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by BlatantEcho
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANA considering scheduled flights to LJU
Replies: 4
Views: 1035

Re: ANA considering scheduled flights to LJU

Ljubljana is a GREAT city. All of Slovenia is so gorgeous too. I did see a lot of Asian travelers there last year. The natural beauty and relative cost compared to other parts of Europe could be attractive. No idea if there is demand for a direct flight ... that airport is tiny. But, that's a great ...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 101
Views: 22634

Re: Boeing 777 Production/Delivery Thread 2018

It's pretty interesting to read this and see large global airlines still gobbling up 77Ws. You read the rest of a.net, and you think the -300ER is a gas guzzling hog compared to A359 or 787-9. And yet, more and more keep getting delivered to blue-chip airlines. I know the line is nearing the end of ...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'
Replies: 211
Views: 26422

Re: Tim Clark: A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous'

Used the bar earlier this year on DXB-SFO. Packed.

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

That’s really smart.
The newly cleaned up B gates are way better than before. Just more light and friendly.

Extended that a bit and getting ridding of the horrible A makes good sense.
Hell, United could just take all of B and probably be ok.

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Summer 2018 Make or Break for Norwegian?
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Re: Is Summer 2018 Make or Break for Norwegian?

^^^ You are confusing the flow of cash with realizing a profit on a transaction. The money you pay for a ticket in January for a flight in July doesn’t go into an escrow account and sit unused till the day of your flight. But it’s not realized as a profit (or loss for a carrier like Norwegian that g...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 104
Views: 22579

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

^^^ Man, that is a good looking bird and a great refreshed livery. Really really nicely done to Gulf.

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

^^^
Booked that flight May 25-June 2 R/T for around $1200

Will happily pay extra to get to London in one shot.
Makes the entire journey so much simpler.
Can’t wait to use it more (especially if it goes year round!!)

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Impact to DCA and IAD based on Amazon HQ2 rumor
Replies: 31
Views: 3780

Re: Impact to DCA and IAD based on Amazon HQ2 rumor

I still don’t get why people make such a big deal about Amazon. It’s just an online mall for cheap stuff. Do the locals get this fired up when Wal-mart wants to open new offices???? — AS - already flies sea-dca/iad DL- adding sea-iad Does a route really need more service for one company moving some ...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

I booked the PDX-BOS redeye for the first time ever in July. Flight times are really really good. Even though I've moved to Delta (should hit Plat) I still use Alaska when they have the N/S options. That's a great flight time there and back. -- That said, the Alaska PDX-JFK redeye flight times are h...

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing more aggressive under new CEO?
Replies: 69
Views: 8683

Re: Boeing more agressive under new CEO ?

What do you mean by aggressive? In this side of the Atlantic that hints to unethical or even illegal actions. I do business on 3 continents, and with the UK constantly. I've never had a single UK business person not understand what aggressive pricing was. How pedantic can we get here, when we all k...

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

^^^^ Now that the DL/KE Joint Venture is close to being ratified and fully approved.... Asia HAS to get PDX-ICN service on Korean. Like, there is no way that doesn't happen. It has to, we're desperate. Maybe Delta keeps PDX-NRT for the O/D, I've used it a bunch and it's a lovely flight. But, PDX-ICN...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The era of ultra-long-range flights
Replies: 57
Views: 9831

Re: The era of ultra-long-range flights

[photoid][/photoid] Probably I'm just repeating what many have said before, but I can think of nothing worse than sitting for upwards of 16 hours in an economy class seat. I'd much rather have a one stop flight to break the journey up even if it cost a bit more. It may be different for those at the ...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flying Almost 9 Hours To Come Back Over Your Home Again!
Replies: 38
Views: 4412

Re: Flying Almost 9 Hours To Come Back Over Your Home Again!

Oh dear, I’d go nuts thinking of the time wasted! It’s one of my biggest nightmares. Going nowhere, fast. I always pay extra for a direct routing, and I consider great circle mapper each time to make sure if I have to connect it’s as efficient as possible. Time is way more valuable than money! You c...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?
Replies: 42
Views: 4976

Re: Why no US-Cyprus non stop?

I live in the USA (western part). Going to Cyprus in September for first time. You realize the island is split into two basically as well? Half of it Greek. Half Turkish? So, on one half of the island you can’t even fly to certain places. The other half is inverted. It’s wild. Anyway, I’ve never met...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

PDX based, been a loyal AS guy for years (Gold 75K for 2018 after years of gold). 2018 onward: Switched to Delta. Currently at MSP on my way home from MSN (Madison, WI). That is just not possible on Alaska. And you know what? I’m really enjoying Delta. I won’t hit Diamond with them, but I status mat...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse
Replies: 35
Views: 53067

Re: Boeing 787 suffers nose gear collapse

^^^^

What???


I bet there is barely a scratch on it. It’ll get inspected and checked out and not require much.

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 95536

Re: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI

^^^^

For the record, the ‘e-tint’ windows are one of my favorite parts of being a pax on the 787.

Just great execution of something that technology made a lot better. Better view, better control, can still stare out the window at all times. Really love this feature of the plane.

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI
Replies: 840
Views: 95536

Re: Update: Hawaiian signs 787 LOI

Wonder what our buddy Zeke has to say about all this.

Maybe we should close the thread and open a new one to celebrate with HA?

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: NH Y ORD-HND-CGK: SE Asian Adventure part 1, Jakarta (tons of pics and videos)
Replies: 34
Views: 8697

Re: NH Y ORD-HND-CGK: SE Asian Adventure part 1, Jakarta (tons of pics and videos)

Great trip report man, love the photos.

From 5F in Chicago to probably 80F in the sunshine. Smart man!

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Employees of American Airlines-Owned American Eagle Make Less Than $10 an Hour
Replies: 146
Views: 14154

Re: Employees of American Airlines-Owned American Eagle Make Less Than $10 an Hour

TheOldDude is one of the few people making sense on this thread.

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dubai runway to close for 6 weeks in 2019
Replies: 22
Views: 5100

Re: Dubai runway to close for 6-weeks

In in Dubai today, been watching all the planes depart and arrived into DXB on FlightRadar. It’s a crazy operation for two runways. Lots of planes have to hold or do some turns before arrival. Going to be fun with just one runway for a bit :) Love the airport though, and Emirates runs a pretty tight...

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Employees of American Airlines-Owned American Eagle Make Less Than $10 an Hour
Replies: 146
Views: 14154

Re: Employees of American Airlines-Owned American Eagle Make Less Than $10 an Hour

Disgusting how so many of you are blinded by your economic privilege to see why this is a problem. We need a $15 minimum wage NOW. lol, and then what? What do companies do that have to double worker wages? ..... they raise their prices. So everyone pays more to subsidize some silly and arbitrary la...

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 29
Views: 4858

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Flew out of ADD on Thursday evening. Quite the operation Ethiopian has going there, very impressive.
I imagine the elevation hurts range a lot, but, they seem to get where they need to go without too much hassle.

Very cool airline.

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and Seattle
Replies: 53
Views: 6445

Re: Norwegian and Seattle

PDX has four flights to Europe: Daily, year round to AMS on delta Summer seasonal to LHR, FRA, KEF on delta, condor and icelandair respectively. — To stay on topic with this thread - as much as it absolutely abhores me personally to connect in Seattle via airplane, let alone drive!!, I do know peopl...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flydubai is on the way to becoming one of the world’s largest airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 6730

Re: Flydubai is on the way to becoming one of the world’s largest airlines

I’m paying $400+USD for the privealge of flying JIB-DXB this Sunday.....
They only need to sell a few seats and the flight is paid for at those prices!

Maybe a one off, but, not looking forward to using them again on next trip to ME.

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop
Replies: 86
Views: 12050

Re: Rumour: NZ to fly AKL/DEN nonstop

Not impossible (hub to hub), but this seems sketchy without any official source.

How would a 772ER do from DEN-AKL? Gotta imagine that would push it to its limits with the elevation departing DEN?

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Southwest fly to Europe?
Replies: 60
Views: 8017

Re: Southwest to Europe

I’m not sure the bulk of the loyal Southwest customer base has any interest in going to Europe - for business or pleasure.

Just different customers than some of the other legacy airlines.

In 20 years? Maybe, who knows, but, not in the next 10.

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 787's
Replies: 62
Views: 12784

Re: QR plans to announce 10 new routes along with a loss for this year, working on variation on Qsuites for A380's and 7

Really wonder if they will announce and actually start SFO.

With Etihad gone, it has to be a route that actually makes sense to fly now.

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018
Replies: 117
Views: 21696

Re: Boeing 777X Production Thread 2018

wow, it's really starting to come together. I think the X is going to be a real step forward for Boeing. They are refining their carbon techniques with the wings, and automating more and more of the processes. More precision, more ability to take out weight, more repeatability, and less reliance on ...

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS gets ready to build new A-concourse
Replies: 19
Views: 4216

Re: AMS gets ready to build new A-concourse

Best connecting airport in Europe keeps getting better. Love AMS!

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9280

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

My perspective is different: I've been a customer since 1996 and I've been wondering why it's taking so long for some people to catch on. I was a customer since half.com days where I sold my textbooks. So, I guess I’ve seen, and used it for 21 years I had amazon delete my account a few months ago. ...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9280

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

There is a significant difference between having some planes flying around, and offering a true end to end logistics service. That said, ups and fedex have had a lock on the US market for so long, some competition would be good for them. Even if just the threat of it... that said, I’ve never underst...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 309
Views: 29354

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread 2018

I’m really interested to see what happens when the Korean JV is approved. I assume the remaining NRT flights will go away and move to ICN. PDX is desperate for a n/s Asia flight with real connections deeper into Asia. PDX-ICN with all the connections available would be a big improvement. I’d also li...

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

I think PDX is just seeing a maturation of service.

We got a lot of new stuff the last few year, so it can take time to digest and stabilize for Airlines.


I’m going to book the pdx-lhr flight for the first time for a trip to the UK in May. Really happy to have that, even if seasonal for now

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are 777s always this loud?
Replies: 47
Views: 7820

Re: Are 777s always this loud?

Flown a lot of 777 legs now (sea-dxb, hkg-sfo, yvr-hkg). Never noticed 777 being louder than a330 which I fly the most.

Imagine it’s very subjective, especially with where you sit on the plane.

That said, with noise canceling headphones, none of it matters anyway.

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 347
Views: 28240

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

^^** Let’s not do this again.

For various reasons SeaTac has 2x the traffic of pdx generally. Alaska has said it and it’s easy to imagine.

Let’s move on. Portland is a better city anyway :):):)

Seriously, need year doing lhr or cdg and icn and we are SET!

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hundreds of Passengers Have Been Stranded at London's Gatwick Airport Since Before Christmas
Replies: 24
Views: 5886

Re: Hundreds of Passengers Have Been Stranded at London's Gatwick Airport Since Before Christmas

As for the 800 number that will include many none travelling friends family and other hangers on. Airport enforcement officers should best be employed in separating and removing these individuals from the terminal ASAP. They pose a potential and serious risk to security imho. This is a completely a...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 83670

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I flew PDX-MEX on Tuesday night. Totally painless.

Thinking I’ll use this in the future for Central America destinations.
Great add for PDX.

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watchdog group accuses Lufthansa of Price Hikes in wake of Air Berlin Bankruptcy
Replies: 62
Views: 5972

Re: Watchdong group accuses Lufthansa of Price Hikes in wak of Air Berlin Bankruptcy

If Air Berlin wasn’t making any money, and that caused them to eventually go bankrupt, doesn’t it make sense that fares would increase?

Why is this news, and how is this a bad thing?

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 6597

Re: Hainan to further grow US service; codeshare with AS + B6 in 2018

PDX-HGH would be super for me, been there twice this year already... That said, it would lose money so fast it would be scary. PDX-China needs a non-stop for sure. Agree above, it’s going to need to be to PEK or PVG (most reasonable) and hopefully the airline ties in with AS (or Delta does it themse...

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 108
Views: 19611

Re: United ending Xian

^^^^ That reply is not only non-sensical, but also illogical. If you can’t make money on a route over 2 years, it goes away. I bet performance has more to do with low fares driven by Chinese airlines than the economics of Xian corporate travel itself. Cutting HGH sucked, it’s now two stops for me to...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QX begins Q400 fleet reduction
Replies: 55
Views: 9559

Re: QX begins Q400 fleet reduction

^^^

It’s sort of already sunk :/

Lots of us loyal AS flyers are switching teams in 2018 because we can’t count on AS/QX to get it done anymore.

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 20659

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

I think it’s quite interesting how much Us vs. Them is on display in this thread. How much bad blood is there between you all and your places of work? If I screwed up like this, I’d say ‘oops, I’m sorry’ and ask my staff to cover the shifts like normal. No one would freak out, or demand overtime. It...

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 83670

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I booked PDX-MEX next month. never been to Mexico City.

Was going to credit to Alaska, but now will to DL as I switch over.
Another thing that hurt Alaska, losing partners that were useable with non-stops from PDX.


Now, when is PDX-ICN going to start???

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 196
Views: 40783

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

Cool!

Old engine tech, but not expensive engine tech.
Interesting

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 8020

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

^^^ Yeah, that’s exactly what I am thinking. PDX-JFK/CLT are just too short to get enough sleep to hit the ground running. If I could do a JFK-PDX, leaving JFK at 1am, arriving PDX at 4am... that is really interesting to me. Especially if it was just a weekend trip to NYC. 5.5 hours of sleep.... yea...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 8020

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

The timings are interesting, and with headwinds, it’s an extra hour to sleep compared to normal red eye.

I’d honestly consider this on a more regular basis to maximize time on both ends for weekend trips.

Interesting.

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 83670

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

If Alaska had any brains, they would be flowing a lot more connections through PDX. Yakima, Boise, Montana, even Bellingham. Airport is less constrained, there is less competition and there is room for expansion. That leaves them to price more seats out of SEA for O&D customers as well, which I'...

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 83670

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

I'm sad to report, as a long time Alaska booster, I'm jumping ship in 2018. As my travel grows, Alaska's operational reliability (I am simply not willing to connect in SEA with Horizon) scares me. Less emotionally, Alaska cutting ties with Delta, and now to a large extent, American, means I can't ge...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help! Helicopters flying very low above our house when landing - what can we do?
Replies: 40
Views: 6463

Re: Help! Helicopters flying very low above our house when landing - what can we do?

I bought a fancy condo downtown last November. I was feeling all smug at my find. Got a discount on it and all that. It’s on the 5th floor, near shops and restaurants and such. Life is good all winter. Then, come Spring and Summer, the rooftop bar opens up. Now, I had a view of it when I bought it, ...

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