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by ckfred
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/15/2017: AA Adds ORD-RAP; AM Drops ONT-GDL; ; EY LAX Less Than Daily; More SJU/STT/SXM Cuts
Replies: 55
Views: 9217

Re: OAG Changes 10/15/2017: AA Adds ORD-RAP; AM Drops ONT-GDL; ; EY LAX Less Than Daily; More SJU/STT/SXM Cuts

Looking at the draw-down on AA's schedule at ORD, one thought occurred to me. Are we see seeing a draw-down in frequency, but the number of seats being lost isn't that large. I saw that ORD-DFW goes from 14 round-trips to 12 for January. But, are some of the remaining flights seeing larger aircraft?...

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by ckfred
Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA not buy the 744 like NW and UA?
Replies: 31
Views: 6132

Re: Why did AA not buy the 744 like NW and UA?

If I remember, AA looked at the 777, when Boeing was putting the plane on the market. Even though AA inquired about certain possible options, such as folding wingtips to narrow gate spaces, it ultimately went with the MD-11, because it could get earlier delivery dates. The MD-11 was basically an add...

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by ckfred
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released
Replies: 44
Views: 6582

Re: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released

Ah, the NIMBY crowd. Never mind the fact that MacArthur Blvd. would be a main thoroughfare without the airport, or that I-405 is about 3 minutes from the airport.

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by ckfred
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released
Replies: 44
Views: 6582

Re: 2018 SNA Slot Allocation Released

I'm curious as to why SNA not only limits operations, but the number of seats over the course of a year. Considering that SNA's main runway is too short for widebodies, does it really make much difference if an airline runs 737-700s or A319s versus 737-900s, 757-200s, or A321s? Having been to Orange...

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by ckfred
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"
Replies: 116
Views: 18181

Re: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"

It seems to me that the four AA hubs that are best suited for connections to Europe are, in no particular order, MIA, PHL, ORD, and DFW. MIA can cover connections from Florida and the Southeast, PHL covers connections from the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and along the Alleghenies... MIA could make a c...

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by ckfred
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 16308

Re: AA's new branding

First, as someone who has IKEA furniture in his house, I don't think of it as cheap. A lot of furniture has become horribly overpriced, and there is a lot of furniture that is overwrought. Second, design today tends to be very clean, although not as minimalist as a Mies van der Rohe skyscraper. I no...

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by ckfred
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 13930

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

Two thoughts occurred to me. First, many a business has gotten into trouble by growing too fast. Kirby is probably right that UA is too small domestically. But, fast growth could lead to problems later on. This leads to the second thought. Airlines used to chase market share, by adding flights and u...

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by ckfred
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"
Replies: 116
Views: 18181

Re: AA calls PHL the "Crown Jewel"

It seems to me that the four AA hubs that are best suited for connections to Europe are, in no particular order, MIA, PHL, ORD, and DFW. MIA can cover connections from Florida and the Southeast, PHL covers connections from the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and along the Alleghenies. ORD covers the Great ...

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by ckfred
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hef's plane
Replies: 33
Views: 8723

Re: Hef's plane

I want to say that I remember seeing the Playboy jet parked on the Butler Aviation ramp at ORD in the early 1970s. Did anyone think that painting a jet all black would make it difficult to see at night? There were a lot of pilots who suggested that UA's dark-blue-and-gray livery in the 1990s was har...

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by ckfred
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8480

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

Doug Parker is one of the most egregiously anti-worker and anti-customer executives in the country, right up there with the CEOs of Wall Street. It's time for the US government to bring in the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts and break up the airlines (among other industries including banking) an...

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8480

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

The airline industry didn't get to where it is overnight, and any chance of the industry going back to what it was in the 80s and 90s is almost zilch. The problem was that the legacies had clear advantages over carriers like Southwest, Jet Blue, Air Tran, Frontier, ValuJet, Midway, and so on. Yet, t...

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8480

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

Often, people will make a valid point in a manner that is, shall we say, very inelegant. I think Parker's point is that the airline industry has changed a lot from the 1980s and 1990s, when airlines chased market share and were willing to add seats while cutting fares to fill them. Airlines are clea...

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.
Replies: 120
Views: 14661

Re: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.

Where is AA using Basic Economy? Anytime I've looked at fares from ORD, I just get First and Main Cabin.

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD Master Plan
Replies: 20
Views: 1825

Re: ORD Master Plan

Here are a couple of issues. First, if an aircraft parked at T2 or T3 needs to depart on 4L or 9R, it normally taxis around T1. With the proposed expansion, will there be taxiways around the expanded T1 and T2? I know this is all conceptual, but interested parties will want to see what the taxi path...

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by ckfred
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alternative Mergers (AA+DL, AW+NW)
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: Alternative Mergers (AA+DL, AW+NW)

There was a time when AA and NW explored a merger. I forget when that occurred, but it was between 1995 and before AA's takeover of TWA. While the fleet would have presented some issues (AA was leaning towards becoming an all-Boeing fleet, and owning 747s would have gone against Bob Crandall's notio...

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by ckfred
Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7005

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

Remember that back in 1995, Stapleton Field operated until its closure. The next day, Denver International opened, despite a bad snowstorm and problems with the baggage system. From what friends of mine who lived in the Denver area tell me, if the power that be had it to do all over, Stapleton's clo...

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by ckfred
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 386
Views: 74335

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

I know in Sabre the code is 7M8 for the max versus 738 for the older model. AA.com does not distinguish but if you look at the seat map the Max has 33 rows versus 30 with the 738. For reference the MIA-LGA flights that will operate with the Max are the flights that depart MIA at 07:05a, 12:25p and ...

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by ckfred
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United new safety video!
Replies: 35
Views: 4588

Re: United new safety video!

I remember back in the 1970s, some study showed that people didn't pay attention to F/As doing the safety demonstrations. Someone got the idea of making the safety demonstration into a video, because people will watch any sort of film presentation, whether on a movie screen or a TV screen. I think t...

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by ckfred
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery
Replies: 107
Views: 16314

Re: First Air Canada Airbus A330 painted in the new livery

That looks so good! One of the best looking a330s I've seen. The cockpit paint makes it. I can't believe how many people hate this livery. people really find a bland tooth paste colored plane with a badly pixelated leaf that looks like it was made in MS paint circa 1995 more appealing? The new live...

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9566

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

In the 1980s, AirCal had the San Jose hub. AA first started building a hub on the back of that acquisition in the 1980s. Then shut it down. Then in the 1990s, AA bought Reno Air and briefly had a hub/ presence in San Jose again through 2001/2002. Then shut it down again. AA had it twice. Actually, ...

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by ckfred
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9566

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

In the 1980s, AirCal had the San Jose hub. AA first started building a hub on the back of that acquisition in the 1980s. Then shut it down. Then in the 1990s, AA bought Reno Air and briefly had a hub/ presence in San Jose again through 2001/2002. Then shut it down again. AA had it twice. Actually, ...

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by ckfred
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 4998

Re: Repossession of Commercial Aircraft

I always felt that the original episodes of "Airplane Repo", looking at the operations of Sage Popovitch, were fairly realistic. It was the newer episodes that got to be the stuff that reality TV is made of. Although, anyone doing repossession of general aviation aircraft probably does dea...

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by ckfred
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?
Replies: 71
Views: 9566

Re: Would UA and/or AA adopt a similar p2p/focus city strategy to keep up with DL?

I think AA could easily build up their BOS and SFO operations a bit more, but they've tried and been unsuccessful with smaller focus cities (see BNA, STL, and SJC). STL was TWA's primary hub, when AA completed the acquisition in 2001. BNA and SJC were both considered hubs, until competition made AA...

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by ckfred
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation
Replies: 391
Views: 50160

Re: Hurricane Irma's Impact on Aviation

I heard on WGN-AM in Chicago that AA will wind down its normal schedule at MIA on Friday, and there will be no AA flights in or out of MIA on Saturday and Sunday.

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by ckfred
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA And 787 Options/A350 Order Review
Replies: 28
Views: 7564

Re: AA And 787 Options/A350 Order Review

Like most in reply, I`d agree that AA should integrate the A350 without problem, & it would be a natural replacement for B777-200`s, same applies to UA. AA have extensive knowledge of RR engines, & I`d imagine passengers would be very happy with the plane too. There may be pressure put to b...

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by ckfred
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR
Replies: 51
Views: 8663

Re: OAG Changes 9/3/2017: AA Closes CFG, Drops LAX-MCI; Y4 Adds LAX-PVR

LAX-MCI and LGA-MCI date back to TWA. I get the feeling that every since AA decided to close the old TWA maintenance base, MCI has just become a spoke served by ORD and DFW. How much service is there to MCI from CLT, PHX, and MIA? I'm trying to think of the major businesses in the Kansas City area. ...

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by ckfred
Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 NCAA Football Charters
Replies: 105
Views: 7982

Re: 2017 NCAA Football Charters

For the Michigan-Florida game at Jerry World, is Delta adding extra flights or upgauging going into and out of DFW this weekend? I seem to recall several years ago, when Michigan and Alabama played at Jerry World, Delta had some BHM-DFW flights, while upgauging DTW-DFW and ATL-DFW.

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL: Promotion to Captain in 6 months from date of hire If you'll fly MD88
Replies: 74
Views: 15065

Re: DL: Promotion to Captain in 6 month from date of hire If you'll fly MD88

Here are some relevant observations. 1. The shorter the range of a jet, the more legs that can and will be flown in a day. A pilot who flies the MD-80 series of jets will probably work more legs in a day and on a 3-day trip than a pilot who flies domestically on aircraft with greater range. ' 2. Pil...

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes
Replies: 83
Views: 11937

Re: AA to unbundle some fares on some transatlantic routes

You wonder what the late Alfred Kahn, the father of deregulation would think. I remember, when deregulation was being debated, that Kahn said air travel would become like the offerings of General Motors in the U.S. GM had 5 makes, from Chevrolet to Cadillac. Each make targeted a different income dem...

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 320
Views: 36582

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

So, AA starting service to PRG and BUD seems to be a good move, especially if business activity in Romania and the Czech Republic continue to grow. BUD is in Hungary, not Romania. My mistake. I had been reading an article about Romania and it must have been stuck in my head. Bucharest is the capita...

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by ckfred
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 64239

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Here are a couple of issues. First, Carnival has 3 cruise ships that were supposed to dock in Galveston over the weekend. All three ships have called on New Orleans to refuel and put on more provisions. Passengers were allowed to disembark, but passengers who live in southern Texas were strong encou...

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New AA painted aircraft - 2017
Replies: 386
Views: 74335

Re: New AA painted aircraft - 2017

I could see 757s working ORD-MIA next year, from late March through early April, to deal with increased loads during spring break. I've seen spring break schedules with 752s, 763s, and even 772s, displacing many of the 738s.

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by ckfred
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops
Replies: 111
Views: 12629

Re: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops

Chicago sort of puzzles me. Terminal 5 is pretty full, when it comes to the afternoon arrivals from Europe, as well as the late afternoon/evening departures to Europe. The addition won't open for several years. If Norwegian can get gate space, it won't be at optimal times. Second, Norwegian would be...

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by ckfred
Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 320
Views: 36582

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

A gentleman that used to work at my wife's employer is now with a financial services firm headquartered in Amsterdam. I looked at the firm's website, and the other European location is Budapest. From what I've read, a number of western European countries are seeing both manufacturing jobs and white-...

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by ckfred
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY
Replies: 39
Views: 7728

Re: OAG Changes 8/20/2017: KX to ORD; AA Moves ZRH to PHL from JFK; AM Back Into DTW-MTY

I wonder if this is the start of some kind or realignment in the purposes of the JFK and PHL operations. I don't see AA deciding to give up on New York, but I wonder if AA is deciding that it makes sense to run New York traffic to Europe via LHR or MAD, while connecting traffic for Europe will be ru...

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by ckfred
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 13681

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: 6158

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: 109
Views: 13681

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: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 832
Views: 118316

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: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 832
Views: 118316

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: 1266

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: 14593

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: 14593

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: 7811

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: 7811

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: 6158

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: 10872

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: 15754

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: 24119

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: 12319

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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