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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?

Overall capacity may not be overwhelming, but it’s a very important business market. Anyone in finance can tell you that. That is 100% true (as is NYC-HKG and NYC-SIN) but its also true that the Asian carriers have a far better service reputation. So when you combine the Asian point-of-sale bias pl...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 205
Views: 23675

Re: AA: ORD-Asia “Uniquely Challenging” to Route Structure

None. ORD-LHR is the only one. AA ORD-CDG is suspended between January and the end of March and the rest (BCN, DUB, FCO, MAN and VCE) are summer seasonal only. I'm not sure when the latter 5 start and end. Wow, I didn't realize ORD TATL was that thin now. I'll predict that eventually they end ORD-P...

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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 205
Views: 23675

Re: AA: ORD-Asia “Uniquely Challenging” to Route Structure

I don't mean to be so negative on AA at ORD but why can't they seem to gain any ground against UA? Not in Europe, not in Asia... and not even in Latin America where they are strongest. I think it might just be an economy of scale/volume problem. Is UA preferred for premium frequent fliers and corpo...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I just got off one of the old, newly refurbished A319s (the FA called it an A319C, for China) and WOW, was it beautiful inside! I was in 1F and it had that “new plane smell” and I loved the design and surfaces...even the lav was well done. I looked at her in the Miami sun and she was glistening...I...

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by gwrudolph
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 205
Views: 23675

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

What I find interesting in this, is that AA, DL, and UA have been running an operation of (East Coast Feed)-to -ORD/DTW- to- (East Asia Primary cities). And of AA/DL/UA, AA really has the most east coast hub traffic (CLT, DCA, PHL) of hubs that do not have their own TPAC flight. So what I find inte...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?
Replies: 44
Views: 5035

Re: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?

Actually, in the early- mid 1990s, United has flights from Newark to both Tokyo and London Heathrow. Those were gone by the late 1990s. United also flew from JFK to Narita, as part of its old jfk hub, until 2006. In 2006 those JFK-NRT flights went away and were transferred to Washington Dulles. New...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?
Replies: 69
Views: 5397

Re: Will CX/HX/UA start HKG-SEA-HKG anytime soon?

UA flew HKG-SEA-HKG with the B747SP. Did they ever fly HKG-SEA-HKG with the B747-100/200/400? NW flew HKG-SEA-HKG with the B747-200. Did they fly the 400? Why did they fly HKG-SEA-HKG at the first place? Did UA inherit the HKG-SEA-HKG route from PA? UA also had a much higher presence at SEA back th...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type
Replies: 48
Views: 6523

Re: UA S18 Departures By Hub And Aircraft Type

N766UA wrote:
UAL sure loves their regional jets


That will likely change as they continue to bring those used 319s and the new 737 maxs on board. I just don't think they can go any faster.

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA paint the aircraft type under the nose?
Replies: 12
Views: 2953

Re: Why does UA paint the aircraft type under the nose?

iahcsr wrote:
It wasn’t always this way. Some years ago someone came up with the obviously good idea and now almost everyone does it.... in the US at least.


Yes, I don't believe PMUA did it.

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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24550

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

Topic title should be corrected. The "replacement route" is Seattle/Kansai, not Seattle/Osaka. The Osaka airport is Itami, ITM (or city code, OSA), which has no international service. KIX is not "Osaka International" (which ITM was until 1994), it is Kansai International. With t...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24550

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

It does make you wonder about the SEA hub. Such a shame to watch DL destroy the NW legacy in Asia, Yes, I believe it is a reminder that the SEA hub and Asia gateway potential are severely limited. Problem is that I don't think they have many other choices. SFO is spoken-for and LAX is a TPAC bloodb...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

I'm surprised no one mentioned the obvious: PSA's L1011s which had the integral stairs and entry area through the lower cargo area. Word has it they ordered them that way from Lockheed because they wanted to fly them to cities without loading bridges. I never flew on one but there are pictures here...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

I'm surprised no one mentioned the obvious: PSA's L1011s which had the integral stairs and entry area through the lower cargo area. Word has it they ordered them that way from Lockheed because they wanted to fly them to cities without loading bridges. I never flew on one but there are pictures here ...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24550

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

To me, DL's seeming inability to make HKG isn't really a shock. Up until CX introduced BOS and AA introduced DFW, HKG was only served from the largest US cities/financial centers. UA (and CO with respect to EWR) was historically strong in those markets, DL was not. As DL builds up LAX, maybe they'l...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24550

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

To put things in perspective, Hong Kong-US market represented 3.4mil passengers YE2017 with a growth rate of 8%. Hong Kong was the 15 largest foreign air travel market for the US, while HKG was the 12th largest foreign gateway for US traffic(incl connections). For cargo Hong Kong was the 3rd larges...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24550

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

KIX seems like it should work. Delta now offers so many connections at SEA. I think frankly this is a random decision for a carrier non Oneworld and non Star. I fully understand why HKG didn't work. DL have little or no presence in HKG. But why not SEA-CAN? Why not go the the tiger's cave when CZ i...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

PremiumPlus coming first to 772, then 77W. Rest of fleet TBA. Until enough aircraft are converted will be treated as EconomyPlus section service wise for customers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfmlBPpUYAUcTm_.jpg https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfmlBzuVQAAhRk2.jpg I wonder why purple/magenta was chosen...

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by gwrudolph
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

I just love when I have to board with stairs. Give me stairs anyday over a jet bridge. Especially on the 747 and boarding a long haul flight. Knowing this piece of metal is going to be airborne for 12+ hours over the Atlantic Ocean. Seconded. Probably the only time the average flyer has a close-up ...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

The old ATH had no air bridges, so all boarding and deplaning was via stairs. FCO and MXP both used stairs for widebodies back in 1990 when I flew through. I don't know what the situation is like today, but back then, most of AZs 742s at FCO were parked at remote stands. In fact, I only recall seei...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.
Replies: 66
Views: 17257

Re: Rolls-Royce: More 787 groundings imminent.

RR is tripling production. https://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1IU2NE Worse? Yes. For long,? No. A bad mistake, but it will be overcome. Lightsaber I know you have an inside perspective, so I have a question for you: Do you think these kinds of issues are going to happen with every new...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

I boarded an Eastern L1011 at Hartford-BDL via airstairs in 1976 …. and in Orlando in 1977 (old terminal) I vaguely remember boarding an EA L1011 at the old MCO airport as a young kid. It was a ground level terminal with a boarding bridge that did one of those zig-zag ramp things to get to widebody...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12304

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

As recently as the early 2000s most if not all of the inbound UA 747s at NRT used airstairs and a bus to customs and immigrations. Outbounds were at the terminal. I think the issue was that with the onward Asia operations at the time, they would have 15 or so aircraft on the ground at one time. As t...

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by gwrudolph
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 205
Views: 19772

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

I think the HD 772s will remain on EWR-DUB/BCN/MAD routes during the busy summer travel season for the next few years. Right now UA has at least 3-4 77Es out of service in either HKG or XMN for schedule maintenance or Polaris installation. That combined with the fact that UA is filling up those HD ...

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by gwrudolph
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 205
Views: 19772

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

The first thing that UA Management must do... only to hear the UA Management team continually make excuses... The reality is, is that United continues to sputter... Delta knows how to execute. United does not. I see a lot of "it's management's fault" in 99% of these responses. Do work gro...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 45093

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

At the end of the day all they did was close a redundant hub that was losing money. I dont get whats so hard to understand about that. I'm not sure it would have been losing money had they wanted to keep it. I doubt there was any real effort to assess it--rather than intentionally make it look unpr...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 205
Views: 19772

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

I think UA is taking steps in the right direction, but the gap it created for itself is quite wide. The seeds have long-since been planted, and the fixes to some of their issues have extremely long germination periods. Unfortunately, it will probably be (as a few of the posters have mentioned) 5-7 y...

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by gwrudolph
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 45093

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

Greed? Cleveland was losing money as it wasn’t relevant in the combined company. Do you expect them to lose money just so a middle-tier city can hold on to nonstop flights? They are a business, not a charity, and you seem to be taking a business decision as some personal slight against CLE. I assum...

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by gwrudolph
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777
Replies: 48
Views: 8711

Re: 2 - 5 - 2 Configuration on a 777

If you could snag a seat on one of the two sides, 2-5-2 was awesome! As others are saying, it doesn't much matter anyway because most carriers are moving toward 3-4-3 for 10 across

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by gwrudolph
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United seeks to return to JFK
Replies: 184
Views: 22966

Re: United seeks to return to JFK

What caused the gateway to wound down? As others have stated, the post-9/11 era. Basically, United needed to re-focus and remove unprofitable operations (not unlike the others) just to survive. They also used it as an opportunity to re-deploy some of their rights. I believe, for example, they moved...

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by gwrudolph
Thu May 31, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United seeks to return to JFK
Replies: 184
Views: 22966

Re: United ❤️ JFK...Now

UA didn't shutter a hub or even a large focus city. They only served JFK from other hubs... 26 flights? That isn't a big operation, they are still largest in NYC or nearly tied. Not sure it is such a big deal. The comments seem pretty bland from Kirby. FYI they weren't operating 26 flights. They we...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 29, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

You did NOT follow my logic one iota. You blew ONE small thing WAY out of proportion. I think there is NOTHING more important than brand image delivered via crisp clean modern looking aircraft and great hard products such as seats. Also lounges, gate areas and every consumer touch point. AND one da...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 29, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I disagree. If I was Oscar and I found out someone spent millions of dollars covering wallpaper in good shape (even if dated looking to many- in a lav of a sub fleet where not many would even notice or care) instead of spending it by improving many other things that could truly improve or positivel...

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by gwrudolph
Sun May 27, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

It’s a LAVATORY! How long is anybody in one to justify the cost of covering up a dated floral pattern so long as it is not wrecked or dirty? It’s not like they are sold as Economy Suites! If the old lavs are indeed bigger, just leave them for the few years they have left. I can’t believe “I AM” the...

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by gwrudolph
Sat May 26, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

It’s a LAVATORY! How long is anybody in one to justify the cost of covering up a dated floral pattern so long as it is not wrecked or dirty? It’s not like they are sold as Economy Suites! If the old lavs are indeed bigger, just leave them for the few years they have left. I can’t believe “I AM” the...

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 25, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Including the sidewalls? I agree with the others here. United seems to do 90 percent of the job on refurb. Not sure why they did almost everything on the airbus fleet and let the lavs looking the way the did. Given the recent trend with airlines installing lavs so small they can barely fit two piec...

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 25, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I usually never fly UNITED but I did 3 days ago on SFO - SAN. The aircraft was the A320 N427UA. Delivered in 1995. 23 years old and it really shows its age : cabin walls, colors, seats, lavatories, everything looked sooooo outdated. Didn’t knwo they were still flying those old A320. Do they plan to...

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by gwrudolph
Wed May 23, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 7766

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

Does OGG or is it really just the apron connected at the ends to the runway? Seems to me that I was there once and we had to taxi to cargo area to wait for a gateand it got very messy trying to get back to the gate because we were going against pushback traffic on the apron OGG has a full length ta...

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 22, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Cmac787 wrote:
There are 10 7M9 going into service this year. No more 319's coming this year. The are still 2 320's at LCQ in mod from CZ


Ok thanks for the info. So +12 which hopefully means -12 RJs in the bid/mid-sized markets :-).

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 22, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 60
Views: 7766

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

Does OGG or is it really just the apron connected at the ends to the runway? Seems to me that I was there once and we had to taxi to cargo area to wait for a gateand it got very messy trying to get back to the gate because we were going against pushback traffic on the apron

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by gwrudolph
Tue May 22, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

iahcsr wrote:
pabloeing wrote:
¿How many narrow and widebodies orders in UA backlog?

77W 1
78J. 14
A359 45
39M 57
3JM 100
A319 30+ ( used, coming from CZ and U2)


How many of those 39M and 319s are remaining to go into service this year? In other words, how many additional NBs will UA have by year-end?

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 21, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A330 domestic routes
Replies: 33
Views: 5878

Re: American A330 domestic routes

September11 wrote:
Wow, AA 332 PHL-LAX/SFO. I did not know that... Reminds me of daily EA L10 PHL-LAX & UA D10 PHL-SFO


US flew widebodies (762) PHL-LAX and PHL-SFO back in the day as well

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by gwrudolph
Sun May 20, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19318

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

FINALLY they are addressing this. I stopped flying UA many years ago, and this was one of the things that stuck in my mind (along with their horrible attitudes). Why are grooming levels so poor at US carriers? I don’t see it so much on Delta, but seen it plenty on UA and AA. It has nothing to do wi...

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by gwrudolph
Sun May 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19318

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy grooming

Nah, we’re just exhausted from working with 1/3 less crew member than foreign carriers. That’s not really a legitimate excuse for not looking your best. It’s like when people use traffic as an excuse for being late. Well, did you wake up a few minutes early to account for traffic? No. There’s reall...

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 18, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA seeks DOT approval to downgauge Cuba service to regional partners
Replies: 26
Views: 4531

Re: AA seeks DOT approval to downgauge Cuba service to regional partners

FA9295 wrote:
MIflyer12 wrote:
If AA can't make mainline work on Miami-Havana there's really no hope.

:checkmark: The unfortunate truth is that the market to/from Cuba was way overhyped, and now the airlines are starting to see the repercussions of it...


Ya the hype was a bit of a joke! Right up there with HND :-)

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 767's and transpac
Replies: 19
Views: 2061

Re: UA 767's and transpac

I kinda think they also never had reason to need to push the limits of the 763. Even if it could do it, most if not all of UAs TPAC routes from SFO and LAX have always been high traffic routes, unlike some of DLs SEA routes. As such, I don't think they have/had excess capacity issues in using the 74...

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19318

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

AirbusA322 wrote:
VX crews were probably the best groomed in the US. Fairly high standards around Uniforms and so on, same at VS/VA.


Yes, I agree. VX FAs always looked professional!

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by gwrudolph
Fri May 18, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming
Replies: 168
Views: 19318

Re: UA tells FAs to stop Sloppy Grooming

While I agree with UA attempting to up theirs uniform and grooming standards, interestingly enough I have always though that of the US carriers, UA flight attendants always looked and acted the most professional. I'm not saying that they are necessarily friendly, but dress and act more professionall...

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by gwrudolph
Thu May 10, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups
Replies: 28
Views: 4100

Re: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups

So do credit cards offer rewards to incentive use in Europe, or is,that just a U.S. thing? If yes, do they have parnterships with airlines like we do in the U.S. or no? I most certainly have one myself. So then how would a solution like this one be competitive with these strong rewards credit card ...

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by gwrudolph
Thu May 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 1198
Views: 156829

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

I just wish to be clear; I don’t “hate” the CO Diamond seat and agreed that a 752 Non-stop to some secondary cities beats connections in a fancier seat. But, I do take some issue with charging $7400 to fly J on those birds WHEN and AFTER the rest of the fleet is fully completed. In my mind it is a ...

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by gwrudolph
Mon May 07, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups
Replies: 28
Views: 4100

Re: FT:Airlines to launch payments system to rival credit card groups

So do credit cards offer rewards to incentive use in Europe, or is,that just a U.S. thing? If yes, do they have parnterships with airlines like we do in the U.S. or no?

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