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by keitherson
Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747
Replies: 58
Views: 13811

Re: One-off Domestic routing - Delta 747

Actually, an F fare is not available because they are all sold out. The Diamond Medallion Facebook group is having a meetup for this special flight and booked out the entire cabin. :)

It is not a special retirement flight for employees.

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by keitherson
Fri May 05, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westjet orders 10 787-9
Replies: 98
Views: 22271

Re: Westjet orders 10 787-9

Everyone seems to think WS is this mythical LCC, ER even as in truth, while they have some aspects of a LCC, they have steadily been leaving that behind. They have plans to compete as a more full service esque carrier going foreward, this has been the internal directive for a couple years. I'm luck...

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by keitherson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Westbound “Redeyes”
Replies: 62
Views: 9849

Re: Westbound “Redeyes”

Just look at Philippine Airlines across the world. They uniquely have a combination of: terrible airport slots, extensive long-haul and ultra-long-haul routes, predominantly low-value traffic. Makes for funky tag-flights and fifth freedoms, too. For example: JFK-YVR 00:15-03:15. YVR-MNL 05:15-08:55....

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by keitherson
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR
Replies: 52
Views: 14964

Re: QF will announces fares & schedules for PER-LHR 27 Apr.

This flight is also significant in that one of the world's longest flight is finally coming back to Europe. Right now, all of the world's longest flights don't even touch the continent.

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by keitherson
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: In Rome the FR operates at two airports
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: In Rome the FR operates at two airports

Have you not seen London?

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by keitherson
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has any airline had buyers remorse on going to all twin engine widebodies for intercontinential flights
Replies: 92
Views: 12198

Re: Has any airline had buyers remorse on going to all twin engine widebodies for intercontinential flights

No. Usually for any buyers' remorse it's the opposite for twin engine widebodies: for example VA with their 77Ws. They would have done much better only with 330s or smaller planes.

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by keitherson
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ME3 average load factors to US hover around 75%
Replies: 21
Views: 5314

Re: ME3 average load factors to US hover around 75%

I flew IAD-DXB round trips for 6 times since September. And the flight was always near full. In July and August it is hell. Last August I got stuck in Muscat for two more weeks: there were no seats in Y at reasonable price. Actually there was none. All available were via Malpensa or Boston. I was w...

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by keitherson
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Jazeera Airways achieve escape velocity?
Replies: 29
Views: 4918

Re: Why didn't Jazeera Airways achieve escape velocity?

Air Arabia destroyed them.

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by keitherson
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A plane without a cargo hold?
Replies: 7
Views: 1385

A plane without a cargo hold?

This is mostly just a hypothetical/thought experiment, so apologies for its implausibility. Let's assume that an airline where passengers are allowed carry-on bags only, and that there is no such thing as checking bags. Is it be possible for a plane to made without a cargo hold, and therefore be a q...

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by keitherson
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL already sold over 100.000 tickets
Replies: 43
Views: 8800

Re: LEVEL already sold over 100.000 tickets

One problem is that people may be expecting Iberia, given it was sold through their site, on their flight numbers, and sold as operated by their crew and aircraft. To be fair, if you're booked on Iberia and expect any kind of good service, you're already destined to be disappointed. I KNOW RIGHT???...

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by keitherson
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEVEL already sold over 100.000 tickets
Replies: 43
Views: 8800

Re: LEVEL already sold over 100.000 tickets

One problem is that people may be expecting Iberia, given it was sold through their site, on their flight numbers, and sold as operated by their crew and aircraft.

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by keitherson
Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 45395

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

There are clearly several of you who simply want to do in this thread the exact same thing we jump on Jumbojet for doing in other threads. Agreed. The hubris of the Delta cheer squad is insufferable, and I think a lot of us are sick and tired of them, but some of the posters in this thread are stoo...

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by keitherson
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian challenges LEVEL/IAG and will fly between Barcelona and Buenos Aires
Replies: 49
Views: 6064

Re: Norwegian releases details of its Argentinian operations

So they are going to create low paying jobs for a bunch of people that may end up costing people making a good salary their jobs. Nice. :roll: Those great salaries at AR, which has been unable to ever turn a profit? Or at LA, whose monopolistic pricing has consistently made travel unaffordable for ...

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by keitherson
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA and the CS100 at LCY
Replies: 17
Views: 3419

Re: BA and the CS100 at LCY

You guys realize LGA has a perimeter rule? And YTZ does not allow jets?

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which global airlines will never, ever let go of true a First Class
Replies: 36
Views: 6429

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

If the airliners of the world's biggest economy can't make the economics of international first class work: how is it different from other airlines? Government subsidies, perhaps? :stirthepot:

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by keitherson
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA FRA-DFW diverted to BOS
Replies: 0
Views: 495

AA FRA-DFW diverted to BOS

AA flight 71 first announced a diversion to Bangor, Maine, but ended up diverting to Boston.

Then they had to change cockpit crews, and flew to Chicago-O'Hare instead. Then they flew to Dallas.

Does anyone know... why?

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by keitherson
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 23535

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

I think the most salient and compelling point on that press release (whether the VX folks know it or not) is that joining the AS Mileage Plan is a giant upgrade. Considering how generous the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is, if I was a VX frequent flyer, especially for business, I would be crying fo...

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by keitherson
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 23535

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

I think the most salient and compelling point on that press release (whether the VX folks know it or not) is that joining the AS Mileage Plan is a giant upgrade. Considering how generous the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is, if I was a VX frequent flyer, especially for business, I would be crying fo...

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair receives 450th 737-800
Replies: 13
Views: 2688

Re: Ryanair receives 450th 737-800

Congratulations Ryanair. They transformed European aviation and made flying accessible to an entire continent.

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seatac Air Service Discussion
Replies: 21
Views: 1884

Re: Seatac Air Service Discussion

My biggest gripe with SEA is the lack of support for international flights. I know they are currently renovating and fixing the whole customs/immigration hall and modernizing everything. There is a ton of domestic traffic at SEA, and it's a busy airport, but the international connections pale to YVR...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: Etihad Airways to make lounge access payable

They've always had pay-for lounges. That's what Plaza Premium is for. But it's gone a bit further and now both Emirates and Etihad are proactively selling lounge access. Overall, it's a devaluation of airline loyalty as the lounges will be further crowded and lounge access is no longer an exclusive ...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11435

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, and KLM operate international flights out of Chicago O'Hare, and the Delta nonstops between SEA and ORD give Seattle-area customers access to international flights operated by Delta's codeshare partners to Europe and Mexico out of Chicago O'Hare. Seattle has twice ...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 11435

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Why the hell does every thread pertaining to DL attract the anti-DL trolls, and why are the mods never doing anything about it? The fact that it's gone to personal attacks and A.neters stalking other posters that have worked or support DL is kind of disgusting.

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong released?
Replies: 29
Views: 4898

Re: Virgin Australia flights to Hong Kong released?

I think we will see the QF lounge in MEL undergo a significant refit soon, leaving the only hole in the QF product the 744s which appear on this route in high season. I wonder if we could see double daily 330s on QF during high season to compensate? The MEL lounge is fine. It's one of the best firs...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will PHX receive more long haul flights soon?
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: Will PHX receive more long haul flights soon?

I'd expect the opposite: the potential for PHX to be dehubbed once AA renovates LAX and gets more gates. It isn't going to happen. Operating costs in PHX are much Lower than LAX and AA has a very strong market position (Southwest is strong there, but also in LAX). Because of its location, PHX serve...

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will PHX receive more long haul flights soon?
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: Will PHX receive more long haul flights soon?

I'd expect the opposite: the potential for PHX to be dehubbed once AA renovates LAX and gets more gates.

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?
Replies: 23
Views: 3233

Re: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?

No one in the thread has even taken into account the state of EWR's airport facilities, either, which is disastrous! Why on Earth should I fly from EWR, when I can fly from JFK with access to the flagship Delta Sky Club, the AA Flagship Lounge, or a host of other international carriers and their lou...

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 39397

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

Putting lithium batteries in your checked luggage as opposed to you carry-on luggage is actually a violation of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. As RJ is an IATA member they should not (willingly) allow passengers to put the lithium batteries in their checked bags.. Martijn And what's going to...

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Incident on BEG-LHR Flight
Replies: 5
Views: 2678

Re: Incident on BEG-LHR Flight

Put them on the no-fly list. Done.

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?
Replies: 23
Views: 3233

Re: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?

It's not. And the Airtrain at EWR breaks down very often: it's really pathetic.

And from JFK, you also have multiple public transportation options, whereas EWR, you basically only have one if you want to get to Manhattan.

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by keitherson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca not happy about Qatar being in its home turf
Replies: 18
Views: 5169

Re: Avianca not happy about Qatar being in its home turf

While I normally would agree that the ME3 have unfair tactics... Avianca is quite crony itself. Just look at the United deal they're trying to pull off. And the whole ownership structure with Synergy.

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by keitherson
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/19/2017:EK Reduces LAX, QR Reverses ATL Cut, DL SEA-ORD 3X
Replies: 47
Views: 9582

Re: OAG Changes 3/19/2017:EK Reduces LAX, QR Reverses ATL Cut, DL SEA-ORD 3X

Good riddance to the second EK flight. Already downgauged to a 777, that flight had HORRIBLE timings. You'd arrive at DXB at like 1am.

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by keitherson
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD
Replies: 42
Views: 5542

Re: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD

You guys seem awfully threatened by a single A.net poster given the amount of responses he's gotten. If he's throwing flamebait, it's clearly working. Congratulations to AC's new route. I for one, wouldn't choose to fly an A319 for over 5 hours in business class, especially if connecting lie-flat op...

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?
Replies: 21
Views: 3746

Re: Could SMF become JetBlue new west coast gateway?

It's kind of already a WN focus city. I could see this working. I mean, it's certainly more plausible than other places like Reno.

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle
Replies: 26
Views: 4220

Re: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle

The question becomes what sort of relationship Level will have with OneWorld. If the premise holds, that DL crowds the premium yields (rightly so, it is their hub - and they have strong partners to serve) - then perhaps the goal should be to go at it, from a lower cost. The AS code-share would be n...

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle
Replies: 26
Views: 4220

Re: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle

The question becomes what sort of relationship Level will have with OneWorld. If the premise holds, that DL crowds the premium yields (rightly so, it is their hub - and they have strong partners to serve) - then perhaps the goal should be to go at it, from a lower cost. The AS code-share would be n...

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle
Replies: 26
Views: 4220

Re: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle

We will see JL and CX serve SEA soon, and QR will serve SEA within 5 years. Really? - As others have said, JL already faces pressure from both NH and DL, both of which seem to dominate the market on either side of the pond. - CX already has a lot of traffic in YVR, and it may not be profitable to f...

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle
Replies: 26
Views: 4220

Re: Future of OneWorld presence in Seattle

It's already a de facto oneworld hub because AS feeds every oneworld partner from SEA. AA, BA, CX, JL, LA, QF, all codeshare with AS.

What more do you need if you have a fully obliging feeder airline?

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 23268

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

People expressed similar views about Jetstar in the Asia Pacific. From a marketing perspective a bland logo allows the consumer to make a decision based more around price rather than the emotional aspects of brand, prestige, service, safety, etc. When you think about it any new,brand will take a mt...

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by keitherson
Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 23268

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

Guess what? Crappy liveries, crappy brands, horrible airline names don't matter. Prices do. Iberia's telephone call center was slammed, the EZE fares sold out nearly instantly, and nearly all the promotional USA-BCN fares are gone.

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by keitherson
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 23268

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

Why not brand it Iberia? Because to some people Iberia is a premium airline and they don't want to fly a premium airline. They would never fly Iberia, but they would fly Vueling or Level because that gives them the feeling of being cheap. Iberia doesn't. On the other hand there are people who are a...

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by keitherson
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns
Replies: 72
Views: 19550

Re: JetBlue launches fleet review with E190 cost concerns

JetBlue hosted a Wall Street event last week to introduce their new CFO Steve Priest and this was one of the pieces of news that came out. Per comments of an analyst in attendance: Mr. Priest noted the E-190s are “expensive” aircraft and that they are ‘taking a good look’ at the role those planes h...

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by keitherson
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 6227

Re: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit

Varsity1 wrote:
UK will get a better deal with the US than the EU will. Especially with the EU's backing of DY.

Will be nice to have US and UK flagged (and operated) aircraft serving TATL out of London again.


US and UK flagged TATL aircraft currently don't operate out of London? :roll:

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD
Replies: 42
Views: 5542

Re: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD

adamh8297 wrote:
keitherson wrote:
chrisnh wrote:
Is BOS-YVR mostly cruise traffic?


There is some academia traffic from BOS par usual but it's mostly cruise traffic I'd imagine.


Skiing is better in BC than in New England too

Nobody is skiing in June for seasonal flights??

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD
Replies: 42
Views: 5542

Re: AC launches YVR-BOS, resumes YUL-IAD

chrisnh wrote:
Is BOS-YVR mostly cruise traffic?


There is some academia traffic from BOS par usual but it's mostly cruise traffic I'd imagine.

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific report $74 million loss for 2016
Replies: 40
Views: 6514

Re: Cathay Pacific reporta $74 million loss for 2016

The move from 3-3-3 to 3-4-3 in Y in the 77Ws is bad for passengers, but CX must have made a very thorough analysis of how that will improve their bottom line. I wonder whether that increase in seats will mean cutting some frequencies to markets such as LHR and LAX or not. There is no way in hell I...

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by keitherson
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'
Replies: 1034
Views: 187921

Re: Airbus is examining 'A380-Plus'

The A380 plus would never work. Airlines struggle enough keeping the load factors high even with lighter Y configurations.

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7683

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

1. United lowers price of ticket $7. 2. AA/DL lower price of ticket $7. 3. UA now has less revenue than if they'd just left the fare the same and still skipped the meal. Maybe if they handed each passenger $7 as they boarded the plane and said "We have BoB - thank you for flying United", ...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7683

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

Well done to AA and DL. Shall we take bets on how long it takes UA to follow suit? So random thought. Why doesn't UA do the maths.........calculates how much per head a meal costs on average to give passengers in Y on these routes and instead of offering it, simply deduct the costs from the ticket?...

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by keitherson
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines not becoming a commodity
Replies: 36
Views: 3960

Re: Airlines not becoming a commodity

Airplanes are merely buses with wings now. Sorry.

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