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by ckfred
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 105
Views: 11773

Re: Midwest Express 2017

Can the people behind Midwest Express get this operation going? Who knows. I understand that since the end of the original Midwest Express/Midwest Airlines, MKE has seen air service decrease. But, are southeast Wisconsin and the northern suburbs of Chicago a big enough market to sustain a new carri...

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 to ORD S18
Replies: 31
Views: 5820

Re: BA A380 to ORD S18

And think how much better T5 was, when compared to the original T1, before UA knocked it down and built the current terminal. That terminal dates back to when Chicago got jet service in 1959/60 and needed a second airport, because MDW couldn't handle 707s.

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 105
Views: 11773

Re: Midwest Express 2017

I remember hearing an airline analyst on CNBC complain that the problem with the airline industry is low barriers to entry and high barriers to exit. In other words, accumulating capital, acquiring aircraft, hiring and training employees, finding gate space, and getting the proper certifications is ...

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 276
Views: 29518

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So, what does Oneworld do? You can't run every U.S. passenger flying to Europe through LHR or MAD. Air Berlin was hardly of any use for OneWorld carriers. No OneWorld carrier even has a long-haul flight from DUS and QR operates the sole OneWorld flight from TXL. (And I'm not sure if they cooperated...

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 276
Views: 29518

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So, what does Oneworld do? You can't run every U.S. passenger flying to Europe through LHR or MAD.

Would it make any sense for IAG to bid for some portion of AB? Or would the easier route for Oneworld be to try and convince a carrier in SkyTeam or Star to switch?

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin files for bankruptcy
Replies: 1
Views: 1201

Air Berlin files for bankruptcy

I just saw on the Chicago Tribune web site that Air Berlin has filed for bankruptcy. Etihad won't spend any more money to finance continuing operations. The German government is loaning AB money to keep flying, so passengers aren't left stranded while vacationing. The loan should keep AB flying for ...

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by ckfred
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA outlines 737 MAX plans
Replies: 82
Views: 13990

Re: AA outlines 737 MAX plans

The one question I have is whether the the 737MAX will have audio in the armrest, or any ceiling screens for showing movies? If there are no screens whatsoever, then the FAs will have to do safety demonstrations, as they do on the MD-80s. No audio in the armrest and no ceiling screens. It has a sys...

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by ckfred
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA outlines 737 MAX plans
Replies: 82
Views: 13990

Re: AA outlines 737 MAX plans

When AA started taking deliveries of new 738s, back in 2009 IIRC, the new planes were based at LAX. I seem to recall that the first two planes were doing LAX-ORD-MSP-ORD-LAX trips. As for the IFE, as others have said, so many people now have devices for watching video and listening to music that som...

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by ckfred
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7555

Re: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)

The writer is asking plainly and simply that American Airlines provide more information to their flight crew, which can then be passed along to its passengers. Seems like a reasonable criticism. I understand that point, and of course I have been on the receiving end of lack of information just like...

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by ckfred
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7555

Re: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)

Things happen in terms of weather, and no one can effectively deal with them 100% of the time. I was flying MCO-ORD on AA. The inbound flight had to break off the approach at 9000 feet, because a line of thunderstorms hit MCO. (The inbound AA flight from DFW broke off its approach at 3000 feet. I wa...

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA A380 to ORD S18
Replies: 31
Views: 5820

Re: BA A380 to ORD S18

I worked at ORD in the early 90s through late 00s. I walked around T5 as it was being built and worked in it since day 1. It's a dump. Even the construction was shoddy. Improving the dining experience couldn't have been that hard since it was horrible to begin (MC Ds, a sad facsimile of Unos pizza,...

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/6/2017: UA Brings Back ORD-PNS; AA Exits MSP-LAX, Expands SLC-PHL
Replies: 58
Views: 10464

Re: OAG Changes 8/6/2017: UA Brings Back ORD-PNS; AA Exits MSP-LAX, Expands SLC-PHL

I'm curious as to why AA is reducing ORD-FLL and ORD-PBI in November. That is when I would expect a slight increase in frequency. I know people with winter homes in south Florida who start flying down for weekends, basically from Halloween to Easter.

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible AA Intl S18 changes
Replies: 88
Views: 15145

Re: Possible AA Intl S18 changes

I bet AA does much better in New York than many people believe. Remember that Scott Kirby said that UA abandoning JFK for EWR was a mistake. UA has lost a number of contracts, because it can't fly trans-con out of JFK. Kirby said that he knew, back from his HP/AA days that AA got a lot of business, ...

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by ckfred
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 23604

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

Several years ago, my wife was booked on what is now Envoy from ORD to ATL. One of the stickers had come off. The sticker, on the wind, shows where passengers climbing out of window exit are to step, when moving on the wing during evacuation. Maintenance could not find a sticker anywhere at ORD, and...

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by ckfred
Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 11784

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

My understanding is that an aircraft manufacturer has to demonstrate that a plane can be safely evacuated within a specific amount of time. The likes of Boeing and Airbus put in the highest amount of seats that they believe can be evacuated, and then there are demonstration tests. If I recall correc...

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes
Replies: 46
Views: 6840

Re: Status of AA's MD-80's ... Current and Future Routes

As long as oil stays cheap, say $55 a barrel and lower, then the only reason to retire any given MD-80 will be required maintenance. If oil starts a run-up, even to $70 a barrel, I assume that the retirement schedule is accelerated. By the same token, if an RJ operator has trouble fulfilling its fly...

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by ckfred
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What types of airplanes have you flown on?
Replies: 13
Views: 743

Re: What types of airplanes have you flown on?

For me, it's the 707 (I'm not sure which variants), 727-100, 727-200, 737-200, 737-800, 757-200, 767-200ER, 767-300ER, 777-200ER, 777-300ER, DC-3, DC-9-10, DC-9-30, DC-9-50, DC-10-10, MD-80, L-1011-1, L-1011-500, F100, CV-240, Saab 340, Embrear 140, Embrear 145, Embrear 175, and CRJ-700. If you're c...

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by ckfred
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Supposed UA pax films bags being thrown from the belly of a UA flight
Replies: 25
Views: 4576

Re: Supposed UA pax films bags being thrown from the belly of a UA flight

A lot of jet bridges have a chute. I've seen such on AA jet bridges at many airports. I know that ORD has baggage elevators on H and K, for bags, baby strollers, and such that are gate checked. But, let me tell you about something I saw about 20 years ago. A baggage cart pulled up to a UA 737 and se...

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by ckfred
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA paint status
Replies: 38
Views: 5431

Re: New AA paint status

I flew an ORD-SNA-ORD roundtrip this month. At ORD, I saw a few 738s in bare metal, and I saw one CRJ200 in the white Eagle livery. At SNA, I saw one bare metal 738. Other than that, all of the bare metal aircraft were MD-80s, and not many of those. ORD's narrowbodies seem to be skewing towards 738s...

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by ckfred
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?
Replies: 22
Views: 3608

Re: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?

I love O'Hare. The whole thing. Even when it's a mess, it's just lovely. I kind of like Terminal 3 as it is. And I agree - the flags in the hall - awesome. They also do a great job at Christmas decorations. Now, for something stuck in the 1990's, to me, that's Terminal 1. It's not bad, it's not hor...

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by ckfred
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?
Replies: 22
Views: 3608

Re: AA Terminal ORD: Timeless?

AA did a major renovation to the terminal in the late 80s and early 90s. The corridors are wider than in E and F in Terminal 2. Because multiple airlines use Terminal 2, that terminal really looks like it did back in the days of regulation. AA had the same issue with Concourse G. It looked like some...

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by ckfred
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 14513

Re: US airline hub closures

Here's why PHL isn't going anywhere in the near future. Twenty years ago, AA have a very robust number of European destinations out of ORD, including the likes of Glasgow, Stockholm, and Zurich. If you go back further, AA flew wot Frankfurt, Munich, and Dusseldorf. All of those flights are gone, too...

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by ckfred
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United President Says F9 Expansion Is "Sign of Failure"
Replies: 150
Views: 21210

Re: United President Says F9 Expansion Is "Sign of Failure"

Kirby is alluding to a point that has plagued businesses for many years, growing too quickly. It seems that Frontier is adding a lot of cities and a lot of routes in a short amount of time. It just seems to me that a lot of things can become issues during the first few weeks of expansion. At new cit...

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by ckfred
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants
Replies: 193
Views: 23170

Re: The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

It's interesting that the QR CEO Akbar Al Baker makes light of U.S. carriers not having the eye candy that QR has. But, once the eye candy steps off the plane at DOH, how much more clothing must she put on, in order to meet the cultural customs of the Qatar? The article made the point that service o...

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by ckfred
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA International routes
Replies: 67
Views: 16025

Re: New AA International routes

In the summer of 2001, AA announced that it would start ORD-AMS in 2002 (I don't remember the exact date). Then came September 11th, and the ORD-AMS non-stop was shelved. I mentioned on a prior topic that AA flying to AMS, in the long-run, could be a good plan. There was a WSJ acticle a while back s...

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by ckfred
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?
Replies: 24
Views: 5982

Re: How Did AA Survive Not Declaring Bankruptcy?

Chapter 11 can turn into a long, drawn-out process. Think how long UA was in bankruptcy and how many times they asked the judge for extensions on filing the plan of reorganization. That process irritated labor, who wanted new contracts, and creditors, who wanted to know what they were going to get i...

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by ckfred
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US DHS announces new security measures for US bound flights
Replies: 79
Views: 12564

Re: US DHS announces new security measures for US bound flights

I was of the opinion that the U.S. wasn't interested in the data on your electronic device. The concern is that terrorist groups have figured out how to conceal very powerful explosives in laptops and even tablet computers.

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by ckfred
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?
Replies: 46
Views: 7906

Re: Does BA capture a lot of North America <-> India traffic?

My wife has worked over the years with a number of people who have relatives in India, and people from her office travel to India now and then for business (her last two employers have Indian offices). Out of Chicago, the choices were either the AA non-stop (before it was dropped), Air India, BA/AA ...

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by ckfred
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are the 757/767 so popular?
Replies: 71
Views: 10503

Re: Why are the 757/767 so popular?

Remember that the typical seating configuration for the 757 was between 180 seats and 190s (F+Y). Earlier planes that could carry that many people were the 707 and the DC-8. They could not operate from airports with short runways, like MDW, DCA, and SNA. But, the 757 can easily handle departures out...

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by ckfred
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons
Replies: 17
Views: 2093

Re: TSA Asking Passengers to Remove BOOKS from Carry Ons

I'm curious is there is any difference in screening between a paperback book and a hardcover book. I could see that a college textbook, several hundred pages thick with a heavy cover, could present problems for an w-ray machine. On the other hand, what about a stack of magazines? Or, for teens and k...

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by ckfred
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's up with Republic for American Eagle
Replies: 10
Views: 2109

What's up with Republic for American Eagle

I fly ORD-IAH once or twice a year on AA. Back in 2014, AA had replaced the Envoy CRJ700s with Republic E175s. Then, in the fall of 2015, the route went all mainline (MD-80s). Last fall, the flights seemed to be a mix of SkyWest and Envoy-operated CRJ700s. I was looking for travel next March, and it...

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by ckfred
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y
Replies: 59
Views: 8263

Re: Pie In The Sky--UA To Sell UNO Deep Dish Pizza In Y

Some random thoughts. AA had Uno's in F on shorter flights, or flights between typical mealtimes, back in the 1990s. They tended to be popular. Once, I was flying non-rev in F on ORD-BOS. They ran out of pizza before serving the non-revs. Deep-dish pizza can be tricky to heat in an airplane galley. ...

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by ckfred
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Whats better A320 vs 737 for hot/high/short field and why?
Replies: 34
Views: 4993

Re: Whats better A320 vs 737 for hot/high/short field and why?

Both Doug Parker and his predecessor at AA, Tom Horton, said that the A319 was planned as the 757 replacement for the airports serving U.S. ski resorts, as well as the high-altitude airports in Latin America. The A319's ability to climb out from airports, at high altitude, with shorter runways, is c...

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by ckfred
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Four British airports are among the worst 10 in the world
Replies: 53
Views: 8684

Re: Four British airports are among the worst 10 in the world

That was a very strange list. For instance, DEN was on the list, as well as JFK, ATL, and MIA. But no ORD or DFW, both of which have a lot of service to Europe and Asia. I thought San Francisco was rather high, considering the SFO tends to suffer a lot of delays because of the weather and the runway...

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by ckfred
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 210
Views: 43140

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

A friend of mine is a 738 Captain. He has complained about the gray/silver paint only on the winglets, since the day the first 738 appeared in the new livery. His argument is that the split winglet on the 738 MAX has to have some color. Since the winglet drops below the wing, like the scimitar wingl...

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by ckfred
Sun May 28, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?
Replies: 138
Views: 10847

Re: Is United next airline with 29-seat pitch?

The problem with the airline industry is that any one carrier can't segment its market as other industries can. If you look at hotels, the major chains have brands that range from limited service to uber luxury. Marriott, with its merger with Starwood, has brands ranging from Fairfield to Ritz-Carlt...

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by ckfred
Thu May 25, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TSA Testing REQ to Remove More Items from Bags
Replies: 41
Views: 5336

Re: TSA Testing REQ to Remove More Items from Bags

I heard a discussion about this on CNBC. A former airline executive said that if TSA gets the word out, delays shouldn't be that bad. Everyone knows now that liquids have to be in small bottles and put into a quart-size Ziploc bag. What I see as a problem is the fact that a lot of people stuff their...

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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: 2650

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: 10414

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: 261
Views: 30176

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: 261
Views: 30176

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: 4116

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: 13152

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: 3826

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: 10252

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: 10060

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: 10060

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: 20934

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: 19473

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: 19473

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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