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by N717TW
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New MCI Single Terminal Proposal
Replies: 90
Views: 10650

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: 76
Views: 15627

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: 76
Views: 15627

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: 20563

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: 20451

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: 10586

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: 13351

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: 6074

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 - Part 13
Replies: 978
Views: 99491

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: 682

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 - Part 13
Replies: 978
Views: 99491

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: 496
Views: 51725

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: 19278

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: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen
Replies: 52
Views: 6562

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: 14391

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: 4920

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: 9340

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: 13368

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: 16426

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: 16426

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: 2007

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: 2007

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 - Part 13
Replies: 978
Views: 99491

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: 3334

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: 13451

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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by N717TW
Sun May 21, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787
Replies: 56
Views: 13451

Re: Saudi Gulf to buy B777 and B787

Please keep politics out of this thread. Since Trump is in Saudi Arabia and the announcement was made in his presence, and no mention of politics was made and it is not political. If you are asking others not to turn this thread political, that is one thing. If, on the other hand, this is an exampl...

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by N717TW
Sat May 20, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France to cut KLM growth
Replies: 49
Views: 10863

Re: Air France to cut KLM growth

I just don't understand the infatuation the European legacy holding companies have with brands. I get the strong brand and national identity that AF/BA/IB/KL/LH and LX although it was SR have but I really don't understand the the need to have so many brands that are doing nearly the exact same thing...

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by N717TW
Sat May 13, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 496
Views: 51725

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Goodness this thread got testy rather quickly..... Once the JV takes over there will be a lot of shifting of metal around to match up with demand. There will several rounds of analysis that the operation as a whole takes into account. The first round is: 1. What is the division of equity in the alli...

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by N717TW
Fri May 12, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning
Replies: 62
Views: 8188

Re: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning

Let's see, there's still CEF, EWB, LWM, and BED. The runway at PVC is too short. (And yes, I'm kidding.) Maybe PSF too for the Berkshire/Williams College/Tanglewood crowd from NYC! All jokes aside, PVC actually could justify some seasonal summer demand on B6 from JFK. I thought the E90 had decent S...

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by N717TW
Fri May 12, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 496
Views: 51725

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Because they have found value in the loyalty schemes. What HVCs (in any appreciable quantity) are going to fly thousands of miles out of their way just to get loyalty scheme points that devalue by the day? We're talking about the kind of people for whom time is everything, not FlyerTalkers. That on...

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by N717TW
Fri May 12, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 496
Views: 51725

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

which would draw from both the eastern half Like who, other than low fare seekers or contracted pax? http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gcmap?PATH=BOS-SEA-KIX,BOS-HND-KIX&PATH-COLOR=red Why would anyone from the likes of NYC/BOS connect to KIX via SEA when they can connect in Asia, save hundreds of mil...

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by N717TW
Fri May 12, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning
Replies: 62
Views: 8188

Re: Interview With JetBlue Head of Network Planning

Varsity1 wrote:
I'd like to see new midcon stations.

MCI/STL/MSP


Don't they have to add some more tiny cities in Mass. before they can add another midwest city?!!? For a long time they flew to more cities in Massachusetts than all of the central time zone.

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by N717TW
Fri May 12, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 30061

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Does this mean they've seen MoM and don't care? They probably still care, but the MoM is years away and the 321 is available now to take care of their needs/requirements. The MOM, based on all press accounts, is a different jet for DL than the 321. Its a 767 and long-haul 757 replacement. The A321 ...

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by N717TW
Thu May 11, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 409
Views: 106502

Re: B6 to move to T5 in LAX, ticket counter and lobby re-design to follow

"JetBlue’s arrival in Terminal 5 comes after Los Angeles World Airports’ previous investments in terminal upgrades. With more than a half million square feet of space, the terminal underwent a three-year modernization project – completed in mid-2015 – resulting in spacious gate areas, expanded...

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by N717TW
Thu May 11, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s
Replies: 166
Views: 30061

Re: Delta Air Lines orders 30 additional A321s

Bye bye some 757s? Replacement for "older domestic-gauge aircraft" which does sound like 757s. It's too early to park 737-800s. Of course, the MD-80s are on the way out, so I suspect the A321 will be part of the overall shuffle. DL has been doing a combination of 757 replacement and incre...

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by N717TW
Thu May 11, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 409
Views: 106502

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

Planned bus routes to facilite connections for DL and other airlines on the move http://content.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/where-we-fly/destinations/featured-locations/flights-from-los-angeles-lax-airport/lax-new-terminal.damAsset.20170426T1627157560400.html/content/dam/delta-www...

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by N717TW
Wed May 10, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 348
Views: 76213

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Does anyone know the status of the fleet ownership? If Alitalia does finally go the wall, I wonder how much of an opportunity of there will be for other airlines to buy aircraft, perhaps LEVEL could pick up some planes to start their Italian operations on the cheap? :D At least half of the widebodi...

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by N717TW
Tue May 09, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 348
Views: 76213

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

It is not a management problem, but more a political problem. The actual economic powerhouse is Milan, but air traffic in Milan is made complicated by the two airports Malpensa and Linate. Linate is the preferred option for regional or intra-european flights as it is much closer to the city, but on...

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by N717TW
Tue May 09, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub
Replies: 78
Views: 20216

Re: Emirates CEO: 115 A380s is ‘absolute’ limit for Dubai hub

Why not build a new Concourse? Problem solved. :D no need. Just add more connecting banks. DXB is more or less the world's best example of a connecting hub airport, so its all about creating times to connect flights rather than meeting local traffic--plus its a 24 hour airport. Correct me if I'm wr...

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by N717TW
Mon May 08, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?
Replies: 41
Views: 5096

Re: With the new KE codeshares, will DL drop SEA-NRT-SIN?

Not that this means DL won't end service on their own to SIN, but DL houses many of their pacific operation facilities at SIN. DL can clearly operates res centers in cities where they don't have airline operations (pretty sure the South Africa call center operated before JNB started) so its possible...

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by N717TW
Fri May 05, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?
Replies: 53
Views: 5819

Re: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?

Its hard to say the 747 worked "well" for US Airlines. Foreign carriers, unlike the US carriers, tend to have a much more focused networks where they are able to funnel traffic through a single strong hub (think LHR for BA, CDG for AF, NRT for JL, etc.) and could use the 747 on trunk route...

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by N717TW
Fri May 05, 2017 2:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where is the longest and shortest jetway?
Replies: 30
Views: 5828

Re: Where is the longest and shortest jetway?

are those "telescoping" connectors on the banjo at DCA still in use? I remember them the first time I flew into DCA on a Northwest Orient flight from BOS. They were 8 feet long at most. The gates on the rotundas in the told National Sundrome/TWA Terminal B/Terminal 6 were similarly short. ...

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by N717TW
Wed May 03, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 348
Views: 76213

Re: Alitalia to be facing bankrupcy

Ok, so greater than 50% are stupid. It is worth celebrating when the unions run the asylum. This is all backwards. Management should be in charge and run the company as they see fit to be profitable and return money to shareholders. I don't disagree the unions shouldn't have this power and have lon...

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by N717TW
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 261
Views: 30175

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

I think the problem is more one of saving the seats for elites who do not ultimately book. Well, again, that may be the perception of a single traveler with experience in a single city pair that is interacting with a hub that handles traffic flow across thousands of city pairs on a daily basis. And...

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by N717TW
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 261
Views: 30175

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Sitting in F is not a right. Good grief. this. just like award space if people are willing to pay why should the airline give it out for free? they are a business That's because everyone feels entitled these days. F Is not a right. It's a perk when not sold out. I am curious how many would be less ...

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by N717TW
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 261
Views: 30175

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Sitting in F is not a right. Good grief. this. just like award space if people are willing to pay why should the airline give it out for free? they are a business Exactly! F fares are lower than they used to be, but still enough to make a premium for the airline. More people are willing to pay for ...

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by N717TW
Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea
Replies: 27
Views: 4371

Re: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea

If an actual war breaks out, connecting in ICN is the least of anyone's worries. Let's just say there won't be much passenger traffic crossing the Pacific, be it to Korea, Japan or the PRC if there is a war going on with a potentially nuclear power.

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by N717TW
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 978
Views: 99491

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

He says they want exclusive use of Terminal A and wants to expand BOS flights by 50% - up to 150 flights a day. Will happen over the next couple of years. That's going to be a lot of turns per gate; I'm not sure Terminal A can handle 150 departures unless there are going to be a lot of small RJs. D...

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by N717TW
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 348
Views: 76213

Re: AZ staff votes against cuts

The airline's routes should be put up for sale with the winner also acquiring the leases on aircraft. The routes have no value. If a european carrier wanted to open up on the same routes, I don't think there is anything to stop them under EU open skies. Given AZ's financial struggles, the aircraft ...

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by N717TW
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boston Aviation - Part 13
Replies: 978
Views: 99491

Re: Boston Aviation - Part 13

He says they want exclusive use of Terminal A and wants to expand BOS flights by 50% - up to 150 flights a day. Will happen over the next couple of years. That's going to be a lot of turns per gate; I'm not sure Terminal A can handle 150 departures unless there are going to be a lot of small RJs. D...

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