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by N717TW
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 307
Views: 40090

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

So when will this route be reallocated to DL? What's the indication that DL really wants the additional China, let alone PEK, authority? I'm not really sure they wanted LAX-PEK beyond blocking AA from adding the route. Now that AA has started LAX-PEK, does DL really want to start that route? At bes...

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by N717TW
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 307
Views: 40090

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

So when will this route be reallocated to DL? What's the indication that DL really wants the additional China, let alone PEK, authority? I'm not really sure they wanted LAX-PEK beyond blocking AA from adding the route. Now that AA has started LAX-PEK, does DL really want to start that route? At bes...

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by N717TW
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 4359

Re: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

I heard that AF (which has powerful unions as everyone knows) has more relief pilots per long haul flight than required. Can anyone confirm? There are lots of situations that on paper don't require a relief pilot. That doesn't mean it's smart. Honestly is it really a good idea to depart at 10pm for...

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by N717TW
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 4359

Re: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

The return flight is most certainly longer than the eastbound flight. Plus, depending on how early the return flight departs using the crews "body clock" which would still be on Eastern Time in the US, FAR 117 could required 3 pilots. Interesting. The return clocks in around 7hr on averag...

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by N717TW
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?
Replies: 53
Views: 4359

Three pilots on JFK-EDI: Do airlines have relief pilots on 6 hour flights?

I was just on DL409 flying JFK-EDI and found it really odd that we had three pilots given that its only a 6 hr flight. Not only did I see all three in uniform but the Captain announced herself and the two other pilots just before we pushed off from gate at JFK. I thought that the standard for DL/AA/...

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by N717TW
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 307
Views: 40090

Re: AA: ORD-Asia “Uniquely Challenging” to Route Structure

I agree on PHL/CLT-Asia flight(s), particularly TYO with the JL JV. It wouldn't shock me to see an ORD-Asia 788 flip to PHL/CLT-TYO. With them talking more about Europe, I'd expect 788s to start appearing in PHL/CLT next year for some of the 763 flying that will need to be covered as those birds ar...

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by N717TW
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 307
Views: 40090

Re: AA: ORD-Asia “Uniquely Challenging” to Route Structure

I agree on PHL/CLT-Asia flight(s), particularly TYO with the JL JV. It wouldn't shock me to see an ORD-Asia 788 flip to PHL/CLT-TYO. With them talking more about Europe, I'd expect 788s to start appearing in PHL/CLT next year for some of the 763 flying that will need to be covered as those birds ar...

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by N717TW
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?
Replies: 45
Views: 8327

Re: United Airlines Heathrow Hub?

When UA acquired PA's LHR (and IAD-CDG route) assets (for a bargain $400m) they got 16/17* slots at LHR. For a time, UA was operating 727s into Germany, AMS and OSL. It even ran DEL onto HKG for a while in the mid 90s. Eventually the slots all moved to being used for US nonstops. PA generally ran 9 ...

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by N717TW
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former TWA Slots at JFK?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: Former TWA Slots at JFK?

The didn't sell their remaining slots. AA inherited them through the merger/acquisition post Chapter 11 in 2001. The only slots TWA officially sold off were the LHR routes, and the slots were at LHR, not JFK. The airport wasn't slot controlled except for certain times of the day back when TWA was f...

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by N717TW
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former TWA Slots at JFK?
Replies: 8
Views: 1323

Re: Former TWA Slots at JFK?

The didn't sell their remaining slots. AA inherited them through the merger/acquisition post Chapter 11 in 2001. The only slots TWA officially sold off were the LHR routes, and the slots were at LHR, not JFK. The airport wasn't slot controlled except for certain times of the day back when TWA was f...

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by N717TW
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16498

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

So I am guessing that Hunter Keay holds a large DL position as they would benefit the most from any UA/B6 merger. Frankly with the exception of a Spirit/Frontier merger of a virtual-merger with an international carrier, any merger would benefit DL given that B6's lower-cost base advantage is what ke...

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by N717TW
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 16307

Re: Kirby: I expect we’ll become [united] the worlds largest airline

It will have to be organic. There is no airline UA could merge with that would produce what they want (AA and DL are too large in the current construct; WN/NK are too different culturally and operationally to really work; F9 would we easier if it died; B6 produces too much NYC overlap even if the EW...

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by N717TW
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 96962

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Saying Bombardier was the only option for DL is simply an excuse not based on reality. I didn't say that. Wha I have previously done is to paraphrase Delta, who have stated that Boeing was not a competitor in this RFP. If you want to argue about the economics of plane sizes, and why Delta didn't co...

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by N717TW
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?
Replies: 14
Views: 1335

Re: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?

Its actually quite easy to fly 125K miles per year and not spend $15K. A person could (as I did for years) go back and forth from the Northeast to California every other week and hit 125K. If you figure the person knows about the trips well in advance they could easily buy tix for $300/rt. (easily c...

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by N717TW
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global US hubs?
Replies: 38
Views: 5520

Re: Global US hubs?

ANC actually is probably the only real example of a US airport that allows sterile or visa-free International transfers. As others have noted MIA did have some transit traffic into the 90s (PA, AA somewhat and IB all ran Europe-to-Latin America flows) but that really dried up post 9/11 and the new t...

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by N717TW
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL dropping PHL-CDG?
Replies: 92
Views: 13297

Re: DL dropping PHL-CDG?

With little feed, and a AA hub, DL just asking to get their a$$ kicked on this one. Except that Philly is a top-10 US city, Delta generally connects their largest markets to their largest hubs, plus CDG is one of the largest hubs in the EU never mind one of the most visited cities in the world. Oth...

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by N717TW
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN
Replies: 39
Views: 9224

Re: Alitalia to move LHR flights to STN

Pretty sure AZ has 5 slot pairs left at LHR. They have sold off the most valuable slots (morning arrival and late morning/mid-day departure) The arrival slots generally mean RONs in LHR which means either expensive parking fees or inefficient use of aircraft. The departure slots during the 6 and 7 a...

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by N717TW
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 86
Views: 14708

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

[ Too bad Delta doesn't have any 787-8 aircraft coming given that it would be perfect for opening a J-heavy ULH route. I'm still not sure why Delta would "need" a 787 - at least in the context of Asia, specifically. Sure, it would probably be helpful in some of the longer and/or thinner ma...

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by N717TW
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22086

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

The thought of allowing any single airline to effectively control every gate at an airport should make everyone shudder. It's already too concentrated. WN would be arguing the opposite if we were talking about LGA or DCA. And then there's Porter who absolutely dominate CYTZ, the downtown airport in...

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by N717TW
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 86
Views: 14708

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

As predicted. And I continue to expect further reductions in Japan beach capacity to come - these markets are simply no longer strategically important anymore to Delta in the way that they used to be, especially back in the Northwest NRT hub days. Hawaii and Micronesia beach routes were central to ...

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by N717TW
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Future Expansion
Replies: 516
Views: 58597

Re: DL Future Expansion

Regarding expansion, there is one contraction: NRT-GUM is being cancelled. Internal website only so far. Interesting. I'll look forward to seeing the public confirmation - but if true, I can't say I'm particularly surprised. I've long expected that as Delta's overall presence in Japan has continued...

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by N717TW
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 12337

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

Aer Lingus this week announced something similar in response to WOW & Norwegian from Dublin. Basic transatlantic fares where you'll have to pay for headphones, blankets, checked bags etc. There is no doubt that people are being attracted by low cost transatlantic carriers. Headline fares of und...

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by N717TW
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL add IND-CDG
Replies: 223
Views: 24795

Re: DL add IND-CDG

Agreed. It is much more likely that IND-CDG will drain from drivers that go into ORD, where service to Europe is much more plenty and competition keeps fares very attractive. Virtually no one drives 8+ hours round trip (in Chicago traffic) to take a more expensive non-stop flight, when they can con...

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by N717TW
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?
Replies: 28
Views: 7966

Re: Why does DL fly EWR-AMS/CDG?

People are reading too much into this. It is very simple: Delta has metal neutrality with KLM and Air France. It flies these routes in place of those airlines, neither of which serve Newark. Correct + EWR is a big destination and DL connects most of its hubs (ATL, DTW, MSP, SLC) plus the RDU focus ...

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by N717TW
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New MCI Single Terminal Proposal
Replies: 91
Views: 12960

Re: New MCI Single Terminal Proposal

MCI could be like a DXB within the US. It could ripe for an airline starting with A380s changing planes between LAX & SFO, JFK & BOS, dumping seats and prices. Only with a new terminal though. This is being Ironic, right? That was the original plan...747s would come from around the country ...

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by N717TW
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New MCI Single Terminal Proposal
Replies: 91
Views: 12960

Re: New MCI Single Terminal Proposal

MCI could be like a DXB within the US. It could ripe for an airline starting with A380s changing planes between LAX & SFO, JFK & BOS, dumping seats and prices. Only with a new terminal though. This is being Ironic, right? That was the original plan...747s would come from around the country ...

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by N717TW
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19672

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

I was under the impression that DL and AZ are as close to being frenemies as possible in the airline world. That AZ's US routes are actually the primary source of said INTL profitability but every time AZ attempts to add capacity DL swats it down citing the capacity formula and controls--given that ...

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by N717TW
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 83
Views: 19672

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

LupineChemist wrote:
MalevTU134 wrote:
UltimoTiger777 wrote:
TN and AF are examples of EU airlines with 5th freedom flights via the US on their CDG-LAX-PPT flights.


That's not 5th freedom. PPT is France.


Correct, but AF's MA-PAP is a 5th freedom flight that tags on from FDF or PDP to PAP and then MIA.

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by N717TW
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU
Replies: 180
Views: 22317

Re: AirFrance/KLM buys significant stake in VS and extends partnership with DL/MU

I always wondered what DL/Skyteam saw in VS. They barely add any cities to the SkyTeam-network they don't already serve. Is it just for the London O&D market? That's exactly what VS adds to DL and now to the AF/KL network. Think of it from this way: from a number of major out markets (particula...

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by N717TW
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Dead In North America?
Replies: 69
Views: 27017

Re: A350 Dead In North America?

Never subscribed to that point of view. Most airlines will just order what they need, regardless whether it says Boeing or Airbus, they mostly are a business and are in there to make money. I used to subscribe to that view as well, but have found this to not be quite that black and white. Quite a f...

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by N717TW
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation
Replies: 64
Views: 11253

Re: AF/KL Managers Have No Confidence In Future Of Cooperation

If you merge you need to really merge. One management, one organisation and in the end one brand. Everything should be AF today and it should be run from Paris. Not sure about the Paris part but I completely agree with this otherwise. These two airlines have never really merged even through they ha...

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by N717TW
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?
Replies: 72
Views: 13882

Re: Is DL slowing down their SEA expansion?

They're simply a replacement for their DC-9's....I mean 717's. Besides sipping less fuel I don't see why they'd be any game changer. Seriously? Because they are far more efficient with substantially more range. The only thing similar to a 717 is size. :checkmark: Besides, the 717 isn't being replac...

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by N717TW
Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Pas get $100 Vouchers for getting soaked with water
Replies: 30
Views: 6398

Re: DL Pas get $100 Vouchers for getting soaked with water

My sense is that basic customer service issues get $50 or $100 certificates almost pro forma without many questions asked. Several years ago everyone on our flight got $50 cash (via a gift card printed on ticket stock) and $100 certificate after a rather intoxicated passenger attempted to open the d...

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by N717TW
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 172543

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

I just booked a ticket yesterday for a 2 day July trip; J was consistently selling across most routings for about 3X what Y was selling for. But the airfares are exactly what you would expect in a newly competitive, 4-way race on a higher-profile route. I will admit to those above that this is a &qu...

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by N717TW
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former DL/NW CEO to run Amtrak
Replies: 2
Views: 735

Former DL/NW CEO to run Amtrak

While not airline news per se, it is related and has impact: Delta's former CEO, Richard Anderson, will become the CEO of the National Passenger Rail Corp (aka Amtrak) this summer. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/06/26/amtrak-names-new-chief-executive/?utm_term=.0df7b6c0549a ...

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by N717TW
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 172543

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

Delta announced the SFO flights yesterday: http://news.delta.com/delta-launches-bos-sfo-route-delta-one-cabin-enhanced-amenities I've been curious about the gate usage - the morning flight should be easier to accomodate and used A17 this morning. The late afternoon (4:00) flight also used Gate A17....

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by N717TW
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 609
Views: 72375

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Does this increase or lessen the chances that SOMEONE will do BOS nonstop (since Korean used to be there and DL is flexing its muscles at Logan). yes, reasonably likely to be announced in the next 12 to 18 months but probably on KE. Ed himself told BOS employees this spring that it'll happen (take ...

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by N717TW
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018
Replies: 142
Views: 21067

Re: Delta Ending PHL-LHR on March 23, 2018

As commavia suggested, this was expected. DL started PHL-LHR in 2014 after the AA/US merger required the latter to divest a LHR slot. The terms were that DL had to operate the flight for 6 IATA seasons (3 years), after which they could redeploy the slot on a route of their selection. Ergo... Anyone...

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by N717TW
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen
Replies: 54
Views: 8411

Re: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen

US Air merged with AMR, but in a lot of ways, while US Air took AMR's name, it was the surviving carrier. AMR had just come out of bankruptcy. I think all three major mergers actually played out that way. CO/UA was very much Continental d/b/a United while the new Delta felt a lot like Northwest. If...

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by N717TW
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?
Replies: 105
Views: 15148

Re: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?

EWR is a great hub and DL and AA would give their left arm/leg/whatever to trade their NYC operations for it. Unlike the split operations at JFK/LGA, it is a true omnidirectional hub. While it's not a "superhub" in the family of ATL or DFW, it is an enormous and powerful (and profitable) h...

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by N717TW
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American carriers with foreign crew bases?
Replies: 26
Views: 5972

Re: American carriers with foreign crew bases?

From time to time you might find an overseas domicile PA hold-over on a DL flight (although its been a while since I have experienced it myself). PA used to have a WAW base (which is really odd and I still don't fully understand) for the Eastern European flying from the FRA hub. When DL shut down th...

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by N717TW
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards
Replies: 54
Views: 9971

Re: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards

Its a great bag and in the long run will save UA money. This is exactly what DL gave me when I passed my last million miles but I haven't used it that much because my 9 year old Tumi bag is still holding up like a pro.

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by N717TW
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE
Replies: 56
Views: 13942

Re: Alitalia's 9th life: announcing LAX, DEL, MLE

Wasn't LH Expansion part of the original plan? Cut short haul and expand into the more profitable long haul? Maybe the adminstration found something in that pile of junk that keeps on flying. Maybe ninth time is the charm But a long-haul-only or mostly-long-haul airline doesn't historically work fo...

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by N717TW
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?
Replies: 148
Views: 17430

Re: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?

I can guarantee you that the reason Delta uses 767's on TPAC routes out of SEA has nothing to do with the international arrivals facilities at SEA. If DL thought they could make money using larger aircraft they absolutely would. Last summer NRT was operated with a 747 and HKG was a 777 for a bit. I...

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by N717TW
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?
Replies: 148
Views: 17430

Re: Should Delta Add More Trans-Pacific Flights Out of Seattle?

Delta uses small aircraft because the 767 can cross the Pacific and the international arrivals facilities cannot support larger aircraft. The philosophy is similar to CO starting routes from EWR using 757s even though many are now on larger aircraft. Pilots say that SEA-HKG is moving to the 777 nex...

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by N717TW
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Sues Union Station Over Delta Airlines Ads
Replies: 13
Views: 2200

Re: Amtrak Sues Union Station Over Delta Airlines Ads

The same could be said for BOS-NYC. There remains a hardcore of passengers who will take a plane over the train, but really, the train beats the plane hands down. More room, no having to wait around in an airport and negotiate security. You can just kick back, relax and watch the world go by. For t...

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by N717TW
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak Sues Union Station Over Delta Airlines Ads
Replies: 13
Views: 2200

Re: Amtrak Sues Union Station Over Delta Airlines Ads

Amtrak is saving DL from itself. What a waste of advertising money. Why would anyone fly between D.C. and NYC anymore? The same could be said for BOS-NYC. There remains a hardcore of passengers who will take a plane over the train, but really, the train beats the plane hands down. More room, no hav...

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by N717TW
Wed May 31, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston aviation - 2017
Replies: 1559
Views: 172543

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

MXP can be reached with a 757 while FCO would require a 767 or larger (or a severely weight restricted 757). And a severely weight restricted 757 into FCO would be a waste. That said I'm not as convinced that DL would enter the market. Right now it's a no-brainer but that "no-brainer" stat...

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by N717TW
Tue May 30, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to reverse Obama's Cuba policies?
Replies: 18
Views: 3510

Re: Trump to reverse Obama's Cuba policies?

Whatever your politics on this, preventing people from traveling anyplace would be a shame. Allowing for increased interaction between societies tends to open doors more, end hostilities and allow for more freedoms, more commerce and less hostilities. Plus the U.S. has had a general policy towards f...

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by N717TW
Mon May 22, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787
Replies: 56
Views: 14070

Re: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787

I would argue that this announcement and the fact that Mr. Trump was there is connected and whole thing is very political. The White House's press office had communicated that "creating American jobs" was part of the trip, a number of execs (Boeing, GE, etc.) were on AF1 with him, and thi...

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