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by Ionosphere
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tran: What would it be like today?
Replies: 55
Views: 6546

Re: Air Tran: What would it be like today?

Wasn't the OO flying some sort of joint venture? I flew on those flights from MKE to STL & PIT. All the planes wore the OO house colors and had FL branded snacks.

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by Ionosphere
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will UA ever relaunch the RTW flight?
Replies: 37
Views: 4099

Re: Will UA ever relaunch the RTW flight?

jaxfss wrote:
Didn't TWA have a RTW flight at one time.


TWA started a RTW flight in August 1969, Los Angeles-Guam-Okinawa-Taipei-Hong Kong-Bangkok-Bombay-Tel Aviv-Athens-Zurich-Frankfurt-New York City

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by Ionosphere
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air New Zealand ZK-OJO NZ898 MEL - CHC | 2018 Photos and Videos
Replies: 4
Views: 2327

Re: Air New Zealand ZK-OJO NZ898 MEL - CHC | 2018 Photos and Videos

It's amazing how much the service levels have changed. I flew QF CHC-SYD in 2004 on a 763 with printed menus and a choice of two hot meals (Lamb or Pasta) in Y.

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by Ionosphere
Sat Sep 29, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA New Uniforms Revealed
Replies: 80
Views: 8356

Re: AA New Uniforms Revealed

The scarves are awful. They look trashy and unprofessional. I don't know why they kept the dress with all the buttons on it. I don't think it's very flattering for any body type.

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by Ionosphere
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PSA 182 40th Anniversary 9/25/2018
Replies: 23
Views: 3091

Re: PSA 182 40th Anniversary 9/25/2018

Working Crew 
of PSA 182 Captain James McFeron First Officer Robert Fox Flight Engineer Martin Wahne Flight Attendant Karen Borzewski Flight Attendant Kate Fons Flight Attendant Deborah McCarthy Flight Attendant Dee Young Employees traveling as Passengers Captain Jimmie Kelly Captain Spencer Nelson ...

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by Ionosphere
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Int'l Bases of US3
Replies: 20
Views: 3252

Re: Int'l Bases of US3

DL has FA bases in MNL, NRT, PVG. DL has closed a lot of the Asian bases they inherited from NW. Some of the former bases include BKK, TPE, SIN.

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by Ionosphere
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Ending YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR
Replies: 54
Views: 6073

Re: Air Canada Ending YYZ-MDT/ROC/SYR

YYZ-PVD started out on the Dash 8 on Air Ontario circa 1998. It eventually became a Beechcraft 1900 before being cut in 2013. The route was restarted this year seasonally on the CRJ.

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by Ionosphere
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did UA dehub MIA?
Replies: 68
Views: 9053

Re: Why did UA dehub MIA?

It made more sense for UA to switch those flights to IAD & ORD. MIA was really more of a focus city than anything. The bankruptcy saw FA bases close in MIA, PHL, EWR, & CDG.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When did CO drop FAR?
Replies: 13
Views: 1857

Re: When did CO drop FAR?

I may be a little off on my timing but when CO restarted the FL network out of DEN, it was operated on Frontier's certificate. Essentially FL was operating as a standalone carrier except the branding was CO. Slowly CO started moving out FL aircraft from Denver and using CO metal - like the DC9 that...

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by Ionosphere
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?
Replies: 95
Views: 8286

Re: How much did aviation really change after 9/11?

Domestic Y in the U.S. prior to 9/11 - Free bags - Free assigned seats (including exit row) - Quick & easy security (arriving 45mins prior to departure with bags was normal) - Having family and friends not traveling go to the gate with you - Boarding an empty mainline aircraft - Extra Flight Att...

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by Ionosphere
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: A trip through Middle Earth (AKL, WLG, ZQN, CHC on NZ and SQ)
Replies: 16
Views: 3468

Re: A trip through Middle Earth (AKL, WLG, ZQN, CHC on NZ and SQ)

ANZ looks like they have a great Y product. I'm surprised to see ANZ having anything to do with Antarctica.

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by Ionosphere
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Terminal at JFK?
Replies: 11
Views: 1588

Re: Northwest Airlines Terminal at JFK?

What terminal did NW use for its JFK-NRT/AMS and JFK-DTW/MSP routes? Was Terminal 4 used for DTW/MSP Flights? yes, all NW flights just before the merger were at T4. I don't think it was a dedicated baggage claim, they just happened to be one of the only one flying domestic flights. Sun Country prob...

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by Ionosphere
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Terminal at JFK?
Replies: 11
Views: 1588

Re: Northwest Airlines Terminal at JFK?

NW was using T4 during the '90's up to the DL merger for all flights, Domestic & International.

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by Ionosphere
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS
Replies: 125
Views: 14841

Re: United Announces EWR-PRG, EWR-NAP, SFO-AMS

SCQ83 wrote:
Btw, this means Prague will have the three US carriers flying there (at least in summer). I don't think this is the case for many other cities in former Eastern Europe.


DL had a monopoly on PRG for a very long time

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by Ionosphere
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus to East Asia - will it happen?
Replies: 28
Views: 3000

Re: Aer Lingus to East Asia - will it happen?

Aer Lingus briefly served DXB around 2006

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by Ionosphere
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest CRJ2 routes
Replies: 91
Views: 8560

Re: Longest CRJ2 routes

NW circa 2002 flew MSP-PVD on the CR2, 1,117 miles

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by Ionosphere
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA
Replies: 98
Views: 15126

Re: E170 declares emergency after air Marshall shows firearm to FA

I've worked both as an agent and as a FA. I always knew who the marshals were and where they were seated.

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by Ionosphere
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Aer Lingus leasing Omni Air Int'l aircraft?
Replies: 6
Views: 1856

Re: Is Aer Lingus leasing Omni Air Int'l aircraft?

capejet wrote:
So how does that work? Is it still EI pilots and flight attendants who worked the SNN-BOS flights?


In the past it's been all Omni crew. I think there may have been an EI FA onboard but not sure about that.

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by Ionosphere
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Spotting at SFO + Virgin America (not yet Alaska!) A320 SFO-AUS, April 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: Spotting at SFO + Virgin America (not yet Alaska!) A320 SFO-AUS, April 2018

I really don't see the point of doing a trip report if you don't include a picture of the inflight service.

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by Ionosphere
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger takes video of JFK bag smasher
Replies: 67
Views: 12902

Re: Passenger takes video of JFK bag smasher

It's precious the traveling public thinks their bags are treated like a piece of fine crystal. It's a suitcase it's designed to take the abuse. The baggage system swats the bag onto the right belt. The jetway baggage slide is poorly designed. Bags will pile up and fall off. Sometimes bags will just ...

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by Ionosphere
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Innovations in boarding???
Replies: 71
Views: 5500

Re: Innovations in boarding???

Three of four segments departed between 15-20 minutes late with people standing on the jetbridge or in the aisle of the plane as the minutes ticked away. I think you've also just had some bad luck. I've flown AA about every other week all summer long, and often everyone is seated ready to go 10-15 ...

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out
Replies: 35
Views: 4454

Re: Locations of ex-NW planes not yet parted out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neOBRDQDw1s


Does anyone know why that plane has Pan Am seats in it? It's such a shame that those seats are rotting away inside that plane.
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rexchase12 wrote:
Perhaps this is the incident that lead to the security changes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neOBRDQDw1s


Does anyone know why that plane has Pan Am seats in it? It's such a shame that those seats are rotting away inside that plane.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Switch to Contractor at MSP Becomes Disaster
Replies: 97
Views: 12118

Re: Sun Country Switch to Contractor at MSP Becomes Disaster

I hope for the remaining employees sake a real airline buys them

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by Ionosphere
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did DL's order for the A-220 signal the end of the 717?
Replies: 51
Views: 11350

Re: Did DL's order for the A-220 signal the end of the 717?

I though DC9-30s were repainted in DL colors The DC9-50s flew long enough for some repainting. The 30s and 40s were parked too quickly I think. However, airfleets.net doesn't include the DC9s under Delta or Northwest. https://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/01/07/delta-final-dc-9-flight/4...

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by Ionosphere
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Rage Incidents - Are Airlines & TSA Partly To Blame?
Replies: 12
Views: 1463

Re: Air Rage Incidents - Are Airlines & TSA Partly To Blame?

Before 9/11 air rage was the the hot topic of the day. It's always been a problem.

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest to South America
Replies: 32
Views: 3846

Re: Northwest to South America

Max Q wrote:
I always liked the ‘Northwest Orient’
name, dropping it to just NW was a mistake

Not sure what they were thinking


Asians consider the word Orient offensive. It evokes colonial rule to them.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest to South America
Replies: 32
Views: 3846

Re: Northwest to South America

I believe it was MSP-LIR which is still flown seasonly by DL

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by Ionosphere
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)
Replies: 51
Views: 9465

Re: What are Sully and Skiles doing now? (2018)

The three Charlotte based Flight Attendants were Donna Dent, Sheila Dail, and Doreen Welsh.

Doreen was seriously injured and never flew again as a FA. I believe either Sheila or Donna has recently retired.

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by Ionosphere
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where will the new World Airways be based?
Replies: 35
Views: 5457

Re: Where will the new World Airways be based?

I thought I read they wanted to fly out of MIA?

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont airlines Dash 8 documentary just released
Replies: 24
Views: 4267

Re: Piedmont airlines Dash 8 documentary just released

Not only on American Eagle, but also on United Express and Delta Connection. End of an era. Delta Connection: Mesaba retired the Saab in 2011/2012ish United Express: CommutAir retired their last Dash in January Correct for the 50 U.S. states, but weren't Cape Air's ATR-42 operations in GUM the last...

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Great breakfast in First Class on the American Airlines A321 from Denver to Charlotte
Replies: 13
Views: 7923

Re: Great breakfast in First Class on the American Airlines A321 from Denver to Charlotte

I had basically that same breakfast on a US 757 PHX-PHL in 2001 in Y.

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 5883

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

Really wonder why? No advance seat assignments, cattle car "get in numerical order" boarding, no IFE … silly tacky acting crews .. .ugly livery ... so why ? JetBlue is vastly superior. And more professional. The 77,000 people who took the survey seem to disagree with you. Those are probab...

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by Ionosphere
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont airlines Dash 8 documentary just released
Replies: 24
Views: 4267

Re: Piedmont airlines Dash 8 documentary just released

Interesting. Thank you. I enjoyed watching it. Does that mean that at this point there are no more propeller aircraft at American Eagle? I have never been on a Dash-8 but I'm sure it was a nice airplane to fly on. Not only on American Eagle, but also on United Express and Delta Connection. End of a...

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by Ionosphere
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand
Replies: 75
Views: 5883

Re: Southwest is America's favorite 'value airline' brand

I really don't find Southwest to be any cheaper than the legacies. It seems often they're more expensive than a legacy.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!
Replies: 12
Views: 2689

Re: Delta Airlines Museum Atlanta with a special surprise. Got to see Ed Bastian at the museum!

Did you go to the gift store? They used to have the best vintage stuff there and cheap. I bought a Western Airlines cup & saucer for $3. The gift store used to be inside part of an L-1011.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What were the specifics of American's 2011 order for 460 Airbus jets?
Replies: 28
Views: 7476

Re: What were the specifics of American's 2011 order for 460 Airbus jets?

I've heard the reason why US went all Airbus was the crash of USAir 427. There was some animosity between USAir mgmt & Boeing regarding the crash.

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by Ionosphere
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Pan AM have flown some in state domestic routes
Replies: 60
Views: 5390

Re: Could Pan AM have flown some in state domestic routes

Pan Am briefly flew 737's between LAX and SAN. Braniff DID allow passengers to fly just LAX to SFO because I took the flight a couple of different times just to fly Braniff. The flight originated in Ecuador and then nonstop to LAX and on to SFO. Pan Am didn't fly the 737 until deregulation and Bran...

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by Ionosphere
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New Flight Attendant with US Green Card/Permanent Resident
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: New Flight Attendant with US Green Card/Permanent Resident

a318 wrote:
A great resource for you is the page “Flight Attendant Career Connection” on Facebook. Have fun!


That group is a joke among flight attendants.

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by Ionosphere
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Fun flying Dublin to Chicago on the American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Main Cabin Extra
Replies: 7
Views: 6484

Re: Fun flying Dublin to Chicago on the American Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Main Cabin Extra

I remember AA used to serve a personal pan pizza as the arrival snack. I had it on CDG-JFK in 2001 on a 762 and the daytime BOS-LHR on a 772 in 2006.

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by Ionosphere
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018
Replies: 35
Views: 5528

Re: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018

Last Mainline with regional prop service

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regional Crew bases at non-hubs
Replies: 24
Views: 3007

Re: Regional Crew bases at non-hubs

KMCOFlyer wrote:
Dosen’t G7 have a base in STL?


G7 is headquartered in STL along with the rest of Trans States Holdings (Trans States & Compass)

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by Ionosphere
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Info on South Pacific Airlines ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: Info on South Pacific Airlines ?

ridgid727 wrote:
Ionosphere wrote:
juliuswong wrote:
. South Pacific was also an airline that flew 707s out of HNL in the '80's.


Wasn't that "South Pacific Island Airways?"


Their actual aircraft were branded as South Pacific.

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by Ionosphere
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Info on South Pacific Airlines ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1122

Re: Info on South Pacific Airlines ?

I was googling for more information this morning too. Isn't VS short of capacity recently due to 787 grounding? This was compensated with A332 induction. Not a good name to start an airline TBH..... Wasn't there a "Snake in Plane"type movie which also used "South Pacific Airlines&quo...

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 103 Departure Gate?
Replies: 8
Views: 2660

Re: Pan Am 103 Departure Gate?

Rudenko wrote:
I have quite a few photos of this gate, but unfortunately I have no idea how to upload them onto this post?


I'd love to see them

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by Ionosphere
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 103 Departure Gate?
Replies: 8
Views: 2660

Re: Pan Am 103 Departure Gate?

LAXLHR wrote:
NateGreat wrote:
Which gate at London Heathrow did Pan Am Flight 103 depart from?


Curious why you ask?

LOT's of creepy ghost stories stem from that flight. Agents hated working that gate for years!


What did they experience?

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: United's New B767-300ER Polaris Business Class, GRU-IAD
Replies: 7
Views: 5955

Re: United's New B767-300ER Polaris Business Class, GRU-IAD

Polaris looks like a great hard product. Hopefully it'll be implemented faster now.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?
Replies: 104
Views: 13098

Re: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?

DL cut JFK-NRT on October 6, 2016. It was operated by a 777 at that time.

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by Ionosphere
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?
Replies: 104
Views: 13098

Re: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?

DL last flew JFK-NRT on the 744, and cut it as they started dismantling connecting traffic out of NRT. Am prepared to be wrong here but haven't DL operated JFK-NRT more recently with a 777? As in within the last year or so? I live near JFK and am sure I've seen a 777 heading to NRT, maybe a 12.30pm...

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by Ionosphere
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot's last flight
Replies: 46
Views: 4489

Re: Pilot's last flight

I remember flying STL-PIT on a US Airways DC-9 in 2000. The Captain retired when we landed in Pittsburgh. His family was onboard. The son passed out donuts to all the passengers. We got a water cannon solute on arrival. There was a group of flight attendant trainees onboard doing a training flight.

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