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by commavia
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last AA (Piedmont) Dash8-100 flight 11/29
Replies: 11
Views: 1596

Re: Last AA (Piedmont) Dash8-100 flight 11/29

The CRJ-200s are dropping like flies at AA. Who will have them FY17 besides PSA? I believe there will still be a smattering left post-Air Wisconsin operating with PSA and some of the non-wholly-owned carriers, but to be sure, AA is clearly moving rapidly and deliberately towards fewer single-class ...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CX post first half net loss of $262 million
Replies: 13
Views: 1880

Re: CX post first half net loss of $262 million

Hong Kong is still one of the world's greatest cities, but it is not so much the gateway to China anymore now that China has opened up and you can now easily fly direct and do business there without having to go through HK. Indeed. HKG itself is obviously a massive draw for O&D - and in particu...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Tough news for those at EV. It's all about low cost. Keep playing regionals against each other and keep outsourcing to the lowest bidder. Right now 9E is the cheaper ticket, but you can bet down the road it will sold off to the lowest bidder and removed as a subsidiary. Never ending cycle. I get th...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Drops 77W on MIA-LAX
Replies: 83
Views: 12270

Re: AA Drops 77W on MIA-LAX

I don't think it's Ironic as much as it is responsible aircraft routing. There are a lot of dramatics in this thread over this change. Transcon flying won't always have a flatbed. Using this logic there should be flatbed to PHL, CLT, DCA, BDL, BOS, MCO and why not add ATL while we are at it. Agree....

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by commavia
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17
Replies: 103
Views: 9344

Re: Virgin Australia announces a net loss of $185 million for FY16/17

As further evidence of diminished value, note that while DL has been buying stakes left and right between VS, AM, MU and now AF/KL - they haven't touched, or even hinted at touching VA. Virgin Australia is notably absent from Delta's cavalcade of global airline investees. I'd speculate that perhaps...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

I think its fairly safe to say the announcement stating they will codeshare on around 70 routes combined from PEK and PVG means either 1) its allowed within SkyTeam or 2) CZ is ok with whatever alliance cost is there. Absolutely. AA and China Southern are both massive, sophisticated, multi-billion-...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

They get an equity stake in a major carrier in the world's second largest economy. Indeed. The strategic logic of this deal remains exceedingly obvious. AA has bought its way into the largest airline in the world's second largest economy, and for that price of admission AA got not only an excellent...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA outlines 737 MAX plans
Replies: 82
Views: 13914

Re: AA outlines 737 MAX plans

The #1 and #2 reasons passengers choose an airline is Price and Schedule, other reasons are a small fraction of the general population; However, I would say it is a step in the WRONG direction from a passenger perspective as it is a subtraction from something, just like the subtraction of legroom a...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA outlines 737 MAX plans
Replies: 82
Views: 13914

Re: AA outlines 737 MAX plans

Also in the schedule for the MAX is DFW-ANC 2018 seasonal service. That's a 7 hour flight, currently served by the 757. Logical and predictable - at least from an economic standpoint. I'm sure AA will greatly enjoy the lower fuel burn on such a long flight. But man will that be a long flight in reg...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of AA on ORD-IAD
Replies: 13
Views: 2929

Re: Lack of AA on ORD-IAD

I remember when AA tried this route - I believe for the first time in recent memory - with F100s back around, if I remember correctly, 1999-2000. I think it was 4x daily. Then I believe it ended, setting aside temporary WAS metro schedule realignment immediately after the attacks, following 9/11, an...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Reorienting this thread back to the topic (and back to reality), an AvWeek article from Friday titled "American Moving Into China Southern’s Beijing Terminal" provides some additional color on the LAX-PEK slots and broader AA-China Southern cooperation; a few excerpts ( emphasis mine): &qu...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 13516

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

Surprised Delta wasn't the second airline calling to serve Paine Field. My guess is that Delta may be less enthusiastic about PAE given that, I suspect, the economics of its operations at SEA are more dependent on connections and thus more vulnerable to being undermined if incremental O&D traff...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN
Replies: 115
Views: 13516

Re: UA announces start of PAE-SFO and PAE-DEN

My suspicions are that all the major airlines are going to want a presence in Everett. Expect upwards of a dozen or two flights per each of the majors. Traffic congestion will be relieved in another ten years by the light rail system, but keep in mind that there will not be an express system. Every...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7542

Re: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)

The writer is asking plainly and simply that American Airlines provide more information to their flight crew, which can then be passed along to its passengers. Seems like a reasonable criticism. I understand that point, and of course I have been on the receiving end of lack of information just like...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to increase GIG to daily
Replies: 27
Views: 3969

Re: British Airways to increase GIG to daily

Always wondered what is keeping BA from flying redeye both ways to GIG at least matching the competition of AF and LH. The opportunity cost of using a slot at LHR is about the highest of any airport on earth, and the late night slots that would facilitate a westbound redeye aren't exactly plentiful...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL will fund LGA terminal project without Goldman
Replies: 129
Views: 15332

Re: DL will fund LGA terminal project without Goldman

Just passing LGA this morning. For Delta to spend close to $4 billion to use existing concourses is ridiculous. Twitter reports from the press conference indicate complete rebuild of, not just an upgrade to, the existing C/D concourses. That seems to sync much more with the $4B price tag. Unless co...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

L-ASA goes from flying 28 CR9s and 33 CR7s for Delta, with 12 AA CR7s, to a total of 20 CR7s for AA. That is a net loss of 53 airplanes... Don't disagree with the basic logic/premise - those CRJ900s leaving the SkyWest fleet are obviously no longer going to need to be staffed by SkyWest. I would ju...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Some Envoy 145's are going to Piedmont right now. This is being discussed in the AA Eagle Future thread. Indeed. Per AA's latest guidance, the Envoy/Piedmont ERJ145s, coupled with the incoming (re-incoming) ERJ140s, plus the existing Dash 8 and CRJ200 fleets, is targeted to add up to around 220 air...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

ScottB wrote:
So it would seem that the last remnants of ASA will soon be gone.


Pretty amazing. With that, two of Delta's three major "original" regional jet operators (ASA, Comair, SkyWest), or at least their remnants, will be gone.

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

Re: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

Seems like a win-win for Delta in terms of putting more of its regional flying with carriers that can leverage flow-through agreements for staffing - appears to be the way the mainline carriers are (smartly) going in staffing their feed. Regarding the CRJ700s for AA - that is probably a good move, a...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes
Replies: 88
Views: 10925

SkyWest Announces ExpressJet Changes

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/expressjet-airlines-announces-contract-realignment-200100866.html * Secured 5-year extension (through December 2022) of agreement with United covering the operation of ERJ145s * Agreed with Delta to early termination of Delta CPA covering CRJ900/CRJ700 operation, prev...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7542

Re: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)

Like so many other unrealistic and uninformed complaints about the airline industry, the "solution" to this "problem" is extremely simple. PAY MORE. Period. Passengers want to be compensated when flights are delayed, cancelled or diverted due to weather? Sure, the airlines can do...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Anyone that has an experience with airline networks know a significant portion of routes do not make money on a standalone basis. Routes can be often run for broader network strategy or can be run to provide feed and counter benefit on other routes. AA clearly as a major US airline needs a Pacific ...

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by commavia
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

There are some high mileage travelers who do not agree.... Yeah, and there are also high mileage travelers who do agree, and are very happy with AA's product and service offering, and also high mileage flyers who are simply bitter because AA has followed Delta and United in making its loyalty progr...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

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. I don't fly quite that much, but I very much agree. There have been pluses and min...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 28041

Re: British Airways to launch Nashville

Anecdotally, I'm sensing that there is going to be a lot of induced demand with his flight. The vast majority of my coworkers had all heard of this after the initial rumor-based announcement by the Tennessean and were excited to go nonstop to London. Knowledge of the flight grew pretty quickly. It ...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 28041

Re: British Airways to launch Nashville

Any sense of how this will be gated? I can't remember for sure, but I believe BNA's FIS gates are on A, so that would obviously be where arrivals are handled. And based on the schedule, with a 90 minute turn time, I doubt they'd be towing over to C to depart out of the AA gate area (which would then...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 28041

Re: British Airways to launch Nashville

Awesome - great to see it officially confirmed. I continue to believe this route will do quite well and, like MSY, I fully expect BA to increase capacity (in the form of frequency and/or gauge) shortly after launch based on market response.

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

The risk AA is taking with China is no different than the risk Delta took in New York, Seattle, Brazil, and LHR. Three of Delta's risks have yet to fully pay off. And, if we believe Scott Kirby, the fourth may be marginally profitable, compared to AA and United. If Delta can use its profits from el...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

If every airline exited markets because they weren't immediately profitable, nobody would be flying anywhere. Yes. AA's executives have spoken repeatedly about Pacific expansion being an "investment." I strongly suspect AA's "investment" is already paying off in terms of corpora...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

From the Trans-pacific, and somewhat the Chinese domestic side of things, the China Southern and Hainan route networks out of Beijing are complimentary. So it's entirely feasible for AA to co-operate with both to the extent allowed under the deal with China Southern even if that's just to provide s...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

If I am China Southern, I look at Delta who has a closer and more robust relationship with another mainline China airline along with the new JV that DL just entered into with KE. I take a step back and say to myself "self, given this scenario, how much traffic will be siphoned off to KE and Ch...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Another curiosity is what will happen to the established AA-Hainan codeshare relationship? Curiously carriers only recently (July 24th) filed with DOT to renew it. Hainan of course hubs at PEK with having taken over the old T-1 and wont be moving to Daxing. Indeed - intriguing question. Personally,...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

While alliance changes are certainly expensive, they are very long-term strategic business decisions. The parties involved will look at longer-term revenue potential vs. the one-time cost of making adjustments to business relationships and make an appropriate decision. Any cost of exiting one relat...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Going to be interesting what AA does with the opening of Daxing in 2019. Skyteam partners CZ and MU are the home carriers at the new airport with both airlines already spending money on the move, while Star and Oneworld carriers are meant to remain at PEK. I strongly suspect AA will move to Daxing ...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Well that isn't what AA proposed. Not that AA can't change the aircraft, but who knows. The DOT typically affords airlines significant flexibility to change operational aircraft on given routes once awarded the requisite international route authorities. In this case, for all the competitive and eco...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

tilerchin wrote:
Pardon me but is this route still to be operated with a 777


It will almost certainly be operated by a 787.

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

In DOT filing today, AA says it has the required slots to commence service between LAX and PEK. The new slots become available with the W17 IATA schedule season and AA says it plans a November 5th start up. Proposed times: LAX-PEK 1110-1620 PEK-LAX 1830-1515 Accordingly, AA request DOT to grant a b...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir leaving all Non-EAS cities in the lower 48
Replies: 44
Views: 5164

Re: PenAir leaving all Non-EAS cities in the lower 48

It's a pay shortage, not a pilot shortage. None of the big airlines or any of the good regionals are struggling to fill classes. Envoy has classes full until DECEMBER. There is no such thing as a "pay shortage." There is no artificial cap on what airlines will pay - the only ceiling on pi...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's Next US Destination
Replies: 262
Views: 18575

Re: BA's Next US Destination

I don't know about "next," but PIT and STL both strike me as particularly obvious BA 787 markets from LHR. Both are large markets in their own right, and also markets with a strong local sales/schedules presence from BA's JV partner AA, and both lack nonstops to LON (or Europe at all, in S...

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by commavia
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Drops 77W on MIA-LAX
Replies: 83
Views: 12270

Re: AA Drops 77W on MIA-LAX

if they keep a 77W on the route it will probably need to do an AM from Miami and noon from LA as it would be one parked between EZE/GRU flights. Indeed. Depending on how confident AA is of the 77W's dispatch reliability performance - and thus resulting need, perhaps, to keep planes sitting in MIA d...

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by commavia
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: airberlin will start a cooperation with JetBlue
Replies: 27
Views: 3531

Re: airberlin will start a cooperation with JetBlue

Smart move and a win-win for both airlines. Effectively locked out of codeshare distribution within the domestic U.S. by AA, JetBlue provides excellent coverage of many markets Air Berlin doesn't serve itself. And this just further reinforces JetBlue's dominance as the go-to domestic codesharing par...

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by commavia
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways to launch Nashville
Replies: 266
Views: 28041

Re: British Airways to launch Nashville

Awesome news! Agreed - about time. Given how well Nashville is doing, flight should do well - great add for BA (and AA).

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by commavia
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia cancels Caracas flight July 30 (updated)
Replies: 28
Views: 7052

Re: Iberia cancels Caracas flight July 30 (updated)

Seeing this news, coupled with all the other suspensions, crew stops and cancellations by other carriers, just reinforces for me what a distinct advantage AA and Copa enjoy in Latin America. At this point, operations in Venezuela are hazardous but - I suspect - extremely lucrative (even net of insur...

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by commavia
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes
Replies: 46
Views: 6833

Re: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes

Sure glad to see some of these markets with high frequency Eagle flights pick up a mainline jet or two like DFW to AMA and LBB. Glad to see VPS picking up MD80's. Agreed. VPS is likely picking up mainline due to business traffic, and AA continues to have a longstanding, strong presence in West Texa...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 69
Views: 11974

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

Following comments on last week's 2Q earnings call, reporting this morning from FlightGlobal (pay wall):

China Southern gains approval for share issue to American

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by commavia
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 617
Views: 99216

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

Let's level set the conversation a bit. I am sure that DL and UA outperform AA across the pacific in almost every example. That said, with two airlines who via mergers and decades of organic growth have bridged the pacific for 75+ years, I would certainly hope that this would be the case. Each has ...

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by commavia
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 11231

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

Totally agree, and I think that any proposal to put buildings on the current footprint of International Parkway would have to include some (costly) method of tunneling or realigning International Parkway to allow seamless entry/exit from either direction from either terminal. It would be horribly i...

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by commavia
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 11231

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

DTW style: ATL / DEN style: Very interesting stuff - thanks. Both seem to have pros and cons. "DTW style" seems easier in terms of universal roadway access to any/all of the terminals from north or south, but has the limitations of both the linear length of the concourses and the depth of...

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by commavia
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could AA upgauge MIA-HAV to an A330 on at least one flight?
Replies: 12
Views: 1803

Re: Could AA upgauge MIA-HAV to an A330 on at least one flight?

I doubt AA would want to. The pricing environment between the U.S. and Cuba still isn't exactly "robust" at the moment, so adding a significant amount of additional capacity - even as the largest carrier in the largest city pair between the two countries - seems unlikely. And even if AA we...

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