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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta vs. Boeing
Replies: 51
Views: 7867

Re: Delta vs. Boeing

Delta seems to be very financially sophisticated in its fleet decisions, analyzing total ownership and operating costs. Their refurbishing and use of older aircraft seems to me to indicate an unemotional decision making process. My guess is that Airbus has won their business with proposals that made...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI
Replies: 83
Views: 7687

Re: Southwest prompts $60M expansion at BWI

I wonder if BWI's landing fees and operational costs are significantly lower tha DCA and IAD? I suspect this is a factor in WN's expansion and competitive advantage there.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should OAK be renamed for Amelia Earhart?
Replies: 39
Views: 3371

Re: Naming OAK after Amelia Earhart

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But Sydney already took his name for its airport.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI to India in 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 4129

Re: FI to India in 2019

Thanks very much, gatibosgru and AirFrance 744! It looks like the East Coast markets are where the ME 3 face the biggest competitive threat from Iceland.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FI to India in 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 4129

Re: FI to India in 2019

I hope someone more knowledgeable than I will let us know the distance saved by a KEF connection versus DXB for a couple of city pairs, such as BOS - DEL or LAX - BOM

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN
Replies: 121
Views: 20761

Re: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN

I wonder if SFO generates more traffic to SIN than LAX, or whether the large hub at SFO is the decisive factor? I suspect the latter, but the Bay Area does have finance and tech traffic that probably exceeds that of SoCal.

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by SFOThinker
Wed May 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates
Replies: 328
Views: 27798

Re: Dallas says it has a plan to resolve Southwest-Delta fight for Love Field gates

Unless I am mistaken, the entire purpose of the Wright Amendment was to protect the viability of the then-new DFW Airport. Fort Worth, and its Congessman Jim Wright, were afraid that the larger population of Dallas would prefer Love Field. The had watched Amon Carter Field languish, after all. But h...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light
Replies: 42
Views: 6908

Re: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light

Thanks to the OP for an interesting thread. I am struck that only AMS has hub-to-hub alliance markets so prominent among the top 5, with ATL and DTW at #2 and #4. LHR to DOH is #5 and, that's it, so far as I can see for 2 hubs in an alliance.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Adds Mainline to HPN
Replies: 78
Views: 7968

Re: DL Adds Mainline to HPN

Is there generally a fare premium at HPN over LGA or JFK? I can think of arguments for and against and have no local experience

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by SFOThinker
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question: will DL restart JFK-Asia on the A350?
Replies: 17
Views: 2052

Re: Will DL fly TPAC from JFK again?

If Delta had taken delivery of the NW-ordered 787-8s, they might try JFK-HND, IF slots were available there. Otherwise, not much chance of Tokyo service resuming from JFK.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F
Replies: 50
Views: 9112

Re: UPS launches its longest ever flight SDF-DXB on 747-8F

Thank-you to all who posted. This is one my all time favorite Anet threads. First, for any non- industry Avgeek, learning what's in the hump of a 747 freighter is fascinating. Second, the discussion of seventh freedom operations, and why freighter and passenger operations differ is thought provoking...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No Transatlantic Service From GDL or MTY?
Replies: 22
Views: 2572

Re: Why No Transatlantic Service From GDL or MTY?

Didn't Lufthansa fly into Monterrey at one time in the past? I think I remember that.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM announces GRU-BOS Nonstop eff 1Jul18
Replies: 5
Views: 1623

Re: LATAM announces GRU-BOS Nonstop eff 1Jul18

Nice for Boston plane-spotters that the 767 will be parked from 9 am to 6 pm.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle
Replies: 110
Views: 15781

Re: Aer Lingus announce Dublin - Seattle

In addition to tech businesses with facilities in Eire, Seattle is full of highly paid tech professionals who love to travel overseas and can afford it. Moreover, homeowners in Seattle have experienced a huge increase in their net worth thanks to the rapid rise in house prices. This wealth encourage...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Comparing JAL & ANA First Class: Which Is Better?
Replies: 16
Views: 11908

Re: Comparing JAL & ANA First Class: Which Is Better?

A truly fascinating and informative post! Thank-you very much.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16405

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

When AA bought AirCal, it was a disaster, and ended up handing California to WN.
I suspect something similar would happen if UA somehow pulled off this awful idea.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 226
Views: 27808

Re: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One

This probably is at least in part a bargaining threat to get Boeing to back down on some of the customization costs on a brand new build. They can be compared to this option. There may well be advantages to a brand new build that would be lost, but the question is whether they are worth the extra pr...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's old DC-8 fleet questions
Replies: 111
Views: 10222

Re: United's old DC-8 fleet questions

I am surprised that no one has mentioned that the DC-8's windows were much larger than the 707's, when the two airliners were competing. From the passenger point of view, that was the most obvious difference, and a clear win for the 8. Also, the reading light for passengers was not overhead, but in ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident
Replies: 72
Views: 6360

Re: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incidentp

I despise lawsuit abuse, but United needs to feel some pain here in order to prompt system-wide changes in rules to prevent repetition. There is only one language they understand. The compensation they offered of lounge access and business class upgrades cost them no cash, just opportunity costs, as...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Fukuoka-Frankfurt flights?
Replies: 31
Views: 5241

Re: Why no Fukuoka-Frankfurt flights?

Fukuoka's municipal population is as irrelevant as San Francisco's in judging air travel demand. It is the hub of an urban agglomeration as big or bigger than Nagoya's 10 million. The problem in sustaining polar flights to Europe is the availability of connections at ICN, NRT and HND as well as in C...

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by SFOThinker
Mon May 29, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 upper lounge
Replies: 8
Views: 2259

Re: 747 upper lounge

I am fortunate enough to have experienced an upper deck configured as a lounge, on a UAL 747 between Honolulu and San Francisco. If I recall correctly, ît was in 1976. It was supposed to be a cocktail lounge, it seemed to me: couch-like seating and room to move around. There was no piano bar (I beli...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 79
Views: 11592

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

DAY became a hub for Piedmont Airlines, having not even been served by the airline previously, if I recall correctly. They funneled a number of East Coast cities and Midwest cities into the airport for an east-west transfer hub. Their service was glorious, with good hot meals on relatively short sta...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Light rail/metro and heavy rail connections
Replies: 54
Views: 3285

Re: Airports with Light rail/metro and heavy rail connections

If you count a monorail as "light rail," then Haneda in Tokyo has both. The Keikyu Railroad has heavy rail.
Meanwhile, Narita and Kansai have two competing heavy rail lines.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Record Year for SFO
Replies: 37
Views: 5467

Re: Record Year for SFO

There is an unused maintenance hanger at OAK originally built by World Airways and later leased by United. That could absorb some of the SFO maintenance activity, though it is somewhat smaller.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 9237

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

Only jets? I never flew on a Constellation, and they had their operational issues with engine reliability and baggage capacity, but I not only miss them, I seek out the survivors and take a look whenever I get the chance.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where did Northwest get its name?
Replies: 30
Views: 6113

Re: Where did Northwest get its name?

Northwest endured a series of crashes in the early 50s. A Martin 404 or 202 even went down in an expensive residential area in Minneapolis. The board brought in Donald Nyrop -- from the CAB (if I recall correctly) -- to straighten out the problems. He did so quite aggressively, cut costs, antagonize...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Airlines flying to all 50 states
Replies: 23
Views: 4820

Re: US Airlines flying to all 50 states

United st one point flew to all 50 states, and made a big PR push when they added their final station, making 50. I believe it was Wilmington, DE, in fact. The 50 state service did not last a long time.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW
Replies: 20
Views: 3798

Re: SNA vs. LGA vs. DCA. vs. BUR vs. EYW

For takeoff, SNA's revving engines, steep climb, and sudden de-powering has no peer.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Edelweiss thinking about nonstop ZRH-HNL flights
Replies: 29
Views: 8209

Re: Edelweiss thinking about nonstop ZRH-HNL flights

#12 Will this airline be the first European airline to fly to HNL?

BOAC flew to Honolulu on their round the world flights for quite a few years. I took them fro SFO to HNL to HND in 1971. We were bussed to a hotel for a complimentary night's stay just off Waikiki.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians
Replies: 165
Views: 10711

Re: Major Airports that changed names to honor politicians

MSP named its second terminal after Hubert Humphrey in 2001. The airport itself was first named Speedway Field, was renamed Wold Chamberlain Field in 1921 for two World War One fighter aces, and was subsequently renamed Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, although it is unclear to me if the ...

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by SFOThinker
Thu May 26, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Ends IAH-LOS; SFO-TLV Goes Daily
Replies: 140
Views: 24693

RE: UA Ends IAH-LOS; SFO-TLV Goes Daily

=<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/DeltaXNA" class="quote" target="_blank">DeltaXNA</a> (<a href="#17" class="quote">Reply 17</a>):<br/><i> TWA served not just Cairo but Tripoli ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon May 23, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports With Too Much Capacity
Replies: 110
Views: 26206

RE: Airports With Too Much Capacity

I haven't been there in a long time, but <acronym title="Dayton - James M. Cox Dayton International (DAY / KDAY), USA - Ohio">DAY</acronym> built up for the Piedmont hub, and when it lost that, there was a lot of vacant space. Similarly, <acronym title="Colorado Springs - Municipal (Peterson AFB) (C...

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by SFOThinker
Sun May 22, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest Purely Domestic Airport
Replies: 59
Views: 13648

RE: Busiest Purely Domestic Airport

Number two after <acronym title="Sao Paulo - Congonhas (CGH / SBSP), Brazil">CGH</acronym> likely is <acronym title="Osaka - Itami International (ITM / RJOO), Japan">ITM</acronym>, which despite its formal name as Osaka International Airport, is purely domestic. It had 13.8 million passengers in 201...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sharing Planes
Replies: 48
Views: 8956

RE: Sharing Planes

In the 1950's and 60's, there were a number of important city pairs that lacked nonstop and even direct service, so domestic carriers did interchange flights, using the same aircraft for through service. Probably the heaviest trafficked one was Houston to Los Angeles. (This shows how ridiculously cu...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 22, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does FedEx Not Fly The 747?
Replies: 35
Views: 19750

RE: Why Does FedEx Not Fly The 747?

If I recall correctly, FedEx acquired the 747s when they bought Flying Tigers, which brought them coveted rights to Asia. I suspect that for the reasons mentioned they never desired to buy them on their own.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was UA Criticized For Their Caravelles?
Replies: 47
Views: 7050

RE: Was UA Criticized For Their Caravelles?

I remember United advertising it as the "captivating Caravelle." With the names given to them (thanks, Viscount 724!), they were clearly marketing them as French.

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by SFOThinker
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA
Replies: 57
Views: 6961

RE: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/SQ773" class="quote" target="_blank">SQ773</a> (<a href="#29" class="quote">Reply 29</a>):<br/><i>Quoting SFOThinker (Reply 28): Did it stop in ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA
Replies: 57
Views: 6961

RE: L-1011/500 Routes By Pan Am And BA

I flew L15 between SFO and Osaka Itami on Pan Am.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Last DC-6 Flight
Replies: 47
Views: 7702

RE: United's Last DC-6 Flight

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/Tan+Flyr" class="quote" target="_blank">Tan Flyr</a> (<a href="#25" class="quote">Reply 25</a>):<br/><i/></font></td></tr></table> Many thanks t...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Last DC-6 Flight
Replies: 47
Views: 7702

RE: United's Last DC-6 Flight

I remember taking a <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> DC-6B from <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (Orchard Field) (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> to <acronym title="Columbus - Port Columbus International (CMH / KCMH), USA - Ohio">CMH</acronym> via <acronym...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New LAX Video From 1960s, Early 1970s
Replies: 34
Views: 3564

RE: New LAX Video From 1960s, Early 1970s

Thanks!
Am I the only one who loves the American lightning bolt livery with the orange engine decoration?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Makes A Good Freighter?
Replies: 18
Views: 2698

RE: What Makes A Good Freighter?

Why do we see so many older types, such as the MD-11, still used for freight after passenger use has ended?

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by SFOThinker
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pics: San Francisco Downtown Heliport 1968
Replies: 11
Views: 2575

RE: Pics: San Francisco Downtown Heliport 1968

I took a helicopter from <acronym title="Oakland - Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK / KOAK), USA - California">OAK</acronym> to <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> and back at no extra fare connecting to Tokyo in the late 80s, booking a ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Hong Kong
Replies: 160
Views: 20144

RE: Delta Hong Kong

Yes, <acronym title="Seattle / Tacoma - International (SEA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA</acronym> has less O&D than <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> and <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</a...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Mission: 747: Air France Final Scheduled 747-400 J
Replies: 10
Views: 11777

RE: Mission: 747: Air France Final Scheduled 747-400 J

Thank-you for a wonderful <acronym title="Transbrasil SA Linhas Aereas">TR</acronym>! I am old enough to have experienced the excitement of Pan Am beginning 747 service and well remember my thrill at my first trip <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acr...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was Eastern Ever Considered A Good Airline
Replies: 72
Views: 15059

RE: Was Eastern Ever Considered A Good Airline

I am surprised nobody has mentioned the great innovation of the Eastern Shuttle. Bare bones service but ultra convenient. I took it many times from <acronym title="Boston - General Edward Lawrence Logan International (BOS / KBOS), USA - Massachusetts">BOS</acronym> to <acronym title="New York - La G...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Intrastate US Widebodies
Replies: 85
Views: 12401

RE: Intrastate US Widebodies

Long ago I flew to Austin Mueller Field from <acronym title="San Francisco - International (SFO / KSFO), USA - California">SFO</acronym> via <acronym title="Dallas / Fort Worth - International (Regional) (DFW / KDFW), USA - Texas">DFW</acronym>, and the the intrastate leg was an American DC10. It wa...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCO Using LGW Instead Of LHR
Replies: 80
Views: 9778

RE: MCO Using LGW Instead Of LHR

Quoting atct (Reply 45): Quoting rutankrd (Reply 28): Both are more than a little offensive however reference is based on Walt Disney being a Nazi sympathiser Which is completely false. Nothing more than an urban legend. Didn't say I believed it did I . Right wing for certain through. I guess you do...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble
Replies: 25
Views: 14398

RE: 20 Hours MIA To LAX On AA--Engine Trouble

The <acronym title="Virgin Express (Belgium)">TV</acronym> news report says passengers claimed they were threatened with removal from the plane while spending 14 hours on the ground in Lubbock if they made videos of their experience. Would any airline actually make such an announcement? It seems lik...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Routes Do You Want From Santa For 2016
Replies: 155
Views: 11578

RE: What Routes Do You Want From Santa For 2016

KE: <acronym title="Minneapolis / St. Paul - International / Wold-Chamberlain Field (MSP / KMSP), USA - Minnesota">MSP</acronym> - <acronym title="Seoul - Incheon International (ICN / RKSI), South Korea">ICN</acronym> <acronym title="Norwegian Air Shuttle AND Air Djibouti">DY</acronym>: <acronym tit...

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