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by diverdave
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Pilots Say 'What About Us?' After Delta Pays Out $1.1 Billion In Profit Sharing
Replies: 25
Views: 4626

Re: American Pilots Say 'What About Us?' After Delta Pays Out $1.1 Billion In Profit Sharing

Stunning. AA pilots negotiate an industry leading contract, Doug gives them a mid-contract raise of 8% without getting anything in return, and it's still not enough. When you have a union, you get what you negotiate. That's collective bargaining. If AA pilots wanted better profit sharing, they shoul...

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by diverdave
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was Southwest's Move Into Denver Predatory?
Replies: 63
Views: 5483

Re: Was Southwest's Move Into Denver Predatory?

DEN is the 4th largest domestic O&D airport in the USA. STL doesn't crack the top 30. Given that Southwest still likes to call itself a point-to-point carrier, a decision between big expansion at DEN or STL was a no-brainer. Huh? :shock: Not even close. http://www.city-data.com/forum/aviation/1...

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by diverdave
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 93230

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Boeing is guilty of price dumping too. They know they did it with the 787 and the 73W to UA Boeing is not guilty of price dumping to UA. Price dumping occurs when a foreign manufacturer exports a product at a price lower than what is charged in the domestic market. Which is exactly what Bombardier ...

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by diverdave
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 332
Views: 57030

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

If they have paid to secure those options, I find it very hard to see how an order without options can be cheaper. BA originally took the options back in 2007. Agreed - I would think the pricing on 10 year old options would be rather favorable unless there were some unfavorable cost escalation clau...

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by diverdave
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s
Replies: 332
Views: 57030

Re: Airbus Is in Talks With British Airways on More A380s

Revelation wrote:
And Leahy's confidence that a deal will get done suggests that they must be pretty close on the pricing.


Which makes me curious - what about the 7 existing options? Since they are negotiating rather than exercising the options, is BA trying to get the price down?

David

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by diverdave
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!
Replies: 63
Views: 8021

Re: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!

loisencroach wrote:
UA had nonstop HSV-LAX back in the day


I flew on that, though it was actually a one stop TYS-HSV-LAX! :smile:

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by diverdave
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 57985

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

I look at this as "Emirates is willing to take 36 A380s if Airbus is willing to sell them at or below cost." For strategic reasons, Airbus would like to keep the pipeline primed. Emirates knows this. So Emirates would have extracted the maximum value from their position as sole prospectiv...

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by diverdave
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Worst Airline in the USA?
Replies: 106
Views: 14232

Re: B6 Worst Airline in the USA?

"The Wall Street Journal looks at seven key operational metrics for their rankings, including on-time arrivals, canceled flights, extreme delays, 2-hour tarmac delays, mishandled luggage, involuntary bumping and complaints." So what is wrong with those metrics, and what would you propose ...

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by diverdave
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140
Replies: 46
Views: 8912

Re: Envoy Reactivating ERJ-140

cvgComair wrote:
I just removed it from the article, there is no sourcing to support this.


This are some references to reactivating these aircraft in this thread:

https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/2493893-post6435.html

https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/2493923-post6441.html

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by diverdave
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 85650

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

Airbus is proposing an industrial partnership with China to save the A380: https://www.ft.com/content/f67dd44e-f345-11e7-88f7-5465a6ce1a00 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/airbus-plots-china-deal-to-save-its-a380-superjumbo-3lfcptksw So it's kind of ironic that Bombardier turned to Airbus to prov...

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by diverdave
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on
Replies: 125
Views: 20406

Re: Alaska "Beyond" problems, Seattle Times finally catches on

n7371f wrote:
Not same models. AS is a Recaro slimline.


Everybody is installing slimline seats. VX would have done the same at some point.

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by diverdave
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tax reform = AS quickly replaces Airbus with Boeing?
Replies: 78
Views: 11913

Re: Tax reform = AS quickly replaces Airbus with Boeing?

An expensive way of avoiding tax, if you ask me :) Americans excel at throwing a dollar away to save 35 cents in tax. There is an almost irrational hatred of paying taxes. The new tax bill sets up for a lot of capital spending, as I believe it will allow the spender to recoup much of the spending v...

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by diverdave
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Business class seats a weight issue on longhaul flights
Replies: 8
Views: 3428

Re: Stop Press - Weight is Heavy

Seems pretty straightforward:

"Airlines are finding that the business-class seats they have ordered for aircraft they plan to deploy on ultra-long-range routes are heavier than expected "

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by diverdave
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mokulele end SMX ( Santa Maria, CA) appears
Replies: 15
Views: 3806

Re: Mokulele end SMX ( Santa Maria, CA) appears

I just don't see how or why anybody could really think decentralizing central coast air service by pushing for more out of SMX is really all that great of an idea. SMX had UA express service from the 80s until 2016, so it's not like you are talking about some airport that never had scheduled servic...

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by diverdave
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 704102

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

There are plenty of growth left in the Chinese market. While a380 hasn't been a hit thus far, that does not preclude a vla from making meaningful impact in the future. They could be used in different ways. For example during the Chinese New Year and other golden weeks, special operator flown high d...

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by diverdave
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11880

Re: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)

mcogator wrote:
My DL flight, DL167 NRT-SIN on Nov 6 was cancelled. Does that not count on the 42 day streak, or did I misread it?


Your flight wasn't really cancelled.

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by diverdave
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW-SBA
Replies: 23
Views: 4150

Re: DFW-SBA

SBA-DFW in August was at about 75% LF, per the T100s. UA has now pulled mainline off of SBA-SFO and SBA-DEN in Q1 2018. SFO loads were dismal. Great airport that faces all too many challenges from LAX and BUR. SBA had no mainline for years, then three airlines brought in mainline service in the spa...

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by diverdave
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2
Replies: 154
Views: 65085

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2

That kind of thinking has saddled Boeing with sizeable losses on the 748i. . There is no reason to believe AB won't be making money on each A380 they deliver now and in the future, regardless of production turning red again. There are lots of invoices to be written once the aircraft is out of the d...

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by diverdave
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2
Replies: 154
Views: 65085

Re: Dubai Air Show 2017 - Airbus Orders pt 2

People don't understand why Airbus cannot pull out of the VLA market & thus of the A380. 1. It keeps price pressure on the 777X & 787. In a monopoly like Boeing enjoyed for 30+ years with the 747, they could easily racket say $10 million more per WB frame, if not more, times the some 2000 W...

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by diverdave
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAL 3Q17 $624M Net Profit
Replies: 39
Views: 9301

Re: AAL 3Q17 $624M Net Profit

Ouch. 225 million in interest expense this quarter alone. 33 billion in long term liabilities. Those shiny new airplanes do cost a nickel or so. :D A very nice quarter overall. :cloudnine: Be interesting to see if Doug holds domestic capacity flat given Scott's plans for significant domestic growth.

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by diverdave
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 12391

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

Probably going to end up with the best margin since other major airlines all had a lot more exposure to hurricane season. That's one benfit to operating in the west coast. And a drawback to operating on the West Coast is AS has no less than 5 major operations (ANC, SEA, PDX, SFO, and LAX) sitting o...

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by diverdave
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production
Replies: 839
Views: 161590

Re: Boeing may consider restarting 767 pax model production

scbriml wrote:
The Thompson concept has been around for quite some time. Is any airline using it?


I sat in a demo setup of the staggered seats quite a few years back. I did not much care for it, and based on the lack of sales it would seem that opinion is shared. :)

David

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by diverdave
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets
Replies: 101
Views: 14096

Re: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets

But if your client came back to you asking for a new bigger loan, but wanting a lender who was sympathetic, and reasonable, and not simply going to enforce the letter of the contract at all times, might you be persuaded to take a cut in your profits on loan #1, in order to remain the lender of choi...

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by diverdave
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets
Replies: 101
Views: 14096

Re: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets

I've asked for a link to a consolidated statement on all RLI outflows and inflows and no one has been able to produce such. All we get bits and pieces of various statements made to various legislative bodies. If it was such a great winner for the taxpayers, you'd think someone would put together su...

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by diverdave
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets
Replies: 101
Views: 14096

Re: Airbus seeks to cut repayments to government from controversial 'launch investment' for new jets

Regardless, there is no doubt that the government cost of borrowing is less than normal commercial rates, but that is what the US signed up for . Fair enough. When looking at all the RLI programs since 1992, Airbus have repaid far more than they borrowed. This imbalance is what Airbus are now seeki...

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by diverdave
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 18279

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

B737900ER wrote:
The customer is unwilling to pay for a better experience. This has been proven over and over again.


Not at all. If your statement were correct, premium economy, business class, and first class would not exist.

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by diverdave
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1568
Views: 175951

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Canada moving production to the Airbus plant in Alabama is ironic to the extreme. Canada is not happy about the US having right to work states. https://slate.com/business/2017/09/canada-wants-the-u-s-to-scrap-its-right-to-work-laws.html And a bunch of Canadian work just got moved to a non-union fact...

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by diverdave
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released
Replies: 50
Views: 9996

Re: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released

I'm curious as to why SNA not only limits operations, but the number of seats over the course of a year. The airport has a maximum annual passenger cap - 10.8mil, so they allow about ~12.5mil seats annually. Exactly. There are settlements going back to 1985. The latest runs through 2030. http://www...

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by diverdave
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?
Replies: 69
Views: 11616

Re: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?

nsmiles Market B6 fare Avg LF 236 LASLGB $100 76 372 LGBOAK $98 70 372 LGBSFO $98 68 372 LGBSJC $94 59 404 LGBSMF $113 81 415 LGBRNO $105 88 590 LGBSLC $114 79 859 LGBPDX $98 91 978 LGBSEA $112 93 1242 AUSLGB $177 91 2510 LGBJFK $232 80 2611 BOSLGB $233 80 Some of these routes are showing decent RA...

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by diverdave
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of airline service at Naples, FL
Replies: 37
Views: 5092

Re: History of airline service at Naples, FL

I think APF has a huge NIMBY problem as well. There was a big thing about B6 expressing interest in serving APF. Pretty sure it was JFK-APF they were considering, but I think they needed a longer runway or something and the NIMBYs went ballistic. Anyone remember this? There's a thread about it on h...

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by diverdave
Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 16142

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

Is Kirby opening him self up to some legal problems by giving away proprietary information about his ex employer? Since he went to UA with no problems after leaving AA he did not have a non-compete and bringing this up in the board room at UA would not be a problem. But putting this out to the publ...

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by diverdave
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 16092

Re: Kirby: I expect we’ll become [united] the worlds largest airline

The more interesting question - on the subject of things outside United's "control" - is how AA and Delta may respond to that level of capacity growth by United. This. I would hardly expect AA and DL to sit idly by and continue their capacity restraint while UA is bumping their capacity a...

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by diverdave
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest giving up 2 MEX Slot Pairs
Replies: 31
Views: 9316

Re: Southwest giving up 2 MEX Slot Pairs

Cant see how earthquake had anything to do with it. These decisions are not made overnight, and instead are result of multi-week reviews internally. So WN is actually returning these slots almost 9 months before the service would have started? Wow, makes me wonder if the yields and loads on their c...

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by diverdave
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 21641

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

bob75013 wrote:
You continue to ignore the fact that DL could have leased one of both of the UA gates. It declined to. If DL was dependent on the asset, then it should have gotten control of it.


I do not recall reading anything where DL was offered the UA gates before WN took the lease. Do you have a link?

David

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by diverdave
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO
Replies: 115
Views: 14654

Re: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO

catiii wrote:
You don't have to believe it, but the letters were released under the state's open records act so...


Would love to see them - do you have a link?

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by diverdave
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO
Replies: 115
Views: 14654

Re: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO

Now, if B6 really wanted to make a splash at ATL, they would announce MINT service from ATL to SFO/LAX. That would surely get the immediate attention of Delta. Definitely!! :eyepopping: JetBlue is entering the largest single airline hub on earth, and thus obviously knows it will never rival Delta o...

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by diverdave
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO
Replies: 115
Views: 14654

Re: JetBlue Adds ATL-FLL/JFK/MCO

commavia wrote:
Does this mean JetBlue got over their complaining about D, or did they finally get gates they're more happy with from ATL?


Good question, though a lot can change between now and 3/18/2018. :)

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai ruler visit to Airbus. Anything special for Emirates?
Replies: 41
Views: 12826

Re: Dubai ruler visit to Airbus. Anything special for Emirates?

dubaiamman243 wrote:
Airbus has said that Emirates is the first airline to enjoy Airbus preference in the world.


I saw that in the article, and am wondering just what that means? :?:

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 161
Views: 24896

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

And since I would have lived it in the landing flight path, I am glad the super rich didn't give me their problem. And, I might add, my mom and sister would have lived in the departure path.. Except you folks did luck out as there ain't nothing noisier than a military air base. So your problem was ...

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by diverdave
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 161
Views: 24896

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

LAXintl wrote:
Likely will see further growth as effective August 1st, SWA was awarded 2 additional slots permanently that were returned by AA.


Is anybody else asking for LGB slots other than WN?

Thank you,
David

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by diverdave
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations
Replies: 161
Views: 24896

Re: LGB doubles fines on JetBlue's late-night flight violations

The violations and the large recent spike is certainly all JetBlue's own doing. Just looking at the schedule today, B6 has 5 flights timed within 30 mins of the curfew. Invariably something likely goes wrong near daily as result. Good points. I guess even if WN schedules a late flight, it won't be ...

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by diverdave
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 636
Views: 112159

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

I fly, on average, about 300,000 miles a year mostly split between AA and DL across all cabins, so I feel pretty comfortable saying that AA's service has improved dramatically when compared to the pre-merger company. There are some high mileage travelers who do not agree.... http://viewfromthewing....

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by diverdave
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New England Patriots 767
Replies: 159
Views: 4286

Re: NFL's Patriots Buy Two 767s ?!?

Antarius wrote:
RockIsland41 wrote:
wonder if Jerry Jones will get a 747 or two for his team?? :biggrin:


Figured he'd go A380.


Even the A380 won't accommodate Mr. Jones' ego. That will require a Super Guppy or Beluga. :rotfl:

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 636
Views: 112159

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

This would make an excellent press release. :champagne: Thank you? You're most welcome if your goal is to be an AA fanboy. Mission accomplished. :) I am curious, is AA's " robust and hugely profitable " domestic network more robust and more hugely profitable than UA or DL? Are AA's except...

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 636
Views: 112159

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

It may not be, but as the merged and now more stable and mature American Airlines has exceptionally deep pockets, a brand new fleet and highly competitive product, a robust and hugely profitable domestic network, improved service, and a real shot at a new Asian relationship, it's better equipped to...

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?
Replies: 91
Views: 14109

Re: JetBlue | Full Service Carrier transition ?

DL has larger market share and flies to more places than B6 in NYC because it has more slots. B6 is pretty much using every good slots that it has in JFK and every slot it has in LGA. And it's very profitable in NYC even years after DL decided that they want to dominate NYC (and have the lowest mar...

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 636
Views: 112159

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Precisely. The people running both AA and China Southern are far smarter and, needless to say, far better informed than A.net Delta fanboys. They have obviously done the math, and obviously feel that the "strategic relationship" these two carriers have formulated - the investment portion ...

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by diverdave
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible AA Intl S18 changes
Replies: 88
Views: 17800

Re: Possible AA Intl S18 changes

jfklganyc wrote:
Is the writer credible?


Gary Leff is a very credible travel blogger. He is an AA Exec Plat flyer, and posts the good and the bad about AA.

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by diverdave
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GCAA: No mechanical issues before EK521 crash.
Replies: 59
Views: 7689

Re: Emirates 777 crash not mechanical

Very sad - can you imagine the firefighters working in 118 degree F heat?

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by diverdave
Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: COPA to withdraw from Venezuela
Replies: 65
Views: 10811

Re: Rumour: COPA to withdraw from Venezuela

It will be an even bigger gold mine for the majority of the (ever fewer) airlines that stay put, but for many travellers, the withdrawal of AV and CM, as well as that of AR, will be a disaster. The trip to whatever country in Latin America that they were going to emigrate to just becomes more compl...

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