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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Benefits for Norwegian at Stewart or Providence
Replies: 22
Views: 3806

Re: Benefits for Norwegian at Stewart or Providence

Maybe you think $3 a seat will change anybody's mind. 'The Port Authority will pay up to $3 per departing seat offered by airlines on new nonstop routes, with the total benefit not to exceed $250,000 for international routes and $150,000 for domestic routes in the first full year of nonstop service...

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by usflyer msp
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

What a crap airline. Not a crap airline. A good airline, with good people. A crap new investment group owner/management team who made a horribly callous, calculated bottom line dollar judgment that blew up in their face. They've since backpedaled with a bigger than minimum "mea culpa" . S...

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by usflyer msp
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

Couldn’t they just have arranged with other carriers to get people home? There were no seats on AS through SEA, or AA through DFW, for example? That’s the danger of not being in IATA. Ironically if the ticket had been booked on Volaris or Interjet, they’re IATA members and thus rebooking can be don...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

As a MSP flyer, I’ve used SY in the past for leisure travel only. Safe to say I won’t be in the future. But whomever posted the “save $10 over DL” comment is exactly right - aside from the Minneapolis populace, no one will likely care a week from now. Who flies SY besides the "Minneapolis popu...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

Honest question, what if a stranded family does not have the money to purchase walk up fares on another carrier to get out of Mexico? Some stranger will eventually buy them one way tickets home. Seriously, what do you think will happen? I suppose they can stay there till Sun Country restarts servic...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

To be fair to Allegiant, I don't even think they would have done this. They always seem to have plenty of spares - I think even they would have organized a rescue flight... Except that they do. I flew them once and got caught on the front end of a hurricane, instead of cancelling, they pushed every...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

And you clearly don't understand everybody else's position. We are focused on what the end result means for passengers - and we believe most passengers would, when conditions make it necessary, prefer that the airline help them arrive home a couple of days late... rather than being told the airline...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

To be fair to Allegiant, I don't even think they would have done this. They always seem to have plenty of spares - I think even they would have organized a rescue flight...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

ehhhhhh... I dunno. I cannot recall ever hearing of a legacy that has literally left two planeloads of passengers in a foreign country with no effort to assist with return (be it logistically, financially or both), even if the delay was lengthy. Can you name an example? I said "like this"...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20853

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

Just for the PR alone, it would be worth their while to charter a Swift air or Prime air plane or two to sort this out. Yes, they are deservedly getting ripped apart in the media up here and the tone deaf CEO's comments did not help. The money they saved by not doing a subservice is going to be los...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1236

Re: Minneapolis air service discussion - 2018

The SY fleet doesn't have any spares. Instead of inconveniencing 800 people, they instead will leave it at the 400 or whatever yeah, I get the nature of their small, and seasonal fleet. But I think we can both agree that "inconveniencing" a plane full of people at LAX, SEA, DFW is one thi...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1236

Re: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion

SY cancelled their last flight of the season into MZT, told those on the return into MSP to find their own way home This company is finding new an amazing ways to drive away customers. Is this event factual? Anybody have a reference? I have some small skepticism that SY would literally strand US to...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upstate New York Thread - 2018
Replies: 279
Views: 16676

Re: Upstate New York Thread - 2018

The mainline legacy carriers have a strange dislike for Buffalo / BNIA. They never expand route wise and rarely attempt to. AA did have BUF -> Miami for a 2-3 week span during the holidays this past year and thats about it. I think they also took over BUF -> BOS when Delta stopped their direct flig...

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by usflyer msp
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US—Africa Nonstop Connection Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 3537

Re: US—Africa Nonstop Connection Thread

What about the chances of DL ATL-FNA-ROB-ATL? And if the ATL-JNB route is doing so well then could DL try a seasonal twice weekly CPT? Neither FNA nor ROB have the security infrastructure to support flights to the US (this is why DL had to fly ATL-ACC-ROB during their Liberian experiment - everythi...

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by usflyer msp
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US—Africa Nonstop Connection Thread
Replies: 32
Views: 3537

Re: US—Africa Nonstop Connection Thread

You missed quite a few - Current and Announced US-Africa routes http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=EWR-LFW%0d%0aEWR-ABJ%0d%0aJFK-LOS%0d%0aJFK-NBO%0d%0aJFK-DSS%0d%0aJFK-ACC%0d%0aJFK-CMN%0d%0aJFK-CAI%0d%0aJFK-JNB%0d%0aIAD-ACC%0d%0aIAD-DSS%0d%0aIAD-CMN%0d%0aBOS-RAI%0d%0aATL-JNB%0d%0aATL-LOS%0d%0aIAD-ADD%0d%0aO...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6018

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

Low O&D numbers (which get the alleged premium fares vs. NYC), then the rest of the cabin filled by junk connecting fares. Connecting fares are not "junk" - it is actually where the money is in TATL lately - The $1400 DAY-CDG passenger is much more profitable than the $500 JFK-CDG pas...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6018

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

I don’t understand your comment...??? Little to no competition to most markets intl/dom Price premium over JFK/EWR where there’s a bloodbath of competition So what part of owning an airport basically, with higher profit margins than the neighboring ones is a joke?? Enlighten me please Low O&D n...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018
Replies: 803
Views: 43803

Re: What's Going On In Nashville? - 2018

My mom's 50th college reunion is in Nashville from 5/4 to 5/7 and it turns out my godmother (her roommate) is flying in from Amsterdam on the BA inaugural. I'm going to see if I can get her to swipe some memorabilia for me or at least take some photos.

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK
Replies: 113
Views: 18509

Re: Norwegian released worst forever monthly RASK 0,26 NOK

Everytime I see a post about how bad Norwegian is, I always wonder if the posters adopt the same approach to other parts of their lives, like never buy cheap clothes, cheap electronics etc. that have been made abroad? Or is there just a large dose of hypocrisy in relation to Norwegian? I think the ...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6018

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

Looked up the numbers, and was astonished to see just how comparatively small of an international market that PHL actually is. Despite being the 16th largest US gateway by int'l pax count, it seems in danger of being taken over by the likes of LAS, which has a similar int'l pax count (3.5million vs...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6018

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

It is not that small, the local market just has a lot of bleed to to cheaper, non-stop flights from NYC and WAS. If PHL was not 2 hours away from NYC and WAS, its' itnl pax numbers would probably increase by at least 50%. ...which would STILL put it behind the two aforementioned markets at the end....

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6018

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

Philadelphia's not a large market Looked up the numbers, and was astonished to see just how comparatively small of an international market that PHL actually is. Despite being the 16th largest US gateway by int'l pax count, it seems in danger of being taken over by the likes of LAS, which has a simi...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Asks Family of Boy With Down's Syndrome to Deplane
Replies: 50
Views: 7050

Re: AS Asks Family of Boy With Down's Syndrome to Deplane

The sister is being ridiculous - she was not even there! - then she is complaining about the airline not providing a hotel after they already waived the change fees and upgraded them to first class out of kindness. The hotel is not the airline's problem - if her family is so broke that they cannot a...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

I think Norwegian should have focused on Europe-Africa rather that the saturated tatl market. [...] Norwegian has absolutely no glue how to deal with the real life African-Africans. Their modus operandi is lightyears away from any commonly accepted business prectices. What in the world is that supp...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

I think Norwegian should have focused on Europe-Africa rather that the saturated tatl market. [...] Norwegian has absolutely no glue how to deal with the real life African-Africans. Their modus operandi is lightyears away from any commonly accepted business prectices. What in the world is that supp...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"
Replies: 11
Views: 2803

Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

L-AA 321's have sharklets and seatback IFE
L-US 321's don't
This is how they differentiate between the two -

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Class Service in MGM
Replies: 49
Views: 4695

Re: First Class Service in MGM

There's a key word there, ALABAMA... Just being the capital of a state doesn't mean crap, some state capitals don't have airline service at all... Alabama may have reputation of being culturally backwards but it still is a developed economy (Alabama and Finland have the roughly the same GDP) and th...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

British Airways have dumped their code and much of the P and L risk up on franchise partner Comair operating feeders into Johannesburg of late. UK has had little historical ties with the Central African belt and still doesn’t aside from doggy mining contracts. Those that might need to visit this ar...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

You should price out some itineraries...it'll probably answer a lot of questions. Europe (really just about anywhere, especially China/Asia)-Africa is significantly cheaper than people imagine. I think Norwegian should have focused on Europe-Africa rather that the saturated tatl market. The could p...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

I think Norwegian should have focused on Europe-Africa rather that the saturated tatl market. The could potentially charge profitable fares and still stimulate traffic in less competitive destinations like DKR and ABJ and DLA. The problem with Africa is the cost of operations. It's really expensive...

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by usflyer msp
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Class Service in MGM
Replies: 49
Views: 4695

Re: First Class Service in MGM

Exactly, its not like MGM has any sort of tourism, nor any significant business or education ties. Without Maxwell AFB, I doubt they'd have anywhere near the service they have now. You do realize MGM serves the capital of Alabama... There's a key word there, ALABAMA... Just being the capital of a s...

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by usflyer msp
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Class Service in MGM
Replies: 49
Views: 4695

Re: First Class Service in MGM

DiamondFlyer wrote:
KICT wrote:
Just be glad you have service at all.


Exactly, its not like MGM has any sort of tourism, nor any significant business or education ties. Without Maxwell AFB, I doubt they'd have anywhere near the service they have now.


You do realize MGM serves the capital of Alabama...

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by usflyer msp
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

I think Norwegian should have focused on Europe-Africa rather that the saturated tatl market. The could potentially charge profitable fares and still stimulate traffic in less competitive destinations like DKR and ABJ and DLA.

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by usflyer msp
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New airlines flying to CLT
Replies: 23
Views: 2336

Re: New airlines flying to CLT

CLT is not getting any west coast flights on a carrier other than AA - the local market is too small and too dominated by AA for them to be successful. CLT is a tough market for carriers to break into since it so over served relative to its local market. AA can easily match fares and frequency with ...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Benefits for Norwegian at Stewart or Providence
Replies: 22
Views: 3806

Re: Benefits for Norwegian at Stewart or Providence

Indeed the benefits of smaller secondary airports is that they're much cheaper than the large major airports when it comes to landing and handling costs. This is specially true in Europe where airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair fly into a lot of secondary airports and generally avoid the big expensi...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't any US carriers fly to Guyana?
Replies: 106
Views: 15302

Re: Why don't any US carriers fly to Guyana?

Contrary to popular belief there is travel between GEO and points in the USA aside from NYC. We have about 15,000 in MSP (I used to date one). They run all of the Caribbean restaurants in MSP except one. It is always an expensive ordeal for them to get back to GEO - they have to budget around $1100...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of Waco
Replies: 28
Views: 3261

Re: Potential of Waco

To add on to this, exactly which airport Ryanair fly to is almost 100mi away from the city it's suppose to served? For all the talk about how far BVA is, it's still "only" 60mi from Central Paris. (SWF is ~75mi from NYC. But NYC airports are a LOT more congested than DFW or AUS) Maybe not...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't any US carriers fly to Guyana?
Replies: 106
Views: 15302

Re: Why don't any US carriers fly to Guyana?

AA will do fine to GEO (even though those 4 hour redeyes are rough - too short to sleep but too long to stay awake). Their depth of their network and relative reliability should attract most of the business traffic headed to GEO and they can fill the rest of the plane with connections. It should not...

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by usflyer msp
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to fly to Pereira - Colombia as of Dec 20th
Replies: 19
Views: 2282

Re: American to fly to Pereira - Colombia as of Dec 20th

PEI airport is a dump. That said, the flight should do fine - plenty of traffic between PEI and the US.

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by usflyer msp
Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin
Replies: 76
Views: 10520

Re: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin

Yes, and it is way too much capacity if you ask me. Even a 777 is a stretch on this route. Why not keep it at a 789 to keep it profitable? BA and their research disagree with you. They wouldn't have upguaged to a 747 if they didn't plan on it being profitable. So it's not too much capacity -- from ...

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by usflyer msp
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DL UA will not honor Great Lakes Jet Express
Replies: 11
Views: 3912

Re: AA DL UA will not honor Great Lakes Jet Express

I don't understand the majors' problem. They hold the money on the interline ticket in most cases, as they tend to be validated on the larger carriers " ticket stock". They are not out any money . Just being obnoxious. I can understand cancelling an interline agreement , but usually shoul...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson
Replies: 37
Views: 4290

Re: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson

True but this tie in with the UA worldwide network may help this time but they are beginning service after high season , although fall would be a preferred time for golf and such due to cooler temps. We'll see. It may possibly be a reverse draw from high priced SGF. Air Tran seemed pleased and may ...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson
Replies: 37
Views: 4290

Re: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson

BKG keeps throwing money at sundry carriers for service and it never works out - when will they realize hillbilly tourists don't fly and business people greatly prefer to use SGF? True but this tie in with the UA worldwide network may help this time but they are beginning service after high season ...

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by usflyer msp
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson
Replies: 37
Views: 4290

Re: Silver Airways starting new routes out of Branson

BKG keeps throwing money at sundry carriers for service and it never works out - when will they realize hillbilly tourists don't fly and business people greatly prefer to use SGF?

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by usflyer msp
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA at JFK
Replies: 48
Views: 6857

Re: AA at JFK

There is nothing wrong with that at all. We are just following the downward trajectory over last 2 years. IMO it will likely continue. I expect MXP and SNN to be next...because if you can serve ZRH, my SNN or MXP. They are oddballs. For many years, DL had an operation of 100 flights or so. It was a...

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by usflyer msp
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?
Replies: 53
Views: 6911

Re: 4hr delays at SFO, what's up?

Thanks to their terrible runway configuration, this is a completely normal occurrence at SFO...

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by usflyer msp
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity
Replies: 125
Views: 17797

Re: Norwegian profit warning, try to raise equity

DY is such a sad saga.
At this point, they should just shut down the longhaul ops, sell the 787's while they are still in great demand, and refocus on their core profitable short-haul ops...

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by usflyer msp
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy
Replies: 50
Views: 13067

Re: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy

Isn't MU the same airline where the FA was photographed having oral relations with a passenger in the galley?

I wonder what goes on in their training center???

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by usflyer msp
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Senegal news?
Replies: 14
Views: 2288

Re: Air Senegal news?

Small markets (niche) can be extremely profitable. Another idea off the top of my head is running regional flights and partnering with Emirates - who fly full flights into Dakar and a few other cities, but generally have a lack of presence in the West African region with no significant partners for...

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by usflyer msp
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Senegal news?
Replies: 14
Views: 2288

Re: Air Senegal news?

Part of the problem is traffic right - In spite of the Yomoussoukro Declaration which has been calling for open sky for almost 20 years, many States restrict traffic rights to protect their national airlines even though the national airlines is often only a paper airlines. Actually, Senegal is one ...

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