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by rta
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DEN concourse train failure 11/22
Replies: 20
Views: 6821

Re: DEN concourse train failure 11/22

Really surprised they didn't build a pedestrian tunnel. Regardless of distance between tunnels, it'd be a good backup if something ever brought down both trains.

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Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 40
Views: 16091

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

I don't understand why people have to be sarcastic/rude for a legitimate question. I'm also curious to know DL has any initial thoughts (if any) about the plane. Probably because it's not really a legitimate question. How can a bunch of aviation enthusiasts know whether or not an airline is pleased...

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Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How does Delta like their A350 so far?
Replies: 40
Views: 16091

Re: How does Delta like their A350 so far?

I don't understand why people have to be sarcastic/rude for a legitimate question. I'm also curious to know DL has any initial thoughts (if any) about the plane.

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by rta
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hypothetical: ORD without AA
Replies: 109
Views: 12108

Re: Hypothetical: ORD without AA

As someone who frequently flies both UA and AA out of ORD, I don't see how this can seriously be considered. AA has nearly the same number of daily departures as UA. It's obviously a huge operation and AA has been looking to expand it as well. Without ORD, AA's network would have a huge hole in the ...

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by rta
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5523

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

sw733 wrote:
What possible connection does Obama have to New Jersey or NYC?


Being president of the country of which the aforementioned areas are a part of?

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by rta
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 772A replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 3201

Re: United 772A replacement

UA just did a complete refit on all the 772As. Doubt they are going anywhere before 2025. Agreed. And if they're looking to continue using the 772As in a similar fashion to today (domestic/HNL/GUM), I don't see them using brand new planes for that. I suspect 77Es will be retrofitted in the same hig...

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by rta
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates reports 111% increase in profits
Replies: 21
Views: 5943

Re: Emirates reports 111% increase in profits

One of their largest competitors has been (and still is) severely crippled right now. I wonder how much that has helped EK.

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by rta
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norwegian's market
Replies: 44
Views: 7397

Re: Does BA Have a Chance Competing in Norweigians Market

LHR also is BA's main hub, so trying to compete for rock bottom prices could fill those seats that might've had higher paying connecting traffic.

They can definitely compete with DY.

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10030

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

I'd love for BNA to be hubbed by AS (or UA) but the barriers to entry would be pretty high.

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 30695

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas because they wanted their large and profitable defense business to better compete with Lockheed Martin and others. The commercial side of the business (MD-95 and MD-11) were just the unwanted extras in the deal. The Airbus acquisition of the C-series program has to...

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by rta
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5565

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

Without AA (and talking only long haul flights), DFW could support NRT, ICN, LHR, CDG, FRA, DXB, and MAD no problem. I must admit that that I have my doubts about this. Without AA, DFW is basically AUS, with one or two Euro routes. If IAH didn't have UA/Star, it would still have at least a large nu...

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by rta
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 153
Views: 16537

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Miami/Orlando might be an example, but honestly the drive isn't that bad. Yeah, I've personally driven this one many times, but I've flown this one even more. I usually end up flying this for one of two reasons: 1. I feel like flying somewhere on a really quick trip but don't want to burn a lot of ...

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by rta
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 153
Views: 16537

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

Miami/Orlando might be an example, but honestly the drive isn't that bad.

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by rta
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 Retirement Date Set
Replies: 98
Views: 22144

Re: BA 747 Retirement Date Set

I'm not sure how long I expected the 744s to stay in the fleet, but 2024 is pretty decent. Would have loved for most of the fleet to last past 2021, but I suppose you can't replace aircraft overnight.

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by rta
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20062

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

Each airline has their own costs (equipment, labor, etc) so solely comparing the costs at each hub isn't really valid. That being said, I do think they're missing out on a sizable market by not having a SE hub. At this point, I think they're better off securing their current hubs. They face a lot of...

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by rta
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 106
Views: 12291

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

At worst I'm usually indifferent to new uniforms, but these look pretty awful. The red blazer, grey pants, and purple looks the most confusing to me.

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by rta
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finnair starts weighting some passengers voluntarily
Replies: 32
Views: 5884

Re: Finnair starts weighting some passengers voluntarily

Well I don't see the problem here it's voluntary and the only purpose is to check whether the estimate is accurate. Although I think they will get an underestimated data from this as overweight people would be more reluctant to get weighted than the average Joe. Agree. I'd expect the reported numbe...

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by rta
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.
Replies: 15
Views: 2873

Re: DL - Mood lighting procedures and usage.

Not sure about Delta but I've seen 0 consistency in how its used on UA and AA 737s.

The mood lighting retrofit on DL's MD-88 is terrible though. Its just too strong.

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by rta
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another Air Canada incident at SFO
Replies: 82
Views: 46398

Re: Another Air Canada incident at SFO

I think I'll avoid flying AC to SFO. :duck:
Hopefully whatever caused this is identified and resolved.

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by rta
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 600
Views: 107868

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

I think AA is making a mistake with the retrofits, but that's just my opinion. DL will have a better domestic product when all is said and done. I agree. But at the end of the day, I'm guessing pricing and schedule will be the biggest factors for people buying tickets. Either way you go - I think c...

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by rta
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Visual of largest airlines by state in the USA
Replies: 89
Views: 15798

Re: Visual of largest airlines by state

I'm not sure how accurate this data is when accounting for regionals. Also, listing the airlines by number of states is kind of painful to look at. AA only has 6, but obviously they are the largest airline - and much larger than WN. I would have guessed Delta for Wisconsin, given their strong presen...

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by rta
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Prime Livery and UPS's Livery Similarities
Replies: 13
Views: 2947

Re: Amazon Prime Livery and UPS's Livery Similarities

does not look the same to me. Amazon's looks more like a few commercial airlines' livery with the tail extending to the fuselage (QF, AA, etc)

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by rta
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 15901

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

I doubt UA is even in a position to merge another airline. It still looks like they're trying to get things under 1 roof.

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by rta
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 18691

Re: AA's new branding

JannEejit wrote:
Or is it the actual design that's unpopular ? I don't recall too much criticism when it was just the Continental livery.


I think even if CO was still around, it'd still be outdated compared to what AA and DL have today. It's not terrible, but it lacks a certain freshness.

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by rta
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 18691

Re: AA's new branding

For me, the new branding is so far removed from the old that it doesn't even feel like the same airline. Although to be honest, it hasn't felt like the same airline since the merger, and I haven't flown with them since 2012 for that reason. AA knows they're not the same airline anymore - and that's...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 15805

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Here is your "false narrative." Got anything constructive to say now? http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2017-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study United was ranked below Alaska, Delta and American for traditional carriers. Their score would have them ranked below Southwes...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 15805

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Challenge to Kirby: Instead of shooting for a meaningless title like "biggest airline", why not shoot for something more relevant like "better airline." What is the point of being biggest when all you are doing is providing poor service at a very large scale? Not really somethin...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 15805

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Challenge to Kirby: Instead of shooting for a meaningless title like "biggest airline", why not shoot for something more relevant like "better airline." What is the point of being biggest when all you are doing is providing poor service at a very large scale? Not really somethin...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 36
Views: 4290

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

"For Bastian, the idea of giving away premium seats for the same price as economy seats, or even upgrading frequent flyers for free, is no longer a profitable option." Funny, DL seems pretty profitable. They get rid of upgrades loyalty will disappear. I wonder how many people are loyal to...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 36
Views: 4290

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

"For Bastian, the idea of giving away premium seats for the same price as economy seats, or even upgrading frequent flyers for free, is no longer a profitable option." Funny, DL seems pretty profitable. They get rid of upgrades loyalty will disappear. I wonder how many people are loyal to...

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by rta
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 15805

Re: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline

Challenge to Kirby: Instead of shooting for a meaningless title like "biggest airline", why not shoot for something more relevant like "better airline." What is the point of being biggest when all you are doing is providing poor service at a very large scale? Not really somethin...

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by rta
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Master Plan
Replies: 20
Views: 2001

Re: ORD Master Plan

Having just 1 airport with sterile international connections would complicate the rules too much. Right now its simply: if you transfer in the US, you need a visa. I don't see them putting clauses such as "except if your connection is through ORD" or "on X, Y, or Z airlines" in t...

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by rta
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident
Replies: 72
Views: 6211

Re: Mother Sues UA Over Lap Child Incident

Is it now appropriate to start suing each time a company makes a mistake, even if they admitted to it and tried to rectify the situation?

I guess I should sue the place I got lunch from today for not using the right kind of bread. Right? (Even though they gave me a free drink for the inconvenience)

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by rta
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India adds LAX
Replies: 78
Views: 12746

Re: Air India adds LAX

I haven't flown AI and I've heard some horror stories, but I am excited by all expansion they've done in the US. It'll still be a while before I'd consider flying them but I hope it works out.

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by rta
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule
Replies: 55
Views: 14981

Re: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule

United787 wrote:
When will ORD get some love? No 764s, no 788s, no 789s, no 77Ws...


UA has occasionally scheduled the the 77W from ORD. I've definitely seen it to BRU and SFO. I'm sure there are other one-offs as well.

Would be nice to see them regularly scheduled though.

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by rta
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US President thanks SpiceJet for aircraft orders
Replies: 16
Views: 6009

Re: US President thanks SpiceJet for aircraft orders

1,32,000 Sorry, but I am not able to read this number OH! Its called One Lakh Thirty Two Thousand. (equivalent to One hundred and thirty two thousand, in western numbering system). 100,000 = 1 Lakh 1,00,000,000 = 1 Crore Since the member of A.net is from around the world, please use decimal numberi...

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Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways announced Skytrax "Airline of the Year"
Replies: 35
Views: 4097

Re: Qatar Airways announced Skytrax "Airline of the Year"

As always, these ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. Until American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, etc have a better customer service, food, cabin, good looking flight attendants, don't expect them to be at Top 20. Exactly. On some of their aircraft they actually have a decent/...

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by rta
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Mighty 757
Replies: 191
Views: 26426

Re: The Mighty 757

I love the 757. I'm glad they are easy to find in the US.

My shortest flight on one is ATL-FLL (583 mi) and my longest is IAD-LIS (3587 mi)

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by rta
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15550

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

In theory, UA, AA, and DL would prefer people to pay the higher economy priced ticket. Offering basic economy simply pulls people to their website. They've found a way to compete with Frontier/Spirit without having to slash prices. They don't care if the flight goes out with full or empty overhead b...

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by rta
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering deferrals & grounding aircraft
Replies: 68
Views: 20893

Re: Emirates considering deferrals & grounding aircraft

"The business model is essentially a sound business model, but at the moment it’s challenged. For no reasons of our own, purely from geopolitical and socio-economic reasons.” I find Tim Clark's comment amusing. Yes EK is dealing with some factors out of their control, but "for no reason of...

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by rta
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No JetBlue In MIA?
Replies: 114
Views: 11461

Re: Why No JetBlue In MIA?

20 miles is approximately the distance between JFK and EWR too. But it's a horrendous drive. While not quite as horrendous, Miami to Ft. Lauderdale on I-95 during the day is pretty bad. And there really is no reason for anyone in Miami and south to use FLL. To us, FLL is not considered. Now, thank ...

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by rta
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No JetBlue In MIA?
Replies: 114
Views: 11461

Re: Why No JetBlue In MIA?

I see (except for the 1 person that said he lives an hour from MIA), that all the people who are not full time residents are telling me I'm incorrect. I'm not. You try living here for years and see if you will avoid the Miami to Ft Lauderdale drive at all costs. It just doesn't make sense for those...

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Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No JetBlue In MIA?
Replies: 114
Views: 11461

Re: Why No JetBlue In MIA?

I see (except for the 1 person that said he lives an hour from MIA), that all the people who are not full time residents are telling me I'm incorrect. I'm not. You try living here for years and see if you will avoid the Miami to Ft Lauderdale drive at all costs. It just doesn't make sense for those...

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by rta
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why No JetBlue In MIA?
Replies: 114
Views: 11461

Re: Why No JetBlue In MIA?

But again ... so many other carriers serve both MIA -and- FLL. Jetblue has a large operation at FLL. They're much better off focusing at one airport. As for AA - they're large enough (significantly larger than Jetblue) where they can afford to run flights to FLL in addition to their hub at MIA. But...

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by rta
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Rebrand: Will this happen anytime soon?
Replies: 93
Views: 14422

Re: UA Rebrand: Will this happen anytime soon?

The UA stock is at an all time high right now. Rebranding is the least of their problems right now.

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by rta
Mon May 29, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Houston Diversions
Replies: 15
Views: 2567

Re: Houston Diversions

IAH and DFW get some pretty nasty thunderstorms in the Spring and Summer. I've learned to avoid routing through these hubs during this time of the year. ORD and ATL get their share of thunderstorms too, but things don't hit the fan as hard as they do in Texas.

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by rta
Sat May 27, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad to sell Air Berlin stake
Replies: 25
Views: 4680

Re: Rumor: Etihad to sell Air Berlin stake

But why should LH *buy* AB? Why not just let it go out of business and then move into those markets that it finds interesting itself? If planes are needed to serve these markets, there are plenty around and more will be with AB's demise . If people are needed, there are plenty around, especially fr...

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by rta
Mon May 22, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 12226

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

I never understood by A.net has always been so aggressively opposed to the creation of new Airlines in the U.S. market, especially as competition,after a series of mergers and acquisitions, is at an all time low(along with customer satisfaction) 8 years ago it made sense with a struggling industry,...

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by rta
Sat May 20, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United working to replace P.S. with "United Coast"
Replies: 93
Views: 19150

Re: United working to replace P.S. with "United Coast"

rnav2dlrey wrote:
i actually like "united coast"


I like it too. I think they will be able to advertise it well. The 'p.s.' thing never really clicked for me.

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by rta
Thu May 18, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone
Replies: 60
Views: 5338

Re: Printed boarding pass vs. smartphone

I think it mainly boils down to preference.. Sometimes I like to use paper but if I'm on a long haul flight with a connection, the mobile boarding pass is nice because I always know where my phone is. The mobile boarding pass also updates if there's a delay or something. No strong feelings either wa...

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