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by ckfred
Mon May 22, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would AA have succeeded at RDU but for BNA
Replies: 14
Views: 2517

Re: Would AA have succeeded at RDU but for BNA

There are several issues that made both the BNA and RDU hubs less than successful for AA. First is the fact that AA was trying to break into the Southeast against carriers that had been in the region much longer. DL had been the dominant carrier in the region long before deregulation. To add to the ...

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by ckfred
Mon May 15, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official US Domestic (ex HI) Widebody thread 2017
Replies: 110
Views: 7687

Re: Wide body service in the US

AA used to fly 772s on ORD-DFW. They've also flown 772s on ORD-MIA, especially around spring break.

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by ckfred
Tue May 09, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 256
Views: 27588

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Let's look at it this way. If AA were to give all 16 F seats in the current configuration as upgrades to AAdvantage elites, that is still 16 seats in Y that get sold, above the actual seat count. I'm curious as to who actually buys first class tickets. Most people I know who fly for business can't ...

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by ckfred
Wed May 03, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 256
Views: 27588

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Let's look at it this way. If AA were to give all 16 F seats in the current configuration as upgrades to AAdvantage elites, that is still 16 seats in Y that get sold, above the actual seat count. I'm curious as to who actually buys first class tickets. Most people I know who fly for business can't b...

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by ckfred
Wed May 03, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US lawmakers grill airline execs on customer service, but want airlines to self-regulate
Replies: 52
Views: 3952

Re: US lawmakers grill airline execs on customer service, but want airlines to self-regulate

The problem with the airline industry is that many, many people view air travel as a commodity. The driving choice is price, followed by the schedule. And for many business travelers, the choice is made by the company. My wife's current employer requires her to fly UA. Her prior employer also requir...

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by ckfred
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement
Replies: 104
Views: 12827

Re: United and Dr. Dao reach settlement

[quote="Okie"]No indication of if or when the City of Chicago is going to settle with the "security guards" bashing Dr. Dao's face and knocking his teeth out at United's directions. More still to come I am thinking. Okie Apparently, the City of Chicago won't be on the hook at all...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Terminal 7 Refresh Revealed
Replies: 16
Views: 3689

Re: JFK Terminal 7 Refresh Revealed

It's a joke that they are not connecting 7 and 8 behind security literally this. it's a massive pain connecting AA-BA/IB and if they really are moving AS/VX there (what's wrong with staying in T8?!) that's going to be a massive pain for their customers to connect to AA's international banks if DL c...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?
Replies: 79
Views: 9858

Re: Why many flight attendant in the US are very not customer friendly?

Part of the problem is that there are a lot of older F/As. It wasn't until a flight in March of 2016 that I had an F/A on American who appeared to be under the age of 30. The last time I had an F/A that young on AA was in the late 1990s.

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.
Replies: 144
Views: 9696

Re: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.

Overbooking in itself is not the problem and there are advantages to it. There are no advantages for passengers because of overbooking. Unless you consider all the anxiety caused to passengers because of overbooking. Its another industry centric law that came into because of lobbying. Manny, the bi...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.
Replies: 144
Views: 9696

Re: Overbooking of Flights has become a major issue.

Pretty much the entire travel industry (airlines, hotels, rental cars) overbook, or there are changes to inventory that affect reservations. On my honeymoon, I had booked a convertible. When we walked up to the National counter, we learned that National no longer had convertibles in their inventory ...

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by ckfred
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat Law coming?
Replies: 167
Views: 20537

Re: Seat Law coming?

From what I've read, the problem that the some industry observers fear is that as seat pitch reduces, it may be harder to evacuate an aircraft in an emergency. If seat pitch in Y is 32", it should be fairly easy to get everyone off a plane in the maximum time set by the FAA. But, when you get r...

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by ckfred
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 19071

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

I saw someone, probably on CNBC, say that people thought the accelerator problem with Toyota and Lexus models would tarnish those brands for many years. Yet, Toyota sales in the U.S. and globally are still very strong. Despite the problems with their diesel engines, VW and its brands are still selli...

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by ckfred
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 19071

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

Pundits on various news shows, especially the financial news shows, say that people will still fly an airline based on a combination of schedule and price. Service tends to be very low on the list of criteria for selecting an airline. What may be of concern to UA is the matter of corporate contract...

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by ckfred
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26509

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

The term in retail is "loss leader." It's an item in which a store loses money, but it gets people in the door who often buy other items that carry far better margins. So, JFK was UA's loss leader. I'm sure most airlines have routes that do poorly, but they are flown in order to hold onto ...

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by ckfred
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it
Replies: 33
Views: 3948

Re: CAPA: We will have Uber & Airbnb of Aviation in next decade, but no one is preparing for it

Actually, you would be surprised how much information airlines have on their passengers. If you belong to an F/F program, that airline has information about you. If you are an elite member, the airline has a lot of information about you. I'm not sure that individuals who wanted to fly airplanes the ...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 19071

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

Pundits on various news shows, especially the financial news shows, say that people will still fly an airline based on a combination of schedule and price. Service tends to be very low on the list of criteria for selecting an airline. What may be of concern to UA is the matter of corporate contracts...

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by ckfred
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers Airbus orders as a means to winning French traffic rights
Replies: 15
Views: 3445

Re: China Airlines considers Airbus orders as a means to winning French traffic rights

Is this really new? Many believe that Bob Crandall ordered the A300s and the F100s, as a means of gaining favor with European governments and winning more traffic rights for AA, particularly for the ORD and DFW hubs.

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?
Replies: 45
Views: 4640

Re: Just how important is overbooking to airlines?

A friend of mine is an AA pilot. He can check a flight to see how full it is, when he want to fly non-rev. Some flights oversell by only a few seats. Some flights can oversell by nearly 100%. It depends on the day, time, and route. You can expect more overselling on a route heavy with business trave...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United passenger threatened with handcuffs to make room for 'higher-priority' traveler
Replies: 214
Views: 24282

Re: United passenger threatened with handcuffs to make room for 'higher-priority' traveler

Here is United's problem. They didn't ask for volunteers. An airline is obligated to ask for volunteers, before it denies boarding or removes a passenger who is already on the plane. United should have asked in anyone in First was willing to fly coach for X amount of money, vouchers, miles, or combi...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112708

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

I read the Chicago Tribune this morning. First, Dr. Dao is still in a Chicago-area hospital. Second, Dr. Dao has retained Chicago lawyer Thomas Demetrio of the law firm Corboy & Demetrio. Demetrio handles medical malpractice, personal injury, and aviation crash cases. He is one of the best perso...

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by ckfred
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112708

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

Before people forget this, the pressure should me mounted on DOT in framing/correcting the existing rules and make them more passenger friendly. Today its United and tomorrow it can be some other airline and one of us can be a victim. This. The USA needs an EU261 style regulation desperately. Right...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’
Replies: 50
Views: 3498

Re: Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’

I've read some opinion pieces in the WSJ, going back to a short time after the Boston Marathon bombing, about immigrants and ideology. One thing people have forgotten is that the U.S. used to vet immigrants from the Warsaw Pact countries, to insure that they understood that the U.S. believed in capi...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 15035

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

The reality is the Virgin name doesn't have the cache it did pre-internet music. Due to WN, it never had the underdog reputation nor rebel reputation in the USA. Out of curiosity, has any big name (Apple or another top brand) considered licensing it's name? AS will do well. SRB needs to find a new ...

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by ckfred
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The Laptop Ban A Subtle Way For The U.S To Rein In The ME3?
Replies: 40
Views: 3998

Re: Is The Laptop Ban A Subtle Way For The U.S To Rein In The ME3?

I read an article recently (I wish I could remember where), which suggested that the large electronics ban wasn't so much based on intelligence suggesting that terrorists would attempt to fly to the U.S. from the airports included in the ban, as it was based on assessments of airport security. While...

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by ckfred
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW
Replies: 89
Views: 12213

Re: OAG Changes 4/2/2017: AA Cuts JFK-SJU, HPN-MIA; AM Cuts IAH-MTY?; NK Cuts BWI-RSW

Interesting that while AA drops JFK-SJU, it keeps ORD-SJU. But, AA's only competition out of ORD is UA. Although, AA only has 1 R/T, while UA has 3 R/T.

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by ckfred
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 15035

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

As usual, the only ones likely to benefit from this will be the lawyers. Agreed. Sadly. At worst there will be a settlement payment required. But I don't like the "lawyer settlement" element that occurs in far too many situations nowadays. From patent trolls to "ADA lawyers" to ...

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by ckfred
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March
Replies: 96
Views: 16601

Re: 787-10 Inaugural Flight Friday 31st March

Will flight testing be carried out of the Charleston area, or will the plane eventually make its way to Paine Field?

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22270

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

I read a comment from Richard Branson about his disappointment with Alaska. Then, he commented that Virgin Atlantic is starting LHR-SEA. That reminded me that Virgin Atlantic has dropped LHR-ORD, again.

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by ckfred
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes
Replies: 97
Views: 12642

Re: UK-based airlines told to move to Europe after Brexit or lose major routes

One issue that the article didn't mention is travel to the U.K. from outside the EU. The EU has negotiated open skies agreements with various countries, including the U.S. It seems to me that if the U.K. doesn't remain within the EU for purposes of aviation treaties, then it will have to negotiate n...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 109
Views: 19460

Re: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"

I flew BA in premium Y back in 2015 on ORD-LHR. I was surprised that I had to pay for a seat assignment, when I booked in February for a July departure. I forgot when tier in BA's FF program got you free seat assignment, but AA AAdvantage Gold was not high enough to get a free seat assignment. At th...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10847

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

[quote="jumbojet" And there are plenty of folks that would take the 5 hour layover just to avoid the disaster that is UA and AA at ORD. Plus, if the price is right, DL will get folks to connect through SEA as opposed to non-stops on AA/UA out of ORD. You are more likely to get delayed on a...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 37330

Re: Royal Jordanian banning electronics in cabin on US flights

I think it was 2005 or 2006 that the U.K. banned almost all carry-ons for flights departing from any U.K. airport, and for all flights destined for a U.K. airport. British authorities were in the process of breaking up a terror plot that involved materials being combined in airplane cabins while alo...

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by ckfred
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10847

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

Folks...DL has major contracts with Seattle's major companies. ORD is a gaping omission on their route map from out here that was a hinderance to their corporate contracts. It's more about that, and the ever-increasing intra-NW/region connections via SEA that make the route work - than it is about ...

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by ckfred
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10847

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

How many more flights can DL add at ORD? When DL and NW merged, the issue was taht DL lacked enough gate space on L to take on the NW flights to its hubs. The NW gates on E weren't sufficient to accept all DL flights to its hubs. I know that US shifted its flying to Terminal 3, after US and AA start...

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?
Replies: 50
Views: 8454

Re: Are Four-holer jets done for good? If not, in what capacity can they make a comeback?

Airbus started the A380 program, because they believed that long-distance, international travel would be hub-to-hub, with connections on either end to smaller aircraft. For instance, Airbus probably believed that Star would fly A380s between ORD and FRA, with UA offering connections at ORD, and LH o...

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 170
Views: 12735

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

It used to make sense for smaller towns to have air service, back when airlines flew point-to-point. Getting on at a small town airport might mean one or two stops before reaching the large airport. But, it meant that several small towns had commercial air service. Years ago, Hughes Air West only fl...

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by ckfred
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU
Replies: 77
Views: 9923

Re: AA to set up $100mil Maintenance Center at GRU

Correct me, if I'm wrong. Isn't some of the heavy maintenance on the 777 fleet now being done in Hong Kong by a contractor? If you can move that work from China to Brazil, and the work is done in-house rather than by a 3rd party, that should improve the ability of HQ to oversee the timing and qualit...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't B6 fly to the midwest?
Replies: 81
Views: 7963

Re: Why doesn't B6 fly to the midwest?

Some speculate that if B6 could turn ORD into a focus city, you would see B6 starting service to other cities in the Midwest. While WN is the fortress carrier at MDW, it isn't that appealing to people who live or work in the north and northwest suburbs. If you live in Deerfield or Hoffman Estates, ...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7382

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

There is a limit as to the number of flights that AA can offer meal service in coach. The coach galleys were downsized on both the MD-80s and the 738s. To offer anything beyond pretzels, peanuts, potato chips, and other non-perishable items would mean taking out seats to install larger galleys. The ...

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7382

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

DP can't wait for the cost of fuel to go back up! ;-) But, if the cost of fuel goes up, and fares go up, too, then you will see companies cutting back travel. And, if the price of gasoline goes up, consumers will forego leisure air travel, in order to pay for gas. The only industry that wants oil p...

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by ckfred
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Expansion of ORD Concourse L
Replies: 17
Views: 3555

AA Expansion of ORD Concourse L

Has anyone seen any sort of artist's drawing or schematic of the addition to Concourse L? Periodically, there is a media story about AA's expansion at ORD, including the five new gates that are being built. Yet, no one seems to know for certain where they are going. I know that there is some room at...

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by ckfred
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA MIA-DFW lots of widebodies
Replies: 13
Views: 2547

Re: AA MIA-DFW lots of widebodies

I just looked at ORD-MIA. For today, out of 9 flights, there are only 2 widebodies, both 763s. But, last year during the traditional spring break in Chicago (last week of March), which also included Easter, I think there were 4 or 5 widebodies scheduled, each way. Those were mostly 763s, although I ...

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by ckfred
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't B6 fly to the midwest?
Replies: 81
Views: 7963

Re: Why doesn't B6 fly to the midwest?

Some speculate that if B6 could turn ORD into a focus city, you would see B6 starting service to other cities in the Midwest. While WN is the fortress carrier at MDW, it isn't that appealing to people who live or work in the north and northwest suburbs. If you live in Deerfield or Hoffman Estates, i...

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by ckfred
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA announces new ORD routes, other network adjustments
Replies: 77
Views: 12640

Re: AA announces new ORD routes, other network adjustments

Miami-Omaha? Wow. Never saw that coming. Maybe Buffet, or other Berkshire Hathaway execs were desirous of a Florida link, or to help access points south? Actually, Berkshire doesn't have that many employees at the corporate office in Omaha. I thinks it's less than 50. And you have to assume that se...

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by ckfred
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 68576

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

There was an article in today's (3-9-17) Chicago Tribune. Boeing has shown a proposed new model that is a twin-aisle. in two variants. UA likes what is has seen so far. The larger plane, meant ot replace the 767-300 would have the shorter range. Presumably the larger plane could do eastern U.S. to w...

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP
Replies: 140
Views: 14678

Re: UofM Basketball team plane off runway @YIP

Did U of M select the charter or the Big Ten Conference? Considering that you had 4 teams starting tournament play yesterday, 6 teams start today, and the top 4 finishers start tomorrow, I could see the conference handling charter arrangements. Remember that there was a 4-way tie for 5th that needed...

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by ckfred
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago O'Hare Summer 2017 Int'l Schedule
Replies: 50
Views: 7234

Re: Chicago O'Hare Summer 2017 Int'l Schedule

United787 wrote:
A) Because DUS is Star territory?


I believe that DUS is one of Air Berlin's two hubs. It made sense that AA flew to DUS, while AB flew to Berlin. So, only connecting one AB hub to ORD doesn't make a lot of sense.

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by ckfred
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago O'Hare Summer 2017 Int'l Schedule
Replies: 50
Views: 7234

Re: Chicago O'Hare Summer 2017 Int'l Schedule

In some ways, this schedule is rather sad. I can remember when AC had nothing but mainline jets. Gate G1 had A319s, A320s, and DC-9s. AA used to have all mainline to Montreal and Toronto, including F100s, 727s, MD-80s, and 757s. Back in the early 90s, I remember DC-10s flying to YUL. Didn't AF used ...

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On the MD80/90, Do you prefer 2 seat or 3 seat side?
Replies: 11
Views: 1024

Re: On the MD80/90, Do you prefer 2 seat or 3 seat side?

It depends. If I'm traveling only with my wife, then we sit on the 2-side. If our son is flying with us, then we go to the 3-side.

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by ckfred
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions
Replies: 69
Views: 9310

Re: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions

The problem with the Embrear 135/140/145 is that when passenger and carry-on bag weights for weight and balance were increased, the smaller Embrears started having weight restrictions with some regularity. My wife used to fly ORD-PIT-ORD on AA frequently for business. Eastbound was normally not a pr...

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