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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: 55
Views: 7549

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: 7452

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: 12462

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: 18
Views: 3879

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: 4047

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: 8900

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: 8900

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: 292
Views: 26129

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: 157
Views: 12820

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: 7620

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: 157
Views: 12820

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: 5804

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: 82994

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: 5853

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: 6510

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: 19421

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: 9463

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: 20437

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: 82994

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: 175
Views: 34763

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: 7947

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: 7947

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: 82994

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: 82994

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: 6118

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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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS starting SEA-PIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7725

Re: AS starting SEA-PIT

Alaska knows what it’s doing with O&D out of Seattle.
That said, why announce this 10 MONTHS in advance?

Use that -800 freed up from Havana service and start this in April.

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380
Replies: 948
Views: 704092

Re: Airbus Working With Emirates on New Order for Flagship A380

Reuters and Les Echos published news stories that were 100% incorrect. And yet some people call them 'professional and well informed' Might as well have read my own tea-leaves. Embarrassing for everyone involved, including the media for buying into this - to try to get a 'breaking' story, when no de...

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82994

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

AMS has been a 767 every day so far, so, I guess it’s sticking around for winter.

Too bad, but daily service on a smaller plane is a huge bonus compared to less than daily on better aircraft.
So, all good I recon.

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: MCI New Terminal Vote Passed
Replies: 107
Views: 11379

Re: MCI New Terminal Vote

Congrats to MCI - that terminal was the worst terminal of any airport I've been to in the the USA.
And I'd argue one of the worst in the world I've seen.

Kansa City is such a great city, it deserves much better. Sounds like they're going to get it.
Nice!

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X
Replies: 149
Views: 24805

Re: Air NZ eyes non-stop AKL-ORD and EWR flights, eyes A350/B777X

PDX based... my business does a lot with NZL and AUS vendors. I was in NZL last year, heading to AUS in a few weeks... PDX-LAX-SYD/BNE-LAX-PDX That said, I would be absolutely and unequivocally gobsmacked if QF or ANZ started flights to PDX. I would just fall off my chair. Now, I'd love it, just lov...

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways exepcts losses for the financial year
Replies: 16
Views: 3322

Re: Qatar Airways exepcts losses for the financial year

^^^ For what it’s worth, the best CEOs in the world are rarely the smartest people in any board room or meeting. They hire and surround themselves with the very best and brightest people in the world. That’s what makes them the best CEOs. I don’t know anything about Qatar Management. I do know that ...

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82994

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

^^^ yikes I remember last year around this time DL messed with the AMS schedule for a month or so. There was a 767-400ER on the route for 3-4 days, and all sorts of stuff. Hopefully it will at least go to an A330-200 for the winter. -- I am toying with giving up on Alaska and switching over to Delta...

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by BlatantEcho
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Delta A350 Revnue Flight T-24 Hours and Counting!!
Replies: 88
Views: 18007

Re: First Delta A350 Revnue Flight T-24 Hours and Counting!!

Flew Asiana ICN-SFO on the A350 this week. I wasn't expecting much, but I loved it. Great ride.
(Business class seats were the most comfy I've been in).

Really impressed with the bird, hope it serves Delta well long into the future!

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59683

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

^^^ A lot of people, myself included, will pay a PREMIUM to not have to stop, as well. Stops are the worst part of traveling long distances. Wasted time, potential for delays, misconceptions, ATC problems, MX problems. All to get somewhere slower.... Can’t imagine anyone doing that on purpose to the...

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet
Replies: 102
Views: 27744

Re: Mexico's Interjet $$$ problems & Sukhoi fleet

A report by a Mexican financial newspaper recently leaked a report produced by HSBC Mexico of Interjet's worrying debt ratio. Interjet's EBITDA rate currently stood at 8.9x. It advised the airline to sell 7 of its planes on a sale-lease back agreement lowering its debt ratio to somewhere around 7.3...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier
Replies: 53
Views: 5371

Re: DL FA Supposedly Tells Pax To Stop Singing National Anthem For Fallen Soldier

^^^^ That’s the definition of hero worship. People doing, and feeling obligated to glorify the actions of a dead person they didn’t know. — I wish all these threads that aren’t about aviation would be moved or deleted. Every time someone posts: did you hear what this Cabin crew did!!!! Did you see t...

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HiFly A330 features "Turn The Tide On Plastic/Volvo Ocean Race" livery
Replies: 3
Views: 1292

Re: HiFly A330 features "Turn The Tide On Plastic/Volvo Ocean Race" livery

The Volvo Ocean Race is a pretty awesome race around the world in sailboats. It's really epic to track them as they go.

This livery..... not as epic...

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Near disaster on A380 landing
Replies: 8
Views: 1767

Re: Near disaster on A380 landing

Can we delete this thread please? Total clickbait/fear mongering for an already discussed video of a crosswind landing...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Emirates downgrading SFO to 777 effective 5NOV17?
Replies: 43
Views: 12015

Re: Is Emirates downgrading SFO to 777 effective 5NOV17?

I’m booked on Emirates DXB-SFO in late February. Still shows A380.
I’m in first so looking forward to shower. Downgrade would be lame!

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Portland, OR (PDX) - Airlines missing profitable opportunities...?
Replies: 65
Views: 5179

Re: Portland, OR (PDX) - Airlines missing profitable opportunities...?

These threads are fine until we get into Portland vs Seattle.

Those are stupid conversations we should all know go nowhere.

Portland needs all the flights I described. Others have some good ideas too.

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by BlatantEcho
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Portland, OR (PDX) - Airlines missing profitable opportunities...?
Replies: 65
Views: 5179

Re: Portland, OR (PDX) - Airlines missing profitable opportunities...?

PDX needs a few routes to fill in the map for us travelers. I have faith that Alaska will ramp back some service when Horizon issue is solved... INTERNATIONAL PDX-ICN on Korean. This is desperately needed. Getting to Asia requires a second connection now as the Delta NRT hub is dismantled. I have to...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO-LHR: What is VS's plan after the 747's retire?
Replies: 45
Views: 6614

Re: MCO-LHR: What is VS's plan after the 747's retire?

MCO is one of the armpits of the world in every conceivable measure. Doesnt deserve an LHR flight! I go for work as little as possible, and it's my least favorite city in any country on any continent. Flat, featureless, artificial and corporate feeling. Have you guys even started recycling yet? Appr...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82994

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

^^^. Shoot.

I hope it's just temporary draw down for winter / during the horizon mess.

I have used all the Midwest flights and it helps keep me loyal to AS.
I have to suspect MCI/STL will return for summer. Right??

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 722
Views: 82994

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2017

Did PDX-FRA last night with the 11:20pm departure. Flight was painless, went by fast and the 170degree seats weren't as bad as I had heard. Slept for over 5 hours. -- Frankfurt is quite far behind Amsterdam for connections though. Long passport lines, walked a long ways. Remote stands. Not nearly as...

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by BlatantEcho
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 391
Views: 51529

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

It was the worst storm in the world. But it weakened after landfall at Cuba (contrary to original prediction of over Bahama) and did not restrengthen as much as expected after leaving Cuba, thus when it hit FL it is a Cat 3 instead of Cat 5. Also, it hit the Keys instead of Floridan southeastern co...

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by BlatantEcho
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters
Replies: 71
Views: 7499

Re: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters

For Jeffery1970:

Right, and most everyone with any sense disagrees with the silly premise of your entire idea.

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by BlatantEcho
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters
Replies: 71
Views: 7499

Re: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters

Modern society LOVES to tell other people what to do. It's one of the highest forms of idiocy on display each day. If you guys want to run charity airline flights for people, start an airline! Donate your life savings to subsidize ticket prices or something! Donate all your airmiles to charity today...

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by BlatantEcho
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters
Replies: 71
Views: 7499

Re: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters

That is the RIGHT thing to do and to argue otherwise is outrageous. It might be outrageous to YOU, but it's very logical and reasonable to a lot of citizens actually. Where is the line in your mind? - Hurricane, ok: how about break even pricing (whatever the heck that means) - car crash: ok, let's ...

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters
Replies: 71
Views: 7499

Re: Airlines Handling Fares During Natural Disasters

Why not raise prices and let the market decide if it wants to fly or drive?

What does a natural disaster have to do with airplane prices? The premise here is very confusing.

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by BlatantEcho
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX
Replies: 14
Views: 2192

Re: FI increases its service in S18 to TXL, SEA and PDX

2018 is the first full year that Alaska loyalists (like myself) can't use delta to Europe. I make 3-4 trips a year, and I honestly haven't decided what I'm going to do after this year I've done idelandair and condor (well, will next week) and will have to compare that to switching allegiances to del...

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