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by itchief
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was American Like Before the Merger
Replies: 47
Views: 6346

Re: What was American Like Before the Merger

Actually, the merger, imo, was a shot in the arm to an AA that was seemingly swimming in circles regarding service and overall atmosphere. Post-merger, I've really begun to see a revamp in their overall customer service and hard product...at the expense of legroom and overall seat comfort (naturall...

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by itchief
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was American Like Before the Merger
Replies: 47
Views: 6346

Re: What was American Like Before the Merger

Actually, the merger, imo, was a shot in the arm to an AA that was seemingly swimming in circles regarding service and overall atmosphere. Post-merger, I've really begun to see a revamp in their overall customer service and hard product...at the expense of legroom and overall seat comfort (naturall...

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by itchief
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17349

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

Already served by whom? There will be a good amount of people who would rather travel by AA rather than WOW. Folks in places like Los Angeles (with a large OneWorld frequent flier base) will probably be very drawn to use AA versus WOW. LAX and SFO are both served by WOW direct to KEF. Are you sayin...

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by itchief
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17349

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

I don't understand the issues with flying DFW-KEF in a 757. What is the other option on FI or WW? Same narrowbody option. And if you think connecting to make it a shorter 757 route all you're doing I a narrowbody to that connecting city and adding the time to connect. It's weird and amazing to thin...

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by itchief
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW F: State of affairs?
Replies: 15
Views: 2147

Re: DFW F: State of affairs?

It was discussed here recently that new AA wants DFW to demolish the whole terminal complex, and rebuild in a more efficient design, some sort of mash up of DEN, IAH (future linear IAH, not past hodgepodge IAH), and ATL. Not sure how they're going to do that without totally screwing up the access r...

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by itchief
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW F: State of affairs?
Replies: 15
Views: 2147

Re: DFW F: State of affairs?

Oh fun! I like project manager hats! I would begin construction concurrently on a central terminal building in the median on the south side as well as construction of the East-west aligned concourse where terminal F would have been. As an amendment to the idea presented above, I would build a sweep...

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by itchief
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW F: State of affairs?
Replies: 15
Views: 2147

Re: DFW F: State of affairs?

Even though Southwest Airlines insisted on not serving DFW Airport 11 years ago, Southwest Airlines has since added service to U.S. airports that it previously stayed out of, including SFO, MSP, BOS, LGA, EWR, ATL, DCA, CLT, MEM, and CVG. The only major airports in the contiguous U.S. other than DF...

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by itchief
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17349

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

I don't understand AA's approach. Although I'm interested in Iceland, most of my searches have been centered on the lower fares to European cities (DFW-Copenhagen with a single stopover, $550 on WOW, $1400 AA/BA per Google Flights) which were not easy to obtain in the past. Every time I saw a menti...

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by itchief
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 169
Views: 17349

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

This is good for us here in the DFW area. With WOW and Iceland Air starting service prices should look good.

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by itchief
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?
Replies: 61
Views: 10218

Re: Is the 777-9 in any of the USA Big 3's Future?

I would love to see more 777X orders specifically the 779 but amongst the US3 I find it to be unlikely, at least not anytime soon. AA: Not too many routes in the network that would work with that size of aircraft and their 77Ws at the top end of the fleet are still very young. The A350s will take c...

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by itchief
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 590
Views: 125839

Re: WIRED: How Air France will rescue its A380 with a shattered engine

Why ship an engine there? Ship a weighted slug to mount instead. That is what AF is doing and this weighted slug has the correct aerodynamics built into it. What will they use as a "weighted slug"? Another "real" engine? ( Building a bespoke concrete engine probably would be tim...

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by itchief
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 590
Views: 125839

Re: WIRED: How Air France will rescue its A380 with a shattered engine

ikramerica wrote:
Why ship an engine there? Ship a weighted slug to mount instead.


That is what AF is doing and this weighted slug has the correct aerodynamics built into it.

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by itchief
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

Assuming they'll start in mid-January/early February, that is only 15 months away. AA is pretty efficient when it comes to take planes out to paint/mod so I'd suspect that 3 planes will be out at a time for the power mod which should allow them to do about 65-70 planes a year. OK say you go with Ja...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

The LUS 321s are getting upped to 190 seats and power at every seat. To be competed in the year 2021. Another 4 years of the crAAp shoot on weather you get power in your seat. From the announcement in Sept, "The Legacy US A321s are scheduled to start being retrofitted in 2019, ahead of the Leg...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

LUS planes have all gotten new seat covers, no power. It looks good when you walk into the aircraft but when you sit down you realize that it is the same old seat with a new cover and no power. The LUS 321s are getting upped to 190 seats and power at every seat. To be competed in the year 2021. Ano...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Report: USAF to buy Transaero NTU 747-8s for Air Force One
Replies: 161
Views: 19279

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

Airbus chose not to submit a bid. It would have required Airbus to set up an A380 FAL in the United States and ship all the major components by ship/rail/air to it. The costs involved for two airframes would have been tremendous and there would be no way they could offer a bid anywhere near what Bo...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 16262

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

Contrast to what you're saying, the majority of the 777 fleets in the world are still in 3-3-3 or even 2-4-3 config, especially in this half of the world. Think of TK, TG, OZ, CZ, KE, JL, NH (minus the domestic birds), BA, CA (3-class one), CX (for now), ET, MS, AI, BR (expect the new ones), just t...

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by itchief
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

People just need to realize that seat back IFE is going away. There is zero financial incentive to lug all that extra weight around when people can stream via their devices which most people already have with them anyway. Seat back IFE is labor intensive and there is no guarantee for a passenger to...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

The first 737 MAX is schedule for delivery today Scheduled to ferry from BFI to TUL as AA 9701 N324RA 3RA A plane to avoid when flying AA. 30' pitch in Y, 172 pax vs 160 in the 737-800, and no IFE. Not much of an upgrade for the people riding in one of these. People just need to realize that seat b...

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by itchief
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's Wide-body Basing Plan
Replies: 23
Views: 5182

Re: AA's Wide-body Basing Plan

[quote="AAIRLINERS"]It seems that management has decided to concentrate specific wide-body fleets to specific bases/hubs to ease scheduling of equipment and crews that mainly fly the international system. ] Crew members live all over the country. Most of my airline flight crew friends do n...

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by itchief
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 14237

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

I doubt that hundreds of thousands have access to contract details. I worked for a company where I did million $$ installs. In 10 years I only saw 3 or 4 contracts with the customers and I was not supposed to see them. A couple were sent to me by mistake and a couple of customers showed me the cont...

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by itchief
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 14237

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

If the sales contracts are kept confidential, seeing we don't see tons of them floating around on the internet, who will tell AA what UA paid for their order? Seeing that you don't know if Airbus has such contracts in other regions and we only know this because we have someone that was at AA and is...

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by itchief
Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 14237

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

I am not a lawyer and I do not play one on the internet. Is Kirby opening him self up to some legal problems by giving away proprietary information about his ex employer? Since he went to UA with no problems after leaving AA he did not have a non-compete and bringing this up in the board room at UA ...

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by itchief
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 - Australian Transportation Safety Bureau issues final report
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Re: MH370 - Australian Transportation Safety Bureau issues final report

Which is weird because we had the leak of the Malaysian report into the pilots mental health and behaviour, which was surprisingly thorough and came up with nothing concerning. Hmmmm. Just like the shooter in Las Vegas, no one saw anything concerning about the guy before he went off the deep end. H...

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by itchief
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370 - Australian Transportation Safety Bureau issues final report
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Re: MH370 - Australian Transportation Safety Bureau issues final report

The section about the flight simulator is interesting. It was a funny one this - initially it looked like there was a path going up the Malacca straits before heading south into the southern Indian Ocean. Then it became apparent they were 5 breadcrumb points amongst many thousand on the recovered H...

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by itchief
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA Main Cabin Extra Seating on LUS aircraft
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: AA Main Cabin Extra Seating on LUS aircraft

All of the L-US A319s have MCE and the A332s are planned to get MCE soon. I expect a plan to be out sooner rather than later since it's near the end of the summer schedule and fleet utilization will decrease, thus leaving enough slack for fleets to enter refurbishment during the winter season. Main...

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by itchief
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8713

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

[*] Funny, I have been on several flights. Every one of them packed to the gills. It does not appear by my experience that the airline is "destroyed." Just because the seats are full does not mean that the customer service of the "Old AA" has not been destroyed. They are nothing...

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by itchief
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8713

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

I haven't stepped foot on an American Airlines plane since March. The US Airways culture absolutely destroyed the airline and the product is worst in the domestic industry in every aspect - loyalty program, catering, hard product (although admittedly the new 77W J seats are fantastic, and assume th...

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by itchief
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 476
Views: 89816

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

miaami wrote:
The first 737 MAX is schedule for delivery today

Scheduled to ferry from BFI to TUL as AA 9701

N324RA 3RA


A plane to avoid when flying AA. 30' pitch in Y, 172 pax vs 160 in the 737-800, and no IFE. Not much of an upgrade for the people riding in one of these.

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by itchief
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY 777 Captain Passes Away Inflight
Replies: 25
Views: 7863

Re: EY 777 Captain Passes Away Inflight

masgniw wrote:
RIP

On 777 freighter flights, at what point do they add relief pilots? At 6-7 hours, this AUH-AMS flight was sort of mid-range and makes some sense it was only a crew of 2.



Did you open the link and read the story? It says a crew of 4.

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by itchief
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F
Replies: 26
Views: 6659

Re: Qatar orders additional 77W and 748F

I don't understand why the mix of B788, B789, A359, A351 fleet? EK413 So that they have vendors to support them when the political winds change. This is no different from the military order that Qatar has for Boeing F-15's, Rafale and Eurofighter. Not what most would do but when you are one of the ...

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by itchief
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF
Replies: 45
Views: 5415

Re: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF

MCO is located close to the 'Happiest Place on Earth'. Advertisement has a lot to do with this ranking.

I do not see how it is even ranked as a MEGA airport let alone ranked as the best.

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by itchief
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Private A350 ?
Replies: 20
Views: 5268

Re: Private A350 ?

It's worth remembering that the 787 is a smaller aircraft and thus possibly a little more attractive to the private jet market in the top end of the private market, where are the 350 family is comparable to the 777 and there are very few 777 active in the private market, I think fewer than 10 are u...

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by itchief
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 31719

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

Sooner787 wrote:
I'm sure AA could use a few A359ULR jets to open up new city pairs like MIA- JNB
DFW / ORD - India , MIA-Tokyo DFW-TLV to name a few :)


You do know that AA has already tried ORD - India with the 777-200ER, no real need for the A359ULR for this route.

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by itchief
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 31719

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

I'm in the camp that roots for American "doing United". I see American increase the order for A350-900 to replace all of its 777-200ERs with options for larger -1000 as an eventual replacement for its 777-300ERs as well. Why would you need 'options' for the -1000 in 2017 to replace aircra...

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by itchief
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential
Replies: 252
Views: 31719

Re: AA 777-200ER replacement, A350 , 787-9 order potential

Sooner787 wrote:
I'm sure AA could swap those 359 orders for more A321Neo's if they wanted.
AA has like 75 - 80 B738's delivered in 2000 that additional NEO's could replace.


And they already have 100 737max's on order with the first one ready for delivery.

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by itchief
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA order the B777-9?
Replies: 36
Views: 5826

Re: Will UA order the B777-9?

AA is NOT going to order the 777-9; it is way too big for them. Historically they have shied away from the big planes; that is why they only had 747s for such a short period. They were unable to fill them with passengers and got rid of them opting for DC-10s, MD-11s, and 777s. Their route structure...

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by itchief
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Launching DFW
Replies: 47
Views: 7079

Re: WOW Launching DFW

WOW - ballsy add by WW - excellent! This all but guarantees that AA will accelerate basic economy on TATL fares next summer. Ugh it's what the people want. clearly it's doing very well so far I'm hesitant on WW being a success at DFW. business market =/= tourism market. plus no connects on the DFW ...

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by itchief
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball
Replies: 88
Views: 15067

Re: Maho beach-goer tries to hit plane with ball

Sorry but the debate is pointless. I call BS on the photo(shopped) picture. NO WAY he gets anything on the throw while he is chest deep in water. His arm is not even going to have full range of motion in that water for the throw.

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by itchief
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 12268

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

In my opinion, Skylink is the Achilles Heel of the entire DFW operation. Several times recently, it has been completely shut down in one direction. At other times, they are so packed that I have had to just wait for the next train. The passenger volume in Terminal B (Eagle) seems to continually cro...

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by itchief
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6080

Re: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?

AA had strengths but they delayed between 2008 and 2011 purely out of delusion. On the other hand, the outcome has been okay for everybody. Everyone but the people that fly AA, not the best airline when it comes to the customer anymore. Going for great :roll: By any measure the product and the oper...

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by itchief
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?
Replies: 24
Views: 6080

Re: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?

Flighty wrote:
AA had strengths but they delayed between 2008 and 2011 purely out of delusion. On the other hand, the outcome has been okay for everybody.



Everyone but the people that fly AA, not the best airline when it comes to the customer anymore. Going for great :roll:

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by itchief
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did American ever consider the MD-90?
Replies: 14
Views: 3764

Re: Did American ever consider the MD-90?

The AA MD-11 did fly DFW-NRT until the 777's came on line for AA.

"Dallas to Tokyo and Dallas to Hong Kong, which even after the PIP (performance improvement programme), the MD-11 never operated"

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by itchief
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New executive order - implications at US airports
Replies: 46
Views: 4620

Re: New executive order - implications at US airports

The airlines that are not allowing green card holders to fly are doing this to protect themselves from a gray area on this. It is better to refuse boarding than have them turned back in the US where the airline could then be fined by USCIS for letting them fly. The press is just using this as click ...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ
Replies: 48
Views: 8339

Re: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ

AA will stay at the bottom. The decision to not upgrade ALL cabins with IFE and power will come back and bite them. I do not care about IFE but many do and Delta is putting it in every cabin. Short sided thinking in an age of so many wanting to be entertained at all times. AA has upgraded seats on ...

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by itchief
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ
Replies: 48
Views: 8339

Re: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ

AA will stay at the bottom. The decision to not upgrade ALL cabins with IFE and power will come back and bite them. I do not care about IFE but many do and Delta is putting it in every cabin. Short sided thinking in an age of so many wanting to be entertained at all times. AA has upgraded seats on m...

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by itchief
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines
Replies: 44
Views: 8285

Re: EK Has Spent $500m Developing Inflight Wines

I read somewhere that JL has exclusive offering of Salon Brut Champagne in their international First Class. It retails for approx US$500 per bottle, so its not hard to imagine many thousands of dollars spent each day on that one type of drink alone. My wife and I drank 2 bottles of Salon on our las...

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