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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Cash Flow
Replies: 65
Views: 10272

Re: Alitalia Cash Flow

Right now, according with Italian law, Alitalia wil be in "controlled administration" (I wonder if this is similar to Chapter 11 in US). If they can't find a buyer for all or part of the assets, Alitalia will file for bankruptcy. No, it really isn't equivalent to a U.S. Chapter 11 bankrup...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results
Replies: 58
Views: 6319

Re: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results

B6 really missed the boat on the west coast ops. One could argue just as well that AS really missed the boat on East Coast ops. Neither AS nor B6 has the size to demonstrate a fully national network. They are both successful in what they do - AS relatively more so (in terms of profit margin) than B...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 69
Views: 7356

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

There's upgauging, and there's gate utilization. End gate-squating - turn them into CUTE gates. Compare passengers per day per date at LHR versus the airports mentioned by the OP.

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its airport under private management
Replies: 17
Views: 1045

Re: Preliminary approval to St. Louis to explore putting its airport under private management

One way of doing it is to set it up as a private company with shareholders, which then frees the company up to borrow on the money markets without needing the local Government to do it. State or City authorities don't want to get into borrowing for big capital projects for political reasons, but a ...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/23/2017:DL BOS Expansion AUS/BUF/JAX/MCI/ORF
Replies: 112
Views: 12900

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

*DL BOS-JAX SEP 0>0.7 OCT 0>1.0 NOV 0>1.0 Got to love it a non hub like Boston get's a nonstop to JAX and the second largest hub in their system DTW is still stuck on one daily RJ to JAX speaks volumes really. What it says is that Delta is focusing on O&D BOS-JAX-BOS,and that DTW-JAX-DTW neithe...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Would It Take To Make The LGB Baggage Claim a Closed Air Facility.
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: What Would It Take To Make The LGB Baggage Claim a Closed Air Facility.

PanzerPowner wrote:
Simply i am asking what would it take to make the LGB Baggage Claim a Closed Air Facility.


What's your argument that spending the money and disrupting current services is worth the effort?

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why do the US low cost airlines not fly to Canada?
Replies: 17
Views: 4308

Re: Why do the US low cost airlines not fly to Canada?

To put a little more meat on those bones, I'd say it's really CBP tax policy on both sides. If you go to China on a $1700 ticket the (real) taxes are about $120. If you go to Canada on a $300 ticket the taxes are $120. 7% on China isn't that big a deal. 40% on Canada is a big deal. How can you be c...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL expands MIA-HAV
Replies: 24
Views: 4755

Re: DL expands MIA-HAV

Does DL have a flight to any other place that is not ATL/DL hub, from MIA? Maybe B6 and DL are hoarding all operations from Florida to Cuba sensing that demand will warrant it. Orlando. http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByAirport.do This isn't a 'Let's compete more broadly in M...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL expands MIA-HAV
Replies: 24
Views: 4755

Re: DL expands MIA-HAV

Does DL have a flight to any other place that is not ATL/DL hub, from MIA? Maybe B6 and DL are hoarding all operations from Florida to Cuba sensing that demand will warrant it. Orlando. http://www.flightstats.com/go/FlightStatus/flightStatusByAirport.do This isn't a 'Let's compete more broadly in M...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position
Replies: 37
Views: 7116

Re: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position

Pilots at UA love Scott Kirby. Some refer to him as "Scott Trippe" Strong company unity with him at the helm could make UA a tiger. It wouldn't - pilots would come to hate him, too, if he had ultimate authority. The world of the 1970s - CAB-controlled pricing and highly limited internatio...

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year
Replies: 63
Views: 9980

Re: WestJet plans to launch new Ultra Low-Cost Carrier later this year

The whole point of a ULCC is you pay for the seat (and maybe the space under the seat in front of you) but that's it. You could easily introduce a basic economy-type fare where you get: - no checked baggage (same as regular WS economy) - one piece of hand carry - no seat assignment until check-in -...

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.
Replies: 75
Views: 12351

Re: Passenger assaults AA pilot in MCI.

Pilot needs to be fired. No excuse for assault but you don't slap someone's phone out of someone's hands. The aircraft is private property and the employees can stop any unwanted photography they want but an airport (usually) is limited-public property meaning if you have business there, you have e...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could DL make another expansion at CVG?
Replies: 37
Views: 3026

Re: Could DL make another expansion at CVG?

I could be wrong on some (or most) of these, but I think DL has a good chance to add more flights to CVG. I do and hope they will add more to CVG. I think they could add Amsterdam as well! What's the demand from CVG-origin passengers to AMS-xxx destinations not already served from CDG? If DL duplic...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 767-400 future
Replies: 46
Views: 9508

Re: 767-400 future

TheGeordielad wrote:
United&Delta will probably use them up to the point they will be retired for good.


An operator of a few 764s would lack DL and UA's economies of scale with the type. It would be hard to identify anybody with a better use for 764s (TATL and deep S America) than DL and UA.

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Earnings Call 18 April
Replies: 81
Views: 11473

Re: United Earnings Call 18 April

Sure profits are down compared to last year, but long term outlook was strengthened as debt was paid down, leases (monthly expenditures) were purchased outright, and shares were brought back in house. I'd say it was a good quarter for United. Smaller short term profits in exchange for long term sta...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services
Replies: 54
Views: 6604

Re: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services

http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/14/15275642/united-airlines-calculated-misery-dragging-man-off-plane When I travel I know, almost exactly, what to expect when I book a 3 star motel. Occasionally I am stuck with a 1 or 2 star experience, less often I have to pay for a 4 or 5 star. I know if I fly ...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops 6 NFL charter operations
Replies: 34
Views: 7762

Re: AA drops 6 NFL charter operations

These charter prices for NFL teams that AA/DL/UA give out, do they cover all net costs or just operating costs? I hope the former (net = operating + financing + fixed overhead costs). Why do you hope that? Can you explain how running a charter flight increases a carrier's financing or fixed overhea...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba
Replies: 52
Views: 8895

Re: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba

The country is poor and you do not have a lot of Cubans able to afford the travel. I suspect that Cuba would still restrict exists as it always have, since the Castro's took power. That leaves people from other countries flying to Cuba. Not much of an economy so, at best, you would have tourist tra...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 12551

Re: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft

JoeCanuck wrote:
I suspect the deal was as simple as Boeing had some surplus NG's and offered Delta a good deal on them, just to clear out the inventory and/or fill the line until the max's ramp up.

Win - win.


You are completely wrong. Delta's SEC filing specifically mentioned Boeing exercised a put option.

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 12551

Re: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft

Since the 737-900's are replacing some of the older 757's, could these 10 be replacements for the sport team 757's? I don't believe so. The charter frames should now have very low utilization - old aircraft are fine. (Think of how FedEx and UPS use old aircraft.) The 739s should stick to long route...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 12551

Re: DL orders addiontal 737-900ER aircraft

I believe it was noted elsewhere: This came about as exercise of a put option by Boeing. It's confirmed in a DL SEC filing. 'We have surplus NGs before the MAXs start rolling out. You're taking ten!' That's a very interesting type of transaction. Can you provide more information? Put options are a ...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta denied boarding compensation max now $9,950
Replies: 58
Views: 8628

Re: Delta denied boarding compensation max now $9,950

It doesn't change the whole stupidity of overbooking and ruin someone's trip. $9,000 in vouchers doesn't allow me to go buy another plane ticket on a different airline for the same day and it still ruins my trip the same way. I'm now held hostage by the the airline that gave me the vouchers. Lots o...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 12551

Re: DL orders addiontal 737-900ER aircraft

I believe it was noted elsewhere: This came about as exercise of a put option by Boeing. It's confirmed in a DL SEC filing.

'We have surplus NGs before the MAXs start rolling out. You're taking ten!'

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus
Replies: 123
Views: 24373

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

Delta pilots will have a crap fit if they see even a remote probability of: - KE or any other JV partner doing a lot of flying DL pilots do today - Delta's widebody count declining significantly, leading to many fewer jobs at top pay rates - MAX xx or 321NeoLR pay rates lower than 767 rates (because...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 4526

Re: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?

Now granted, I think airlines should always let passengers take earlier flights with no change fee. In that scenario, the passenger is doing the airline a favor by freeing-up a seat that can be used at a later point in time. If the flight leaves with that seat empty, it's gone forever. But, that's ...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:02 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 would go at this a very different way: Because one isn't needed. U.S. global carriers - through Chapter 11 proceedings to a large degree - improved their cost productivity to be able to compete with low-cost carriers in a way that politicized European air carriers - and I'm specifically pointing t...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 340
Views: 51616

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of AA JFK-DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 7037

Re: lack of AA JFK-DFW

The absence makes it pretty clear that AA isn't too interested in selling DFW-JFK-international connections. Maybe they've looked at the partner flows and decided even then it's not sufficiently lucrative. Not sure what "absence" is being referred to, nor how that would lead to the above ...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Border Adjustment Tax and the Airline Industry
Replies: 9
Views: 827

Re: Border Adjustment Tax and the Airline Industry

I read only a single economist in your linked article giving praise, and the key word that his entire argument hinged on was a simple ASSUMED. No economist would work with Paul Ryan in the first place, nor would any economist make such a statement all requiring an assumption and act of magic. The K...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of AA JFK-DFW
Replies: 45
Views: 7037

Re: lack of AA JFK-DFW

If a local - i.e., not connecting international - passenger really wants to fly to JFK, AA and Delta are quite happy to sell them a ticket there, but since there aren't as many people who want to do that, AA and Delta naturally have less flights. For further context it should be noted that AA at JF...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did VS announce that they are now operating MAN-JFK year round?
Replies: 43
Views: 4666

Re: When did VS announce that they are now operating MAN-JFK year round?

Initially, VS were going to operate MAN-JFK during the summer season, from May, and in the winter season, it was to be operated by DL. I believe this has now changed and VS are going to be operating the route year round, ending all DL metal services to MAN. But when was this announced? Has anyone g...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA suspends LIM
Replies: 39
Views: 11982

Re: BA suspends LIM

NearMiss wrote:
Well, I guess LATAM Peru is going to act as feeder for the BA flight from SCL to LHR on its LIM - SCL route.


I wouldn't fly 1500 sm south to catch a flight to London - unless I were on a mileage run. AMS and MAD will yield more time-efficient connections for LON-destined passengers

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will United do with the A320s?
Replies: 18
Views: 5311

Re: What will United do with the A320s?

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Delta has already started retiring its oldest A320s - thank you. You'll note it didn't even make it to a ripe age of 27.

https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/ ... -Air-Lines

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017
Replies: 340
Views: 51616

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2017

Delta picked up 10 additional B737-900ER's to bring the total order to 130 aircraft. Expected delivery for the 10 additional aircraft to be Oct 2018 thru April 2019. You may be offering breaking news with that. I don't see anything in delta.com Investor Relations or News Releases about this increme...

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by MIflyer12
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS can't grow because of safety concerns - Dutch safety board
Replies: 51
Views: 8469

Re: AMS can't grow because of safety concerns - Dutch safety board

Part of the answer could be to loosen environmental and noise regulations. As you note in your post, trying to manage noise is providing Air Traffic Controllers with a high workload, and one which is arguably totally unnecessary. Air Traffic Controllers are employed to safely manage air traffic - t...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska New Portland/LAX adds
Replies: 38
Views: 4914

Re: Alaska New Portland/LAX adds

Schedule for the other routes: Portland-Detroit 10:30 p.m. 5:30 a.m. Detroit-Portland 7 a.m. 8:45 a.m. Portland-New York (JFK) 11:05 p.m. 7:30 a.m. New York (JFK)-Portland 9:30 a.m. 12:55 p.m. I wonder how long it will take DL to make DTW-PDX year-round in response ... Wen I suggested DTW-PDX every...

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by MIflyer12
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to remove planned Sat 717 LAX-YVR service, becomes all A319 mainline
Replies: 20
Views: 3365

Re: Delta to remove planned Sat 717 LAX-YVR service, becomes all A319 mainline

I just can't get used to a DC-9 being called a "Boeing 717" Pretty sure that the 717, even as an MD95, was never on the original DC9's certificate. Want to try again? DC-9 thru MD-95 are all on the same TCDS, A6WE... I'm looking at an A6WE (rev 30) that stops at DC-9-87, then continues MD...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:05 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

lightsaber wrote:


Out of curiosity, has any big name (Apple or another top brand) considered licensing it's name?


Sure. Honeywell has licensed a number of portable electric heaters, among other consumer goods.

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN in CA recap
Replies: 53
Views: 5290

Re: WN in CA recap

Southwest has opportunities to add nonstops from Oakland to San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. There are currently no nonstop flights from Memphis to the San Francisco Bay Area, but the other 8 destinations are ser...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Longest DL MD-88 route?
Replies: 33
Views: 7705

Re: Longest DL MD-88 route?

Is the MD-90 much quieter in the back than the -80? The only ride I've done in the -90 was by the wing and it was whisper quiet. As much as I love the DC9 design, I've always felt that the noise in the back was its Achilles heel. I can't imagine how I'd feel after a multi-hour journey packed in the...

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by MIflyer12
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The CS300 and Hawaii
Replies: 25
Views: 4864

Re: The CS300 and Hawaii

I believe it is indeed a possibility, in terms of range etc... I don't know about the winds, but I'm guessing if Hawaiian's B717 can fly there, the CS300 defenetly can. HA 717s got there with no passengers, and extra fuel tanks in the cabin. That's not really a profitable way to run a route... http...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Exits NY-SJU market from August 2017
Replies: 24
Views: 5040

Re: AA Exits NY-SJU market from August 2017

End of an era. I remember when SJU was a dominant AA airport, of one included Eagle. No shock though as AA normally exists JFK markets to the Caribbean once B6 enters. The NY market is also in decline as the VFR market matures (its now moving to the 3/4 generation) and as FL becomes more of a cente...

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by MIflyer12
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian reveals new a321neo interiors
Replies: 54
Views: 10553

Re: Hawaiian reveals new a321neo interiors

Not surprised by the lack of seat-back IFE. But no lie-flat? Oh well, neither does most of the competition. Horrible! How can they.... That's a first world problem. Most of the flights will be around 4-6 hours max anyway Four hours of flight on OGG-SFO will have them ditching into the ocean about 4...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW
Replies: 89
Views: 12004

Re: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW

It's official JFK-SJU will end. I would bet AA hasn't made money on this for a while. Given the massive competition, PR economy, and ability to connect via CLT or MIA this seems natural. There's a large PR diaspora in NYC. AA doesn't need hub feed. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/10/30/in...

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by MIflyer12
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW
Replies: 89
Views: 12004

Re: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW

I'm surprised by AA's recent additions to ROC and BUF. 5x and 6x to ORD respectively puts UA to shame frequency-wise, although UA will still offer more seats between all three cities. And that - while I respect enilria's effort week after week - points out a major weakness of this comparison. Routi...

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Big 3 US Carriers and International Operations
Replies: 5
Views: 2745

Re: The Big 3 US Carriers and International Operations

Available seat miles and revenue passenger Mike's by region are routinely reported in monthly traffic statistics. The quarterly and annual SEC filings have them, too. In mileage and , iirc, as a fraction of systemwide mileage, UA is biggest.

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by MIflyer12
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier to IPO in Next 3 Months
Replies: 17
Views: 1802

Re: Frontier to IPO in Next 3 Months

Well once this reaches completion, let the speculation begin of when there will be a Frontier and Spirit merger??????? Frontier 14 Too much sense not to happen, especially if Spirit management ends up leading it. A new hub in Denver would do wonders. It would do wonders for losing money. Denver doe...

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by MIflyer12
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:34 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

I'd say AS will join the US3 in having a mix of 737/A32X going forward. The Airbus fleet is/will be at a critical mass where the benefits of operating a single aircraft type diminish. Not at all - especially given the overlap in capabilities and seat counts between 737/CEO/MAX/NEO. AS is roughly on...

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