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by winginit
Mon May 22, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 11083

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

United is doing better than ever, planes are full, stock is up, profits are huge, yep the A-Net geniuses once again are on the wrong side of reality. You can't wish someone out of business This is correct. The success of public corporations in this country is measured by shareholder returns - nothi...

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by winginit
Mon May 22, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Hainan Airlines interested in Alitalia
Replies: 32
Views: 6257

Re: Rumour: Hainan Airlines interested in Alitalia

Well, all I can hope for is someone taking this airline and transforming it into a profitable carrier. It would be a tragedy to lose Alitalia, and very sad for those who depend on the airline to put food on the table. I just can't jump on the bashing bandwagon, because I personally find it sad for ...

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by winginit
Mon May 22, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is BUR Unpopular?
Replies: 41
Views: 6894

Re: Why Is BUR Unpopular?

Despite being close the center and north of Los Angeles BUR has a short runway, is dominated by one carrier (WN) has very limited gate space, a cap on the number of movements and a strict curfew. As you would expect, BUR is outrageously expensive if booked last minute. To your point: it can often b...

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by winginit
Thu May 18, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 408
Views: 104401

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

I was in terminal 3 last night for 3 hours(weather in SF, shocker) and they have put in all new carpeting which helps a bit. They put in charging stations for portable devices. Other than that there is burger king and starbucks. The seating is an issue, every seat pretty much taken in the center, s...

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by winginit
Thu May 18, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Star/SkyTeam/OneWorld comparative stats
Replies: 9
Views: 2047

Re: Star/SkyTeam/OneWorld comparative stats

These are interesting statistics, but as we're watching more complex and comprehensive joint ventures and equity partners replace the utility of the now dated alliance structure, do member carriers care outside of the select few who work for the alliance itself as opposed to a member carrier (which ...

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX
Replies: 34
Views: 6569

Re: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX

Although the route would lose 3-class service. Not the end of the world. LAXMIA doesn't command nearly the same premium demand and associated yields as LAXJFK or SFOJFK, and the F fares on LAXMIA are at times even lower than the J fares on traditional transcons. Well when competitors JetBlue delta ...

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX
Replies: 34
Views: 6569

Re: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX

OB1504 wrote:
Although the route would lose 3-class service.


Not the end of the world. LAXMIA doesn't command nearly the same premium demand and associated yields as LAXJFK or SFOJFK, and the F fares on LAXMIA are at times even lower than the J fares on traditional transcons.

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is UA doing with its deep China flights?
Replies: 21
Views: 5039

Re: How is UA doing with its deep China flights?

Chengdu's subsidies may have expired, but even that route was subsidized upon launch and for at least the first 24 months of flying meaning the real test wouldn't have begun until less than a year ago. BA bailed on CTU not long after the subsidies expired. Let's hope that UA finds better fortune th...

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 204
Views: 20350

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

they will apply for immunity with the US and Korean governments. They already have immunity, since 2002. They'd just be applying for approval of the JV. I'm not certain that's quite how it works given the material change of the cooperation brought on by the revenue share. For example, AA and QF had...

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is UA doing with its deep China flights?
Replies: 21
Views: 5039

Re: How is UA doing with its deep China flights?

Well, they're still around, so I guess that's something of a good sign. I'm curious as to whether UA is eligible to contend for local subsidies, or are those only offered to PRC-side carriers? The routes are surely subsidized. Maybe not Chengdu, but little doubt the rest are. Almost all secondary f...

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by winginit
Fri May 12, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX
Replies: 34
Views: 6569

Re: Rumor: AA may end 77W on MIA - LAX

Boeing778X wrote:
If they stop SYD with the 77W, it may make sense


They've confirmed that this is is the case.

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by winginit
Thu May 11, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

N O one should be forced to pay for basic economy and not have enough room. How is anyone ever being forced to pay for basic economy? Basic economy inventory is often the first to disappear, so I'm having difficulty thinking through a scenario where basic economy is ever the last available option. ...

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by winginit
Wed May 10, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6268

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

I expect it helped a lot that the international itineraries were already being booked in Altea, so most of the problems had already been ironed out. I think it was slightly different from AA/US in that WN's shorter booking window meant they had zero reservations in the old system past the cutover d...

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by winginit
Wed May 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award
Replies: 29
Views: 2327

Re: AS wins 10th straight JD Power Award

I think the real point of interest here is that even with airlines blanketing the front pages (and not in a good way), this JD Power survey shows North American passenger satisfaction at an all-time recorded high.

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by winginit
Wed May 10, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

4 - Seats. What the heck happened to the pitch!?! I get it, airlines want to make money. But some airlines have gone to less than 31 inch pitch and I don't think that is enough room to be comfortable. Doesn't Frontier have a 28 inch pitch? For someone over 6 feet tall that is painful. Has it really...

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by winginit
Wed May 10, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?
Replies: 41
Views: 4875

Re: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?

Lots of speculation on here, much of it not in tune with reality. Cranky Flier had an interview this week with Ed Bastian that I think fairly, and diplomatically, describes the situation. It conforms to what I've been saying on a.net for years, and what I know to be true. http://crankyflier.com/201...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 227
Views: 17757

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

devmapper wrote:
I am not convinced that AI will actually end up on a DEL-Texas route.


This. The economics simply don't work. I'll be truly stunned if an AI plane touches down in DFW or even IAH, and until that happens this is all just talk from AI.

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017
Replies: 227
Views: 17757

Re: AI plans several new long hauls for 2017

Does AI have interline ageement with AA? I remember someone posting earlier that AA had terminated the interline agreement with AI. Would be good for onward passengers if AI has interline agreement with AA They do not, and it's for that reason that DFW surprises me. Yes, you've got the Indian popul...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

On item #1 Cell-phone cameras have changed Air-travel forever, in the way it has other things in society like Police--Citizen relations In the case of airlines, I think it will result in passengers getting the upper hand in more situations ie: Dao and recent Delta incident, where Camera Phones foot...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

Being profitable is a good thing for any industry, but having a great reputation will bring more sales. As I think Virgin America taught us most recently, (and People Express before them among many others) often the sales brought on by a reputation aren't enough to generate the profits necessary to...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6268

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

Good luck, WN! Altea is a great system. Hopefully they won't end up like UA did when they regressed back to SHARES. The US/AA method seems to be a much better approach. Not only that, but WN have it even easier as they don't have any bookings to migrate over given they only take bookings a few mont...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

How about a mandatory and independent rating service? Most US airlines would howl at the thought. Many of us would not buy if rated less than C+ (but C ok for hops less than 2 hours) Mandated by the government? That would be a dangerous precedent to set. Why stop at airlines? How do you guarantee n...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

Being profitable is a good thing for any industry, but having a great reputation will bring more sales. As I think Virgin America taught us most recently, (and People Express before them among many others) often the sales brought on by a reputation aren't enough to generate the profits necessary to...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

Hmm, why are some of the US airlines making some record profits lately? The price of oil. Fees is one of them. Sure, but not nearly to the degree that oil has come into play. It seems if they have a healthy bottom line, you don't need to make the cabin less comfortable by squeezing in more seats. T...

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by winginit
Tue May 09, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

"10,000 Kia Rio or a $100,000 Mercedes" Some choice you present. Detroit used to believe something along that line. Now we buy Camrys or Corellas. And are happier. PS, As well as WN, Alaska, and JetBlue add in Hawaii all of whom seem to do a decent job in Y. There is obviously middle grou...

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6268

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

From what I understand Southwest has been using the same 'drain-down' approach that AA/US successfully utilized with the Shares to Sabre migration. Will be interesting to see although I don't anticipate any issues.

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record
Replies: 52
Views: 10666

Re: Air Berlin Losses Plunge to Record

EY confirms financial support for "atleast another 18-months" to AB with an injection of additional EUR €350mil. Etihad to Inject $382 Million Into Struggling Air Berlin https://skift.com/2017/05/06/etihad-to-inject-382-million-into-struggling-air-berlin/ = Unbelievable. Might as well jus...

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

The analogy would be Honda. The Civic was always a well-made car and fun to drive. The previous generation Honda swung their pendulum too far and the negative press put pressure on Honda because of the cheap interior and boring driving dynamics. The result was a better car during the next redesign....

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulm moves

Seat pitch isn't terrible? I guess you haven't flown in economy when the pitch is 28 inches and the seat is 17 inches across. That is beyond terrible. I flew in that very situation on a 4 hour flight from London to Tenerife last onboard a new Iberia A320. No matter how I moved I couldn't get proper...

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX-FCO: An opportunity for AA post Alitalia?
Replies: 35
Views: 5942

Re: LAX-FCO: An opportunity for AA post Alitalia?

LAXintl wrote:
No.

AA does not even offer service to larger Europe markets like Paris or Germany from LAX, so they certainly won't chase after a random seasonal tourism driven market like FCO.


This. We'll see LAXCDG before we see virtually any additional flying to Europe from LAX.

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by winginit
Mon May 08, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers vs airlines - the pendulum moves
Replies: 73
Views: 6597

Re: Passngers vs airlines - the pendulum moves

But why is this happening. Here are my thoughts on why the public is fed up: Whether the public is 'fed up' is irrelevant unless: A) consumers start voting with their wallets away from the carriers who have been in the headlines (unlikely given the commodity categorization of airline seats) B) inve...

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by winginit
Sat May 06, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL defers last 10 A350s by at least 2-3 years
Replies: 203
Views: 41778

Re: Delta Reviewing Airbus Widebody Purchase in blow to Airbus

But that does not mean that DL is somehow going to outsource its longhaul operation. They've been moving in that direction for years now. No reason to think that trend will stop. Only the pilots are preventing the outsourcing from advancing even further. Do you want to show the data for city pairs,...

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by winginit
Thu May 04, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2017 Loads
Replies: 15
Views: 1890

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated March 2017 Loads

btafan wrote:
Why does Qantas block so many seats on QF8?


Weight restriction given the equipment and length of haul. Have seen as many as 100 seats blocked for a single southbound departure.

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by winginit
Wed May 03, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA at Hobby
Replies: 22
Views: 3035

Re: AA at Hobby

American has ~7 flights day to Houston Hobby as opposed to Houston Bush. Why does AA even bother? Solely out of beef with WN? Could HOU flights be given to other cities (ORD/CLT)? Does it not make basic sense for a global airline whose largest hub is in the second largest metropolitan area in the s...

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by winginit
Wed May 03, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LY announces TLV-MIA staring November
Replies: 62
Views: 7675

Re: LY announces TLV-MIA staring November

I'm surprised it isn't to FLL for a codeshare with B6 (with whom LY has a separate non-aviation JV). EL AL also codeshares with AA. AA only allows LY to place code on transatlantic routes in exchange for AA codeshare on LY routes between Europe and TLV, so on this route LY will not have the benefit...

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by winginit
Wed May 03, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 256
Views: 27578

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Lets call the American executives what they are.... scumbags. 29"??? Why use a toilet when you can just piss directly on your customers. This is inexcusable and why we need to bring back serious airline regulation. I know this idea will never fly on a website fill with airline apologists but f...

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by winginit
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European Airlines and Australia
Replies: 42
Views: 4122

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: 10620

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: 102
Views: 13522

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 Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 261
Views: 53096

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: 5593

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: 8704

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: 7206

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: 237
Views: 35955

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: 19061

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: 8704

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: 19061

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: 237
Views: 35955

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: 19061

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: 237
Views: 35955

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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