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by blockski
Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

For those that missed it, IAD will receive new service next year to HKG operated by Cathay. It will be Hong Kong's longest route, and I believe should also be the longest route from the DC area. The flight will be operated by the A350, with a flight time of just under 17 hours. I've personally been...

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by blockski
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

What are chances of adding say, 6-8 new slots per day at DCA? While I'd love to see it because I think the stipulation would be a new destination and would probably (finally) get OKC a DCA flight, it just doesn't seem feasible/smart. You're conflating beyond-perimeter slots with slots in general. D...

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by blockski
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

The December MWAA Board of Directors meeting agenda and documents have been posted: http://www.mwaa.com/about/december-13-2017-board-and-committee-meetings Some points of note: DCA Construction Updates : http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-12/tab_13_ronald_reagan_washington_national_air...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5520

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

As a general rule, we shouldn't name things for people who are still living. Then Houston airport should revert to being called Houston Intercontinental Airport. And all those schools and avenues and buildings named after living presidents and congressmen should have their names stripped until they...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5520

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

As a general rule, we shouldn't name things for people who are still living.

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by blockski
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

The full agenda and attachments have been posted for this week's MWAA Board of Directors meeting: http://www.mwaa.com/about/november-15-2017-annual-board-and-committee-meetings Some highlights. Air traffic stats: http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-11/tab_5.2_executive_vice_presidents_r...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15610

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

it's worth asking if the assumptions about competition from deregulation still apply in a consolidated marketplace, and what kind of measures might be needed to encourage more competition. First off, again, I'm still not really sure what the basis would be for justifying concerted public policy to ...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15610

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

It is, with respect, stunning to me that anyone could complain about an industry providing the level of national and global access, and choice, and intense competition, and reinvestment, as the U.S. airline industry, and think that such things being done at net margins of ~10% is unreasonable. Stun...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15610

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

This is an excellent article discussing the changes in the airline business in the USA over the last 40 years from deregulation to now, how it is much worse for workers and passengers: http://prospect.org/article/unfriendly-skies This is not an excellent article. This is a piece of crap article. Ma...

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by blockski
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5565

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

Considering United has specifically called out market softness in HKG market the last two quarters, I do not see them adding a link from IAH anytime soon. Anyhow before IAH route, UA per employee townhall wants to put more routes into LAX, and HKG was one of the markets mentioned they looked at bef...

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by blockski
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?
Replies: 120
Views: 13966

Re: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?

TPA as a UA hub or mini hub. UA does not have a SE hub now, I know TPA is bit far south, but that is the best city since it has strong O & D and connections would be icing on the cake. Birmingham would be second choice. Another one is STL as a hub come back for any airline which is interested, ...

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by blockski
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20059

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

I disagree, BNA would love a UA hub. Anything that would grow the airport and increase the number of passengers they are for. I don't think it would be a large hub on the scale of ATL and CLT, but a smaller niche hub (like DL at CVG) that could capture some of the southeast traffic that they are mi...

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by blockski
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

Not that I think UA is closing the hub but actions speak louder than words: the Dulles hub can't even hold a single PDX flight year-round with no competition. So a 2300 mile flight to the 25th largest US market is the sole determiner of IAD’s hub status? Hmm. Got it. Oh please. How many stats do ha...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

My one dream (that will never happen) is for AA to develop a minor O&D hublet at IAD-maybe operating IAD-SEA/LHR/MAD/NRT/DUB/CDG. I mean, with their JV partners, some of these already exist. BA flies IAD-LHR; Aer Lingus already flies DUB-IAD; they could be part of the JV soon. IB would be a str...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

Sure there is. DCA's growth has flatlined. There will be another increment of growth when AA's new gates are completed. All those 50-seaters parked outside Gate 35X will be up-gauged. They might be (and could be), but a) I wouldn't assume that will happen immediately, and b) wouldn't assume that it...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

Since the B6 posts were deleted let me reiterate something in general: There's really no hint from any of the airlines serving the DC/Balt metros that DCA is "maxed out". So the idea floating on these forums (which has been for decades) IAD is on the verge of a massive domestic explosion ...

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by blockski
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20059

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

Those CPE figures are fascinating. It certainly goes a long way to explaining why IAD hasn't made it as a major domestic hub. . Look at some of the major connecting hubs on that list in comparison to IAD. To make IAD as competitive as DTW, IAH, DEN, DFW etc.. you would need to cut that CPE at IAD i...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

UA's primary reason for lack of expnsion at IAD could indeed be due to their scarcity of narrowbody mainline jets that are more urgently needed at other larger hubs. I don't follow the logic of UA having this multi-year scarcity of aircraft. Look at the rate of deliveries to AA and WN. If UA wanted...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

I have always wondered if AA could make a DCA/IAD hub operation work similar to what Delta does at LGA/JFK but I digress, I don't think the UA hub at IAD is going anywhere. I've wondered this in a similar context -- namely, how vulnerable is UA at IAD if another airline wants to come in and set up ...

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by blockski
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future at Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 11309

Re: United's future at Dulles

United is growing again at IAD, increasing domestic traffic mostly. They're not quite back to pre-merger levels, but they're not shrinking at Dulles any longer. Yes, IAD will never win an O&D war with EWR, but it doesn't have to. IAD has substantial long-haul, international O&D traffic. IAD ...

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by blockski
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

Agenda and documents for the next MWAA Board Meeting are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/october-18-2017-board-and-committee-meetings Some highlights about DCA's renovation, including details on the operational transition for AA's gate 35X operations: http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-...

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by blockski
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

Agenda and documents for the next MWAA Board Meeting are up: http://www.mwaa.com/about/october-18-2017-board-and-committee-meetings Some highlights about DCA's renovation, including details on the operational transition for AA's gate 35X operations: http://www.mwaa.com/sites/default/files/BOD/2017-1...

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by blockski
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

The most important thing to do at IAD now is not to increase the airport's debt and costs. Accept Terminal C-D as a fact of life, shutter the A regional gates and move all UA regional traffic to C-D, and move the frigging train station back to actually being at C-D. T hat is a small amount of money...

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by blockski
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

One of the best kept secrets in Washington is that airfield capacity at DCA can expand significantly thanks mainly to the modernization of the ATC system. IAD has the attributes of a medium hub domestically. In short, it lacks the mass to justify the artificial constraints that inhibit the optimiza...

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by blockski
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

Has there ever been any consideration to try and squeeze in a parallel runway at DCA? I know it would be short but would probably be comparable to something you find at MDW but would be longer than 15/33 which is mostly for RJ's but there are videos floating around out there of 737's and even a 757...

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by blockski
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 114
Views: 9317

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

So my question revolves around the new commuter terminal build-out at DCA. I saw them knocking down the MWAA building and they did that quickly. Once they begin work on the actual terminal area for the new pier, where are they going to move the CRJ2s and E145s and backup mainline AA aircraft that u...

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by blockski
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kirby: I expect UA will become the world's largest airline
Replies: 96
Views: 15791

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

"Organic growth" This is one of those idioms that I believe is used here but enough people don't have the same conception of what it means. So people talk past each other while using the same words. I think people are using "organic" in the sense of "connecting the dots,&qu...

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by blockski
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX
Replies: 74
Views: 11179

Re: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX

Another week, more UA cuts at IAD. The only difference this week is that its mainline cuts rather than UA Express cuts. Thanks enilria! Most seem like seasonal cuts. February is IAD's slowest month overall, January a close second. Seasonal cuts to PDX? That's pretty surprising. You'd think, with a ...

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by blockski
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX
Replies: 74
Views: 11179

Re: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX

orangeguy wrote:
Another week, more UA cuts at IAD. The only difference this week is that its mainline cuts rather than UA Express cuts.

Thanks enilria!


Most seem like seasonal cuts. February is IAD's slowest month overall, January a close second.

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by blockski
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest passenger forcibly removed from flight with pet allergy
Replies: 195
Views: 14022

Re: Southwest removes passenger with pet allergy

She should not be removed. Taking a pet on a plane should be a privilege, not a right. If anyone is disrupted by a pet, it should be the pet owner that should be removed, not the person suffering as a result of the pet being on the plane. Alternatively, pets should be carried in the baggage hold, l...

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by blockski
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air axes Houston
Replies: 53
Views: 10987

Re: Korean Air axes Houston

Houston was never a focus city for delta. What are you talking about? They only ever flew to their hubs. Still only fly to their hubs. Korean did not start Houston with any expectation it would get feed from delta. It thought it could get pax heading to Seoul and the large volume of people headed t...

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by blockski
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maryland to sue FAA over NextGen patterns
Replies: 41
Views: 5800

Re: Maryland to sue FAA over NextGen patterns

Actually, don't approaches to runway 1 from the NE go down the east bank of the river and then turn to come back north? Anacostia is on the east bank of the river. If anyone has a graphic of the NextGen approach for runway 1 at DCA that would be great. Here's the approach plate for 1. The RNAV appr...

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by blockski
Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 8411

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

The conversion to the 77W was to get 744 replacements into the fleet ASAP. The 744 was having operational issues and maintenance costs were skyrocketing. It became obvious that the original idea of replacing the 744 with A359s didn't make sense. Some routes could be better served by 789s already in...

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by blockski
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787-10 and United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 8411

Re: 787-10 and United Airlines

United started with 27 orders for the 787-10, but converted about half of them to the 77W. The converted the -10 orders because they were the last ones that were supposed to be delivered They already a couple of new orders for 2 787-9s since then, somehow they were not identified on Boeing's order ...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 35520

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

I wouldn't assume the A359s will completely replace the 777-200ERs. Something like ~20 of those -200ERs are ex-Continental planes that were delivered between 2010 and 2011; they're substantially newer than the ex-United aircraft. Note not all of the PMCO 777s are that new. 16 are 98-00, 2 are 02, a...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 35520

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

Five years presents lots more opportunity for further delay or order restructuring. Order restructuring can also mean that they will order even a dozen more..... :white: Which remains to be seen. They may order more, but then again, then could just use the 787-9 for some 77E routes. 45x A359s is a ...

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by blockski
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 35520

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

Any word on engines? That was also rumored to be an issue.

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by blockski
Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 65340

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Some areas in SE Texas and SW Louisiana truly did get devastated so I don't understand the logic of pretending these places don't exist on some notion that Houston is "tough" in this forum. I don't get the idea of pointing out your neighborhood is ok just to pretend nothing happened. That...

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by blockski
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 65340

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Looks like UA ferried a flight to LAX today....UA2780 not sure if there were passengers on it or not. The second 77W relief flight today from ORD is on the ground in IAH. It appears that not that many of the seats were filled, but perhaps UA is using the 77W for its enormous cargo holds. Were those...

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by blockski
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 65340

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

I know some Texans like to think they're tough but this is a real extreme weather event. How do you expect any media to report this? I'm not from Houston, but I set the bar for media to report accurately. That means avoiding baseless speculation. That means putting things in proper context. I'll le...

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by blockski
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Continues To Evalute 100-seat Aircraft
Replies: 92
Views: 16381

Re: United Continues To Evalute 100-seat Aircraft

> Up to 70 additional 76-seaters can be added if UA adds a "new small narrowbody." The NSNB is defined as a CS100, E190, or E195. Any 737 or A320 series does *not* count as a NSNB. The CS300 does not count either. Presumably, the E2 series would count, but it is not explicitly defined. Th...

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by blockski
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14062

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

ORD isn't that different. If you look at a city map it looks like a lollipop sticking out of the NW corner of the city connected only by a strip of freeway. And SFOs situation isn't ultimately that unusual. Cities tend to be densely populated so the best places for airports tend to be on the fringe...

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by blockski
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14062

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

It's actually part of San Francisco...it has a San Francisco address (780 S Airport Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94128), is overseen by the SF Airport Commission, which is operated by the City of SF, and has fire and police that are both run by the City. It may be operated by the city of San Francisco a...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL finally flies 739ER to DCA
Replies: 39
Views: 7328

Re: DL finally flies 739ER to DCA

We have landed 763's in DCA.......739's are not a problem I thought widebodies weren't allowed in DCA? Delta had a few 763 flights from ATL to DCA prior to Obama's first inauguration. It can work, but the wingspan is too big for most of the taxiways, and it also requires hogging a couple extra gate...

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by blockski
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any UA's future Korea route?
Replies: 31
Views: 4816

Re: Any UA's future Korea route?

TWA772LR wrote:
FWIW, UAs flight number on EWR-NRT continues to NRT-ICN. ICN was always the largest TPAC hole out of EWR for CO and now UA. This seems like the safer bet out of EWR and ORD for an eastern gateway.


NRT-ICN is ending in October.

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by blockski
Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?
Replies: 104
Views: 7478

Re: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?

Okay, look at PHL. It may be much bigger of a city (population wise),and some might even see it a NYC's 4th airport, but PHL is right in JFK's backyard, but they get a TON of international flights. Also, in another post someone stated on a list that MSP had as many Fortune 500 companies as PHL. Plu...

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by blockski
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?
Replies: 104
Views: 7478

Re: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?

Okay, look at PHL. It may be much bigger of a city (population wise),and some might even see it a NYC's 4th airport, but PHL is right in JFK's backyard, but they get a TON of international flights. Also, in another post someone stated on a list that MSP had as many Fortune 500 companies as PHL. Plu...

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by blockski
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?
Replies: 104
Views: 7478

Re: Should MSP get more TATL and TPAC service from international airlines?

While I am a MN resident and I admit I would rather (at least in winter) visit FL, Mall of America gets 40 million visitors annually. Disney World is at about 20 million. I'll grant there is not much else to see or do in MN outside of summer, but I wouldn't say there is a lack of tourism. I catch p...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7958

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. It's totally reasonable in the abstract. But the information the passengers want is "when will we g...

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by blockski
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Tribune Writer Slams AA (and airlines in general)
Replies: 53
Views: 7958

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. It's totally reasonable in the abstract. But the information the passengers want is "when will we g...

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