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by superjeff
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Berlin
Replies: 69
Views: 7172

Re: Trans-Atlantic Berlin

I think there's more to that. TXL's terminal is a dump (and I'm putting it mildly). When the new terminal at BER is finally completed (I think the latest estimate is in about another 50 years, the way it's going), there will be more capacity in a more modern terminal, so at that point I would not be...

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by superjeff
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SwiftAir at MKE- Wait, who?!
Replies: 13
Views: 2094

Re: SwiftAir at MKE- Wait, WHO?!

Just saw a 737-400 at DFW this morning - Registration ended in “AU” which indicates a former US Airways plane as well. Note that Swift bought the new Eastern Airlines and has a couple of their 738’s as well.

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by superjeff
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented
Replies: 60
Views: 8270

Re: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented

OMFG this is groundbreaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "In November, the airline will be launching customer experience menu cards, which will include information on timing for each service and details on the inflight food and beverage offerings. In December, the airline will launch new upgraded cutler...

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by superjeff
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?
Replies: 27
Views: 5426

Re: Early 747 lounges on upper deck?

Braniff had typically Braniff colors in their 747-127 (variously nicknamed the Great Pumpkin, Super Carrot, etc). kind of matched the Flight Attendant's wild Pucci uniforms :-)

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by superjeff
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16486

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

This is a great merger and will happen in next few years: 1. Trump admin will allow it Not so sure. Just because he's a business man? Obama let AA/US happen. 2. UA gets back to JFK and while they will be bigger at EWR, they will start flying international from both airports plus the trans cons and ...

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by superjeff
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58440

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

What I find interesting in this thread is that everybody seems to think Southwest will bring fare competition. They won’t. Look at the last few years on the mainland; they are not the low fare leader they once were. They will be competitive from secondary California cities, but anybody coming from ...

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by superjeff
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 58440

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

What I find interesting in this thread is that everybody seems to think Southwest will bring fare competition. They won’t. Look at the last few years on the mainland; they are not the low fare leader they once were. They will be competitive from secondary California cities, but anybody coming from f...

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by superjeff
Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is there a reason that ISP does not really have Western / West Coast service?
Replies: 10
Views: 1897

Re: Is there a reason that ISP does not really have Western / West Coast service?

The market is a bit limited, because the airlines can generally make more money on other routes.

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by superjeff
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is going on with Southwest at PBI?
Replies: 26
Views: 3314

Re: What is going on with Southwest at PBI?

Even though Southwest has never served PBI nonstop from DAL, Palm Beach International Airport actually backed the repeal of the Wright Amendment back in 2006. Southwest could do at least weekend-only nonstop service from DAL to PBI. Will Southwest add at least weekend-only nonstop service from DAL ...

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by superjeff
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Strategy for the last 10 years
Replies: 22
Views: 2907

Re: Delta Strategy for the last 10 years

I think DL has done a good job establishing themselves as a leader in the industry - in the way they treat customers, the way they treat employees, and the way they appeal to investors. If you look back over the past few years, DL has often led the charge on things like profit sharing, raises for v...

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by superjeff
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Announces TXL-JFK, DUS-MIA
Replies: 33
Views: 6842

Re: LH Announces TXL-JFK, DUS-MIA

NZ321 wrote:
Surely, regardless of other AB routes LH should operate TXL-JFK. Surely this is a cornerstone German -US route.


Makes sense, assuming that there's a lot of premium traffic on the route. I do believe that Delta and Air Berlin carried a good volume of J traffic. Not sure on United out of Newark.

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by superjeff
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no DTW-HNL?
Replies: 62
Views: 9073

Re: Why no DTW-HNL?

Actually, the fares to Hawaii are up and steady; these are not money losing routes for anybody. That’s why there are so many airlines flying to Hawaii. The “Low Yield” argument is partially, at least, not true. Compare the fares with similar ones on a per mile/kilometer basis on the mainland and the...

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by superjeff
Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?
Replies: 38
Views: 3898

Re: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?

What is probably the most comparable destination to HNL in Europe? My thought would be the Canary Islands (i.e, Teneriffe) or Madeira. The significant Portuguese population was enticed to go for jobs in the sugar industry back in the late 1800's and early 1900's because the climate is similar, and ...

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by superjeff
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?
Replies: 38
Views: 3898

Re: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?

[quote="77HI could at most maybe see a Long Haul LCC operating a few flights nonstop: Europe to Hawaii on a limited basis during really peak travel periods. I think the main factor playing against a EUR-HI nonstop is the fact that there are so many 1 stop offerings on network carriers already. ...

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by superjeff
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 16559

Re: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018

IMO, if AUS had its master plan in place today, possibly doubling the gate count (I've seen several models), I think they would be filled quickly. The growth there is just nuts. Sorry, I am not familiar with that region. What is the reason for this growth? I assume it's not or not only related to o...

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by superjeff
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. House of Representatives votes to block aircraft sales to Iran
Replies: 46
Views: 9521

Re: House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

The action, if taken, could apply to U.S. supplied components. Since Airbus uses U.S. built parts they could be affected. And I think there are many who believe that Iran is already breaching the treaty.

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by superjeff
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of ISP
Replies: 320
Views: 31776

Re: The Future of ISP

Penn Air tried BOS-ISP-BOS unsuccessfully a couple of years ago, so apparently that doesn't work. I would not be surprised to see American Eagle operating CLT-ISP-CLT with piedmont ER4 equipment as they replace their Dash 8's; Southwest has cut back a lot in the last couple of years to move many fli...

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by superjeff
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Most iconic airline for the most important planes?
Replies: 25
Views: 4493

Re: Most iconic airline for the most important planes?

I would also include Braniff for the 727-200 (their domestic fleet was all 722's except for the 747 (which flew DFW-HNL-DFW). Pan Am clearly the 747 (the decision to build it was based on a handshake between Bill Allen of Boeing and Juan Trippe of Pan Am. The Constellation was built as a result of a...

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by superjeff
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22080

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

The two gates that Virgin America (now Alaska) has are not Southwest's. They are subleased from American. Southwest has no claim on them. The problems at Love Field are related to the artificial restrictions on Love Field. The easiest way to solve the problems is to allow the addition of additional ...

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by superjeff
Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?
Replies: 87
Views: 10981

Re: Who will get to HNL first: EK or QR?

Why fly 25 hours to a tropical beach destination, when the same tropical experience can be reached at half the time or less? What does Hawaii have on offer, that you can't find in e.g. Thailand, Malaysia or the Phlips at less than half the price? To start with, everything works in Hawaii, which is ...

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by superjeff
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines at JFK, A Few Years From Now
Replies: 29
Views: 3393

Re: American Airlines at JFK, A Few Years From Now

Is there a large enough FF base on eastern Long Island to warrant an Eagle or two to PHL. Could capture MAN,BUD, PRG etc Maybe 2x daily Egale to PHL to connect to unique European destinations from PHL? Might be worth a thought or two. It could be useful. There are actually 3x daily Eagle Dash 8's f...

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by superjeff
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort
Replies: 44
Views: 4868

Re: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort

Indeed. Although it's notable that virtually all of the major U.S. airlines that owned major U.S. hotel chains ultimately decided the synergies of common ownership were suboptimal. Perhaps Allegiant will be different - I think, in fact, that a compelling argument could be made that this will be diff...

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by superjeff
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 56
Views: 9867

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

Years ago, I flew LAX-SYD on Qantas. Didn't realize the flight I was on had a stop in Nadi. It was right along the route (we flew near Fiji on the nonstop back to the U.S.). So, it is feasible to operate some kind of "scissor hub" in NAN, but the question is to/from where? They'd need addi...

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by superjeff
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do any US airlines offer economy meals for domestic destinations?
Replies: 15
Views: 2606

Re: Do any US airlines offer economy meals for domestic destinations?

But two drink services and a biscoff cookie is a joke for MIA-LAX or MIA-SEA a 6.5 hour flight some days. I assume they do offer snacks/meals for purchase, though. Actually, that may explain why they don't offer a more substantial complementary snack -- if they did fewer people would choose to purc...

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by superjeff
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 10996

Re: Just a Matter of Time: SWA will be Largest US carrier

they are also the best U.S. airline, which explains their growth. Have flown AA, UA & DL hundreds of times, not through choice & would much rather fly WN anyday. Less figjammers passengers on WN as well. (figjammer is F..k, I'm, Good, Just, Ask, Me) That's subjective. Ask somebody else and ...

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by superjeff
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 14149

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

[Also, consider that DFW was constructed so that ~half is in Dallas city limits and ~half is in Fort Worth city limits -- hence its extreme linear design. Trying to construct a giant new terminal on one city's "property" or the other's likely would not go down well politically.[/quote] Tru...

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by superjeff
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former AA CEO Bob Crandall Speech at the Wings Club
Replies: 10
Views: 1749

Re: Former AA CEO Bob Crandall Speech at the Wings Club

When Southwest started, American was a (strong) number two in Dallas, their home, to Braniff. I think Crandall is part of the reason that Braniff, Eastern, and Pan Am are all gone today. But I don't blame him for how he handled Southwest. In 1971, American was still based in New York and was not fly...

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by superjeff
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will be the ME3 next expand in the US?
Replies: 35
Views: 4150

Re: Where will be the ME3 next expand in the US?

[ Adding AUS makes no sense. London is a much different market than the Middle East. This makes as much sense as saying BNA, CLE, CMH, CVG, IND, MCI, MKE, STL, etc. should have an ME3 since AUS had LHR.[/quote For one of the ME3 (i.e., QR) absolutely. But Austin is a pretty good market for internati...

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by superjeff
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.
Replies: 152
Views: 9755

Re: Badly Named (Or Branded) Airlines.

csturdiv wrote:
One of the worst is SCAT.


Agree. sounds like a bug spray. Years ago, there was a commuter in Mississippi (US) called SCAT (South Central Air Transport). Lasted about six months. Plus the "other" meaning of SCAT, and the current airline.

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by superjeff
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD
Replies: 18
Views: 7560

Re: Euro Trip: United ORD-LHR & TXL-EWR-ORD

Really enjoyed both your report itself and your photos! You take really great pictures. Agree fully about all the places you went, including Berlin (one of my favorites), Paris, Barcelona, and Prague. Next time, add Vienna and Budapest if you're in that part of Europe. And Tegel Airport is kind of t...

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by superjeff
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit and United? Rumor has it.
Replies: 51
Views: 11753

Re: Spirit and United? Rumor has it.

How many people saw Alaska and Virgin America getting together? I rest my case... Alaska and Virgin America were relatively similar. Both have a reputation for having higher quality service than most of their competition. That said, Alaska bought Virgin as a competitive preemption of jetBlue. This ...

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by superjeff
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RH Jetbridges?
Replies: 3
Views: 911

Re: RH Jetbridges?

Years ago, in the early propeller age, many airplanes had doors on the right side (i.e., early DC3's and Convair 240's. Over time, they converted to left side doors, for consistency more than anything, as it made it easier to park numerous airplanes side by side. When the jets came out, and they sta...

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by superjeff
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: German federal transport minister wants TXL to be kept open
Replies: 84
Views: 10113

Re: German federal transport minister wants TXL to be kept open

TXL is a mess right now, but the same as airports in ATL, PIT, DEN (Stapleton) were before their terminals were replaced. The convenience of TXL to Berlin cannot be denied; there is a definite need here. Yes, BER will (assuming it ever gets finished) be a magnificent monument to the new Germany and ...

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by superjeff
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is protected US domestic market really unique?
Replies: 56
Views: 4569

Re: Is protected US domestic market really unique?

This is a matter of protecting the 'turf' of USA based airline companies as well as the need to segregate for border control purposes. To allow a domestic flight within the USA on a foreign airline would mean a major potential security and customs hassle along with costs no airline and the TSA woul...

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by superjeff
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 21059

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

It would be great to see CVG get a flight to LHR. I wouldn't be surprised to see DL try to push AA off of RDU-LHR as well. It's hard to imagine any other medium airport getting it with few connections and loyal fliers on the LHR end. Most of the US hubs have plenty of service already. There is also...

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by superjeff
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen
Replies: 54
Views: 8404

Re: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen

EA outbidding PA for NA would have been an interesting situation as well; that carrier would go from being strong on the east coast to being THE dominant carrier there, with decent European routes from MIA and room to grow at IAH. PA and EA should have gotten married, not EA and NA. However, I don'...

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by superjeff
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen
Replies: 54
Views: 8404

Re: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen

Hold on, at time of merger US was profitable and AA was in chapter 11 was it not? Actually, AA entered bankruptcy with more cash on hand and more assets than any other previous bankruptcy (Braniff, Continental, Eastern, Frontier (1), United, TWA, Pan Am, etc.). American would have exited bankruptcy...

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by superjeff
Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Long Haul Flight with Baby Girl - Business Class with Air Canada to the U.S.
Replies: 6
Views: 5715

Re: First Long Haul Flight with Baby Girl - Business Class with Air Canada to the U.S.

Enjoyed your report (even the German - Meine Deutch ist nicht sehr gut, aber ich verstahe ein bischen :-) ). How did you find a fare that low?

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by superjeff
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Entry level photography equipment
Replies: 8
Views: 1012

Re: Entry level photography equipment

I don't think there is a "bad" DSLR. I personally use a Nikon D7200 with an 18-200mm f3.5/5.6 telephoto for most of my shots; I am thinking about an 18-300 mm (which is a bit longer and heavier, but. . . ). I also have an Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II four thirds model, which is smaller (becaus...

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by superjeff
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH's Future International Carriers
Replies: 13
Views: 3149

Re: IAH's Futute International Carriers

I would think any new international carriers might most likely be Star Alliance, with United's Mega Hub. ANA could complement United's Tokyo service. I don't see COPA (because they apparently have a "gentlemen's agreement" that COPA won't fly into a United hub, but maybe Avianca? Especiall...

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by superjeff
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 26965

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

As the reply #131 states, it was operated albeit briefly. And definitely out of 4E. Without getting into an argument, that would agree with my original comments: It might have been a one-off. . . . Sounds like it was an odd week or so, and it would have to have stopped for fuel - IAD would be okay,...

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by superjeff
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 26965

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

I lived there in 1988. Did you? I flew out of terminal 4E weekly. Did you? It operated 2x weekly DFW-IAD-LHR. I really don't care if you believe me, because I know it was there, and it was not a one off. Actually, I did. In the DFW area since 1972. Worked for Braniff 1972-1977. I can find nothing a...

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by superjeff
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SJU regain hub status?
Replies: 42
Views: 6526

Re: Could SJU regain hub status?

hey're a territory. The island of Puerto Rico was seized during the Spanish American war in the late 1890s It wasn't technically seized it was ceded to the United States via the Treaty of Paris They are not a "territory" - they are a "Commonwealth" (the Free Associated State of ...

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by superjeff
Wed May 31, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DCA-GRR/XNA, New Codeshare Routes
Replies: 15
Views: 3023

Re: AA DCA-GRR/XNA, New Codeshare Routes

This was my first question when I read about AA launching GRR-DCA. This is going to cannibalize the bejesus out of DCA-LAN, which has never been a particularly solid route to begin with (although maybe I'm still stuck on Independence's ill-fated LAN-IAD, then NW moving in and crushing the little bl...

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by superjeff
Wed May 31, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO,SJU AA Widebodys question.
Replies: 8
Views: 1366

Re: MCO,SJU AA Widebodys question.

Anywhere to Hawaii is a much longer flight than U.S. East Coast (anywhere) to San Juan. And many HNL/OGG/LIH/KOA flights from the U.S. Mainland and Canada are on narrow body equipment. Why would they add widebodies to SJU, which is a financial disaster these days? Maybe an occasional widebody from a...

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by superjeff
Wed May 31, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SJU regain hub status?
Replies: 42
Views: 6526

Re: Could SJU regain hub status?

How do you annex something that is already part of the US? I think you need to read up on your history. They're a territory. The island of Puerto Rico was seized during the Spanish American war in the late 1890s, and remains as a territory to this day. Annexation only occurs when a territory become...

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