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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 860

Re: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

I get it - it's their carrier, and they can do as they wish. Too, I guess I should have done the research and known about the charge before booking, but I'll admit it - it never occurred to me that an airline would charge for selecting seats when a Business Class booking is made. It will. of course,...

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital
Replies: 14
Views: 396

Re: Countries where the busiest airport is not in or near the capital

Belize - busiest airport by far is in Belize City, while the capitol city is Belmopan.

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 77
Views: 1586

Re: First Flight and Airline?

AA, a 727 - think it was in 1965. Flight was from DAL to DAL - it was a promotional sightseeing flight, as AA was talking-up their new plane. My sister and I got to go, and what fun it was!

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by sccutler
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12064

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

1986, Cancun, Q Roo (CUN/MMUN), had DC10 service, Mexicana from DFW and from PHL. No jetways (heck, not that much of a terminal). Hard to believe, but you could tell when a plane arrived, because some buses would show up at the (very few) hotels, and you could tell if it was the Philly flight from a...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?
Replies: 16
Views: 860

BA Seat Assignment - Charging for Business Class?

First booking ever on BA - and I find out that, having purchased three Business Class ("Club World," I believe they call it) tickets, at a not-inconsiderable price, I must pay an additional $108-$155/seat to select seats in advance. Well, I admit to being impressed. But the impression is n...

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by sccutler
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61
Replies: 93
Views: 2699

Re: Another suicide; Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Sort of an adventure mentor for my wife and me. Big loss.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: AA SAT:PHX Flight damaged by turbulence - diverts to ELP

Actual damage was from hail - flight crew unable to see through windshields at all, and requested tow from runway to gate. Ground crew (fire rescue) also reported radome damaged, no other damage (but it was night no cursory look, so who knows). Flight crew reported no medical required immediately fo...

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets
Replies: 224
Views: 7135

Re: Trump to ban BMW/Mercedes from US Markets

jetero wrote:
How does one deal with a president and his staff who blatantly lies day in and day out?


We managed.

But, I think it's silly to continue focusing on the previous administration, simply no longer relevant.

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by sccutler
Thu May 31, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9242

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

The key to their success will be a good code-share.

Maybe with Braniff?

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by sccutler
Tue May 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most beautiful airplane ever built?
Replies: 91
Views: 5507

Re: The most beautiful airplane ever built?

Small to large: Beechcraft 17 ("Staggerwing") Beechcraft BE35 Bonanza (my bias is obvious, she's what I fly) Cessna 310 (Q, R models) Lockheed L1649 Constellation DeHavilland Comet TU114 (in the air; looks goofy on the ground, but that's not where it lives, is it?) Sud Caravelle (so French...

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by sccutler
Tue May 22, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won
Replies: 135
Views: 4783

Re: You cannot deny that America would be infinitely better off if Hillary won

There has been no material change in the health care system, but be assured, the ACA was designed to fail, and fail it has. Access to health care is vastly worse now than it was before, and it gets worse before we can hope for better.

As for the "racist" tag, it is inapt.

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by sccutler
Wed May 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake security at new Islamabad airport
Replies: 7
Views: 2974

Re: Fake security at new Islamabad airport

LH982 wrote:
smokeybandit wrote:
There's gotta be a joke about TSA being fake security somewhere.


The problem is that it's not a joke.


Exactly - or, more particularly, the joke is self-evident, and need not be independently expressed or embellished.

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by sccutler
Tue May 15, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 313
Views: 25794

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

Yes there is a reason why the airport is capped at 20 gates. And yes there is a reason why Delta should be accommodated at Love Field even Herb said so! The circumstances have significantly changed in the DAL/DFW market since the 5-party agreement was negotiated, including the following: ⋅&nbs...

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by sccutler
Sun May 13, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

No affection for him; he failed in the face of remarkable opportunity.

Oddly enough, though, I actually know some law.

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by sccutler
Fri May 11, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Heavy sigh. You do know that the judicial branch is not, in any way, under the control of the executive, right? For that matter, if (as exists in your alternate reality) businesses could materially affect the outcome of a bankruptcy case in a way which was outside the law, do you really think that t...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

If the bankruptcy filing was so kosher why was the law changed to prevent it being used in such a manner again ? Precisely to prevent the lawful, but offensive, use of contract rejection like it was used in the CO bankruptcy, ever again. Had the rejection been "unkosher" (an informal, but...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

By the way - " He drove up the stock of several airlines with significant share purchases during feigned take overs then cashed out as competitors raised their offers. " That's what happens in every attempted purchase, of any business, when there's more than one suitor. Wouldn't Lorenzo be...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

I won't try to convince you, because you aren't interested in observing facts. But, for the record, I don't "admire" Frank Lorenzo; I despise him for many reasons. At the same time, I am not reciting commonly-held (but false) statements about him. Continental was in profoundly bad conditio...

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by sccutler
Thu May 10, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?
Replies: 92
Views: 13580

Re: Why are Southwest’s Flights always so bumpy?

Since Southwest is a low-cost carrier, they don’t pay the air construction fees that the others do, so they’re relegated to the backroads of the air traffic network, with more potholes and such. Their higher fleet usage also means they don’t have time to inflate the wings as much, which can result ...

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by sccutler
Wed May 09, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legend Airlines existed for 8 months. The $133M lawsuit over its Love Field demise lives on
Replies: 10
Views: 1747

Re: Legend Airlines existed for 8 months. The $133M lawsuit over its Love Field demise lives on

I flew on them once - RT to Los Angeles. Service was exemplary, a great experience. All except the way Chuck Norris (across the aisle from me) left his fingernail clippings in a pile on the leather seat. That was odd.

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by sccutler
Tue May 08, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Now, if only Braniff's management had possessed the foresight to file an 11 proceeding while still possessing enough cash to operate, perhaps we'd be talking about Braniff in the present tense today. T'was not to be. -- Folks can rag on a Francisco Lorenzo all they like, but it was the financial wi...

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by sccutler
Tue May 08, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

IIRC, after CO's second bankruptcy, CO switched to the PE AOC. It's that AOC that UA operates with today (while using UAL's MOC). Naw, it's CO's AOC. Originally, it was PE's AOC. When CO emerged from bankruptcy the second time, they gave shares in the "new company" (new CO) to the credito...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Trans-Texas / Texas International operated the very first DC-9. Delta put the first DC-9 into service My reference is steeped in ambiguity; TTA was not the first airline to operate the DC-9; but they ended up operating the very first DC-9 built, after Douglas had completed its flight test regime an...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 313
Views: 25794

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

No realistic solution should ever include as a potential outcome the possibility that the gate in question could be returned to WN, period. WN should never be allowed to grow at DAL beyond their current gate footprint. The remaining gates should be unassigned common use gates available to anyone ex...

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Trans-Texas / Texas International operated the very first DC-9.

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 11846

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

rbavfan wrote:
DarthLobster wrote:
Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Lorenzo the arrogant?


LMAO. Good way to describe it,I mean him.


Revisionist history.

Overplayed his hand, and evicted from the industry for it, but Lorenzo never killed any airline, but he saved two.

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by sccutler
Mon May 07, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

If memory serves me right, when Lorenzo merged Continental into Texas International the TI operating certificate was the one used for the merged airline. I believe that when United and Continental merged, that same operating certificate is what the merged United flies under today. IIRC, after CO's ...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Now, if only Braniff's management had possessed the foresight to file an 11 proceeding while still possessing enough cash to operate, perhaps we'd be talking about Braniff in the present tense today. T'was not to be. -- Folks can rag on a Francisco Lorenzo all they like, but it was the financial wiz...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

My first airplane flight was in 1962 on a TransTexas DC-3. We flew from San Angelo to San Antonio. Nothing more impressive to a young boy that those radial engines starting up with a whine and then huge belch of smoke. When we landed in San Antonio, there was a BOAC de Havilland Comet sitting there...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)
Replies: 39
Views: 4550

Re: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)

WN also operates the world’s largest fleet of 737s and some of the oldest 73Gs. We’d expect more 737-specific incidents on WN. But all of the other combined operators haven’t experienced what WN has with their failures. UA and AF experienced similar failures on different engines. If those two airli...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)
Replies: 39
Views: 4550

Re: Southwest is not a Dangerous Airline (article)

Southwest DOES NOT make engine to cause engine failure. Southwest DOES NOT make manufacture for window to cause crack window! Please STOP negativity labeling Southwest. Window and Engine are completely different company who made those manufacture. You guys are all wrong! Q Southwest did drag it's f...

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by sccutler
Sun May 06, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7426

Re: Texas International

Great carrier, survived when no one thought they could.

They live on today; we call them, "United."

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by sccutler
Tue May 01, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 555
Views: 44513

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

Why would WN automatically get DL’s existing gates? What if DL wants to keep them? Also, why does B6 get its own gate? Couldn’t wn get that one and B6 moves to common use? Why would dl flying much fewer flights out of aus deserve more gates than wn? B6 flies up to 11 flights a day during peak seaso...

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by sccutler
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever met someone with your same first and last name?
Replies: 33
Views: 1200

Re: Ever met someone with your same first and last name?

I am tolerably confident that there is but one of me, since my father left this earthly realm. I googled myself, and found: me, my business, my father's obituary and some oblique references to my business colleagues. Also found a testimonial to my dad in the imdb record for a motion picture that was...

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ‘Sad ending’ for 2 DL 747's in the desert
Replies: 37
Views: 12522

Re: ‘Sad ending’ for 2 DL 747's in the desert

There is a Beechcraft which I frequently flew, a sweet bird, smooth, fast, well-sorted. Tragically, the plane crashed, with all aboard (4 people) killed. I did not know the pilot or pax, was told good things about them. The plane? Just a machine, true, but one which took my family and me on many mem...

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by sccutler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 117678

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

Flaps wrote:
How many engines have disintegrated on WN now ? Where is 60 minutes???


Yep, very important - critical - for 60 Minutes to do an expose on the safest airline in the world.

Odds are, they won't unless and until there is a plaintiff's case they want to help along.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 30595

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Watched it. Minimal substance, blatant hit piece. Dating myself, but do we remember 60 Minutes and their hit piece on Audi, principal information provided by plaintiffs' lawyers? Or the report about Chevy truck gas tanks in which, because repeated efforts at getting a truck to catch fire failed, the...

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by sccutler
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Rogue” Network Of Cellular Eavesdropping Devices Discovered Throughout Washington D.C.
Replies: 6
Views: 631

Re: “Rogue” Network Of Cellular Eavesdropping Devices Discovered Throughout Washington D.C.

This has actually been discussed in "liberal" media like Air America and MSNBC and SiriusXM Progress and Thom Hartmann but, because they are hated and "fake" news, we need to be outraged now because........? We should be outraged because the practice is outrageous? As for the ab...

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by sccutler
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe
Replies: 33
Views: 4813

Re: Comac ARJ21 visits Europe

Ooh! A DC-9!

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetblue considering basic economy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: Jetblue considering basic economy?

All the more reason why, if I must fly: (1) airline, and (2) not in First; then I fly Southwest.

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by sccutler
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia
Replies: 39
Views: 5657

Re: new long haul LOWER cost airline Canada/Australia

I say, call it "Canada 3000."

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board
Replies: 194
Views: 50053

Re: An-148 crash near Moscow kills all 71 people on board

Profoundly early to speculate, but it's an Internet forum, so speculate we shall. Frozen/blocked pitot tubes (and flying in those conditions w/o pitot heat, that's a given, the conclusion bolstered by the DFDR report data), yields unreliable speed information. Like AF447, without the red-herring (an...

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by sccutler
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future plans for Via Air
Replies: 29
Views: 4086

Re: Via Air

Well, looked at records from Flightaware. Flights have been going.

Think I'll give it a shot. Worse, worse, I'll buy a walk up on AA.

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future plans for Via Air
Replies: 29
Views: 4086

Re: Via Air

For reasons of logistics, I would like very much to use this airline to fly from Tucson to Austin in April, because they are the only airline that has a nonstop link between Tucson and Austin. The interesting question is, should I take a chance? Will they be around long enough for me to reliably boo...

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strange Frontier Routing OKC-DEN
Replies: 10
Views: 1506

Re: Strange Frontier Routing OKC-DEN

That is damned strange. No TFRs which might apply (my first thought was a launch of some sort over in NM, but nothing apparent). No meaningful holds or delays applicable to Denver, and besides, that would just mandate a delayed takeoff, not an indirect routing. Altitude's normal, so nothing there. I...

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by sccutler
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pulling Life Support from Loved One
Replies: 19
Views: 1157

Re: Pulling Life Support from Loved One

With you. My Mom reached this stage - her lungs too far gone to carry her - and we had to pull the breathing tube. She was gone in a couple of minutes, and my sister and her friend (a dear family friend) sang to her as she slipped away ("Someone to Watch Over Me"). My father was there as w...

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by sccutler
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1467

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

Well, I fully expected hotels in town London to be costly - but I guess the cost of hotels in Austin (my most-frequent overnight destination, for business reasons) has me immune from price shock. Looks like very nice rooms to be had for around $225.00. My child bride has nixed staying at the airport...

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by sccutler
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1467

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

With the limited time available to you, a journey into central London might be a waste of time. I prefer the idea of fetching up at a small hotel in Windsor High Street, within walking distance of Windsor Castle.....i.e. directly opposite Plus Windsor has more to offer than just the castle. Try Mac...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel
Replies: 21
Views: 1467

Re: LHR Long Layover - Which Airport Hotel

So, looks like there is no hotel *at* Terminal 3 - at what Terminal should we expect to arrive on the BA flight from Basel? I am assuming we'd be better-off at an on-airport hotel, than off-property - right? Just looking for simple logistics (and "cheapest" is not the first consideration -...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17423

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

The laser-focus on quarter by quarter financial performance has become a serious problem at many publicly-traded companies, and I suspect Boeing is no different. Between the unhealthy inbreeding between boards of directors, and the equally-unhealthy linkages between short-term financial performance ...

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