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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair Purchases 25 Additional 737MAX Planes
Replies: 28
Views: 2544

Re: Ryanair Purchases 25 Additional 737MAX Planes

How on earth does the cost of 1 flight attendant be decisive on the model of the aircraft ? What is the annual cost of one flight attendant ? Depends on carrier and how they run it, but the additional flight attendant can run easily between 7-20 million a year. They would likely have to hire more F...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air inaugural flight KEF-DTW today
Replies: 9
Views: 1008

Re: WOW Air inaugural flight KEF-DTW today

I see WOW fares at $365 r/t DTW-KEF, Delta at $864, much the same as last year. And that's a Basic Economy fare on Delta.

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't EA/CO Merge?
Replies: 18
Views: 2128

Re: Why didn't EA/CO Merge?

Continental would have been destroyed by Easterns cost, labor and PR issues. It made much more sense for Texas Air to simply transfer some assets between them and have companies enter into behind the scenes agreements between each other for services such as IT, facilities, aircraft leases etc. The ...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't EA/CO Merge?
Replies: 18
Views: 2128

Re: Why didn't EA/CO Merge?

vadodara wrote:
EA - Union
CO - Non-union

EA's Unions went on strike precisely because Texas Air Group was transferring flying to non-union Continental.


And yet CO's annual report for 2008 shows 44% of employees were union represented. Low for legacy carriers (other than present Delta) but still significant.

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Literally Ties Woman With MS To Seat
Replies: 57
Views: 4809

Re: Major Airline (Delta) Literally Ties Woman With MS To Seat

Unless Delta (and it's not going to matter to whom wheelchair services are contracted) has a pretty good story about how this woman, in the absence of being tied, was a hazard to herself or others, Delta is going to be writing a check with some $000,000

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to announce new destinations today 4/25
Replies: 96
Views: 11152

Re: JetBlue to announce new destinations today

This looks to be developing as a pretty thorough rethink of use of LGB, ONT, and BUR resources. What are they going to have intra-CA when this is done?

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to announce new destinations today 4/25
Replies: 96
Views: 11152

Re: JetBlue to announce new destinations today

Well, at least to BZN and HDN they're not competing against a carrier with high frequency. They are routes that can probably fill another (against UA) plane and still get decent fares.

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue First Quarter Results 2018
Replies: 44
Views: 5774

Re: JetBlue First Quarter Results 2018

I don’t really think it’s fiar comparing any airline’s numbers to Alaska, as AS has merger related issues other carriers aren’t going through right now. Well, I guess UA still is. AS execs themselves identified merger costs as just $6 million. If the costs were more it would be a good out. A big co...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republics CSeries Order
Replies: 35
Views: 6632

Re: Republics CSeries Order

That begs a question: Why do you think Republic could buy the jets - and, importantly, finance them - at costs cheaper than the major lease companies or a big buyer? You are definitely right on the financing aspect, but I'm not so sure on the unit price obtained. While under Chapter 11, Republic wa...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Munoz rejects bonus, Chairman moves on
Replies: 35
Views: 7380

Re: Oscar Munoz rejects bonus, Chairman moves on

It would have more impact if he tied his refusal of the bonus to key objectives and acknowledged failure on certain metrics. Otherwise he's just the king who decided the tax his subjects (shareholders) a little more lightly.

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republics CSeries Order
Replies: 35
Views: 6632

Re: Republics CSeries Order

A labor arbitrator isn't going to care, they're going to compare the reasonableness of management's ask relative to the status quo and existing agreements. UA and AA already have a combined 300+ E175's operated by regional airlines, a 2.5 ft larger larger update of the same plane that is heavier du...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year
Replies: 25
Views: 3558

Re: Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

UPDATE: Here is a better article (than the ones that I originally posted above) explaining how Alaska will implement it's "basic economy fares": https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/article/Alaska-Airlines-changes-fees-12860783.php That article suggests they're following Delta in allowin...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman Dies on Alaska Airlines Flight 478 from Seattle to Kansas City
Replies: 26
Views: 5353

Re: Woman Dies on Alaska Airlines Flight 478 from Seattle to Kansas City

There are about 900 million domestic passenger boardings annually. There are about 2.6 million deaths in the U.S. annually. There's going to be some overlap in those sets. Unless there's evidence of negligence on the part of Alaska this is a non-story.

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity
Replies: 23
Views: 2843

Re: United at PVD - Service Level Desparity

Any bias aside, looking into summer service levels revealed probably the most significant service disparity at any medium sized city in the northeast I can recall. Take a look at the United summer service for BDL PWM BTV ALB SYR and ROC compared to PVD, which is the 2nd largest airport of the bunch...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue First Quarter Results 2018
Replies: 44
Views: 5774

Re: JetBlue First Quarter Results 2018

Unlike Alaska, passenger revenue (up 8.7%) was up more than capacity (up 4.1%).

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republics CSeries Order
Replies: 35
Views: 6632

Re: Republics CSeries Order

Could YX take them up and lease them to another airline like DL? Like how Icelandair took a few 788s and leased them immediately to Norwegian? This is very possible, yes. That begs a question: Why do you think Republic could buy the jets - and, importantly, finance them - at costs cheaper than the ...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year
Replies: 25
Views: 3558

Re: Alaska Airlines Will Enter Basic Economy Market Later This Year

https://skift.com/2018/04/23/alaska-earnings/ https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/alaska-ekes-out-small-profit-says-merger-with-virgin-on-track/ http://travelisthenewclub.com/alaska-airlines-will-enter-basic-economy-market-later-this-year/ Apologies if this has already been poste...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines first-quarter 2018 result
Replies: 15
Views: 2659

Re: Alaska Airlines first-quarter 2018 result

To People saying Merger costs if you look here http://investor.alaskaair.com/news-releases/news-release-details/alaska-air-group-reports-first-quarter-2018-results Merger costs went down. Fuel and wages went up. Yup. $6 million in merger costs doesn't explain a $89 million decline in profit. Can't ...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest cancels 100+ flights today
Replies: 51
Views: 10681

Re: Southwest cancels 100+ flights today

mcdu wrote:
It doesn’t appear to be affecting the other 737 operators with mass cancellations.



AA/DL/UA have much smaller fleets of early-delivery 737NGs, both with respect to count and as a fraction of mainline aircraft. This situation is entirely predictable. Watch Alaska.

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light
Replies: 42
Views: 6721

Re: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light

Here is a list of the top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR respectively by pax traffic in 2017, as the maps below show, based on latest data released by aviation authorities now available on wiki. AMS DXB ~886,000 ATL ~802,000 JFK ~682,000 YYZ ~626,000 DTW ~565,000...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO
Replies: 58
Views: 8793

Re: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO

The real oddball that I’ve never understood why it existed is MCO-IND which other than MIA is the only non-hub/focus city that DL serves domestically daily nonstop from MCO. DL has a large FF base in IND, plus DL captures something like 120 PDEW to MCO so a daily ,nonstop flight isn't too surprisin...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?
Replies: 76
Views: 7086

Re: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?

DL giving up EWR-AMS is a big loss for 9W because EWR is probably the #1 US destination from India. DL’s 757 EWR-CDG is the min one can offer (premium pax will not like it especially on a total 18+ hour flight from India - all in). I think Jet should start EWR-AMS and SFO-AMS once they are part of ...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?
Replies: 76
Views: 7086

Re: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?

factsonly wrote:
Jet Airways has the benefit of not one, but multiple connections to North America via AMS/CDG:


LHR, too. Delta got Virgin Atlantic in on the action. AMS/CDG/LHR work great as scissor hubs USA/India.

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD
Replies: 60
Views: 9497

Re: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD

AS suspended DTW-PDX last winter also. Hope over time they can pick up a following to maintain it year round. We shall see what happens in 2019 PDX isn't a year round kind of city, winter weather there is just gross. Cold and rainy isn't somewhere people want to escape to during a dreary Michigan w...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 33035

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Fleet plans 10 years out are practically worthless. Shoot, DL acquired and is retiring a whole new fleet type in 10 years! (MD-90) Pilot rumors are sadly very unreliable. You would think they know what's going on, but usually they don't. Right. All sorts of things change in the airline biz in just ...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?
Replies: 96
Views: 9907

Re: Is ATL About To Fall Relative To Other Megahubs?

CLT: About to open the new concourse A North in June; plans in works for ~12 gate additions to Concourses B and C, adding significant capacity for American Airlines. DFW: Plans to build a full scale Terminal F to accommodate American Airlines expansion. DEN: Announced plans to add 39 additional gat...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO
Replies: 58
Views: 8793

Re: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO

Will DL ever add MCO-DAY nonstop service? WN had pulled out of DAY, and AA and UA will not add nonstop service to MCO from DAY. AS, B6, F9, 3M, NK, SY, and VX all serve MCO, but none of these carriers do serve DAY. While G4 does serve SFB nonstop from DAY on a less-than-daily basis, MCO no longer h...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT
Replies: 43
Views: 4999

Re: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT

In addition ONT is rumored to be back in negotiations again with Norwegian offerings up huge incentives about making ONT it's premier gate way to Europe. Service from ONT is being estimated to save Norwegian 37% on cost vs LAX. The LAX makeover is coming with huge increases in landing and rental fe...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?
Replies: 77
Views: 7658

Re: ANC-NRT feasibility on A321LR by AS/VX?

If this made sense delta could do it today with a 757. Perhaps they could, but DL has built up enough feed into SEA to fill widebodies. In the case of ANC, it would be a much smaller operation. As an aside, Anchorage's metro area population is about twice that of Reykjavik's metro area, which means...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT
Replies: 43
Views: 4999

Re: Rumor: 2nd Asian airline to ONT

LAXintl wrote:
Lets see how this plays out long term....


When the incentive monies run out and flights need to be supported by average fare levels (RASM), do the flights stay at ONT, head back to LAX, or die? That's the market test.

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways
Replies: 36
Views: 3320

Re: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways

For most, it's just not worth spending the money to change it. For an FAA large-hub like this though, apparently it makes sense. It makes FLL much more functional as a connecting airport instead of functioning as O&D... even if two of the three largest carriers at the airport don't have interli...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways
Replies: 36
Views: 3320

Re: All FLL / Fort Lauderdale Terminals To Be Linked With Post-Security Passageways

It makes FLL much more functional as a connecting airport instead of functioning as O&D... even if two of the three largest carriers at the airport don't have interline agreements! Some day they may spill over to other concourses.

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?
Replies: 195
Views: 29411

Re: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?

The $599 was pre-tax/fees one-way. With the astronomical taxes and fees ex-LON this will go up a lot. So let's say B6 will charge $2000 RT all in to LON as an entry sale. UK APD is $222 on a Business class ticket. Other airport and immigration fees are comparable to U.S. charges. Maybe B6 will char...

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Secondary Airports USA / East Coast
Replies: 42
Views: 3496

Re: Secondary Airports USA / East Coast

What would be the secondary plateform is the US for the following airports in TATL flights configuration : MIA => FLL or PBI? ORD => ? IAD => ? BOS => ? ATL => ? DTW => ? Thanks for your feedbacks. Hah hah! IAD is the secondary airport... for DCA! DTW doesn't need a secondary airport. It has ample ...

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft
Replies: 77
Views: 18274

Re: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft

Yes. Fleet wide, the A320 has lower utilization and slighty (almost statically insignificant) reliability. New A320ceos are quite reliable, but it can fall off quickly after initial checks. That is interesting. Was the lower utilization done with awareness of different mech needs, or an outcome of ...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Int'l Carrier Load Factors at Top 30 U.S. Airports
Replies: 43
Views: 6719

Re: Int'l Carrier Load Factors at Top 30 U.S. Airports

Since the airlines are sending in the data is it possible that they could be sending in false numbers to make the LFs look better than they really are? I would think opposite. They would send in false numbers to make the LF look worse, to discourage competition. Carriers don't want to file false re...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Jetblue E190 Decision imminent and Europe news?
Replies: 195
Views: 29411

Re: Jetblue E190 Decision and Europe news

Where is JetBlue going to get the slots from at JFK? I would guess that they will have to give up a bunch of domestic flights to make room for international flying at JFK? JetBlue could buy slots from AA. JFK isn't slot constrained except early evening, right? B6 could play with domestic departures...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)
Replies: 77
Views: 5115

Re: Future of DET (Detroit City Airport)

DET is a worthless set of assets. That's why city leaders aren't trying to expand it or renovate it - they know alternative uses could bring more value to the city. DTW has plenty of unused capacity, both in low average use for gates, and in runways.

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 115
Views: 25593

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

Pilots confirmed there's an AE that puts Delta's first CSeries base at NYC. That's not to say that they won't get to LAX (and need to come back), but LAX isn't going to be the focus of CSeries departures. if LAX isn't opened with NYC on the first AE it will be opened shortly after as cessna2 pointe...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can AA Make a Comeback at BOS/JFK?
Replies: 100
Views: 8143

Re: Can AA Make a Comeback at BOS/JFK?

https://transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1


Those stats don't add the Delta Connection carriers, which are significant to DL ops at BOS.
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WingsOfLove wrote:
WWads wrote:
DL and B6 own BOS


DL owns BOS? Really? ;)

https://transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1


Those stats don't add the Delta Connection carriers, which are significant to DL ops at BOS.

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue and FA Union
Replies: 77
Views: 9926

Re: JetBlue and FA Union

Congratulations to all the Flight Attendants of jetBlue on their newly unionized status!!!! Yes to representation 2661 66% No to representation 1387 34% 88 percent of eligible voters voted. Way to go jetBlue!!! Delta flight attendants will be next! Let's see what wages B6's union gets FAs (and then...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest flight 3461 April 15: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"
Replies: 76
Views: 13299

Re: "Passengers Cry, Scream in Southwest Airlines Landing"

Did it land safely? Yes? No story. So by that rather dismissive standard: the Gimli Glider, Sully's landing, Air Transat transoceanic fuel starvation, BA volcanic engine shutdown, "Titanic in the Sky" (QF032), etc... all were "no story" either? Seriously? WN has never killed any...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AA operate Ex-US Airways Aircraft strictly at former US-Airways hubs?
Replies: 36
Views: 5264

Re: Why does AA operate Ex-US Airways Aircraft strictly at former US-Airways hubs?

It took (UA) and is taking (AA) a lot of time to rationalize aircraft over routes because of delays in achieving integrated pilot and FA work groups. It was something HP + US never achieved, actually.

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL in China
Replies: 104
Views: 8953

Re: DL in China

DL has opted for a strategy of flying to China's top-tier cities only, i.e, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, rather than diversifying its network by adding any tier-two cities as UA has done... On how many of those 2nd tier cities has UA dropped frequencies, or dropped service entirely? Delta's str...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 115
Views: 25593

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

Replacements as I see it CR2 > CR7/CR9 CR7/CR9 > 717/CS100 717 > A319 A319/MD88 > 73H 320/M90/73H > 739/321 In the end I still think DL needs more medium ~140-160 seat narrowbodies, can GSO-ATL, MEM-ATL, or DTW-PHL really support 7x daily A321/B739 for example? Please review the December '17 Invest...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year
Replies: 115
Views: 25593

Re: Delta CSeries deliveries to begin this year

Pilots confirmed there's an AE that puts Delta's first CSeries base at NYC. That's not to say that they won't get to LAX (and need to come back), but LAX isn't going to be the focus of CSeries departures.

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet
Replies: 22
Views: 4930

Re: Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet

If that's really the OP's linked article, this thread should be locked.

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 227
Views: 33035

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

ehaase wrote:
a multi-year fleet plan similar to the one American put out in the last few days?


Could you provide a link to that, please?

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 20909

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

They either should have put the people on other airlines and paid the bill like a normal airline, or run a flight in the middle of the night like Delta often does and pick them up at 4am thereby not significantly disrupting the day time schedule. This is the kind of experience that invites governme...

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