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by ShinyAndChrome
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 121
Views: 10739

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

Why is this? They can build up the hubs with more connections all they want, but do they not realize the margins would be better if they added more mainline? DL is operating 100 seaters successfully, why can't UA? Don't forget that Kirby is very familiar with the economics of the E190 at US Airways...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?
Replies: 121
Views: 10739

Re: Why can’t UAL close the revenue/ profit gap with DAL ?

Echoing what earier posters have said, it's largely due to things on the domestic end of the business. Even though Kirby's moves to bulk up their connectivity in the interior of the country have worked out well and quickly, it can't be ignored that UA won't be able to grow them to the same scale as ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SIA brand overhaul
Replies: 116
Views: 12936

Re: SIA brand overhaul

Here's hoping they keep the current font. Not the biggest fan of how everything is getting the same ultra modern/minimalistic font these days.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Global Terminal proposals released
Replies: 86
Views: 11459

Re: ORD Global Terminal proposals released

kordcj wrote:
Calatrava’s design would be great if Chicago was a warm climate.


Seconded. I definitely got some vague Changi vibes from the video.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 12392

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

And inaccurately I may add, since I've flown DL more than any other carrier in my life and "harm" has nothing to do with it. I'm going to call out the inconvenient truths about this company, whether you or I like it or not. Given that you only seem to fixate on DL, it's reasonable to assu...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fourth Quarter/2018 Earnings
Replies: 20
Views: 5453

Re: United Fourth Quarter/2018 Earnings

Didn't get to hear the entire thing but UA isn't putting a price tag on the government shutdown just yet. It'll be interesting to see if AA puts an estimate out on their call (or if the government's even open by then)

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 12392

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

Boof02671 wrote:
Because LH and KE have dedicated freighter service. None of the US three do. NW did.


We really aren't disagreeing on anything.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 12392

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

I started in Air Cargo with Piedmont. The freight going over pound paid for the flight and still earned a profit firm cargo alone. It’s so busy that shippers have to hook cargo space. I know first hand how much money it generates. It’s so lucrative AA built a refrigerator area for cargo in PHL for ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 12392

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

Cargo is a huge source of revenue for the majors. What are you talking about? https://aircargoworld.com/allposts/double-digit-growth-in-cargo-revenues-boosts-american-airlines-2017-profits/ https://americanairlines.gcs-web.com/news-releases/news-release-details/american-airlines-group-reports-third...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results
Replies: 84
Views: 12392

Re: Delta Air Lines announces 2018 Q4 results

Since DL is apparently no longer putting their own info graphics in their earnings releases, here is one from AlphaStreet. Too bad AlphaStreet didn't know enough to use a current DL logo at the bottom right instead of one from 15+ years ago. :roll: https://cdn.news.alphastreet.com/wp-content/upload...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019
Replies: 252
Views: 37548

Re: United Fleet/Network Thread - 2019

Q4 earnings shows December 2018 new aircraft orders... 777-300 (+4) 737 MAX (+24) Interesting. I'm not the biggest fan of buying previous generation aircraft no matter the purchase price, even though the 77W is a fine airplane. It seems great for a while, but then 15/20 years down the road you're l...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates announces 2019 schedule changes
Replies: 78
Views: 15445

Re: Major Emirates schedule reduction in South America

Brazil and Argentina's economies aren't doing so hot right now so that could be part of it. Since the SCL flight routes through Brazil, it would also be affected by any deterioration in that market.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?
Replies: 224
Views: 21468

Re: JetBlue does it need to be saved from its management?

As I said...I love how many people think a merger of desperation or any with anybody is the best solution for this airline. Letting JetBlue be JetBlue and work on being JetBlue....what a hell of a concept. Well, the problem is that Delta won't let them be JetBlue. Delta is attempting to pry away th...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami to Asia still in the works
Replies: 109
Views: 9767

Re: Miami to Asia still in the works

The Japanese consul in Miami made an interesting point about Japan-Latin America connections, but I was under the impression that a lot of that could already be covered by the ample connectivity between Japan and DFW. I remember reading AA specifically mentioning Asia-Latin America as one of DFW's b...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline
Replies: 339
Views: 47552

Re: David Neeleman Raising Funds for New U.S. Airline

While I'm a skeptic by nature, I assume much of the actual business plan is still under wraps. At least based on what's been publicly said, it sounds like he's treating technology (the app, the A220, etc.) less as a means towards the business plan and more as the business plan itself and I know Neel...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk
Replies: 45
Views: 6042

Re: Next Economic Downturn: Which US Airline(s) Most at Risk

If the next recession ends up heavily affecting the both the US and Asia (especially Japan), HA would be in a pretty rough spot.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and FAI
Replies: 25
Views: 4152

Re: AA and FAI

For all that it's been truncated in recent years, the AS codeshare still works well as AA's "in" to smaller Alaska destinations.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 398
Views: 44301

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018

I know they've been cut heavily, but what's the purpose of keeping a focus city there? I know it's not small potatoes, but CVG isn't anywhere near the level of BOS & RDU as far as growth and economic significance. Increasingly, they (DL) are facing bloodbaths on the routes they operate on out o...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 398
Views: 44301

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018

A. CVG has already been trimmed heavily, they don't want to alienate the large FF base they have there by cutting too much more. https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/09/28/delta-cutting-direct-flights-to-three-cities-from.html I know they've been cut heavily, but what's the purpose of k...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 463
Views: 62003

Re: American Airlines Network Thread 2018

Even though AMS is a major hub for DL/KLM, starting service from PHL or any of the other hubs for AA would make sense. There was a very good article in the WSJ a while back, about what the European banks plan to do about their London offices in the wake of Brexit. The article suggested that banks w...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Aims to Double Its Number of Airports to 450 by 2035, with Twelve 100M Airports under Planning
Replies: 42
Views: 4584

Re: China Aims to Double Its Number of Airports to 450 by 2035, with Twelve 100M Airports under Planning

cc2314 wrote:
The population better behave otherwise they won't have enough social credit to travel.


If the government plans to be flying people to those "voluntary vocational training centers", I'm sure it evens out.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces SFO-DEL/MEL/YYZ; Expands AKL/AMS/PPT/ICN.
Replies: 507
Views: 69013

Re: United Airlines CEO to Make Historic Route Announcement Tomorrow (12/12)

Wall Street's going to love this.

EWR-South Africa is an intriguing choice, though I'd have pegged IAD or IAH as marginally more practical for that purpose. Didn't SA fly IAD in the past?

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Expansion at BOS with new routes including CLE, DCA, EWR, and ORD
Replies: 214
Views: 19132

Re: Delta Expansion at BOS with new routes including CLE, DCA, EWR, and ORD

While they're still apples and oranges in a lot of respects, I think there are still some useful comparisons to be made with SEA. I remember reading that a lot of the DL market share growth following the SEA buildup wasn't necessarily at AS's expense but instead at AA/UA/WN's. It isn't too far-fetch...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are airlines ready for the next economic downturn?
Replies: 20
Views: 3588

Re: Are airlines ready for the next economic downturn?

I think it's pretty clear that it depends based on the individual airline. Some LCCs will be fine and others will struggle. Some legacies will be fine and others will struggle.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread 2018
Replies: 884
Views: 89281

Re: JetBlue Network Thread 2018

Dieuwer wrote:
Perhaps JetBlue should change its name to JetCaribbean, JetSand, or SwelteringBlue....


SweatBlue?

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Network Thread 2018
Replies: 884
Views: 89281

Re: JetBlue Network Thread 2018

I'm a little disappointed there wasn't more on smaller market expansion with the A220 in the presentation. If it's as much of a game changer on the cost side as they say it is, I would've thought adding smaller short/mid-range dots to JFK/BOS/FLL would've been a natural next step especially towards ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 12230

Re: JAL returns to SEA

DL has just about every major corporate contract in SEA for Intl wrapped up. Amazon. Microsoft. And so on...They'll be fine. btw, I'm not saying DL will drop out. They won't do that, but things will get a lot tougher. And they are the dominant carrier in both domestic and international in NYC, but ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa to launch FRA-AUS in May '19, switch FRA-KIX to MUC, increase MUC-ICN, MUC-SIN, new MUC-BKK
Replies: 102
Views: 20549

Re: Lufthansa to launch FRA-AUS in May '19, switch FRA-KIX to MUC, increase MUC-ICN, MUC-SIN, new MUC-BKK

Interesting to see the KIX switch. I wonder if they'll bring the 747 to MUC like they have on FRA.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 12230

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Good to see JAL getting its international mojo back. And as others mentioned, this will give AS loyalists an easy way to get to Tokyo though with the 788 I don't know how much award space they'll have.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest vs. Wall Street
Replies: 49
Views: 5387

Re: Southwest vs. Wall Street

I give WN management credit for not bowing down to Wall Street whims for years. But if profit growth ever slips that becomes problematic. I have to wonder when Private Equity will come calling with a deal for shareholders. Then it’s all over. With WN's market cap and profitability a PE deal would b...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring
Replies: 41
Views: 9745

Re: BA commencing LHR-KIX in 2019 Spring

Along with the DL/QF/NZ announcements, this is good to hear. The Kansai region can surely use all the good news it can get after this summer.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: David Neeleman - "Moxy will be a Tech Company that flies Airplanes"
Replies: 14
Views: 2263

Re: David Neeleman - "Moxy will be a Tech Company that flies Airplanes"

I have to say as much as I respect Neeleman, I find it kind of insufferable how so many businesses are self-identifying as tech companies these days. Even the head of Domino's Pizza said something to that extent. Like, dude you're still a pizza company!

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks
Replies: 19
Views: 5320

Re: PR Begins Alliance Accession Talks

If you ask me, PR is more likely to find a strategic/equity partner from a NE Asian airline like JL or KE than end up going through the whole alliance process. As others have mentioned, that neighborhood is already fairly well served by the three alliances. OW might be an exception, but there's alwa...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue hints at new tail design
Replies: 70
Views: 12628

Re: JetBlue hints at new tail design

It's cute. B6 typically does special liveries well. For those with more knowledge of Puerto Rico, what's the significance of the kites on/near the tail?

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 31916

Re: American Airlines Has Been Beaten to a Pulp (article)

I do think AA's debt is occasionally overblown as far as seeing it as a structural weakness. As the article says, it'll all boil down to whether they can eventually justify those investments on the revenue side. I think the journey's still out on that, especially with UA's aggressive expansion. Also...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Demise of WN in the PNW
Replies: 40
Views: 6909

Re: Demise of WN in the PNW

Varsity1 wrote:
Makes me wonder if AS is going to put a damp rag on WN's Hawaii ambitions. AS has a lower CASM on the -900ER's than anything WN owns.


WN will start Hawaii service from their core California markets, where they have a stronger networrk and market penetration relative to AS.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AAB: QR will lose interest in India in 12 months
Replies: 16
Views: 4213

Re: AAB: QR will lose interest in India in 12 months

If he's interested in something with a stable and sustainable ROI, he shouldn't have been looking at getting into the domestic Indian market in the first place.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS launches SEA-PIT
Replies: 33
Views: 4163

Re: AS launches SEA-PIT

Interesting approach. Cut newly acquired SFO hub, double down on SEA. Less risk short term. Lot more risky long term as DL bears down and AS squanders the VX footprint. Time will tell if the moves they are making now are the right ones. Better to take advantage of their scale in SEA, I suppose. If ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS launches SEA-PIT
Replies: 33
Views: 4163

Re: AS launches SEA-PIT

[twoid][/twoid] Interesting approach. Cut newly acquired SFO hub, double down on SEA. Less risk short term. Lot more risky long term as DL bears down and AS squanders the VX footprint. Time will tell if the moves they are making now are the right ones. Better to take advantage of their scale in SEA,...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL to launch Haneda-Manila; signs "comprehensive strategic partnership" with Garuda
Replies: 7
Views: 1159

Re: JAL to launch Haneda-Manila; signs "comprehensive strategic partnership" with Garuda

JAL probably offered some very favorable terms to GA seeing as they're looking to re-grow their sixth-freedom network.

Also given this HND-MNL flight, I wonder if they're looking to make a similar deal with PR in the future.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August
Replies: 68
Views: 6695

Re: Norwegian reports strong passenger growth and high load factors in August

Again, your absence of data and reliance on opinion would seem to be less meaningful than actual data. If you don't believe the averages, go price Expedia and you'll see Asia is always more from everywhere except West Coast. For example, I just priced Expedia for ORD-NRT/LHR in October. On nonstop ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”
Replies: 154
Views: 14927

Re: “Someday jetBlue will be in Europe”

As fascinating as the prospect of a non-stop transatlantic LCY flight would be, how feasible would it be to have such a low-density A220 subfleet dedicated to that market? Outside of LCY and it's unique situation, I'd imagine any transatlantic destinations would be best served with A321s with someth...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet cutting capacity by 6%
Replies: 44
Views: 7000

Re: WestJet cutting capacity by 6%

Wow, MEX sure doesn't seem to be the gold mine that AS, WN and WS thought it would be. UA recently reduced service at MEX, too. Hopefully things improve by the time the new MEX opens (if indeed it even will) in a couple years... Then there's LAX-YYZ, which has just seen a frequency reduction by WS ...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA announces PHL-TXL/DBV/BLQ/EDI, PHX-LHR, DFW-DUB/MUC, CLT-MUC, ORD-ATH
Replies: 305
Views: 34307

Re: AA announces PHL-TXL/DBV/BLQ/EDI, PHX-LHR, DFW-DUB/MUC, CLT-MUC, ORD-ATH

While I'm not surprised to see the Asia cuts, given how AA has mentioned the possibility, I'm kind of surprised to see the announcement coming so soon. Any bets on what will happen with the ORD-PVD request (and this vacated ORD-PEK authority)?

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by ShinyAndChrome
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time to close LGA?
Replies: 90
Views: 11731

Re: Is it time to close LGA?

Even if you instituted minimum gauge requirements, there isn't enough runway or terminal space between JFK and EWR to close LGA without significantly decreasing the number of air passengers in NYC compared to now. Anyhow, could JFK physically accommodate the sizeable AA and DL operations in LGA? Wha...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds Former Spirit CEO to Board
Replies: 41
Views: 4496

Re: JetBlue Adds Former Spirit CEO to Board

FWIW, I think what they did regarding the fare family rollout could be interpreted as ULCC-esque in how it unbundled elements of their base product. But because they owned the narrative and explained/marketed it very well, it didn't come off as punitive in the way that basic economy or first bag fee...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Adds Former Spirit CEO to Board
Replies: 41
Views: 4496

Re: JetBlue Adds Former Spirit CEO to Board

It's an open question as to whether these appointments will lead to much of a change in anything at B6. Aside from things like exec. compensation and existentially significant changes, most boards are pretty hands off especially with day-to-day decisions.

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by ShinyAndChrome
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?
Replies: 31
Views: 3822

Re: Will DL announce plans to bring back DFW-SEA, DFW-BOS, or DFW-RDU nonstop service in 2019?

DL has, so far, mostly avoided going up against AA or UA hubs from BOS, unless they also have a presence on the other end. DL does not serve from BOS: - DFW - ORD - CLT - DEN - PHX - MIA (although I believe they tried this relatively recently). - IAD or DCA - IAH They do serve SFO, although that is...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?
Replies: 63
Views: 4185

Re: Should Airport employees have mental evaluations before starting work?

Beyond the obvious logistical issues with large-scale mental health screenings, I'd also have to question the effectiveness given how broadly a term like "mental illness" can be thrown around. I could easily see kneejerk measures that end up lumping in things like phobias and anxiety disor...

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by ShinyAndChrome
Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 463
Views: 62003

Re: American Airlines Network Thread 2018

With AA wanting to fly to more Eastern European cities, how would a flight to WAW, VIE, IST, OTP or DME from PHL sound. Personally I could see WAW and DME being the most realistic. Also is there any word on possible South American expansions from any of the hubs? Seems like it’s been quiet down the...

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