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by commavia
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 76
Views: 9965

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

757usairways wrote:
Now I wonder if AA will upgrade PHL-CDG


Personally, I think the more likely change for S18 would be AA upgauging JFK-CDG - which will be down to once daily - to a 777 offering a vastly more competitive onboard product than the 767.

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by commavia
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights
Replies: 118
Views: 10286

Re: DL new summer 2018 transatlantic flights

Very cool adds - some interesting new cities and routes, and like some of United's recent announcements, it's impressive to see Delta continuing to leverage its transatlantic gateways (especially JFK) to try out some new and novel markets. LAX-AMS 4x weekly 77L LAX-CDG 3x weekly 77L Interesting. Thi...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 76
Views: 9965

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

It's hard for me to believe that with corporate contracts, Skyteam won't serve CDG-PHL. The pharmaceutical industries alone in the Philly / Jersey / Delaware area and in France should provide a decent amount of support for the route. I agree - it is hard to believe, that Delta would exit PHL-CDG or...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 76
Views: 9965

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

It is hard to believe that the SkyTeam JV would completely exit the transatlantic market out of PHL - PHL is obviously no JFK, WAS or BOS, but it's not exactly a tiny market. That said, I guess it's not that shocking - AA is adding material new capacity on PHL-Europe next year, including new routes ...

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by commavia
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

I am as nostalgic as anyone about the NRT operation. I've been a lifelong DL widget-bleeding fan, and I get this - yet am sad. I'm convinced we will see Asia for DL become more like Europe for DL. A few years ago (early part of this decade?) DL stopped their last onward Europe destination of India ...

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by commavia
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will SAT have its day?
Replies: 51
Views: 3881

Re: When will SAT have its day?

One thing I'm sorta surprised by, is the absence of COPA in either market. IINM, all of their service is to FAA large-hubs, with the glaring exception of MSY, their only medium US market. But they've been there for a while, and appear to be doing just fine, so I'm surprised that they haven't expand...

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by commavia
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines also run bus- and or train-services?
Replies: 30
Views: 2400

Re: Which airlines also run bus- and or train-services?

I remember when train and bus "codeshares" were much more common for U.S. carriers, too. AA and United both used to codeshare on the Rockford Bus out of ORD, and United had lots of bus codeshares from DEN to Colorado mountain/ski cities. Both also used to codeshare on SNCF trains in and ou...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 744 utilization with full fleet
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: United 744 utilization with full fleet

United also definitely used the 747s on the RTW flights UA1/2 that operated through LHR, DEL and HKG - resuming in 2001 after being suspended in 1999. I always thought LHR-DEL-HKG was a 763 during the time of the RTW service... It was a mix. As I recollect, LAX-JFK-LHR-DEL was a 763 and DEL-HKG-LAX...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU
Replies: 96
Views: 13555

Re: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU

Following up on the initial announcement from several months ago, Brazil’s government on Friday formally approved the agreement between AA and GRU's operator for AA to construct a hangar at the airport and use the land for up to 40 years. AA's plan entails a total investment of $100M, including $50M...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

So what happens when and if North Korea and South Korea start mixing it up? Looks to me like DL is whistling in the wind and hoping one will notice. First, if - hypothetical - an actual war breaks out in Northeast Asia, it's not going to matter whether an airline has hubs or JV partners in Japan vs...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

NW would have kept NRT intact as a standalone. They had nothing else. You have to understand, mergers made hubs redundant. We see it in the US all the time. No doubt STL was "marginal" for TW compared to UA at ORD, but it was all they had and it wasn't going anywhere. No one on here can s...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

How many flights and destinations did DL/NW have during the peak of the NRT hub? For instance - during the summer of 2001, just before 9/11, Northwest had 125 weekly departures (just slightly less than 18 per day) out of NRT to 17 nonstop destinations. On top of that, Northwest that summer also ope...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

Yes such a great hub that it lost NW money all 6-years prior to the merger. (source: interview with executives in the book "Glory Lost and Found") That "great hub" is a relic of a bygone era. With newer, more efficient, and longer ranged aircraft allowing the likes of LAX/SFO/et...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't DL keep main services from MEM?
Replies: 16
Views: 2803

Re: Why didn't DL keep main services from MEM?

MEM was one of the smallest hubs - both demographically and economically - in the U.S. The fact that MEM was even a hub at all was, in and of itself, somewhat of an anachronism of a bygone era. The reality is that on September 12, 2001, the U.S. had too many network airline hubs. It took the better ...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 744 utilization with full fleet
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: United 744 utilization with full fleet

United Airline wrote:
Initially they used a B767-300ER. Then it was upgraded to a B747-400


Interesting. United's press release, linked above, indicates the use of the 747 "on all flight segments" of the RTW flight, and the timetable I have from that time shows 747s, too.

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

GUM is being axed while SPN and ROR aren't? United dominates NRT-GUM and JAL has a presence too, whereas Delta has NRT-SPN and NRT-ROR to itself - for now. I suspect Delta's exit from those two other Micronesia beach routes will have to wait for (1) the entrance of one or multiple new competitors, ...

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by commavia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

mercure1 wrote:
Guess this means Delta withdrawal from Guam entirely?


Indeed - with this, Delta will be exiting GUM entirely. Flights are no longer bookable beyond 8 January.

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 744 utilization with full fleet
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: United 744 utilization with full fleet

codc10 wrote:
I always thought LHR-DEL-HKG was a 763 during the time of the RTW service...


Nope, definitely a 747 - at least the second time it operated, starting in summer 2001.

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 85
Views: 13288

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

As predicted. And I continue to expect further reductions in Japan beach capacity to come - these markets are simply no longer strategically important anymore to Delta in the way that they used to be, especially back in the Northwest NRT hub days. Hawaii and Micronesia beach routes were central to m...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 744 utilization with full fleet
Replies: 21
Views: 2752

Re: United 744 utilization with full fleet

United also definitely used the 747s on the RTW flights UA1/2 that operated through LHR, DEL and HKG - resuming in 2001 after being suspended in 1999.

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

Regarding expansion, there is one contraction: NRT-GUM is being cancelled. Internal website only so far. Interesting. I'll look forward to seeing the public confirmation - but if true, I can't say I'm particularly surprised. I've long expected that as Delta's overall presence in Japan has continued...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

This idea seems to ignore the fact that WN has been running the p2p/focus city strategy very well, sure they have a few "hubs" but a large portion of their routes are O&D focused. Not at all. Nobody ever questioned whether a point-to-point network structure works - in general. Southwe...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

The major opportunity with focus cities is to set up an operation in a medium-large market with a strong local economy and offer enough services in support of that market to capture a disproportionately large share of the high value traffic. For DL, RDU is a great example - it's a decently large ma...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 208
Views: 23111

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

AA is by far the weakest of the US3 across the Pacific not because of their aircraft but because they fundamentally lack a strong transpacific fortress hub and any legacy presence in the Asian market. They don't need as large aircraft as their peers, especially has competition across the Pacific is...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

Alaska doesn't have the frequencies to those destinations and it's program is taking a huge hit recently. And who knows how much longer it can stick it out in the bos sfo market. For corporate travel, flights to Las Vegas and similar locations don't matter as much. And yes, I would say aa is better...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 208
Views: 23111

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

As has yet to fly the 77W to NRT, other than a diversion, its pretty much a given at this point that AA will never schedule the 77W to TYO. I'm not so sure it will never happen. I could envision a 77W someday making its way onto 60/61 DFW-NRT. So if AA were to replace the 777-200ERs on DFW-NRT, oth...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

not sure about that. AS with its current offering can't really challenge UA for premium flyers in bay area. It challenges WN as the Californian local carrier of choice. And with AS program downgrading since AA/DL/AM are no longer partners airlines and KE/AF/KL likely leaving also, I just don't see ...

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by commavia
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

I acknowledge people's points about the genius of today's mega-hubs; but because of increasing cost, complexity, inefficiency, and customer dissatisfaction I doubt that model will survive in the long run. Nothing else has. And with respect, I think that is detached from economic and operational rea...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

And making major moves in NYC and LAX, where DL's presence previously was not significant . . Yep. Delta can boost the level of premium traffic moving across its network by boosting its corporate share in NYC and LAX, and in trying to opportunistically capture incremental share in select point-to-p...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

This one baffles me, as they left one of the largest corporate travel markets to LCCs and UA, which operate a fortress out of SFO. It seems like they have handed all of this business to UA. Not just any business, but high yielding, short/medium/long haul business on a platter to UA. While down the ...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

the ULCC system is a hub-killer, or at least a hub-shrinker. All I can say is that, with respect, I think that is completely and utterly ridiculous. Looking back, TWA and PanAm were weakened (and never really recovered) when the other lines let travelers bypass the near monopoly JFK had on European...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

The other cost to consider is opportunity cost. It makes a lot more sense to free up a seat on RDU-ATL if that seat will go to someone paying $5,000 for RDU-ATL-SCL than if it will go to someone paying $50 for RDU-ATL-MCO. It's true that the aircraft are going to the hubs anyway, but given industry...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United not looking at C Series
Replies: 61
Views: 12041

Re: United not looking at C Series

The C Series is not really an a/c UA needs to consider in the near term. They are in the midst of inducting a bunch of used 319s from China at this point and have no plans to retire any small narrow body aircraft. They would likely start taking a look at this a/c a few years from now and will have ...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

the cost of flying a passenger RDU-BNA is less than the cost of flying a passenger RDU-ATL/CVG-BNA. It very much depends on how "cost" is accounted. I strongly suspect that there are many situations where the incremental, marginal cost of flying a passenger on a nonstop, point-to-point RJ...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Announces DFW
Replies: 90
Views: 8933

Re: Icelandair Announces DFW

Wow. Just wow. Can DFW really support two Iceland routes even with the supposed connections? We'll see, but personally, I am highly skeptical. I'll enjoy the additional, lower-cost option/s to get to Europe - at least while it/they last - and I'll be very curious to see what affect, if any, this has...

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by commavia
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

It's a tight bind, and while no single city is worth the resources to get into a slugging match, letting DL sweep up all the high-value traffic in market after market is going to hurt yields network-wide. Okay, but therein - I suspect - would be where AA and United revenue management folks might &q...

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by commavia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

Delta didn't commit to spend $1.9 billion to be #2. And let's just say that AA isn't spending $1.6B to be #2, either. And at the rate AA is growing, 250 departures will not be enough. Again, under the current planning, AA will end up with more gates at LAX - both mainline and overall - than Delta.

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by commavia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9416

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

I think the better question is, is DL's strategy even worth pursuing? I've always been under the assumption they do it more out of necessity than choice. And as we've seen in the past, p2p and focus city operations have historically always been the first to go from the hub airlines' networks during...

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by commavia
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 301
Views: 30285

Re: DL Future Expansion

DL isn't #1 in LA yet. But the T2/T3 acquisition will allow DL to double their flying in LA. They will be close to 300 departures daily when it is all said and done. Regarding all the back and forth on "#1 in LA" - I'd just say this: remember that for Delta to become #1 at LAX, it has to ...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT launches Cuba route case - reallocate F9 & NK frequencies
Replies: 47
Views: 6075

Re: DOT launches Cuba route case - reallocate F9 & NK frequencies

American 9 weekly frequencies: Daily MIA-HAV using 738, plus 2 Saturday only frequencies MIA-HAV using 738. AA asked for 10 weekly - in order of preference: 1. 2 weekly for Sat/Sun MIA-HAV 2. 1 weekly for Sat MIA-HAV 3. 7 weekly for daily MIA-HAV Also, I have to laugh at AA again pulling no punches...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

If the anecdotes about corporate travel departments booking BE unknowingly are true, that's a problem with the rollout. Problems happen when new products and/or prices are introduced - virtually every time. Personally, I'm confident that the market - airlines and travelers - will figure it out. AA,...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

When you say "this is how markets work," you assume perfect information, no? The issue with that assumption is not in most cases the traditional problem with concealment but rather an issue with the amount of effort required to compare fares. If Airline X offers me a fare that requires th...

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by commavia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United opens new summer seasonal routes from EWR to OPO, KEF and ZRH as well as route extensions
Replies: 89
Views: 12826

Re: United opens new summer seasonal routes!

Very cool. Reinforcing yet again what an exceptionally powerful and impressive hub EWR continues to be - just like SFO on the other coast.

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by commavia
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

No disagreement on the common sense or economics. Merely the pretense that they are trying to lower fares. I still don't see any evidence of such "pretense." I see lots of quotes from airline executives essentially saying that they aim to be (a) opportunistically and selectively competiti...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

In my opinion, the carriers have been very vocal that Basic Economy fares are introduced to lower fares Quotes? Examples? What has happened DEFACTO is that the no-frills fares are now the same as previous fares that included bennies but without the perks. Well of course ! That's the whole point! Th...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

After re-reading what I wrote, I fear I may not have been clear enough. What I am saying is that these fare introductions don't at all do what they say it does....it doesn't really make flying less expensive to compete with Norwegian. What it does is set the current low fare buckets that include ce...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta gates at airports for expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 13354

Re: Delta gates at airports it wants to expand at

I have no doubt that we'll see both international and domestic growth from Delta at LAX next year, but not to the degree that you're implying. 2021 and 2023 are entirely new stories, and I have no doubt that DL will have an industry leading facility at LAX. Having said that, it's going to take some...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta gates at airports for expansion
Replies: 96
Views: 13354

Re: Delta gates at airports it wants to expand at

DL gave its support to ORD expanding and said it's interested in additional gates, but nothing's concrete. Reality is, DL's hedging itself for the future -- positioning itself to move out of T2 to a revamped T5, should the project move forward and should it desire to leave at some point. But in the...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11535

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

aaexecplat wrote:
charging either the same for less or more for the same. These airlines are pathetically transparent.


"Transparent," indeed. "The same for less or more for the same" - I don't think any of the U.S. network carriers has ever claimed otherwise.

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by commavia
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort
Replies: 44
Views: 4353

Re: Allegiant enters hotel business - to build Florida resort

Just for background info much of the US hotel industry and its global growth traces their roots to airlines. Very true. United - Westin and Hilton purchased from TWA ..and several also had other travel services such as owning rental car companies such as United ownership of Hertz Ha, yep ... "...

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