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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident
Replies: 65
Views: 5217

Re: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incidentp

Sounds like this lady was sheepish and afraid to be more assertive at the time; afraid of confrontation. She had paid for two seats and had two boarding passes, there's no reason she should have just sat there and given it away, then deciding to sue later. Why was it so difficult to call over a FA a...

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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 44
Views: 9075

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

I flew Club Europe from LHR to HEL last year and was thoroughly disappointed. Terminal 3 was an awful experience. Probably the worst business lounge at a hub airport that I've ever seen. Onboard the seat pitch was extremely tight and the 'meal' was terrible - wilted lettuce salad with a tiny chicken...

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by rwsea
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sunday Times Article: ‘Anyone but British Airways’: turbulent times at the nation’s flag carrier
Replies: 44
Views: 9075

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

Looks like Portland was lucky to get Delta to LHR. I'd still prefer BA. Yes the inflight product is lacking, but it's not significantly worse than DL. And, BA offers lots of connecting options whereas DL offers none. DL's flight to AMS is very expensive because it's often the fastest and most conve...

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by rwsea
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US to ban travel to N Korea
Replies: 13
Views: 562

Re: US to ban travel to N Korea

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40680500 I suspect the reason for the ban may lay in possible action against NK by the US and allies after August. Remove possible hostages/human shields long before the event. Lets see in Japan and others follow a similar path. I think the US government is tired ...

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by rwsea
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA to soon ban electronic checkin for all inbound int'l flights
Replies: 35
Views: 8501

Re: TSA to soon ban electronic checkin for all inbound int'l flights

AMS has been doing something like this for 2 years or so. They have a nice compromise procedure. You check in online as normal, then when you connect to the TATL flight to the US, you are directed to "gate" D1 or E4 to get asked these questions, and lastly they give you a paper boarding p...

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by rwsea
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump's Twiitter Account: Presidential or a Bully Pulpit?
Replies: 70
Views: 1898

Re: Trump's Twiitter Account: Presidential or a Bully Pulpit?

Looks like the old, fat, orange man is having a hissy fit because his tax cut disguised as a health care bill is stalled. Or maybe that's why he's trying to distract us.

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by rwsea
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SkyPesos? Nope.
Replies: 27
Views: 1634

Re: SkyPesos? Nope.

Using them is not the issue, earning them is the issue. Big difference in the amount I'm earning now with all airlines since we switched from a mileage based point system to a revenue based one. There also seems to be fewer ways to earn miles than with other airlines. Sure, there's the credit card ...

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by rwsea
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU
Replies: 43
Views: 5583

Re: WN Ending Cuba Service to VRA & SNU

Cuba visa requirements for U.S. nationals are what's preventing the non-HAV flights from really taking off. Not true. No visa issues whatsoever for Americans wanting to visit Cuba. The issue is the US treasury department restrictions placed on US Nationals, and I would guess that the issues related...

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by rwsea
Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Support Dog Mauls Passenger on DL Flight
Replies: 118
Views: 15143

Re: Support Dog Mauls Passenger on DL Flight

He deserves every penny that he is going to get... Agreed. Unfortunately DL will be the one that gets sued and they didn't even have a dog in the fight... too soon? The dog's owner should be the one who pays, or perhaps DL can sue them to recover costs. DL should be sued. There is no legal obligati...

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by rwsea
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 242
Views: 38362

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

18 hours in any economy seat sucks. At that point how good the service/food/etc is on one airline versus another is irrelevant as most of the trip you are just sitting bored at your seat. Not necessarily. The problem is that UA doesn't have additional services to compensate for the long flight time...

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by rwsea
Thu May 25, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will Hainan fly to in the US next?
Replies: 29
Views: 2589

Re: Where will Hainan fly to in the US next?

ANA787 wrote:
PDX-PEK


I think PDX-PVG would be better for them, given all the Nike traffic to Shanghai.

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by rwsea
Mon May 22, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership
Replies: 23
Views: 2226

Re: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership

So that brings the total to 7 one world partners in AS' frequent flyer programme. I wish AS would just join one world already. Yes, yes, I know all the arguments against AS joining an alliance, the have been discussed here to death: AS gets to pick and choose its partners, and gets the best of ever...

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by rwsea
Mon May 22, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership
Replies: 23
Views: 2226

Re: Alaska and Finnair announce mileage partnership

Maybe we'll see HEL-SEA/PDX service someday. https://newsroom.alaskaair.com/2017-05-22-Alaska-Airlines-and-Finnair-announce-frequent-flyer-partnership https://www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/how-to-earn-miles/airline-partners/finnair.aspx A couple years back there was probably a strong deman...

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by rwsea
Thu May 18, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 15022

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

My prediction: PDX x4 GEG x2 SFO x1 LAX x1 LAS x1 If they're only going to offer 1 or 2 daily flights to major markets in CA, then it's likely that in many cases the flight times will only be attractive to a small segment of the market. They'll need additional lift to PDX so that they can offer some...

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by rwsea
Wed May 17, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 15022

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

I'm not as familiar with the city, but would it not be more wise to build a rail line to allow those commuters to avoid the traffic? They actually are already. But it's still a distance of 30-40 miles between the two airports. The rail line (which won't be complete for 15+ years, btw) is actually p...

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by rwsea
Tue May 09, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG
Replies: 127
Views: 14547

Re: UA EWR passenger sent to SFO instead of CDG

I think the woman made a innocent mistake because she is elderly and not a seasoned traveler. Airlines used to care for these people, and kids or animals. Now not so much any more and those things happen, because although they stopped caring they still take the business. Maybe it can be worked out ...

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by rwsea
Mon May 01, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: On US Domestic flights is curtain between F and Y used?
Replies: 33
Views: 4142

Re: On US Domestic flights is curtain between F and Y used?

I find that they are used most of the time on UA and DL, about 50% on AS. Of course, since they are translucent they have just about zero value. US airlines also don't have any curtain separating first class from the galley, so the pax in the first few rows of first get to hear all the gossip from t...

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by rwsea
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 44049

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

As a medallion member on delta this is what I received today, after my flights were delayed last week, 20,000 MILES TO SAY WE'RE SORRY. Last week, severe weather and tornadic activity at our Atlanta hub caused a major disruption in our flight operations and your travel plans. Our response in the da...

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by rwsea
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United to RTM
Replies: 41
Views: 11949

Re: Rumor: United to RTM

It would be convenient to have a New York option out of RTM, but that said, Rotterdam Central Station is only a 25 minute train ride directly to Schiphol. Even the slow trains are about 45 minutes, which is still less than the time it takes to get from EWR to Manhattan on most days. RTM itself isn't...

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by rwsea
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA drops NRT-ICN; move 3 737 back to Mainland from Guam
Replies: 59
Views: 13245

Re: UA drops NRT-ICN; move 3 737 back to Mainland from Guam

UA has really receded its presence at ICN. As of October, UA will only have a single daily 772 flight to ICN from SFO. At one point several years ago, UA sent 3x daily 777/744 mix to ICN. UA does very well in other Asian markets, but it seems like that the Korean market just doesn't work for them. ...

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by rwsea
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan
Replies: 138
Views: 31365

Re: JAL to announce new routes and medium term plan

PDX would make me very happy. I won't be flying DL internationally anymore given the termination of the partnership with AS. JAL would be a far superior carrier with many more connections than what DL currently provides.

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by rwsea
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11052

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, and KLM operate international flights out of Chicago O'Hare, and the Delta nonstops between SEA and ORD give Seattle-area customers access to international flights operated by Delta's codeshare partners to Europe and Mexico out of Chicago O'Hare. Seattle has twice ...

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by rwsea
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11052

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, and KLM operate international flights out of Chicago O'Hare, and the Delta nonstops between SEA and ORD give Seattle-area customers access to international flights operated by Delta's codeshare partners to Europe and Mexico out of Chicago O'Hare. Seattle has twice ...

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by rwsea
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska and Condor becoming mileage partners
Replies: 5
Views: 895

Re: Alaska and Condor becoming mileage partners

Just saw this https://newsroom.alaskaair.com/2017-03-20-Alaska-Airlines-adds-Europes-Condor-Airlines-as-Mileage-Plan-Partner https://alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/how-to-earn-miles/airline-partners/condor.aspx 4x/weekly PDX-FRA on DE has been such a success it wouldn't surprise me to now see P...

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by rwsea
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11052

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

This is not overly shocking. Delta wants seats to feed its Asian connections and ORD is a major origin of that traffic. Also Delta wants to serve all of the important business destinations for Frequent Flyers. No one can be too shocked at this, Delta is going all cards in on making Asia work. This ...

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by rwsea
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11052

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

I don't think what they do is to take passengers from your 2 hubs to make it work on a 3rd... this is a logical add to their network and it's more about the seattle hub than it is about ORD. The ORD- hkg connection seems just ok though. West bound you'll have 5 hours which is a bit long. Wouldn't s...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 14435

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

I have horror stories from lots of countries that make entering the US seem like a dream by comparison. Care to enlighten us? I've seen long lines at US immigration for sure, but those are not the norm. I usually wait an hour at LHR, no matter where I am coming from or the time of day. Ever landed ...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 14435

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

"easier upon arrival in the USA is overstated as it simply shifts the hassle to your origin." ....which is the point, it is less of a hassle dealing with only the pax from one airport versus the multitudes from multiple airports in one big facility with much longer lines. Most business ho...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 14435

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

I see it as simple as not having all pax flow through one pipe. On arrival in MIA from Jamaica, I encounter much more pax than if I was able to pre-clear. If you look at staffing in the US, are they able to roster staff just for peak periods or must staff present for the entire day? - Union issue? ...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 14435

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

The talks for pre clearance at Manchester are still on track, announcement could be soon. Whatever you think of Trump and his policies, rejecting pre clearance is short sighted. Trump will last 4 years, doubtful he will get the 8. It's unlikely pre clearance wouldn't have been up and running at AMS...

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by rwsea
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 14435

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

I'm an American citizen and frequently travel to AMS. I see zero benefit whatsoever from Preclearance. It adds a lot of additional hassle at check-in, as you now need to arrive an extra hour or so early and have to worry about checking in luggage, going through immigration, then claiming luggage aga...

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by rwsea
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)
Replies: 63
Views: 14643

Re: List of busiest airports in Europe (2016)

I lived in AMS for several years, and still go back a few times a year to visit. Over the last couple of years, Schiphol has seemed more and more crowded. Lines are longer for security and immigration, the lounges are getting busier, and it just feels much more hectic in general. Good for the Dutch ...

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by rwsea
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No Meal Service on DL ATL-SFO in F?
Replies: 57
Views: 8600

Re: No Meal Service on DL ATL-SFO in F?

Question; If flying in Domestic First - does the passenger have access to the on of DL's lounges? Understandably, the passenger has a higher probability of being a FF member, and may likely already be eligible due to status - however, access to the lounge for dinner prior to the flight might be a d...

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by rwsea
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which major airline has the worst business class hard product?
Replies: 54
Views: 3140

Re: Worst Business Class

I don't think you can tag an airline this way. For example, the UA 747-400 Business Class seats don't all have direct aisle access, but their 787 seats do. LH is still flying aircraft with lay flat seats, but they aren't 180 degrees to the floor, but not all their aircraft are that way. Not true, U...

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by rwsea
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA converts UA 916/917 to AKL to seasonal service
Replies: 95
Views: 19365

Re: United suspends AKL

Isn't this a JV route? If so, I've understood it that both carriers of the JV must offer a route in order to get anti-trust immunity. Maybe I am wrong.

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by rwsea
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transatlantic J
Replies: 19
Views: 2653

Re: Transatlantic J

This is a pretty short flight, so I wouldn't bother connecting at a congested hub in Europe, nor would I bother with a connection somewhere in the US where you are forced to go through customs and wait around for a domestic flight connection. I'd go non-stop. Whether the EUR 500 upgrade is worth it ...

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by rwsea
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

Haven't the big losers in Seattle been mostly United, and to a lesser extent WN? I had been expecting WN to grow, and rather they have backed off their Seattle flights. Alaska and JetBlue are both fairly well positioned in their markets. Long term they should consider some code sharing. One is a we...

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by rwsea
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

RWSEA nailed this best up further.... this is a big loss for us PDX based flyers doing a mix of domestic + international. I have been MVPGold for 4-5 years now. Doing 100k miles, with 4-5 international trips to Europe/Asia/Australia, plus lots of domestic stuff. Right now, I honestly don't know wha...

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by rwsea
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

Most of us expected the breakup with the DL SEA buildup, but PDX hasn't been mentioned much. SEA will be fine with DL and AS independent, but PDX is a big question mark. How will the DL long-haul flying fare without the codeshare? Will DL add some routes to support them or cut something? LHR in par...

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by rwsea
Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

NW operated the AMS flight before DL UA operated LHR/LGW (Pan Am before them) AF briefly opeated CDG before DL took it over NW operated NRT (as did UA) OZ and KE on ICN HU on PEK and PVG etc etc etc... Also DL had an Asian gateway at PDX back in the day, in case anyone forgot about that... I'm surp...

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by rwsea
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

Being based in PDX, this isn't great news for me. I'm loyal to AS for all of my domestic travel, as they have the best schedule and best connections out of PDX. I travel frequently internationally though, and Delta currently has the best schedule. Most of us expected the breakup with the DL SEA bui...

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by rwsea
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12288

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

Being based in PDX, this isn't great news for me. I'm loyal to AS for all of my domestic travel, as they have the best schedule and best connections out of PDX. I travel frequently internationally though, and Delta currently has the best schedule. Not a fan of DL as I've had several poor experiences...

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by rwsea
Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Future Routes
Replies: 61
Views: 9146

Re: UA Future Routes

zrs70 wrote:
staralliance85 wrote:


IAD:

TLV: capital to capital service. TLV proves to be a success for UA.



Keep in mind that tlv isn't the capitol of Israel!


Okay, then what airport serves the capitol of Israel if it isn't TLV airport?

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by rwsea
Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL and the 777
Replies: 35
Views: 8061

Re: DL and the 777

DL's fleet has historically focused on the Atlantic, and for the most part, the 763s/764s they had pre-NW were good enough to cover most of those routes. As mentioned, DL started taking 777 deliveries to replace the M11s, but these didn't see their full potential for awhile due to DALPA issues. DL a...

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by rwsea
Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Sees Transatlantic Turning Sharply Negative
Replies: 50
Views: 12225

Re: UA Sees Transatlantic Turning Sharply Negative

1. On product, US carriers rapidly closed the gap, and in some ways are now superior to their European partners in Economy and Business Class. I'd say the DL J product is close or better to all the Euro carriers. Not sure I would go that far. The service on my last two flights was sloppy at best, u...

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by rwsea
Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska - British Airways plan codeshares
Replies: 50
Views: 7444

Re: Alaska - British Airways plan codeshares

ANA787 wrote:
Next up: BA adding PDX-LHR?


I sure hope so. DL is adding PDX-LHR, but it doesn't add any new connecting options. Would be great to have a second, daily flight to a major European hub with plenty of connecting opportunities.

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by rwsea
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM launches Windhoek 3x/week in W16
Replies: 11
Views: 3996

Re: KLM launches Windhoek 3x/week in W16

Great add for KLM. Namibia is an amazing country and this will make it more accessible vs. the current connections through JNB. I assume that passengers will stay on the plane in LAD and not need to disembark? Angola is a notoriously difficult place when it comes to visas, so I have to assume that c...

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by rwsea
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adding EWR-PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 40
Views: 6320

Re: AS adding EWR-PDX/SJC/SAN

Great news for the Pacific Northwest and for Alaska's expanding network. PDX definitely needs more capacity to NYC so this is a great add (fares have been very expensive as of late). It's also good to see AS continue to diversify beyond SEA. I hope AS will use this as an opportunity to start making ...

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by rwsea
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds 3x daily PDX-LAS
Replies: 13
Views: 3184

Re: DL adds 3x daily PDX-LAS

Despite the expensive WN fares on this route, there are still two other competitors: Alaska and Spirit. Regardless, Portland needs more service given the expensive fares and full flights. Will be interesting to see how it does.

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by rwsea
Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: food on domestic US flights
Replies: 56
Views: 8948

Re: food on domestic US flights

There used to be food prior to 9/11. It was one of the first things cut afterward as airlines were losing lots of money and many on the verge of bankruptcy. Unfortunately it has become the norm now, despite the fact that the airlines are pulling in record profits. There have been small incremental i...

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