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by commavia
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Bringing Lie-Flat Narrowbodies To MIA-LAX?
Replies: 19
Views: 3397

Re: AA Bringing Lie-Flat Narrowbodies To MIA-LAX?

How long does this flight normally block? Could AA reconfigure some 321s with no F, but lie flat J? Seems they need a domestic aircraft beyond the 757 with a lie flat but not a full F product. My personal expectation - pure guess - is that the long-term solution will be just that. I could see it pl...

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by commavia
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/19/2017: AA +CLT-TUS, Drops ORD-MAN, PHX-IFP; AS Drops LAX-CUN, RNO-SNA; UA +DEN-BFF/COD/JAX/LBF/LBL
Replies: 82
Views: 8911

Re: OAG Changes 11/19/2017: AA +CLT-TUS, Drops ORD-MAN, PHX-IFP; AS Drops LAX-CUN, RNO-SNA; UA +DEN-BFF/COD/JAX/LBF/LBL

*UA ORD-FAT JUN 0>0.8 JUL 0>1.0 WOW...we finally get a FAT-ORD flight..after nearly 30 years..surprised this was UA..I thought AA would have jumped in first. Either way, a welcome addition to Fresno's nonstop destinations. Nice. Glad to see it. FAT is the gateway to a lot of incredible, scenic natu...

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by commavia
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL downgrading seats on JFK-KEF/PDL/SNN
Replies: 25
Views: 6898

Re: DL downgrading seats on JFK-KEF/PDL/SNN

I think this makes total sense. These routes are all very leisure heavy and Delta was probably selling mostly upgrades or selling the heaviest discounted fares. Its probably easier to sell more seats at a lower price. Probably very few people were willing to pay $2,000 for a short lie flat anyway t...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17323

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

So which market is larger? U.S.-Europe or U.S.-KEF? I'm not sure how that is that even relevant. The thing is, if the one-stop crowd is what AA is after, then WW is not the only competition. AA isn't after only the "one-stop crowd." AA is after what every U.S. airline is after at every on...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska ending Cuba service
Replies: 64
Views: 7388

Re: Alaska ending Cuba service

With respect, what EA CO AS stated, was similar to something an emerald tower AS employee had indicated to me a week ago, the political climate is a factor in the decision to adjust certain International routes. We were not speaking of this route in particular, but he was adamant that it has been a...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska ending Cuba service
Replies: 64
Views: 7388

Re: Alaska ending Cuba service

My understanding is that it ultimately was a strategic decision made on the hopes that the opening of the Cuba market under the Obama administration would stimulate additional growth in tourism down the line. It seemed logical at the time, as it appeared there was a high probability the policies of...

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by commavia
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17323

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

How so? WW and FI use KEF as a connecting hub to/from Europe. AA won't and will rely solely on trash yield, O&D passengers. Yeah, Icelandair and WOW can rely on connections over KEF to Europe, just like AA can rely on connections over DFW to the U.S. AA certainly will not be relying "solel...

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by commavia
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17323

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

The two Icelandic carriers will have to duke it out via price for the local market. Meanwhile, AA should be able to leverage TATL basic economy fares to at least appear competitive some of the time in that local marketplace while being able to flow passengers over DFW from spokes both large and sma...

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by commavia
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17323

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

What does AA have to look forward to? Again, we'll see. AA may have the same thing to "look forward to" on DFW-KEF as it has on DFW-AMS and ORD-BCN - lots and lots of demand to a popular leisure destination during peak season, and from a hub where many of the connections have minimal comp...

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by commavia
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17323

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

Do they forecast a profit? Hard to believe if so. I'll believe it when I see it, but maybe it will work. I agree that the level of lower-cost capacity between the U.S. and Iceland next summer is going to be eye-opening, but even with that, hub economics do work - airlines have proven it consistentl...

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by commavia
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Shuttle Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7107

Re: Delta Shuttle Question

I find that interesting that ORD will be added to the AA "Shuttle". Especially since DL operates Shuttle-like frequencies on LGA-ATL but they never included it as Delta "Shuttle". True, but again, it's more a branding exercise than a reflection of practical, operational reality,...

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by commavia
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/12/2017: AM Drops MIA-MID; UA; DL; B6 Cuts Back SJU Further
Replies: 28
Views: 7460

Re: OAG Changes 11/12/2017: AM Drops MIA-MID; UA; DL; B6 Cuts Back SJU Further

*AM MIA-MID JAN 0.8>0.5 FEB 0.7>0 MAR 1.0>0 APR 1.0>0 MAY 1.0>0 JUN 1.0>0 JUL 1.0>0 MID seems to really struggle with US service. Only IAH seems to have really stuck over the years In addition to United's (Continental's) long-running IAH-MID, AA seems to have found something that works with the E17...

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by commavia
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Shuttle Question
Replies: 47
Views: 7107

Re: Delta Shuttle Question

Regarding ORD specifically - if Delta is removing its "Shuttle" branding from ORD, that would be interesting given that AA is apparently going to be expanding its "Shuttle" branding to ORD in the near future. Word in Seattle is that it's just a marketing change to cut some costs ...

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by commavia
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

I also don't think anyone is seriously proposing a return to the CAB. But there could be a whole host of regulatory steps to better ensure competition in key markets; to ensure access to those markets for new competitors; That's fair - and I don't disagree. Airport facilities are scarce public asse...

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by commavia
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

it's worth asking if the assumptions about competition from deregulation still apply in a consolidated marketplace, and what kind of measures might be needed to encourage more competition. First off, again, I'm still not really sure what the basis would be for justifying concerted public policy to ...

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by commavia
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

Efficiency isn't the only good involved with a social good like air travel, sorry. Our views are simply not compatible and never will be because I absolutely refuse to accept the premise that air travel is "social good." That premise rests at the root of all of the statements above I find...

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by commavia
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

Neither the late 1980's consolidation nor the 2007-2013 consolidation should have been allowed. Well, had they not been "allowed," consolidation would have happened by other means. One way or another, the industry was going to rationalize and consolidate - by means either "orderly&qu...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

If I have to buy lunch, and there's three restaurants in town, all serving the same menu - those restaurants can easily justify any poor standards by saying "you voted with your wallet." 'Voting with your wallet' only applies when you have a reasonable selection of... Sorry, but no. That ...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

puts forward some solid arguments And misses (I'd say intentionally ignores) several other, even-more-solid, arguments. I realize it's hard for a lot of you people to get to grips with, without seeing it as some personal slight, but flying in this country has become one of the most painful experien...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Weighs LGB Changes
Replies: 45
Views: 7344

Re: B6 Weighs LGB Changes

1. Same market as LAX in terms of saturation. B6 makes LESS money out of LGB than LAX. So there is no financial incentive to not duke it out in LAX Yes and no. LAX and LGB overlap, but they aren't exactly the same. In any event, I agree that JetBlue has no financial incentive to not grow at LAX. No...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 14857

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

Ah but of course. It's just so awful that I have to today sit in a lie-flat Business Class seat while connected to the internet airing my grievances about how air travel is so much more expensive, (no) less safe (no), and generally less pleasant (still no) than it was before deregulation. The horro...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Weighs LGB Changes
Replies: 45
Views: 7344

Re: B6 Weighs LGB Changes

Rumor going around B6 closing the LGB base in July 2018 and relocating everyone to LAX. A bunch of big changes coming for B6 west coast ops in the next two years. A Large drawdown and possible eventual exit from LGB is what I've heard from a very credible source. Again, these aren't concrete facts,...

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by commavia
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW
Replies: 89
Views: 15464

Re: Etihad to drop Dallas DFW

No real surprise. Of the three, Etihad was clearly the weakest at DFW, and the most susceptible to the loss of AA codeshare/interline feed. Qatar will obviously continue to enjoy at least interline feed with AA, plus the natural AA FF draw, given that both remain in one world, and Emirates obviously...

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by commavia
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11141

Re: United's future at Dulles

As has been discussed at length multiple times in the past, United's IAD hub will start to benefit again once DCA reaches saturation. The WAS metro air travel market continues to digest the capacity growth that's happened at DCA with the AA/USAirways slot divestiture and new flights by Southwest and...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA - CZ Apply for Code-Sharing
Replies: 38
Views: 5655

Re: AA - CZ Apply for Code-Sharing

Some interesting reporting from Aviation Week today in an article entitled China Southern Quizzes Managers About Leaving Skyteam ... * Management has distributed a questionnaire to company leaders assessing the tradeoffs of leaving SkyTeam * China Southern’s proposed codesharing with AA would lead t...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA orders additional E175s
Replies: 37
Views: 6097

Re: AA orders additional E175s

By 2013, no one had a crystal ball to know exactly how labor clauses would evolve over the 2019 horizon. I disagree. By 2013, it was quite obvious how the balance of power - in terms of bargaining leverage - was shifting between U.S. network carriers and their mainline pilot unions, given the chang...

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by commavia
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?
Replies: 13
Views: 4046

Re: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?

Depends on the metric as to its peak: Departures/day = 125.0 - Aug 1999 I still believe AA's peak at JFK, in terms of departures, was summer 2001 - post-TWA and pre-9/11. See the link above. That summer, before AA had time to consolidate and rationalize the combined carriers' networks, AA's overall...

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by commavia
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?
Replies: 13
Views: 4046

Re: How large was AA at JFK at its peak?

I know that AA currently operates around +/- 90 flights per day at JFK, but I was wondering how many daily flights they operated out of JFK when they were at their peak. Any details on this are much appreciated! I suspect that the zenith of AA's operation at JFK, in terms of departures and almost c...

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by commavia
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/29/2007: 4O +LAX-BJX/PVR/SJD; AA +DCA-LIT/MGM/TLH, VPS/MYR to Daily; DL +JFK-BTV; KAI +KOA-OAK
Replies: 55
Views: 10332

Re: OAG Changes 10/29/2007: 4O +LAX-BJX/PVR/SJD; AA +DCA-LIT/MGM/TLH, VPS/MYR to Daily; DL +JFK-BTV; KAI +KOA-OAK

I always thought JFK-PHL would be a short term slot use. It appears the remaining 1 flight will be a 752 timed for European connections. With both PHL-LHR and PHL-CDG ending, I suppose this represents the attempt by Delta and its JV partners to stay somewhat relevant and competitive for PHL transat...

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by commavia
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 58862

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

14hrs after I shot that photo, and she's still nearly 3hrs out... just now crossing the South China Sea. Planned of course, but still, cray! So immensely impressive - that modern technology had advanced to the point that civilian airliners can fly that long, and that an airline is taking the risk t...

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by commavia
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 9540

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

What void? Air Berlin was a minor and inconsequential member of the alliance, anyway. Most of the value it brought to one world partners was through a few, targeted bilateral network connectivity relationships - and arguably the biggest of those bilateral relationships, with AA, was unilaterally can...

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by commavia
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA ORD Growth
Replies: 47
Views: 8274

Re: AA ORD Growth

Good to see the E175 coming back to ORD. In 2013, ORD was where the aircraft first entered service in American Eagle colors - the plane was the perfect size for many destinations (BWI, ATL, BNA, PIT) that had been "stuck" on ERJs since the F100s were retired. Then in 2015-16, most of the ...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89698

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

You realize American just lost an entire pilot group to its competitor during a time when finding regional pilots is being challenging at best? It’s completely a loss to American. Given how dynamic pilot staffing is in the regional airline industry right now, I doubt many of those Air Wisconsin pil...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAL 3Q17 $624M Net Profit
Replies: 39
Views: 7455

AAL 3Q17 $624M Net Profit

Link to press release * Pre-tax profit $1.0B ($1.1B ex-specials), net profit $624M ($692M ex-specials) * EPS $1.28 per diluted share, $1.42 ex-specials (vs consensus estimate of $1.40) * Revenue +2.7% YOY to $10.88B (vs consensus estimate of $10.9B), TRASM +1.1% * For the first time since the 2Q14,...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 15211

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

How does UA's planned LAX capacity increase compare to what AA/DL have done recently or plan to do in the future? Good question. We don't know yet because United doesn't yet have the gates to support much growth, and thus not much growth has occurred. All we have to go on are public comments made b...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 15211

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

UA seems to be adding to the hubs for the heir domestic expansion in shifts. First was SFO, then ORD, now DEN. I can't wait to see what's in store for IAH, but we'll have to be patient. I agree that IAH has substantial potential - particularly as the energy industry recovers, and the hub is rebanke...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14315

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

What's most interesting to me in the average fare is the difference between AA and UA. Both primarily fly their own mental to hubs. I would have guessed that their O/D and connecting traffic, overall, is relatively similar (although that could be a flaw). Why is UA's average fare so much higher tha...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14315

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

I don't disagree that AA is easily the second strongest carries at BOS now, but I think their problem lies with their future vision. They have been cutting flights and destinations since the merger DL and B6 have been grabbing up those routes as quickly as AA drops them. This to me suggests that th...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14315

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

I realize most folks here don't have access to the data, but there is a significant gap between traffic and revenue when it comes to airline "rankings' in Boston. The traffic share stats are basically as described by others above: YE 2Q17 B6 12,067 PDEW (Passengers Daily Each Way) AA 8,736 PDE...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14315

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

I think they are really declaring war with B6 to send a message to AA. Well if that is the plan - and I highly doubt it is - it strikes me as a striking example of cutting off your nose to spite your face. If the last two decades in the airline industry have taught us anything, it's that growth for...

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by commavia
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14315

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

BOS-ORD/PHL/DCA are all likely candidates for new routes I don't necessarily disagree that all three routes seem plausible for Delta out of BOS given that they comprise three of the busiest and most prominent business O&D markets in and out of BOS. That said, all three are - and would inevitabl...

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by commavia
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 16258

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

- W class price have not increased, but Y class price and the experience have been reduced. Thus the gap between them enlarged. - I am not talking about just UA but all airlines in general. How many airlines still offer the like of 3-3-3 777? Bottom line, it's real simple: airlines are responding t...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 15211

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

Always so even-handed. :) I know that the CEO and Board of Directors have a fiduciary responsibility to Wall Street and their investors, but at the end of the day, you as a management team are paid to make decisions on what's in the Airlines' long term best interest and unfortunately that is going ...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 15211

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

Winning back the high end customers that fled during the disastrous smisek / "do everything the co way" era will cost huge amounts of money and take a long time. Planes are full but not with the proper mix anymore. Kirby has said this before and that the BOD is keenly aware this is a long...

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by commavia
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United reports 2017Q3 earnings
Replies: 106
Views: 15211

Re: United reports 2017Q3 earnings

Natural market share :lol: UAL is showing substantially weaker performance than its peers. Personally, I don't get it. They need to cut the marginal flying. Then Kirby is out there saying they will grow. He's not a guy that likes to waste money. I don't get what is going on. Does UAL think things w...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12243

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

This is not true and lots of studies contradict what you are saying. A good brand is friendly to all senses, It doesn't matter how good the service is or the comfort is if it stinks, or is extremely loud, or looks uninviting......The cabin looks harsh, sterile and uninviting to me and that COULD af...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12243

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

The premium cabins look fine, but the Y cabin is kind of a branding fail. The interior of an airliner is a classical branded environment. If you look at a carrier like LH, you will see their signature yellow scattered around the cabin. The roundel is almost everywhere you look. They ensure that, no...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing unveils new airport, to open in 2019
Replies: 52
Views: 11129

Re: Beijing unveils new airport, to open in 2019

Once the move is done, I expect CA (and Star Alliance airlines) will stay in T3, together with oneWorld and non-alliance airlines which they are currently using T3. I expect that, unlike Star and SkyTeam, one world will be a mixed bag. The two one world carriers with deep local partnerships will li...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12243

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

Delta One suites, walled boxes, the rectangle tables, square TVs, square 'door' (what a gimmick that 'door' is a joke) I'll withhold final judgement until I've actually seen and experienced it myself. But going by the photos, the plane looks very nice overall - looks like another solidly competitiv...

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by commavia
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 1364
Views: 144004

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Would KE to ICN be possible? I just think with BOS being a hub for Delta that something like that could work. I must admit - I'm actually quite surprised that Korean isn't already flying BOS-ICN. At this point, I think it's fair to say that JAL, Hainan and Cathay have clearly demonstrated the viabi...

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