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by slowrambler
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018, sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017
Replies: 25
Views: 4475

Re: 2018, sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017

The number of fatal accidents is already so low that a "sharp rise" is statistically meaningless.

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by slowrambler
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA wide bodies at PHX
Replies: 6
Views: 3523

Re: AA wide bodies at PHX

For the not-super-familiar-with-PHX among us,

N1 = high A gates (A15-30)
N4 = high B gates (B15-28)

I'd also be curious to know which of the high A gates are marked for widebodies.

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by slowrambler
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing
Replies: 26
Views: 5427

Re: African countries a no-show at open skies agreement signing

Reading up on this, it sounds like countries know Ethiopian is just that much better run: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/11/ethiopian-airlines-frustrating-open-skies-deal-mikosz_c1863875 Africa would benefit, but all countries must create a level playing field (airport access and laws). ht...

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by slowrambler
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to start 787 service from PHL
Replies: 63
Views: 12868

Re: American to start 787 service from PHL

Well, they are running out of Hubs to put 787s at. It’s only a matter of time (read:years) before they give us something besides these eyesore A330s. -Sincerely Charlotte. I gladly will take more of those A332 from CLT and trade you for some B767 :D Seriously. In any case, the 332 is already hands-...

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by slowrambler
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to start 787 service from PHL
Replies: 63
Views: 12868

Re: American to start 787 service from PHL

Philadelphia – Manchester effective November 3, 2019; 787-8 replaces A330-200 Ugh, AA introduced the 787 on CHI-MAN before cutting it, hope PHL is not going the same way. The 788 and 332 in AA configuration have a similar number of seats (same J, slightly more W in the 788, more Y in the 332) so it...

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by slowrambler
Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/US Airways integration status
Replies: 74
Views: 10916

Re: AA/US Airways integration status

There are remarkable differences between LUS and LAA fleets. Majority of LUS fleet is still bare bones; very spartan like going back to 1990s. I avoid booking flights operated by LUS planes. You would rather be on an ancient LAA 767 than a comfortable LUS A321? Obviously! All LAA things are perfect...

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by slowrambler
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/25/2018:UA Adds PAE-DEN/SFO;DY Adds MAD-JFK/LAX
Replies: 99
Views: 14917

Re: OAG Changes 11/25/2018:UA Adds PAE-DEN/SFO;DY Adds MAD-JFK/LAX

#2 Outside spoiled Americans, it is common to have hard-stand boarding. LHR even does this. Try KEF in January from a hand-stand. Happens all the time. It's very common throughout the whole rest of the world, both at mega, medium, and small airports. Only in America is the concept of hard-stand boa...

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by slowrambler
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta now using facial recognition technology at the international terminal in ATL
Replies: 19
Views: 2647

Re: Delta now using facial recognition technology at the international terminal in ATL

What's the error rate on this, and how does it compare to paper/mobile BPs?

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by slowrambler
Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 18
Views: 2414

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

Well, sure, but ABV is served by multiple European carriers (and EK, and ET, and TK) that arrive & leave at reasonable times and give you all those connections. Possibly the market exists, but the yields have got to be atrocious. It's all about the connections into CMN. With an arrival of 10:30 ...

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by slowrambler
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch
Replies: 18
Views: 2414

Re: Royal Air Maroc launches ABV/VIE/AMM/ATH & MIA - April '19 Launch

That is a serious zero-dark-thirty arrival / departure in Abuja. I find it hard to believe it'll be popular.

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by slowrambler
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fleet Updates - 2018
Replies: 764
Views: 127306

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: 764
Views: 127306

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: 17127

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: 31882

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: 11936

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: 9087

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: 7539

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: 5340

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: 11262

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: 11262

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: 11262

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: 11262

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: 800
Views: 75970

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: 5504

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: 75679

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: 35033

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: 9509

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: 4190

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: 9208

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: 36865

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: 19344

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: 26464

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: 25175

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: 17663

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: 15944

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: 15944

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: 7028

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: 10198

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: 13189

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: 8005

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: 20141

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: 16772

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: 16772

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: 7071

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: 19735

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: 19735

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: 19735

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: 46949

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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