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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 586
Views: 89197

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

Now that flight attendant integration has taken place they need to use the not as nice 321 planes for short routes. No more transcons on those please. Move planes around! No excuse to see brand new ones doing 45 minute flights from DFW to Austin 6 times a day and not PHL to SFO for example. I know ...

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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 586
Views: 89197

Re: AA Fleet Updates - 2018

Now that flight attendant integration has taken place they need to use the not as nice 321 planes for short routes. No more transcons on those please. Move planes around! No excuse to see brand new ones doing 45 minute flights from DFW to Austin 6 times a day and not PHL to SFO for example. I know ...

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by slowrambler
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16351

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

So many of you are completely missing the point. The point was that, excluding Air Canada, British Airways was the largest foreign carrier in terms of passengers flown to/from the New York City area. As of July, Norwegian bumped British Airways out of that spot. The metric is PASSENGERS FLOWN - not...

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by slowrambler
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 30248

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

I don't get the negativity about AA. My last domestic F flights with AA were great. My last domestic F flight with DL just so so. Of course, my Mint flight with B6 blew everyone out of the water! :D AA isn't willing to throw good money after bad in New York, and is making a bet that seatback TV can...

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by slowrambler
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/26/2018:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG/STS
Replies: 85
Views: 11360

Re: OAG Changes 8/26/2019:AA Drops PHL-FRA/MUC/GLA,PAP-FLL/JFK,DFWPBC,LAXYYZ;AS Drops ABQ-SFO/SNA,LAXMEX;UA Adds DEN-FLG

WOW, they dropped PHL-FRA. Not on aa.com either. **AA FRA-PHL APR 0.9>0[0.8] MAY 1.0>0[1.0] Wow, also gone... **AA MUC-PHL APR 1.0>0[0.8] MAY 1.0>0[1.0] I get that these are *A hubs, but amazing they are flying deep into Europe into markets like Bologna and yet can't make a first tier market like F...

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by slowrambler
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?
Replies: 113
Views: 8735

Re: Why can't AA make JFK-MAN work but it can JFK-EDI? And also UA from ORD & IAD to MAN?

I think one should ask why AA should care about making JFK-MAN "work"? AA has PHL-MAN and seasonal ORD-MAN, into two much bigger hubs than JFK; the only reason to have JFK-MAN is pure New York O&D, which they've presumably decided isn't worth the plane. JFK-EDI is the only Edinburgh fl...

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by slowrambler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska Airlines (allegedly?) deplanes allergic 15 year old UM instead of an emotional support cat
Replies: 81
Views: 7155

Re: Alaska Airlines (allegedly?) deplanes allergic 15 year old UM instead of an emotional support cat

Seems pretty obvious to me that AS made the right decision.

People have been taking cats on board aircraft cabins since forever; it's not some wussy bleeding-heart liberal thing.

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by slowrambler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?
Replies: 29
Views: 5185

Re: Why are Airbus planes still called "Airbus Industrie" when booking tickets?

American Express travel, which ought to know better, still thinks "AUS" is the old Mueller airport (closed almost two decades ago).

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by slowrambler
Tue May 08, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11158

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

ET's core profits annually come from: 1. Intra Africa flying 2. Cargo operations 3. Maintenance unit A vast majority of their long haul services make an "operating cash profit" but not "net profit". Having difficulty finding public documents that justify this. In particular I wo...

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by slowrambler
Mon May 07, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11158

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

ET's core profits annually come from: 1. Intra Africa flying 2. Cargo operations 3. Maintenance unit A vast majority of their long haul services make an "operating cash profit" but not "net profit". Having difficulty finding public documents that justify this. In particular I wo...

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by slowrambler
Mon May 07, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11158

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

I'd like to see the receipts. There's just no way most/any of ET's longhaul network makes money. ET's profits for 2016-17 were $260M. What part of their network do you think makes the money? I’d guess anything within about a 6 hour radius from ADD pays for the rest of the network. Let me introduce ...

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by slowrambler
Sun May 06, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11158

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

MaverickM11 wrote:
I'd like to see the receipts. There's just no way most/any of ET's longhaul network makes money.


ET's profits for 2016-17 were $260M. What part of their network do you think makes the money?

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by slowrambler
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2018
Replies: 713
Views: 62625

Re: Austin Texas Thread - 2018

5: Austin, even if Delta makes us a focus city, will for an indefinite amount of time, be mostly an O&D airport. Split terminal operations shouldn't be that big of a deal, plus I imagine airlines wouldn't have their aircraft or partners split up between two terminals. A new, dedicated South Ter...

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by slowrambler
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does AA operate Ex-US Airways Aircraft strictly at former US-Airways hubs?
Replies: 36
Views: 5427

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

My understanding is the LUS aircraft still need to be operated with LUS flight attendants, so their itineraries touch LUS hubs. That said they can and do operate flights like SFO-DFW which aren't traditional US Airways routes.

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by slowrambler
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order
Replies: 565
Views: 75053

Re: American Airlines orders 47 additional 787's (22 788's and 25 789's), cancels A350 order

I am yet to encounter a remotely comfortable 787 Y experience (having not flown JAL). Together with the 10-abreast 777s, we are pretty much always going to have larger Y seats for one hour domestic mainline legs than for any international flights. But hooray for economics...

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by slowrambler
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!
Replies: 264
Views: 34617

Re: LH A350 New Colors - Hideous!

Such a pointless livery change. The old one looked good on pretty much any aircraft. It's not just a livery change, it's an entire brand refresh, the aircraft are not the main concern in this process... If the aircraft are such a minor part of a branding concept, they could have avoided changing th...

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by slowrambler
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regarding AA's JFK-Zurich Route Ending (AA 64/AA65)
Replies: 74
Views: 9312

Re: Regarding AA's JFK-Zurich Route Ending (AA 64/AA65)

IMO, a smart, unorthodox move for the airline industry - Very Parkerish. What was very clear back at US - and I think it continues now at AA - is Parker doesn't believe in doing things for prestige unless they also make money (and more money than could be earned doing other things). I'm perfectly w...

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by slowrambler
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eurowings could take over Swiss GVA ops
Replies: 32
Views: 4132

Re: Eurowings could take over Swiss GVA ops

flyguy84 wrote:
How about someone take over the GVA airport... that place has got to be the worst airport in Europe.


Could only be said by someone who's never been to Luton.

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by slowrambler
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: The fight for the right to expand JFK
Replies: 56
Views: 9161

Re: WSJ: The fight for the right to expand JFK

There's only 2 reasons I would go to the trouble to fly throuh JFK to connect to a foreign destination. Either I would have to get a fantastic price compared to what I could get from AUS or IAH, or I would have to get a flight at JFK that arrives at my destination in Europe and would require a conn...

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by slowrambler
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks
Replies: 154
Views: 36579

Re: LH new livery to be ‘revised’ after only three weeks

Well, as we all know, it's not really about the blue at all; it's all about the Yellow Surprise.

Seriously, my first reaction to the new livery was "this is going to look terrible on a cloudy day", and apparently that was correct.

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by slowrambler
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 154
Views: 19206

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

There's a certain number of legacy AA moaners who claim the pre-merger American was some kind of paradise and the antichrist Doug Parker and the flea-bitten US Airways turned it into hell. (As mentioned earlier in the thread, a good number of them are probably really most upset about AAdvantage chan...

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by slowrambler
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 26240

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

For CLT, do you mean 44,385,140?

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by slowrambler
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways tilts against reclining seats
Replies: 157
Views: 25034

Re: British Airways tilts against reclining seats

As a counterargument: as a taller-than-average person, the contouring on the BA seats as they are now causes real lumbar problems (the bumps are just not where they need to be for me), and 1-2 inches of recline really helps the comfort level. The non-reclining exit row seats leave me in pain on a on...

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by slowrambler
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA summer 2018 adds
Replies: 109
Views: 17581

Re: AA summer 2018 adds

880dc8707 wrote:
I wouldn't do a PHK LGA for a JFK flight
I did AC PHL YYZ SCL better fare but also more convenient than bussing from LGA to JFK


Curious, did you ever consider PHL-MIA-SCL?

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by slowrambler
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-AMS
Replies: 80
Views: 15896

Re: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-

Completely different cases. You can't drive in reasonable time from JFK to CLT. It's a 2 hour drive to Philly from Penn Station. The only O&D I can imagine is long island to Philadelphia. Even then it only makes sense to fly on days when there are huge traffic jam. Even LGA to PHL is all connec...

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by slowrambler
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-AMS
Replies: 80
Views: 15896

Re: OAG Changes 12/17/2017: AA Adds MIA-BON, AS Shrinks SEA-LAX/SFO, DL Shrinks in LAX; DY Drops BOS-CPH/OSL, Adds JFK-

I really can't say I buy the argument that this is to try to route PHL customers over JFK for international, sorry. The PHL-JFK times on (to choose a day) April 12 are 0650 0909 1040 1340 1530 1805 which (especially operated only with ERJs) does not look at all to me like an attempt to funnel PHL-In...

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by slowrambler
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was American Like Before the Merger
Replies: 47
Views: 6937

Re: What was American Like Before the Merger

LAA was an airline of tired 772s crossing the Atlantic with four looped movies on the IFE in economy, the angle-flat "Next Generation Business Class" which was way behind its competitors, and an inability to run on schedule. I remember the first time I, coming from the LUS network, set foo...

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by slowrambler
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?
Replies: 50
Views: 10119

Re: How Will OneWorld Fill The AirBerlin Void?

Oneworld does have a real issue with intra-Europe connectivity -their hubs are semi-useless for that. Unfortunately AB never really had the scale to viably compete with LH/LX/AF/KL.

Oneworld's great European failure was not getting LX while they had a chance...

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by slowrambler
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Texas Thread - 2017
Replies: 152
Views: 13020

Re: Austin Texas Thread 2017

Hack, Austin doesn't even have a "Koreatown"-esque place where at least there's a block or two, or even just a strip mall, that has a clusters of Korean restaurants and/or Korean grocery stores (Doesn't have to be H-Mart, not even any mom and pop small Korean grocery). Actually it does - ...

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by slowrambler
Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Enhanced Security for Inbound Flights to USA Starts Thursday
Replies: 28
Views: 7981

Re: Enhanced Security for Inbound Flights to USA Starts Thursday

A little story about profiling. Years ago I flew LY to TLV (never again!), and was subjected to a 1-hour 'interview' at the check-in. I was going for business, am lilly white and of Scandinavian heritage. The hired help didn't care; she had a script to go through and because I didn't know my hotel ...

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by slowrambler
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"
Replies: 116
Views: 19905

Re: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"

I do love how any AA at PHL thread immediately gets hijacked into one about JFK. On topic: I'm not sure there's that much more Europe to do; I kind of like the idea of GVA though I think they'd struggle with the 763 product. I think PHL-NRT isn't so insane, either; if you don't have a direct flight ...

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by slowrambler
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 16657

Re: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018

I doubt AUS would be getting a 744 if DY weren't entering the market and pushing the fares down. I just saw an article on a travel site about the upgauge and they found round trip fares on the inaugural 744 flight for under $800 in Y (I've never seen RT fares in Y on BA 190/191 under $1000) so my g...

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by slowrambler
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 16657

Re: BA upgauges AUS to 747 starting Summer 2018

AUS international arrivals with a full 744... :crowded:

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by slowrambler
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW
Replies: 50
Views: 6978

Re: Easyjet to feed Norwegian and WestJet at LGW

I'm a bit surprised that easyJet isn't making it easy to buy Plus fares etc. with this service - they actually bundle a lot of Norwegian options and don't give you a choice of easyJet fare levels when booking.

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by slowrambler
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American drops JFK-MAN
Replies: 110
Views: 19609

Re: American drops JFK-MAN

I think the general consensus is one of surprise that the AA/BA JV cannot make the largest US market and second largest U.K. market (after London) work on O&D alone. Them being large markets doesn't mean O&D between them is huge. The largest US market from Manchester, by a large margin, is ...

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by slowrambler
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American drops JFK-MAN
Replies: 110
Views: 19609

Re: American drops JFK-MAN

AA has no reason to operate JFK-MAN for connecting traffic; they have PHL-MAN for that. If AA decides that the local Manchester-New York market doesn't justify a flight on its own, not sure why they should fly it (pleasing JFK and MAN fanboys is not a reason).

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by slowrambler
Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American drops JFK-MAN
Replies: 110
Views: 19609

Re: American drops JFK-MAN

If a market like PHL-BRU cannot work with substantial premium traffic on one end and plenty of US connections on the other, how is PHL supposed to work as a hub for all these secondary destinations? What substantial premium traffic? Is BRU generating some large number of business class passengers t...

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by slowrambler
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 46606

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

One wonders if the people complaining about the evolution of AA's NYC operations are the same people who confidently predicted that PHL and the other US hubs would be wound down in favor of the far superior AA ones...

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by slowrambler
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Two new Norwegian routes - Gatwick to Chicago/Austin
Replies: 114
Views: 15167

Re: Two new Norwegian routes - Gatwick to Chicago/Austin

And for those other Midwestern cities: These are America's worst cities for crime, employment, housing costs You are apparently unfamiliar with the difference between a core city and the metro area. Flights to DTW aren't just about the city of Detroit, any more than flights to SFO are purely about ...

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by slowrambler
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/4/2017:AA Drops JFK-TUS, AC Drops SLC-YYZ, F9 Drops IAH-SFO, WN Adds FLL-PLS
Replies: 78
Views: 13655

Re: OAG Changes 6/4/2017:AA Drops JFK-TUS, AC Drops SLC-YYZ, F9 Drops IAH-SFO, WN Adds FLL-PLS

They add also you're just seeing what you want to see I think. Without data saying that they've been cutting just in these areas and adding in the other areas it's impossible to really tell. I kind of feel like AA is always in retreat mode. And DL is always grabbing market shares. I know it's not a...

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by slowrambler
Fri May 12, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK and other European countries
Replies: 265
Views: 30782

Re: US reportedly considering banning electronics from UK

It's been two weeks since the report surfaced in the media and nothing has happened yet. Maybe posters should calm down a little about this. After a while it just seems that people are throwing all kinds of stuff, mostly false, to see what sticks, just to make the current US Government look bad. Su...

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by slowrambler
Fri May 05, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!
Replies: 109
Views: 17299

Re: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!

I recently had the "pleasure" of an AA 763 JFK-ZRH. They made me pine for the days of the US 762s (and I never thought that would happen). 2-3-2 seating somehow made claustrophobic, sidewalls all scuffed up, original tiny overhead bins. Nope.

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by slowrambler
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 162
Views: 10966

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

The US , China and Europe are roughly the same square mileage (3.7 million, 3.7 million vs 3.9 million) Europe has EI, BA, IB, LH, SN, LX, AY, AZ, AF, KL, LO, TP, OS, SK as major long-haul international flag carrier airlines. Not to mention a number of LCC's and ULCCs. China has CA, MU, CZ, HU, MF,...

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by slowrambler
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CBP now checking documents on some domestic flights
Replies: 45
Views: 13737

Re: CBP now checking documents on some domestic flights

Oh please. The airline has a manifest of the passengers on the flight. This has already been checked against the boarding pass at TSA. How does looking at everyone's IDs on a flight when deplaning help them find a person (who apparently wasn't even on the flight)? This is absolutely not normal. Yes,...

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by slowrambler
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance
Replies: 102
Views: 15032

Re: Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance

EU countries are going to be very skittish about sharing data with the Trump administration (which has indicated it doesn't expect to consider non-US citizens' privacy rights, among other things). I wonder if that has any impact.

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by slowrambler
Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Meaning of "L" for southern European ICAO codes?
Replies: 26
Views: 4583

Re: Meaning of "L" for southern European ICAO codes?

Some of those allocations are seemingly random. HKG is VHHH , which someone listed as "South Asia", despite nothing related to India/SriLanka and a lot more reasonable to be assigned either "Z" or "W" based on geography. If it's like call signs, the V is related to bei...

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by slowrambler
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the biggest airport that is either all-Boeing or all-Airbus?
Replies: 52
Views: 9607

Re: What's the biggest airport that is either all-Boeing or all-Airbus?

Much easier to come up with airports that are all-Bombardier (in the US, anyway).

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by slowrambler
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 67
Views: 11089

Re: What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?

During the late 90's and through most of the 2000's, USAirways would play some type of pan flute music during boarding. The same music was also heard when calling the toll free reservations line. Anyone identify this? Is this what you had in mind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Duwwhqua4A (Sorry ...

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