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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: 22806

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: 65
Views: 14556

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: 5922

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: 12129

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: 7825

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: 10354

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: 2016

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: 2052

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: 8114

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: 4789

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: 8590

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: 189
Views: 38261

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: 10617

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: 5294

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: 2612

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: 9386

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: 29863

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: 29863

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: 4056

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: 13063

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: 3780

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: 10134

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: 9935

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: 9935

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: 20778

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: 19302

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: 19302

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: 26829

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: 4051

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: 19302

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: 3515

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: 4739

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: 24546

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: 2119
Views: 115178

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: 2119
Views: 115178

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: 3555

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: 15217

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: 4057

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: 12419

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: 15217

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: 102
Views: 20116

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: 22600

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: 12795

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: 19923

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: 11009

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: 37975

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: 11009

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: 11009

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: 8559

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: 13102

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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