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by ricport
Fri May 17, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi
Replies: 193
Views: 18471

Re: JetBlue switches from Coke to Pepsi

Wish 100% organic fruit juice was cheap. My very favorite juice is Dole: Orange - Strawberry - Banana juice. I much prefer eating and drinking healthy. Drinking fruit juice is not healthy. These responses remind me of an episode of "Taxi," where Louie is in the hospital, and is visited by...

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by ricport
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next IAD international destination?
Replies: 15
Views: 1382

Re: Next IAD international destination?

Could SIN on SQ be a dark horse? They recently expanded to SEA, and IAD is a huge Star Alliance hub...

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by ricport
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Funniest in-flight announcements?
Replies: 44
Views: 3269

Re: Funniest in-flight announcements?

Southwest doesn’t seem to have funny crews anymore. I know I'm going to be shot for that; but I've never cared for the "funny" WN safety demo. Put me up against the wall with you, as well. I guess everyone has their idea of professionalism, but mine is not cracking jokes and using the PA ...

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by ricport
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"
Replies: 7
Views: 1240

Re: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"

Let's be honest here... A large part of why WN was profitable when oil was high a few years back was due not to their "legendary" customer service, but rather to their brilliant fuel hedging strategy. WN was also comparatively much younger than most of its competitors, and thus, did not h...

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by ricport
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Good ol' ATL TSA
Replies: 16
Views: 2020

Re: Good ol' ATL TSA

Flew out of ATL this afternoon. As always, I was impressed how well they keep the security lines moving. When I first arrived it looked like it would be an hour wait. But the line kept winding around and around, but we were always moving. I always wonder how one of the biggest airports in the world...

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by ricport
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"
Replies: 7
Views: 1240

Re: Southwest posts on LinkedIn that "Our Definition of Success Will Never Include Bag Fees"

Let's be honest here... A large part of why WN was profitable when oil was high a few years back was due not to their "legendary" customer service, but rather to their brilliant fuel hedging strategy. WN was also comparatively much younger than most of its competitors, and thus, did not ha...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Free Hotel Rooms In Las Vegas From Frequent Flyer Miles?
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Re: Free Hotel Rooms In Las Vegas From Frequent Flyer Miles?

Can you cash in Frequent Flyer Miles for free hotel stays in Las Vegas - or anyplace else? Hawaii perhaps? *Just pay the hotel taxes. On UA you can: https://hotels.united.com/?locale=en_US&wapb3=%7Cc.496751%7Cl.en_us%7Ct.site%7Cs.awardspage_miles#points But, unless you are going at a busy time ...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Skytrax World's Best Airports
Replies: 40
Views: 3072

Re: Skytrax World's Best Airports

LOL London Heathrow. I don't think so. Not when things go wrong! God forbid if you miss your connecting flight, because your original flight was delayed taking off due to a landing slot not being available when your plane is supposed to arrive, because the airport only has two runways. And it can g...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which US Airline Merger Was Better Executed?
Replies: 20
Views: 2135

Re: Which US Airline Merger Was Better Executed?

The only merger that went without any problems was DL/NW. USAIR/American a nightmare it’s still going on with the flight attendants. HP/USAIR was never a real merger because you has USAIR east and USAIR west. Flight attendants was paid differently. AA/TWA was not a merger it was a acquisition. Exac...

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by ricport
Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question regarding an AA ticket
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Question regarding an AA ticket

Later this year, I am going to Upstate NY on a routing that is INTL-CLT-PHL-UPSTATE and I have two questions: - Will 2hrs10 be enough to make an international to domestic connection at CLT with luggage - Secondly, AA somehow ticketed as INTL-CLT-PHL, PHL-ITH, ITH-CLT-INTL as sectors, I assume my co...

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by ricport
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1718
Views: 333195

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I did not see a topic on this yet, but if already exists please delete. Looks like a livery change of some sort for United Airlines coming soon. To be revealed sometime around April. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/united-plans-evolution-to-globe-livery-ceo-456444/ Some online are claimi...

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by ricport
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery released
Replies: 1718
Views: 333195

Re: United Airlines "Evolution" to Globe Livery coming in April

I did not see a topic on this yet, but if already exists please delete. Looks like a livery change of some sort for United Airlines coming soon. To be revealed sometime around April. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/united-plans-evolution-to-globe-livery-ceo-456444/ Some online are claimi...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

And, the last time I checked, you do not own this site, so your board nannying is not appreciated. No one actually cares what you appreciate, but between the two posts, you seem to have missed that one was only a response to a direct question. Asked by you in fact. Which makes it even more odd that...

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by ricport
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special Request on United
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Special Request on United

Hello! When it was my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary they flew to New Zealand on Singapore - i was able to email the airline beforehand to see if they could arrange something (and we would pay) for something special on board such as a cake / champagne etc. They actually did a cake and champagne t...

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by ricport
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

...and how is your drivel any different, pray tell? if you have a specific example of such you wish to refute or disparage, then by all means: point it out and let's discuss. How about: "I'd personally say: so long as the tangible benefits outweigh the expenditure, then have no problem with ke...

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by ricport
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

For starters, I don't believe government should be in the business of giving hard-earned taxpayer $$ to businesses who can decide for themselves whether or not to enter a market, unless there is some extraordinary extenuating circumstance. Next, the only metric that should be used is whether or not...

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by ricport
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

How many years should a flight be allowed to "develop" before the taxpayer-fueled tap should be shut off? That's a subjective question. I'd personally say: so long as the tangible benefits outweigh the expenditure, then have no problem with keeping it into perpetuity. Someone obsessed wit...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

I'd expect LH to go after MSP, PDX, and AUS next LH has already announced AUS. BWI being too close to IAD although that hasn't stopped BA. BWI-LHR had long been subsidized by the government of Maryland, hence helping that flight develop. Oops.. I was thinking LAS but typed AUS. As far as BWI, BA ha...

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by ricport
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 586
Views: 68566

Re: New Orleans Aviation Thread - 2019

flyPIT wrote:
BWI being too close to IAD although that hasn't stopped BA.

BWI-LHR had long been subsidized by the government of Maryland, hence helping that flight develop.[/quote]

How many years should a flight be allowed to "develop" before the taxpayer-fueled tap should be shut off?

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by ricport
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Could AS + B6 = rebrand as "National Airlines" ?
Replies: 47
Views: 5400

Re: Could AS + B6 = rebrand as "National Airlines" ?

AA, DL, UA and WN would like nothing more than to kill off AS and B6. AS is in for a fight from the west coast to Hawaii. B6 is in a fight in BOS (much like AS was in SEA when DL decided to go big) and DL/AA at JFK. Both are battling low yields on transcon flights with shallower pockets than their ...

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by ricport
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you could rename any airport what would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 3441

Re: If you could rename any airport what would it be?

[photoid][/photoid] I think this is a question every avgeek thinks about every now and again... still waiting for GNV to change its name to Tom Petty Regional Airport Thoughts Lads? How about we simply end the ridiculous naming of public building/spaces after people and save the hard-working taxpaye...

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by ricport
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?
Replies: 33
Views: 2117

Re: Why does Southwest have the best boarding process?

To each, his/her own, but I avoid WN like the plague. I don't think going up to total strangers and playing the bothersome boarding bingo ("Are you A22? I'm A21!") is all that enticing. And Early Bird is one of the biggest rip-offs in the industry. No guaranteed seat, no priority boarding....

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by ricport
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience
Replies: 28
Views: 1970

Re: Bristish Airways Traumatic Experience

What I don't get is if the child gets an anxiety attack from flying, why force the child to overfly the Atlantic and spend God knows how many hours in a plane? To me this seems like the fault of the parents, not BA or anyone else. Blerg raises an EXCELENT point. But, I'd widen it to beyond a situat...

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by ricport
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS F Seat Incident
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

AS F Seat Incident

https://www.cleveland.com/open/2019/01/comedian-details-full-encounter-with-john-kasich-taking-her-airplane-seat.html Per this & other reports, AS decided to bump Kasich (not getting into his real/claimed actions, as I'm always leery of these types of reports, & it's not germane to my questi...

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by ricport
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Gratuity for Flight attendants
Replies: 54
Views: 5732

Re: Gratuity for Flight attendants

I can't stand the tipping culture here in the U.S. It's incredibly irksome when I order takeout at a restaurant, pay by card, and then am expected to leave a tip on the receipt. I'd much rather just pay a little more and not be expected to tip. So, my vote is he!! no to this horrid "idea."

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by ricport
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long layover in US in Feb: DFW, IAH or ORD?
Replies: 25
Views: 1821

Re: Long layover in US in Feb: DFW, IAH or ORD?

Agree with most of the other posters here - if you are looking solely for tourist sites/options and don't care if you're stuck in a snowstorm, then ORD is the hands-down choice. I, OTOH, avoid ORD like the plague, because in the winter they get snow, and in the summer, they get massive thunderstorms...

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by ricport
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...
Replies: 69
Views: 12058

Re: Lufthansa CEO Spohr changes his stance on Berlin, wants TXL to be kept open...

It's shocking to see the Germans throw good money after bad at BER. they'd be wise to simply cut their losses, bulldoze the place & rebuild. As far as TXL, they'd have to bulldoze most, if not all of that, as well. Most of TXL is like MCI & most of the DFW terminals here in the states, with ...

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by ricport
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest agent mocks child’s name
Replies: 147
Views: 11020

Re: Southwest agent mocks child’s name

The level of discourse in this thread -- from name-calling to mocking to declarations of "weak" society and "trash" people -- is really on a new level, even by post-paywall a.net standards. It's a disturbing reflection of our state of affairs. Many of you are pretty damned shame...

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by ricport
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest agent mocks child’s name
Replies: 147
Views: 11020

Re: Southwest agent mocks child’s name

Attention seeking mother gives child an attention seeking name, and becomes triggered when it gets attention. Ding! We have a winner. With a name like that, her dimwit mom has set up her daughter for a promising career involving delivering fries while wearing a paper hat. Still, the WN employee was...

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by ricport
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New J.D. Power Airport Study: LAS & MCO Tops
Replies: 1
Views: 363

New J.D. Power Airport Study: LAS & MCO Tops

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/09/19/best-airports-las-vegas-orlando-and-john-wayne-jd-power/1346289002/ AFAIC, they were awfully generous with BWI. After all, who doesn't love choosing which greasy fast-food joint to get their meal from, waiting interminably for so...

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by ricport
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 18482

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

Parker cares about Parker. Kirby cares about Kirby. They both come from the same school of " how much can we screw our customers and make ourselves rich..?" There is not and never has been a rationale for a ticket change fee and one as high as $200. Never. Ever. They will sell every seat ...

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by ricport
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only
Replies: 56
Views: 9441

Re: New Jersey bill proposes tax hike for United only

Politicians are betting UA won't materially de-hub EWR. That's a safe bet. UA needs to serve the biggest market in the country and they won't be doing it from LGA or JFK in any big way. True, but what they could do is rightsize EWR to concentrate more connecting traffic through alternate hubs, espe...

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by ricport
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flair Airlines declares success in first summer
Replies: 7
Views: 1452

Re: Flair Airlines declares success in first summer

Sorry, but when I saw this, I couldn't help but think of the film "Office Space"... How many pieces of flair are you wearing? :)

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by ricport
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together
Replies: 47
Views: 4987

Re: Airline President thinks Parents Should Have to Pay More to Guarantee Sitting Together

So, we're supposed to get utterly apoplectic over the fact that families have to pony up if they want a particular seat like the rest of us? Families can either: a) Buy far enough in advance to get seats in the rear, which should be free (and frankly where they should seat families anyway in order t...

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by ricport
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Confirms 767 Retirement Date
Replies: 103
Views: 25899

Re: American Airlines Confirms 767 Retirement Date

Good riddance. The AA 767's are unreliable, dingy on the inside (particularly in economy) with an interior look stuck in 1987. The front of the cabin has been upgraded but the issue here is reliability. Just look at what happened to AA 94 from JFK to MAD on Wednesday this week. Took off, returned t...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 7, 2019)
Replies: 106
Views: 7895

Re: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 1, 2019)

IND and RDU have similar flight times and both of those routes have been a huge success. BNA had same flight times initially if I am not mistaken, but now AS does multiple daily flights there in the summer. IND has 2 flights (one on AS, one on DL) with the same flight times and both flights have be...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 7, 2019)
Replies: 106
Views: 7895

Re: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 1, 2019)

DeltaRules wrote:
If anything, I think this might increase the chances of SFO because AS could start it. As for connections, I think PIT's flight is similiarly-timed.


From your lips to Oscar's ears! If PIT, CVG & DTW can have UA SFO nonstop service, there is no reason why CMH can't support it.

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by ricport
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 7, 2019)
Replies: 106
Views: 7895

Re: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 1, 2019)

As happy as I am for my beloved hometown, I wish it was UA finally announcing long-overdue service to SFO. Nevertheless, hope this is a success, but don't see how one flight per day leaving CMH so late & not getting in to SEA to be much of a use for west-coast connections will work. B6 had the s...

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by ricport
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adds SEA-CMH (from March 7, 2019)
Replies: 106
Views: 7895

Re: CMH New Service Announcement 8/29/18, 9:30AM

I’m pulling for UA nonstop service to SFO. It’s long overdue.

Also adding some mainlines in the IAD-CMH mix would be great. Whenever I’ve been on that route in the past, it’s been beyond full on the CRJs.

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by ricport
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Temporary Airport Closures
Replies: 13
Views: 2312

Re: Temporary Airport Closures

SDU has been closed in the past for weather, and AEP was closed for a period in 2010 for runway repairs.

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by ricport
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rename PHX
Replies: 53
Views: 5371

Re: Rename PHX

I generally don't like naming airports after people, especially politicians, especially especially active politicians. Completely agree. The government shouldn't be naming anything after anyone. McCain was a hero, but if someone wants to name something after him, they are free to do it with their o...

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by ricport
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending PIT-CDG
Replies: 120
Views: 14595

Re: Delta ending PIT-CDG

I don't think any new legacy carrier will enter BWI-Europe as long as the State of Maryland continues to subsidize BA for BWI-LHR. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! MD continuing to subsidize BA year after year is tantamount to having to tie a liver around your ugly kid's neck to get the cats to play...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 17444

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

The fact that Dr. Dao may have been a past felon has no bearing on what happened to hum aboard that plane. There was no causal connection between his past actions, which he served consequences for, and being beaten. Also, I again refer you to United's own DOT filings. Their own documentation indica...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The rest of Ohio - 2018
Replies: 1845
Views: 170012

Re: The rest of Ohio - 2018

Ohio's long-term aviation planning has turned out to be terrible for the state. At one point, when each of our major cities had hubs (CVG - Delta, CMH - America West, CLE - Continental/United and DAY - Piedmont), the strategy seemed like it had worked. With consolidation, however, CVG effectively l...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So what’s Iran going to do now ?
Replies: 116
Views: 13025

Re: So what’s Iran going to do now ?

Pretty sure they'll do what they've done before...source aircraft or parts via dodgy characters / companies in intermediate countries who couldn't care if the US bans them from business deals with the US... This could all escalate...I mean I bet the ME3 would be in a position of offload a few surpl...

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by ricport
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alaska Airlines (allegedly?) deplanes allergic 15 year old UM instead of an emotional support cat
Replies: 81
Views: 7701

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

This can be easily solved. Put the pets back in the cargo hold where they belong. (And no, animals have not been a routine site onboard "forever". I've been flying since there was a smoking section onboard and seat assignments were given with stickers.) There is not a single pet that NEED...

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by ricport
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What was Iran Air like pre-revolution
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: What was Iran Air like pre-revolution

When I was a kid, we flew IR JFK - LHR - THR and return THR - FRA, as well as THR - IFN and THR - SYZ. It was 1976 - before they had any widebodies in the fleet. We flew all legs on 707s & 727s. On the international legs, the service seemed to be OK, but slightly below that of the U.S. carriers....

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by ricport
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 17444

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

Actually, that’s not quite accurate. In Dr. Dao’s case, United’s own policy was that once a validly ticketed passenger was seated, they couldn’t be removed. They could be bumped before getting on the plane ans sitting down, but once on the plane they couldn’t be asked to leave. This was codified in...

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by ricport
Mon Aug 13, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: QX employee steals and crashes Q400 near SEA
Replies: 705
Views: 99197

Re: Updated: AS employee steals and crashes Q400 at SeaTac

Very glad this troubled man did not take anyone else with him.

On a lighter note, I must confess that IMO, one less clunky turboprop in the world isn't a bad thing.

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by ricport
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)
Replies: 170
Views: 17444

Re: AA booted a Cellist from the Aircraft (did not allow the Cello on a paid ticket)

It is called Law enforcement, you know? The authority is only there to enforce the law, and she didn’t break any. The passenger/airline was also under contract with each other, where she was fulfiling her part by paying and abiding all applicable laws. The airline was in breach of contract and misu...

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