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by hiflyeras
Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS and DY duke it out at SEA: Who will win?
Replies: 13
Views: 2758

Re: VS and DY duke it out at SEA: Who will win?

As stated by others over the last few years, SEA-LHR apparently performed poorly for DL except in peak summer. I think they saw this opportunity to swap the route with VS with the hope of improved LF and yields. DY has likely ruined any chance of that.

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by hiflyeras
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VS and DY duke it out at SEA: Who will win?
Replies: 13
Views: 2758

Re: VS and DY duke it out at SEA: Who will win?

Looks like DL bailed on SEA-LHR at just the right moment...but any losses accrued by VS in a fare war with DY will still hit them in ATL.

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by hiflyeras
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/23/2017:DL BOS Expansion AUS/BUF/JAX/MCI/ORF
Replies: 112
Views: 12898

Re: OAG Changes 4/23/2017:DL BOS Expansion AUS/BUF/JAX/MCI/ORF

I predicted long ago that DL had the same plans for BOS as they've been doing in SEA. Both were already strong NW hubs or focus cities with a customer base...and neither controlled by AA or UA. B6 had better watch their back if they aren't already. Maybe AS and B6 will be forced to combine for their...

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by hiflyeras
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12721

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

My god, if AS has such a horrible product then why are they one of the most profitable airlines in the world? You'd think that customers would be booking away from them in droves if they were so sub-standard but somehow they keep growing and providing horrible service to more and more destinations....

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by hiflyeras
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12721

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

My god, if AS has such a horrible product then why are they one of the most profitable airlines in the world? You'd think that customers would be booking away from them in droves if they were so sub-standard but somehow they keep growing and providing horrible service to more and more destinations.

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by hiflyeras
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12721

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

Well I will eat crow on this one. I stated in a few threads that LGA/DCA would have to go from DAL if AS opened SEA/PDX etc...But the E's will have quicker turn times than Airbuses so I for one am glad to be proven wrong in this instance. Way to re-shuffle the deck chairs at DAL AS! At least you're...

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by hiflyeras
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is there no American D8 (NAI)?
Replies: 10
Views: 2346

Re: Why is there no American D8 (NAI)?

I was thinking the same thing yesterday...why are US airlines ceding the ULCC market US-Europe to Norwegian? The current big 4 have too high of costs to compete so who's got the lowest casm of potential US airlines? AS, F9, G4, NK...I could see any of them taking a page from the D8 playbook and begi...

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by hiflyeras
Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2100
Views: 107579

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

It's absolutely shocking how poorly UA is handling this PR nightmare. Companies have gone out of business for missteps like this. It's not like they broke someone's guitar.

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by hiflyeras
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No more Yahoo Aviation news feed
Replies: 2
Views: 987

No more Yahoo Aviation news feed

I used to get my daily dose of Aviation/Airline news feed from Yahoo but it seems they've finally pulled the plug on their two webpages that combined all of the press releases. Does anyone know where I can go (besides here, of course!) to get my daily fix right off the presses?
Thanks!

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by hiflyeras
Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Onboard oven for personal use
Replies: 17
Views: 2721

Re: Onboard oven for personal use

The flight attendants don't even like to do that for the pilots that bring food and ask to have it heated up. Unless it's a 4+ hour flight they're busy.

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by hiflyeras
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Keep DAL
Replies: 96
Views: 11793

Re: Alaska to Keep DAL

Looking forward to seeing if SEA and PDX gain a flight to DAL. Did I read that the VX gates at DAL can only handle a couple of more departures per day?

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by hiflyeras
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

AS have set their sights on starting service to PTY...they're just waiting for either the 737Max or A321. That would also put LAX-CTG (Cartagena) and LAX-BOG within reach. LAX-BOG would face problems with BOG's altitude. Oops, you're right. Have never been there but it's on my bucket list. I hear t...

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by hiflyeras
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

AS have set their sights on starting service to PTY...they're just waiting for either the 737Max or A321. That would also put LAX-CTG (Cartagena) and LAX-BOG within reach.

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

Also, they are very lucky the NEOs will be CFM! Thanks for that info! I was wondering which engine they ordered...it looks like the PW LEAP is having some issues. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/another-pratt-engine-in-a-320-neo-develops-snag-indigo-plane-grounded/article...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

My guess: Rather than replace the VX Airbii with 737-Max, AS will wait to evaluate the Boeing MoM concept once it is finalized. I think AS could be a MoM launch customer....or they could choose to operate a split Boeing / Airbus narrowbody fleet. Isn't the MoM getting too big for AS? AS was said to...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

Again, this is how every merger goes and yet it seems to come as a surprise each time. Alaska bought Virgin. Alaska is very successful. Virgin basically wasn't. Nearly everything will become like Alaska did things. It's a story told over and over again. Which is why SRB's petulant whining is so ann...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9211

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

At the investor's conference this week in NYC, AS said that the Airbus 319 and 320's were best suited for west coast north-south flying. And the 737-800 and -900's were best suited for transcon flying due to their higher seat count. I don't think you'll see that start to happen until 2019 at the ear...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 14835

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

All the legal analysis on here is pure speculation - because none of the commentators have seen the precise wording of the underlying agreement. I would be astonished if the drafters of the underlying agreement hadn't contemplated and provided for this sort of eventuality when the agreement was bei...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Numbers flying the same route for a a decade or more
Replies: 42
Views: 3375

Re: Flight Numbers flying the same route for a a decade or more

I've been working AS flight 81 SEA-ANC for over 30 years. AS's flights up and down the SE Alaska coast have remained constant for over 30 years as well...61/66 and 65/64 both make stops in JNU and various smaller stations between ANC and SEA. They're AS's famous 'milk runs'. If you want to fly on a ...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of Alaska Airlines at DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field with AS-VX merger
Replies: 66
Views: 6059

Re: Status of Alaska Airlines at DFW Airport and Dallas Love Field with AS-VX merger

CobaltScar wrote:
So there is this, and then the empty LAX HAV flight squatting. What else does AS keep going as charity?


Apparently you have information no one else is privy to...just what are the load factors LAX-HAV? Please enlighten us all.

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 14835

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

32andBelow wrote:
The only people that need AVOD are poor folks that travel a few times a decade. Free streaming to device is better.


:thumbsup:

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 14835

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

I have no idea if this is true, but Alaska seems to have signed a pretty awful contract with Delta too. Maybe time they realize if you want to play with the big dogs need a larger team of lawyers, they are out for everything they can get. You mean how DL f'ed over their partner? Don't get me starte...

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 14835

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

As a point of reference, I flew to SAN recently and AS was over $50 cheaper on the way over and I wouldn't consider them due to a variety of reasons, but not having AVOD (or live satellite tv) is a big one. But clearly, this is not an issue for a lot of people. Load factors consistently over 80% sh...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS vs. WN in California moving forward
Replies: 90
Views: 5785

Re: AS vs. WN in California moving forward

AS pilots are not naïve enough to think that they're going to fly AS metal any time soon to SYD, DUB, HKG, etc. AS has their own mini-alliance with 16 international carriers, offering the ability of AS Mileage Plan members to book award tickets to pretty much every major city in the world. I'd call ...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS vs. WN in California moving forward
Replies: 90
Views: 5785

Re: AS vs. WN in California moving forward

AS will still have a steep hill to climb to match what WN does in CA. That's not to say they can't eventually, but it will be far more bloody for AS than WN and WN is 3 times the size of the combined AS/VX with much deeper pockets. It will no doubt keep the fares in CA rock bottom for years to come...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 21915

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

whereas my point all along was that VX loyalists are the types that pay a real premium to fly it. Looking online for April 3rd...who is cheapest? VX customers are not 'paying a premium'...they're getting a bargain in FC compared to AA, DL. B6 must be desparate to be undercutting all of them. VX $10...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS vs. WN in California moving forward
Replies: 90
Views: 5785

Re: AS vs. WN in California moving forward

Quite Frankly, In regards to the E-175 it is actually quite a beautiful aircraft inside, quiet, comfortable and reliable. I think AS is actually a big contender in this west coast battle. Either way this is win for consumers! Absolutely.......However, WN has such an arrogant attitude about how good...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 21915

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

55 inch pitch to 41 inch pitch. That's a pretty big change. A little disappointing that Alaska reduced it that much. What is the current pitch in 1st on AS? Why in god's name did VX need a 55" pitch for a non lie-flat seat? Were people doing yoga on the floor in front of their seat? Ballroom d...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 21915

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Anyone else think just having a footrest as opposed to a leg rest on the new FC seats is a bit of a letdown? Especially when they're flying routes where some competitors offer lie-flat.

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 21915

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Alaska will adopt brand names like Main Cabin Select, Elevate, etc. but it will get rid of the Virgin brand. It doesn't need the Virgin brand when it can execute on an excellent operation and customer experience. This hasn't been stated in anything I've read...in fact just the opposite. The names '...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 21915

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

Curious who will be providing the new FC seats...would love a closer look! And any speculation on who will be providing the satellite Wi-Fi? Does current AS vendor Gogo have FAA approval for such a system?

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by hiflyeras
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10725

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Next we'll probably hear about DL offering a free meal SEA-ORD...it was no coincidence that they were pretty much all AS/VX routes previously announced as getting one.

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by hiflyeras
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby
Replies: 29
Views: 4917

Re: Southwest expansion at Houston Hobby

MIflyer12 wrote:
A question mark at the end of that thread title would have been useful.


Exactly. Dropping SEA and PDX out of HOU doesn't sound to me like an expansion.

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by hiflyeras
Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/19/2017:EK Reduces LAX, QR Reverses ATL Cut, DL SEA-ORD 3X
Replies: 47
Views: 9152

Re: OAG Changes 3/19/2017:EK Reduces LAX, QR Reverses ATL Cut, DL SEA-ORD 3X

WN dropping PDX-HOU (and SEA-HOU)...looks like time for AS to add PDX-IAH. And they're down to one daily SEA-SAN...why bother? They've already pulled out of SEA-SNA, are dropping BNA and MKE (seasonal reductions?). It seems their SEA schedule is getting less and less.

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by hiflyeras
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10725

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

It's another expected poke at AS...but at AA and UA as well. That's all those two need with their own pissing match in ORD. I was pretty surprised how few mainline flights they both operate between ORD-ATL...maybe that'll change.

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by hiflyeras
Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airlines still fly factory-delivered 737 classics?
Replies: 29
Views: 6538

Re: What airlines still fly factory-delivered 737 classics?

Classic series were definitely a workhorse and a definite step up from the 'Jurassic' -200's. Sitting aft of the wing the engines were SO loud on the -200 that you had to practically yell to be heard in the aft galley. But then the DC9/MD80 were not much better...airlines should have paid people to ...

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More new AS Routes!
Replies: 155
Views: 15481

Re: More new AS Routes!

The SAN-MSP flight (Horizon) will be sitting on the ground at MSP arrives at 7:50 p.m. It'll be sitting on the ground for 17 hours? Flights to SFO/PDX operate via SkyWest. An 830pm departure to anywhere seems a bit too late in the day...even to the west coast. Let the engines cool and the crew take...

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More new AS Routes!
Replies: 155
Views: 15481

Re: More new AS Routes!

lets see if Horizon or SkyWest can even CREW all these planes on order, first. AAG isnt too thrilled that QX is parking Q400s right now due to lack of crew. I imagine part of the problem is the number of QX pilots off the line for E175 training. It seems like the SEA-GEG flights are the first QX to...

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by hiflyeras
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/12/2017:3M to Exit Cuba in 3 Weeks; F9 Pushes HAV; AA Drops DFWMEI, Adds DFWGEG; UA Cuts CME
Replies: 71
Views: 9577

Re: OAG Changes 3/12/2017:3M to Exit Cuba in 3 Weeks; F9 Pushes HAV; AA Drops DFWMEI, Adds DFWGEG; UA Cuts CME

New AS service is not relying just on point-to-point...they do an excellent job of selling connections even with the longer travel time. So that SFO-BNA flight will probably be carrying people originating in SoCal, PDX, ANC or SEA as well. They've been hugely successful in SEA with all their new mid...

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by hiflyeras
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First 747 flight
Replies: 65
Views: 1971

Re: First 747 flight

Wardair charter in 1975 from YVR-LGW...I was only 17 but my aunt took me up to the lounge upstairs and we sampled aperitifs. Benedictine, B&B, Grand Marnier, Amaretto....I tried them all! I remember looking out the window on that first 747 flight and seeing the engines swaying on the wings. I th...

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

What I found interesting is that Alaska stated the Airbus airplanes are the ideal airplanes for north/south routes whereas the 737's are better for East/West routes. However, most of the east/west expansion are being flown with airbus airplanes. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with existing flying r...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

Good point, TGG...infrastructure has to keep up with the fantasy! ;-)

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

UA of course is the powerhouse in SFO...VX/AS will always be #2. But look at what AS has done in SEA...before the DL incursion, AS had reduced UA and WN to an afterthought and had over a 50% market share. And even with DL's adds, they still command the same market share. SEA is essentially a two-air...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing defines 737 MAX 10
Replies: 553
Views: 80653

Re: Boeing defines 737-10MAX

No launch without orders. Boeing is just presenting the MAX 10 concept to potential customers. If they can line-up several customers for this airplane, it has a good chance of becoming reality. For now it's just a concept. They launched the MAX7 with barely any orders (-100?) so it might only take ...

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

SEA, LAX and SAN-BWI operate daily. This seems like one of the most likely candidates from SJC. There are a lot of seasonal flights this summer out of PDX (BWI, PHL, MKE) and hoping some make it year-round.

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

I'm guessing it'll be a mix of mainline and OO/QX flying...E175 to OMA, MCI and IND with mainline BWI, MCO and possibly MSY. Didn't realize the bay area is underserved to MSY but maybe VX out of SFO would be a better fit?

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by hiflyeras
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14427

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

AUS, BWI, IND, OMA, MCI, MCO, STL are my two-cents.

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by hiflyeras
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lie-flat FC possible on 737?
Replies: 10
Views: 2043

Lie-flat FC possible on 737?

Are there currently any carriers that offer a lie-flat seat in FC on a B737? Of course it's possible if it's a 1x1 configuration but that takes a big hit on capacity. Has anyone found a way to come close to retaining 2x2 and offer a lie-flat seat on a Boeing narrow-body? Thanks!

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by hiflyeras
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS is returning to MEX!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1718

Re: AS is returning to MEX!!!

Wish there was a market for SEA-MEX but ever since AM pulled out no one has taken a stab at it. The numbers must not be there.

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by hiflyeras
Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT Launches Divested AM/DL, MEX/JFK Slot Award Case
Replies: 101
Views: 13550

Re: AS back to MEX but from SFO, LAX and SAN

AS swapped their MEX slot with AA for a JFK slot. AS knew that MEX would be opening up eventually...I think it was a smart move on their part.

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