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by MSPNWA
Tue May 23, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory
Replies: 51
Views: 17819

Re: First Delta A350 emerges from the factory

Getting closer!

The winglet widget doesn't work though.

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by MSPNWA
Tue May 23, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 141
Views: 24200

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL9614


Just flew that one on the 7th. Was happy to get a bare metal 737 for likely the last time. Didn't see many shiny ones left in DFW a week later.
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miaami wrote:


Just flew that one on the 7th. Was happy to get a bare metal 737 for likely the last time. Didn't see many shiny ones left in DFW a week later.

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by MSPNWA
Tue May 23, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 436
Views: 68199

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

FlyTheWidget wrote:
It was February 21st...SLC-somewhere west-ish. I remember it was what we call a 'stand up' / 'leanover' rotation.....last out, first back. -also known to us behind the cockpit door as vampire flying.


Thanks. Well, 3278 had a late flight to BOI that day, so that would match.

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by MSPNWA
Tue May 23, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20225

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

Previous MSP-NRT flights carried many passengers connecting beyond NRT, as well as many passengers connecting at MSP to/from domestic US airports. The local MSP-Japan market may not by itself be able to sustain flights to/from Japan, but don't forget that the current MSP-HND flight continues to car...

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by MSPNWA
Sun May 21, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?
Replies: 114
Views: 17938

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?

You speak of ridiculous, yet make such a conclusion as this? For the most part, Airbus has had the product+availability+price that DL wanted. Full stop. That pendulum will swing back to Boeing at some point. And then again to Airbus. Emotion plays no part in that. That's AvGeek nonsense, not Corpor...

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 20, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 436
Views: 68199

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

I have worked the first A320 Part 2 modded aircraft and 33ABC has been removed to extend the galley at 2L and AVOD has been installed throughout the aircraft. That is what the Part 2 mod is all about. Trying to post a pic of the cabin here....but it's not taking. We just received an internal memo t...

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 20, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?
Replies: 114
Views: 17938

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?

Does anybody else think DL has way too many aircraft types already? Internally even DL knows they have an issue with too many aircraft types. It's been like pouring gasoline during the recent operational meltdowns, and the glut of pilot retirements on the horizon are raising costs for movement amon...

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 20, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: routing EWR SFO over western Mass
Replies: 17
Views: 1931

Re: routing EWR SFO over western Mass

If you check, most other flights between NYC and SFO are doing the same thing. I would imagine winds make that the most efficient route, thus saving the airlines time and money despite a longer distance. Correct. I flew the same routing just a couple weeks ago on JFK-SFO. Winds and weather necessit...

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by MSPNWA
Fri May 19, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?
Replies: 114
Views: 17938

Re: Delta to issue RFP for up to 150 Narrowbodies?

Delta kicked the narrowbody can down the road, and now they have to make up for it. I've been expecting another large narrowbody order for a while now. DL has hundreds of narrowbodies due for replacement in the not-so-distant future, and their order book is short of what they need. I definitely woul...

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by MSPNWA
Thu May 18, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...
Replies: 46
Views: 8972

Re: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...

Bloomberg doesn't mean "mean" as unfriendly towards customers. By "mean" they meant DL taking a hard, vocal, and very public stance against other airlines/politicians/government policy to try and get what they wanted with minimal will to compromise. It often came across as DL tr...

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by MSPNWA
Thu May 18, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...
Replies: 46
Views: 8972

Re: Why Delta decided to stop being the mean airline...

Shoddy, fake news article reads like an advertisement. Delta just the other day was railing more against the ME3 in Minnesota, trying to get them further behind them. It hardly mentions the massive April meltdown and subsequent lies about the causes to prevent giving out due compensation. And it lie...

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by MSPNWA
Wed May 17, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL CRJ's this summer...
Replies: 55
Views: 7693

Re: DL CRJ's this summer...

I was going over the DL flight schedules for Friday July 21 and it seems like there are a ton of CRJ's loaded, it seems like there's more CRJ's than what the company actually owns. What do you think? Are you including CR7/9 in that observation? If you are, I can see why you see it that way. DL has ...

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by MSPNWA
Wed May 17, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 436
Views: 68199

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

Everyone keeps saying that these P2 aircraft include AVOD, but yet no pictures of one have ever been posted, and DL.com doesn't show any of them to have AVOD in the amenities section.

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by MSPNWA
Wed May 17, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?
Replies: 33
Views: 7982

Re: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?

You are incorrect, this is the first time that this flight went to a 75. ( started end of march) It goes back to the 76 around May 25. In your haste to correct, your correction was incorrect. My statement did not mean or require that this flight be a 757 before the 767 it was previously. The fact o...

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by MSPNWA
Wed May 17, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?
Replies: 33
Views: 7982

Re: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?

EWR-CDG is a route that swaps back and forth between the 752 and 763. Nothing unusual about the 752 right now.

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by MSPNWA
Tue May 16, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20225

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

First, if someone is indifferent between DL, UA, or AA, and their respective JVs... I am not sure MSP is a more desirable connection over ORD for transatlantic. Yes MSP is less congested and a nicer airport, but ORD has a lot more flight options to a lot more places. This means 1) better chance of ...

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by MSPNWA
Mon May 15, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country livery update
Replies: 16
Views: 2142

Re: Sun Country livery update

Would love to see them abandon the re-design and return the previous. There wasn't anything broken. Don't fix it and make it worse.

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by MSPNWA
Mon May 15, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 110
Views: 19795

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

IMHO the reason the 757 continues to being brought back is due to the modifications. 5 years ago most 757-200's in DL's fleet were in the 165-176 seat range. Now with the 199 pax modification and the new cabin (along with sustained low fuel prices) the 757-200 with 199 pax is quite an economical bi...

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by MSPNWA
Mon May 15, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20225

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

The challenge with MSP-Europe, is that geographically MSP is not in the best location to feed European connections. Hence MSP must rely much more on local O-D for its European flights in comparison to other Delta hubs. I don't know you think MSP is not geographically positioned. There is a large sw...

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by MSPNWA
Thu May 11, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award
Replies: 29
Views: 2337

Re: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award

It's very hard to give any credibility these days to JD when it separates AS and B6 (and even WN) into two different categories. It's ludicrous. If anything, AS is the LCC carrier of the group.

WN won the only JD award worth mentioning.

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 06, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 204
Views: 42228

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

Sure, but that also ignores the fact that there's nothing stopping competing airlines from coming in to address that flow, were it of any real financial and/or strategic importance. Using the example above, the fact that Lufty hasn't bothered to sneak into MSP-FRA, is indicative that such a route p...

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 06, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 204
Views: 42228

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

But outsource to who? Outsourcing doesn't make sense if you are outsourcing to someone with unit costs similar or higher. Yes, the alliance model is hard on small markets that have been marginal for non-stop service to begin with. MSP-OSL is not likely to happen in this environment. But these carri...

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by MSPNWA
Sat May 06, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 204
Views: 42228

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

TW870 wrote:
But that does not mean that DL is somehow going to outsource its longhaul operation.


They've been moving in that direction for years now. No reason to think that trend will stop. Only the pilots are preventing the outsourcing from advancing even further.

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by MSPNWA
Thu May 04, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL ready for the A350?
Replies: 187
Views: 38613

Re: Is DL ready for the A350?

After introducing the new J cabin, redoing the interiors, becoming an approved MTX center for Rolls-Royce, and sourcing additional spares on the open market? Fat chance. Those 77Es will likely be with DL for at least another 7-8yrs or more. Just like the 744s, domestic 763s, and A320s, right? I'll ...

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by MSPNWA
Tue May 02, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update on Hawaiian Airlines new livery?
Replies: 110
Views: 27230

Re: Update on Hawaiian Airlines new livery?

Well done, HA! I have some minor quibbles, but overall it's a nice refresh. I like the new look on the aircraft. The logo I could go either way on, but it remains excellent. I think the font is only thing I don't like as well. But like I said, minor quibble.

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by MSPNWA
Mon May 01, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL ready for the A350?
Replies: 187
Views: 38613

Re: Is DL ready for the A350?

Some pilots at the pilots forum think Delta will retire the 777ER's in the not too distant future. 15 359's is enough to replace 7 747's and 8 777ER's (currently about 17 years old on average), and the remaining 10 359's could come when it's time to replace the 777LR's, which are still young. I wou...

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by MSPNWA
Mon May 01, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/30/2017: DL Closes BGI, QR Delays LAS, 3M Drops RSW-NAS
Replies: 69
Views: 10551

Re: OAG Changes 4/30/2017: DL Closes BGI, QR Delays LAS, 3M Drops RSW-NAS

DL MSP-RST JUL 3>4 AUG 3>4 SEP 3>4 OCT 3>4 NOV 3>4 JAN 3>4


Response to UA no doubt. Good to see. Going from 3x to 4x really helps with connectivity. Hopefully RST fares fall with the influx of capacity.

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by MSPNWA
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26531

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

tistpaa727 wrote:
Interesting his comment on DL's margins at JFK - hovering around 4%. Wonder how accurate that is.

4% is DL's NYC margins. The estimate sounds good. Only a couple years ago during the drop in oil prices did DL say that NYC was finally profitable.

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by MSPNWA
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MEM to release new plans for Concourse redo on 4-20
Replies: 14
Views: 2467

Re: MEM to release new plans for Concourse redo on 4-20

If this were any other airport that lost its hub i would think a renovation is crazy, but MEM has the fedex money that will keep flowing, so maybe a nice idea. MEM O&D traffic has increased since the hub was closed, so one area of demand has risen. Obviously traffic past security has plummeted,...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43548

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

What makes you say that? The major work thing. Just that. There's no significant improvements to the systems being planned. Until they do, it's just lip service they will repeat. This was a complete failure on many levels. From outdated systems, to improper staffing, to customer unfriendly practice...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43548

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

"Since the technology outage in August, it has been my top priority to make sure Delta people don’t have to endure this type of situation again," Bastian said. "We have made progress but clearly must redouble our efforts." https://www.buzzfeed.com/venessawong/delta-suffered-syst...

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by MSPNWA
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping
Replies: 80
Views: 6919

Re: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping

Oh great, admittedly ignorant politicians thinking they now have the knowledge to properly legislate away the world's problems. I hope this bill dies the sudden death it deserves. But, as has been shown in the main passenger assault thread, UA had other options to get their crew to SDF. They elected...

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by MSPNWA
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA
Replies: 69
Views: 10332

Re: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA

Sad news for the employees at MSP. This is home for so many of them, and this is a big blow for the senior ranks at MSP. I would expect a lot of turnover. Maybe that was part of the point--to purge the veterans.

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by MSPNWA
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Name the USA airport-early 1980s
Replies: 23
Views: 3769

Re: Name the USA airport-early 1980s

Definitely looks like Buffalo. You can match up about every building in the background. Probably taken early-mid morning in the springtime.

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by MSPNWA
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 4644

Re: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?

This thread title is missing the "and consumers" at the end. It's surprising how many people no-show or otherwise don't make a flight. Stopping overbooking will raise costs for the airline, leading to less supply/higher fares. Load factors will drop, leading to more flights being needed to...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

It's your opinion as to whether a Twitter user is 'ignorant' or isn't a 'good source of authority'. A paying, non-violent passenger being bloodied and knocked unconscious by the police while being removed from an aircraft, I think everyone in this thread agrees that that's clearly a story. It's not...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

https://twitter.com/ProducerCody/status ... 08/photo/1



A clearly ignorant Twitter user isn't a good source of authority on the matter. They're the very type why these things become stories when they shouldn't.
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indcwby wrote:
Not really. They are already getting roasted for that response.

https://twitter.com/ProducerCody/status ... 08/photo/1



A clearly ignorant Twitter user isn't a good source of authority on the matter. They're the very type why these things become stories when they shouldn't.

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

https://twitter.com/united/status/85147 ... 60/photo/1

Very proper response. Good to see that from the CEO.
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indcwby wrote:
Interesting Choice of words from United's CEO..... "I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers..." And you thought they couldn't get worst than this....
https://twitter.com/united/status/85147 ... 60/photo/1

Very proper response. Good to see that from the CEO.

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43548

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

Are you honestly serious in thinking that DL differs at all from the rest of the pack? So somehow DL is the only airline that is a "greedy investor oriented corporation that is too big to care..." ? That is simply asinine - DL is just like every single other airline in this regard. That's...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

DfwRevolution wrote:
The big winner today is Delta, whose having the spotlight for their operational issues taken off them!

They never got the spotlight on them in the first place. If airline stories don't prove that the media is a cruel joke, nothing will.

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112869

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Cyow wrote:
Never flying United again. Bring back Continental. This merger has been a disaster.


Hope you avoid AA and DL as well since they also contract with Republic.

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by MSPNWA
Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16224

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

Falls on B6's side it does. What the article failed to mention is that that's 600 DEPARTING seats/day, or roughly 4 MD80 turns/day. Sure, that's not much of an improvement, but it does make a point. A document that SEA published regarding common-use gates said this: 1. 600 seats is actually about a...

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by MSPNWA
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch
Replies: 191
Views: 16224

Re: JetBlue May Delay ATL Launch

I thought it was already pointed out earlier in this thread that at certain times of the day that the gates preferred by B6 are occupied by the international push? No one has posted any hard evidence that it is true. Only speculative statements. Interesting follow-up article: http://www.myajc.com/b...

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by MSPNWA
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43548

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

For a company that is so allegedly focused on "customer service" the inability, or refusal to play well with others via standard interline practices is mindboggling and hardly a pro consumer outcome. They only need the public perception of being a "customer service" airline. Tha...

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by MSPNWA
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43548

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

That was obviously a very bad day of severe weather, but I've never seen a day of thunderstorms bring an airline to its knees like this. This is unbelievable. Another epic meltdown for DL operations. Obviously much of this couldn't be avoided, but it seems like a lot of could have. When you hold pas...

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by MSPNWA
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta MD88 v MD90 Thread
Replies: 43
Views: 4858

Re: Delta MD88 v MD90 Thread

If I'm not mistaken, the original batch of MD-90s had some sort of entertainment system (I'd assume overhead screens given the time period) that was removed at some point. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think any of them have any kind of that now, just power at some seats towar...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian reveals new a321neo interiors
Replies: 54
Views: 10667

Re: Hawaiian reveals new a321neo interiors

I'm mixed on it--likes and dislikes. Looks like cloth Y seats? If so, that's a definite, unexpected plus. Much higher F and Y+ ratios are welcome too. Downsides are only USB power in Y- (to me that's not real power), and an apparently fairly tight configuration. I'm curious to find out the pitch, be...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 49
Views: 7677

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

I suspect the issue lies in the products in question not being widely available from the NYC market yet -- thus raising customer expectations while not being able to meet those expectations consistently. If your marketing convinces premium customers to plunk down a bunch of money for a product whic...

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW
Replies: 89
Views: 12223

Re: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW

Shocking to me that AA will cede JFK-SJU completely and leave it to B6 and DL. Didn't see that coming back in the day.

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by MSPNWA
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mike Pence's 2002 Comments, And Woman In The Workplace
Replies: 71
Views: 1635

Re: Mike Pence's 2002 Comments, And Woman In The Workplace

I'm sorry that both you and your girlfriend think of you as a giant pair of gonads with no prefrontal cortex to control your sexual urges. I'm also sorry that you have so little trust in your relationship. In a trusting relationship, jealousy has no role. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why yo...

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