5982

Re: Worst Airline for Customer Service is Announced

Is there really no difference between DL and AA? :duck:

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by usdcaguy
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22679

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

People have become so judgmental in this day and age that it can be hard to get facts on a case due to people taking sides. I will say that the guy upgraded to First was out of line. Nobody should ever speak to a flight attendant that way. Perhaps the f/a should have kept his cool instead of blowing...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 238
Views: 41601

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

This just doesn't seem like much of a cut. If you want to find out about cuts, ask the US3. Day of week, time of day and frequency changes happen all the time. For us to expect that the ME3 won't try to do the same is folly. The US3 have been making profits by controlling capacity, and it does not s...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board
Replies: 65
Views: 11885

Re: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board

Wow. Kind of sad. I still remember champagne in BA Economy in the 90's and cocktails all around served by chipper stewards. Food always tasted decent. Is it the end of an era for BA? Who has the best economy class service to Europe now? But what would the economy fares you paid in the 1990s be wort...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board
Replies: 65
Views: 11885

Re: BA Considering Long Haul Buy on Board

Wow. Kind of sad. I still remember champagne in BA Economy in the 90's and cocktails all around served by chipper stewards. Food always tasted decent. Is it the end of an era for BA? Who has the best economy class service to Europe now?

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 125292

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Obviously, there is a LOT of emotion associated with this incident. Yes, this most definitely should NOT have happened, but the number of people drawing quick conclusions and being indignant about others' reactions in order to make themselves look good is really over the top. It's much more complica...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 125292

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

In the restaurant scenario, the passenger could have paid for his food at the counter and then created a scene by saying he needed his food before that of others because he was a doctor. If the restaurant asked him to leave at that point and then he refused, he would have still been trespassing bec...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 125292

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

In the restaurant scenario, the passenger could have paid for his food at the counter and then created a scene by saying he needed his food before that of others because he was a doctor. If the restaurant asked him to leave at that point and then he refused, he would have still been trespassing beca...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2119
Views: 125292

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

A few questions here: - Why couldn't UA have simply canceled the flight and then created a new section, rebooked with everyone permitted to fly but not the four people in question? Would have saved a major headache. - Why did this guy think his job was more important than that of others he was delay...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unpleasant Air Serbia changes
Replies: 22
Views: 5910

Re: Unpleasant Air Serbia changes

The Euro carriers don't have the frequent flyer upgrades to deal with that the US3 do. The US3 have always had domestic first class, not business, which a different concept altogether on short hops.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do we dislike our national carriers?
Replies: 31
Views: 1771

Re: Do we dislike our national carriers?

I'm not a huge fan of US carriers, but then European carriers no longer provide all the services they used to on short-haul flights, making them indistinguishable from US carriers and at times worse for short hops. The European carriers long-haul are generally better, especially in business, but the...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Keep DAL
Replies: 100
Views: 13773

Re: Alaska to Keep DAL

All this means for DL is one gate only. They've got to be pissed. In fact, I wonder if AS is keeping the flights simply to keep DL from expanding at DAL as they wanted. That means WN can't complain about DL "squatting" anymore.

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by usdcaguy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 33996

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

The real truth leggingsgate reveals is that a buddy pass is no longer a particularly nice thing. The prices, which often include surcharges, are almost the same as a published fare in many markets, and the associated priority is so low that the time spent waiting and worrying does not justify the sa...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Denies Boarding to Non-Rev Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts
Replies: 487
Views: 33996

Re: UA Denies Boarding to Girl in Leggings, Social Media Revolts

Delta apparently figured this dress code thing out 10 years ago by virtually eliminating a separate set of standards for non revs and the general flying public. major egg on UAs face right now ,, DL Virtually Eliminates Non-rev Dress Code http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=450763 Who ca...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the fastest turns?
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: Airports with the fastest turns?

I used to turnaround 50-sweaters in 14 min at CAE. Smaller US airports can be quick if they hustle.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets
Replies: 42
Views: 5759

Re: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets

ELP-SLC is an old Western Airlines route that could be resurrected, but people traveling to/from ELP already have plenty of service on WN/AA to western markets. ELP-DTW is still a long shot. Pulls from ATL and might not support a mainline aircraft. NW tried MSP-ELP on a CR2, and it failed miserably....

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by usdcaguy
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta future routes from Seattle
Replies: 107
Views: 19394

Re: Delta future routes from Seattle

Darklord1 wrote:
What about sea-syd sometime in the future?


Seems unlikely. LAX-SYD needs support as it is. SEA-BLR might work, or at least SEA-DEL. For domestic, ABQ/AUS/STL/PIT might be some good markets.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Airports and Cost Per Enplanement; Comparisons? List?
Replies: 56
Views: 7067

Re: U.S. Airports and Cost Per Enplanement; Comparisons? List?

Why is the CPE lower in HI where everything is more expensive while it is higher at larger airports with greater economies of scale? Looking at LAX, you wonder where all that money is going.

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