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by winginit
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines and Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 3982

Re: Eurpean Airlines and Australia

Impossible to compete given the prices and capacity that the ME3 and CZ have put in place

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by winginit
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results
Replies: 84
Views: 10369

Re: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results

For better or for worse, the success of modern corporations is measured by shareholder returns, and apart from B6's stock being up 3.31% today on these earnings, the stock is up 25% in the past six months and 370% in the past 5 years. Hardly 'bad' by any definition.

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by winginit
Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports in desperate need of more gates
Replies: 98
Views: 12261

Re: Airports in desperate need of more gates

LAX is grossly oversubscribed. Will be interesting to watch the customs and border patrol facilities meltdown this summer due to the increased capacity.

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by winginit
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia - Ongoing Cash Flow Issues
Replies: 143
Views: 20084

Re: AZ staff votes against cuts

lesfalls wrote:
Is this the end for AZ then? I hope not.


Shouldn't it be though? Like AB, I feel as though just the basic economics at play here dictate that it's time for the sun to set on AZ - they're simply not running a viable business.

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by winginit
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lowest Load Factor Routes?
Replies: 39
Views: 5441

Re: Lowest Load Factor Routes?

According to T100, the lowest international load factor route for any of the US3 (excluding highly seasonal routes and one offs) was DL's PHLLHR at 40.65% for the full year 2016. UA's IAHLHR is notable as well at 58.46% over the same time period. The lowest LDF of any international route by the US3 ...

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by winginit
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 161
Views: 8418

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

No, in fact private airlines should be banned completely. American Airlines should be made the national carrier of the US, like Aeroflot once was in Soviet Union. Woah, woah, woah! Slow your role, pal. First of all, DL is probably a better choice, but still it just wouldn't be. You do understand th...

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by winginit
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position
Replies: 37
Views: 7147

Re: Oscar Munoz opts out of UAL Chairman position

I see this is yet another sign Oscar is not in it for the long term at UA. Agreed. Scott Kirby may well have made a very smart move. My bet is his health is not up to the rigors of the job. However, it will be portrayed that he is a casualty of the recent incidences. I'm not sure it has anything to...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

Rather sensible to (temporarily) reduce capacity to help maintain if not increase unit revenue and load factor. The interesting follow up will be where we see this capacity re-deployed. All these new widebodies need to be kept flying in order to get paid off - you can't just park them without conti...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 18871

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

UA is a shameful excuse for an airline. And if CO management can't fix it, no one can. UA probably just needs to die or get bought out, but in retrospect, they should have died years ago. How they ever survived Tilton is beyond me. UA will NEVER be as great as CO in one finger. Sorry, but that's ju...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 161
Views: 8418

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

US is a huge market, with deteriorating customer service standards What's your point of comparison if I may ask? Prior to deregulation, or even post de-regulation before the turn of the century, I could fly between LAX and JFK no problem, and the service would be fine and yes there would be a bit m...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 18871

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

I've been saying rebrand as Continental since this happened. The negative press in China was the final dagger. The United brand is beyond repair. We're aware that United's stock is only down 1.45% since the incident correct? and is up 200% in the past five years? Shareholder returns are how the suc...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

Why is it for years when all the foreign carriers were owned by their respective government no one had an issue with them For one, because in most of the cases you're likely referencing there weren't applicable Open Skies agreements - it's for this reason that the US3 aren't making a fuss about the...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 18871

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

I was under the impression UA is run by pmCO management, am I wrong. No longer the case with the exception of their Chief Operating Officer: CEO: Oscar Munoz (no previous affiliation) President: Scott Kirby (pmUS, AA) COO: Greg Hart (pmCO) CIO: Linda Jojo (no previous affiliation) CFO: Andrew Levy ...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

I wonder how long it will take for Boeing to advise President Trump that actions have consequences? If the ME3 are unwelcome in the USA, the first in line to be hurt are Boeing and GE whose sales contracts for 777-9 etc will be easier to cancel by force majeure or whatever break clause comes handy....

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

In my opinion, EK can blame the US, but then why aren't other Gulf carriers (who are impacted with the same travel restriction) affected? Sounds like EK is looking for a scapegoat. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39640473 "However Etihad, its smaller Abu Dhabi-based rival, said it had not see...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 18871

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

tpaewr wrote:
Yes the united brand is ruined


That seems quite premature to claim. What evidence do you have of that?

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated February 2017 Loads
Replies: 10
Views: 1941

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated February 2017 Loads

Here are the estimated load factors for the foreign carriers at DFW for February 2017 I'm amazed how much better Etihad is doing compared to AA Oneworld partner Qatar. Your stats will be very interesting to watch with the just announced USA flight reductions by Emirates. Would you ever be intereste...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

MaksFly wrote:
The international markets are fully saturated. After 8 years of global growth it is time for a recession.


Time for a plateau, sure, but whether or not we get an aviation recession will, as always, come down to what oil does.

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 200
Views: 30956

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

not that surprising with the way the US government is trying to stick their fingers into all foreign business in the air industry. They could not ban them outright so md it more difficult. That and the fact that far less people want to visit the US for the foreseeable future. The contrived "la...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United CEO Met w/Chinese Officials to Apologize
Replies: 17
Views: 3067

Re: United CEO Met w/Chinese Officials to Apologize

So is it a correct assertion that the Chinese media initially wrongly reported that Mr. Dao was Chinese, which stirred up the Chinese social media response, which then died down when the reporting was corrected and it came out that Mr. Dao was in fact Vietnamese? I'm honestly just curious not trying...

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by winginit
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't China Southern send their 787s to CDG?
Replies: 8
Views: 1743

Re: Why doesn't China Southern send their 787s to CDG?

That is a low-density plane! By comparison, Jetstar's A321 seat 220, and their B787s 335. Compared to a low cost carrier like JetStar sure, but compared to other full service carriers it's in the same ballpark while being downright dense compared to the Japanese carriers: UA 788: 219 seats AA 788: ...

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by winginit
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 110656

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

VC10er wrote:
I forwarded that email from Mr Munoz to my friend in SF who is currently silver, but who has been 1k in previous years. He did not get the email and he was rightfully livid.


'livid' over not receiving a standardized, mass-distributed email from a large corporation? really?

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by winginit
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping
Replies: 77
Views: 6462

Re: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping

If such legislation passed (and it won't), a logical next step would be for airlines to say 'right then, if we can't hedge no-show passengers with overbooking, local passengers who miss their flight due to oversleeping, traffic, or what have you, are now screwed, and we won't be accommodating them i...

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by winginit
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services
Replies: 54
Views: 6679

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

Boeing778X wrote:
airlines like NK are an absolute joke. They are cheap, and that's about it.


They're cheap, and yet they're among the most profitable carriers in the world, which puts a dent in your initial argument.

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by winginit
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "Calculated Misery" - A concept for airlines to make profit by selling higher quality products or services
Replies: 54
Views: 6679

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

One would argue that good service is not profitable. I disagree. Good service is a necessity in a consumer driven industry and lack thereof is suicidal. Your post is a bit complicated by the fact that there are drastically different definitions of 'good service', and those definitions are further i...

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by winginit
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airlines care about your high school grades when hiring?
Replies: 11
Views: 1134

Re: Do airlines care about your high school grades when hiring?

Welcome to the forum. I've worked for two major US airlines both in a headquarters capacity, and neither of those carriers cared about or even bothered to ask about my high school performance. For context, I have both undergraduate and graduate degrees, so maybe they would have cared more had that n...

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by winginit
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to Texas?
Replies: 65
Views: 6590

Re: Norwegian to Texas?

When tourists from Europe think about vacationing in the USA they don't think about Texas so I don't expect you will see Norwegian in Texas anytime soon. Denver isn't exactly the biggest tourist destination but Norwegian is going to serve Denver soon. Denver itself isn't the biggest tourist destina...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 4554

Re: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?

I can't give you a number but I guess overbooking adds 1% to revenue, or maybe 2%. Recall also that the final seats sold MAY in some cases be the most expensive tickets on the entire airplane, so that's very profitable. I'll track down the quote, but last year on either the DL or AA earnings call t...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to add 789 to LAX
Replies: 35
Views: 5964

Re: AA to add 789 to LAX

oc2dc wrote:
They are going to have a lot of extra 77E capacity lying around with all these 789s coming aboard. I wonder where they will be redeployed.


I don't think it would be unreasonable to see some of them possibly retrofitted and deployed to Hawaii from DFW to replace the outgoing 763s

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by winginit
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 110656

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

jetbluefan1 wrote:
UAL stock down 2.5% in pre-trading, and top news on CNBC.


Let's not get too excited. Even a 'viral' incident like this one isn't going to impact the carrier's stock, evident by the fact that it's now up half and point and has been up as much as a point and a half today.

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by winginit
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43188

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

Delta proportionally puts more eggs into a single hub than any other carrier; when things go operationally badly South at ATL, it has a proportionately larger impact on the whole network than say a similar event at DFW (AA) or UA (IAH). This is so untrue and proof that you are not familiar with all...

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by winginit
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900ER performance
Replies: 22
Views: 3808

Re: 737-900ER performance

While it's anecdotal, DL's 739s to Hawaii from LAX the past few months have had a dreadful time due to abnormally strong outbound winds, and I saw first hand some days upwards of 30 passengers being bumped and re-accommodated on HA. Issues with AA's 321s as well.

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by winginit
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 67
Views: 10717

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

So American makes a small investment and all of a sudden the fan boys start talking of slots, routes, alliances. All those may happen, but then they might not and there is nothing to indicate they will. Well there's indication that this wasn't just some random investment by AA evidenced by the conf...

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by winginit
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 67
Views: 10717

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

If AA were to launch a nonstop flight to CAN, it would be from LAX. The market for DFW-CAN is pathetically small and ORD-CAN is not quite where even a 787-8 could do profitably. Except there's this thing called connecting traffic, and DFW is unquestionably one of the top connecting hubs in the Unit...

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by winginit
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which global airlines will never, ever let go of true a First Class
Replies: 36
Views: 6063

Re: Which global airlines will never, ever let go of true a First Class

BobPatterson wrote:
Upper Class would sound a bit snobbish.


This is what Virgin Atlantic calls their premium cabin no?

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by winginit
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Group agree to cooperate
Replies: 14
Views: 3285

Re: Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Group agree to cooperate

People often (understandably) bring up the Air China / Cathay political and cross-equity ties to build the case for CX to eventually jump ship from oneworld into Star, but commercially speaking I'll argue this evolving LH/CX partnership is as strong a case.

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by winginit
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 67
Views: 10717

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

Expensive solution to that problem, but the long term relationship benefits to this move are likely worthwhile. Indeed. I doubt slot availability at PEK is the only, or even primary, motivator from this move. For a $40B corporation, $200M is nothing to buy better access into the China market. And i...

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by winginit
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is Hot & High Not an Issue Any More?
Replies: 19
Views: 3706

Re: Is Hot & High Not an Issue Any More?

Many of the high and hot destinations simply don't provide the financial returns that would make them worth the investment of a specialized aircraft (JNB, DEN, RNO, etc.)

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by winginit
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22017

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

I love all the comments here about the "loyal VX flyers." I'm not questioning that there are some, but let's be realistic...they never translated to profits. AS on the other hand , is leading the industry in profitability despite being the target of one of the largest airlines in the worl...

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by winginit
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22017

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

PlanesNTrains wrote:
I think it will be Alaska Airlines. Period. I think the Virgin brand disappears.


Fourthd...

This was an acquisition - not a merger. There is no new corporate entity and thus there is no need to have a new corporate identity.

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by winginit
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will American Airlines Logo Evolve?
Replies: 25
Views: 2090

Re: Will American Airlines Logo Evolve?

If so the flag tail design could become the logo, where on all marketing material an aircraft tail is placed beside American instead of the annorexic eagle. Sounds like a great way to increase costs with no revenue upside to offset. So long as aircraft are kept clean and maintained, liveries have n...

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by winginit
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 67
Views: 10717

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

Yep. It actually isn't hard to imagine how China Southern could find this attractive, too - effectively locked out of PEK-U.S. by Air China, codesharing on AA's two (and possibly soon three) daily U.S.-PEK nonstops could provide meaningful feed into China Southern's large PEK hub. Very much so, alt...

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by winginit
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines
Replies: 67
Views: 10717

Re: AA reportedly investing in China Southern Airlines

Looks like AA may find a viable LAXPEK slot after all. Having CZ throw a pair into such a deal would make sense.

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by winginit
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 356
Views: 88343

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

More moves coming up... Beginning the night of May 12, 2017, 20 or so airlines will relocate terminals over a one-week period. Each airline will complete its relocation overnight while maintaining normal operations during the day. Planned move nights are May 12, 14, 16th. The scope of this relocati...

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by winginit
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat Law coming?
Replies: 167
Views: 20288

Re: SEAT Law coming?

They're already sky-high as it is now... I paid $276 for a Y fare on TP from BOS-LIS. I just bought BOS-PRG-VCE-BOS (BA/EI) for $411. Flew BOS-GRU (AA/JJ) in May for $430. It has never been cheaper to fly. I paid $795 for a domestic U.S. roundtrip MKE-PNS-MKE a few wks ago. That's what we call an a...

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by winginit
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?
Replies: 45
Views: 9226

Re: Delta A350 Domestic Operations?

A350's will be used for DTW and ATL to Asia, and LAX to the Pacific and Asia. There will of course be shorter-haul familiarisation flights before the full schedule kicks in. Indeed, and as DL is likely to use the same pattern of domestic familiarization as UA and AA when both carriers introduced 78...

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by winginit
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 241
Views: 46583

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

AA should bight the bullet and get the 787 airborne to Peking from LAX even if its the worst slot at the PEK just to be in the market. Peking plus Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Auckland and Sydney give AA a nice Asia Pacific presence at LAX. A 'nice' Asia Pacific presence at LAX isn't so nice if it's...

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by winginit
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA fly to CGK/KUL?
Replies: 56
Views: 5701

Re: Will UA fly to CGK/KUL?

It is shocking that there is now no presence from the three U.S. majors in BKK, KUL or SGN. It shouldn't be. for UA or DL not to be able to make a NRT-BKK or HKG-BKK work is rather stunning. Again, it shouldn't be given the length of haul, the yield climate, and the costs around fifth freedom hubs....

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by winginit
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 241
Views: 46583

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

AA flies daily from DFW & ORD, so they have two daily flights to Peking. What would happen if they split some of those frequencies with LAX, so they would fly say four times a week from LAX plus 5 times weekly from each DFW and ORD. Are the slots at PEK assigned only to their current flights or...

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by winginit
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA fly to CGK/KUL?
Replies: 56
Views: 5701

Re: Will UA fly to CGK/KUL?

If state-backed foreign flags like MH, TG, etc. can't make tags to KUL/BKK/etc. work from LAX you can be sure the US3 won't dabble. Sure GA is throwing their hat in the ring but you can be sure it'll be a profit black hole.

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