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by klakzky123
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: "British Airways 'turning into Ryanair' as first class passengers are the latest to lose perks"
Replies: 107
Views: 18273

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

I think the comments on the quality of the crew are particularly worrisome. Hard product issues can be addressed with investment and good marketing but the years of undercutting and underpaying crew have really resulted into a revolving door of FAs. Being a BA flight attendant is no longer a long te...

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by klakzky123
Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 12059

Re: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion

AF has been flying to MSP for a few seasons now. The bigger question with AF at MSP is will they ever extend/lengthen their season here and what aircraft will replace the A340 they currently are using on the MSP-CDG route? I fly on the AF flight out of MSP a few times a year. It seems half empty in...

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by klakzky123
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit
Replies: 42
Views: 5691

Re: EU-US open skies may not apply to UK post-Brexit

From a technical-political vista, England needs hundreds of technicians in all sorts of international treaties. Estimates go into the tens of thousands. And the timeline to produce final written versions into somewhat unacceptable years. Combine that with years of civil service cuts, Brexit is goin...

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by klakzky123
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget
Replies: 37
Views: 5830

Re: Trump calls for air traffic control spin-off in budget

I have zero faith in the government's ability to privatize anything correctly anymore. Especially with a president (and other white house and congressional officials) with all kinds of business ties. I don't see how we can privatize something while maximizing public interest. There are countries tha...

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by klakzky123
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination
Replies: 166
Views: 11556

Re: Proposed Essential Air Service elimination

The state of Alaska gives a portion of oil revenue's to its citizens, why is that not used to pay for air service. Why are the oil companies not handing out discounted 100LL if the growth of towns is due to their influence. Prior to aviation many of this towns got by on hunting and trading and coul...

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by klakzky123
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't B6 fly to the midwest?
Replies: 81
Views: 7718

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

B6 would probably be in MSP if SY didn't exist. SY serves all of B6's natural opportunities. Plus MCO and FLL are already quite competitive as is. B6 doesn't stand to gain much in either market other than making the already low prices even lower. BOS is served by SY and DL year around with NK adding...

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by klakzky123
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 12059

Re: Minneapolis Air Service Discussion

Didn't see this anywhere but SY announced flights to AUS and STS. Looks like a pretty limited run (1x weekly every Thursday) for this fall but it'll be an interesting experiment. Not sure if it will work but nice to see them trying this.

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by klakzky123
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air COO: In talks with Delta for JV
Replies: 82
Views: 9513

Re: Korean Air COO: In talks with Delta for JV

I've flown KE quite a bit and its to bad the business class product on the A380, to be quite frank, sucks. The seat has to be as uncomfortable as they come and the lack of air vents combined with very warm cabins makes for a very long flight. On the other hand, the business cabin on the 748 has to ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Korean Air COO: In talks with Delta for JV
Replies: 82
Views: 9513

Re: Korean Air COO: In talks with Delta for JV

I've flown KE quite a bit and its to bad the business class product on the A380, to be quite frank, sucks. The seat has to be as uncomfortable as they come and the lack of air vents combined with very warm cabins makes for a very long flight. On the other hand, the business cabin on the 748 has to ...

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by klakzky123
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4
Replies: 305
Views: 16121

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4

What was the market between MSP-KEF before FI launched service? Now MSP has two daily flights seasonally. Sometimes direct service can stimulate a market.... MSP got FI service in 1998. They don't even need to market in MSP anymore. They just sort of built their own following for low cost European ...

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by klakzky123
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4
Replies: 305
Views: 16121

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4

BRU - NW operated briefly in 2007 with its TATL 757 experiment DUS - NW operated a little bit longer in 2007-2008 with its TATL 757 experiment MXP - NW operated in 2000 with a DC-10-30, when they co-launched FCO & MXP service that summer and an alliance with Alitalia, MXP lasted one summer MAD ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4
Replies: 305
Views: 16121

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4

I'm not saying that Thomas Cook hates Detroit. It just isn't compatible with their business plan. They fly to destinations which are popular with the UK Point of Sale, are price sensitive, and are where less-than-daily or seasonal service will work. DTW isn't that kind of destination. Unlike WOW an...

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by klakzky123
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't British Airways retain a LCC offshoot?
Replies: 22
Views: 3554

Re: Why didn't British Airways retain a LCC offshoot?

Isn't Vueling the designated IAG LCC now? It has their north-south vacay traffic that is primarily `LCC'. It is. Just like Transavia is AF/KL's LCC and Eurowings is LH's LCC. I think the broader story is that legacy carriers as a whole were late to the LCC market. This applies to IAG, AF/KL and LH....

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by klakzky123
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Domestic Night Flights
Replies: 34
Views: 2527

Re: US Domestic Night Flights

ANC-MSP is a redeye and its absolutely miserable.

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by klakzky123
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boeing, GE launch group to back US Import Tax, cut on Export Tax.
Replies: 67
Views: 3322

Re: Boeing, GE launch group to back US Import Tax, cut on Export Tax.

What a weird moment in history. Republicans of all people are advocating protectionism now? And Democrats are now the ones opposing tariffs? Then again, the Tories in the UK are advocating leaving the EU now which was unthinkable a few years ago as well. As for GE and Boeing, they're being smart abo...

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by klakzky123
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL
Replies: 30
Views: 4089

Re: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL

I go to Europe 2 X per year and this year will require trips through CDG via Air France. The first trip will be with my wife where we will be flying from Barcelona to CDG to catch a LAX bound A380. There's only a 1 hour 45 minute connection time. Do any of you with experience making the transit thr...

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by klakzky123
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL
Replies: 30
Views: 4089

Re: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL

I wish I had everyone's luck at AMS. I've gotten killed by immigration delays the last 3 times I've been there. Usually the machines keep breaking and they aren't able to get enough staff over to do manned immigration checks and then it turns into chaos. When its working, AMS is easily the better op...

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by klakzky123
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL
Replies: 30
Views: 4089

Re: AMS vs CDG for Skyteam and DL

I fly DL a lot and always avoid CDG, AMS much better for connections. CDG is as sucky as Terminal 3 at LHR the DL insists on using! I actually do the opposite. AMS immigration can get absurd at times (especially when those automated immigration terminals are down which seems to be half the time). C...

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by klakzky123
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian ceo plans for bigger alliance
Replies: 16
Views: 2612

Re: Norwegian ceo plans for bigger alliance

I think it is wishful thinking with NK/F9 unless they have solved the core problem which is that the NK/F9 reservation systems are bare bones and don't really work for alliances. I don't think such a thing can even be accommodated presently. You realize that other LCCs use the same systems that NK ...

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by klakzky123
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada adds YYZ/YUL-KEF
Replies: 48
Views: 6037

Re: Air Canada adds YYZ/YUL-KEF

This just seems like a response to the Icelandic carriers. WOW and Icelandair threaten to take a reasonable amount of leisure traffic to Europe. This seems like an attempt to capture the portion of traffic visiting Iceland (and not transiting) in order to weaken yields. Delta is doing the same thing...

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by klakzky123
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 14094

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

I don't agree with that logic because using the same line of thinking then Delta sucks at maintenance because they do it themselves (effectively) instead of outsourcing to Boeing/Airbus since they made the aircraft and thus would be able to fix it better than Delta ever could. If your company becom...

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by klakzky123
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 14094

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

This is the downside to managing all IT in house. Delta isn't an IT company and all of the little things like IT disaster recovery, backups, contingencies, etc.. are hard to do when they most likely aren't equipped and staffed for that. Taking all IT in house has let Delta be extra agile an innovat...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 14094

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

While I was impacted yesterday for 12 hours due to the Technology Crash, and subsequent mechanical diversion back to Atlanta, it really hit me how Delta has lost the personal touch to dealing with their frequent fliers and all passengers. We arrived after 2 hours in the air after a diversion. They ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs
Replies: 108
Views: 14094

Re: DL Domestic Groundstop + Subs

This is the downside to managing all IT in house. Delta isn't an IT company and all of the little things like IT disaster recovery, backups, contingencies, etc.. are hard to do when they most likely aren't equipped and staffed for that. Taking all IT in house has let Delta be extra agile an innovati...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New service announcements: CLE, CVG and BNA
Replies: 41
Views: 5958

Re: New service announcements: CLE, CVG and BNA

greenair727 wrote:
^I agree.

Re F9, does Frontier have any partners or JV's like the DL-AF?


Frontier is a true LCC. Their business model is built specifically around avoiding partnerships. LCCs tend to stay away from interline if they can.

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by klakzky123
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada's new network partner - Silver Airways!
Replies: 10
Views: 2324

Re: Air Canada's new network partner - Silver Airways!

Wow did not see that coming! too bad though its just an interline and not a codeshare agreement. Interline agreements aren't any different. Interline agreements cover the proration of tickets to allow an airline to resell a seat on a partner's route but remit a discounted amount of money (based on ...

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by klakzky123
Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 151
Views: 20288

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

I guess no one here ever travels with kids? Are you carrying around 4 tablets? B6 and VX already proved how valuable a marketing tool in seat IFE is. This is a cost cutting move pure and simple. Everyone understands that you need to offer some level of content to your customers but how you offer it ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin
Replies: 132
Views: 8086

Re: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin

I don't agree with him but one thing that I wouldn't mind taking a look at is the process of increasing the price of a particular item (bag or carryon) depending on where you are in the process. So if you make it to boarding but didn't buy a carryon, Spirit charges you $100. That strikes me as rathe...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?
Replies: 66
Views: 7874

Re: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?

AA has the best JV partner for Indian travel. Just give up on India. BA has the best set of connections to secondary Indian cities of any of the European carriers. You can go one stop to every major city via LHR. That's such a huge competitive advantage that DL and UA just don't have. LH used to be...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One World Lack of Integration
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

Re: One World Lack of Integration

Your post title is really poor - it sounds like you should have written "AA/BA Travel Problems" rather than mentioning oneworld. Most people still don't understand how alliances work and what they represent. An alliance is really just an agreement for loyalty for the airline of your choic...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?
Replies: 66
Views: 7874

Re: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?

AA has the best JV partner for Indian travel. Just give up on India. BA has the best set of connections to secondary Indian cities of any of the European carriers. You can go one stop to every major city via LHR. That's such a huge competitive advantage that DL and UA just don't have. LH used to be ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One World Lack of Integration
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

Re: One World Lack of Integration

I think a lot of this has to do with the complexity of IAG rather than the AA/BA partnership. The IAG airlines are on separate reservation systems and have to do a fairly complex codeshare process to make the whole thing work. And IAG still hasn't been able to get proper check in processes to connec...

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by klakzky123
Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smaller Hub Cities?
Replies: 84
Views: 8165

Re: Smaller Hub Cities?

SLC is a wealthy metro period. So is MSP. That is 90% of the formula. Good economies make good hubs.

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by klakzky123
Thu Jan 19, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair says it could scrap UK domestic routes after Brexit
Replies: 194
Views: 15493

Re: Ryanair says it could scrap UK domestic routes after Brexit

Honestly, I think the odds are pretty good that the UK finds a way to stay in the EU Common Aviation Area even if they choose to leave the Single Market. It's a win-win for everyone, has nothing really to do with immigration, and will save the UK from a series of headaches around aviation treaties. ...

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by klakzky123
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Kirby: Premium Economy is coming, BE to start in MSP
Replies: 16
Views: 3854

Re: UA Kirby: Premium Economy is coming, BE to start in MSP

Did he say anything about Premium Economy product? I can't find other references to it. To me that confirmation would be more meaningful than what happens at the lowest end of the customer spectrum since it has larger implications on UAs revenue and reputation. Basic Economy will be difficult to en...

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by klakzky123
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 15131

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

Say I carry a thick coat. Inside the plane, is warm, so i put it in the overhead bins. Will that be against the rules? So you can carry a thick coat, but not a carry on bag, that was built exactly to the airline specifications??? I believe the system is each day worse. I had never used the option o...

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by klakzky123
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 155
Views: 15131

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

I sometimes feel pity for Americans. Their airlines don't think about passengers at all.. only money. It's not so bad. I'd say the major American carriers have stepped up their game in terms of the actual product on board. Plus, unlike a certain British carrier, you can still get free drinks and sn...

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by klakzky123
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN
Replies: 37
Views: 5668

Re: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN

LOL people on this forum once again talking about SIN-ATL incase you guys don't know Detroit is Delta's gateway to the eastern United States for Asia so if anything it would be DTW-SIN All of those routes in Detroit also generate a significant level of O&D from Detroit (mostly due to the auto i...

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by klakzky123
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?
Replies: 47
Views: 7002

Re: Why is Jet Airways so bearish with widebodies?

If DL takes over EY share for $300-$400 Million(excluding FFP), DL can bring its revenue and network management skills and tidy up in no time. In no time. There speaks someone yet to visit, let alone work there or change the status quo. Truth. There's no such thing as quick or tidy in India. Change...

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by klakzky123
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How is it possible to book flights in Turkmenistan Airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

Re: How is it possible to book flights in Turkmenistan Airlines?

Every major airline in the world now uses Etickets. You MAY find paper tickets on some obscure tiny airline somewhere remotely but that is a VERY rare occurence nowadays. We tried to confirm a booking on Turkmenistan Airlines a few weeks ago (I work in corporate travel) and it was an absolute night...

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by klakzky123
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How is it possible to book flights in Turkmenistan Airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

Re: How is it possible to book flights in Turkmenistan Airlines?

I wonder if they even use etickets. They might be some sort of legacy paper ticket operation which would more or less necessitate the use of travel agencies since there's no way they are operating ticket desks anywhere.

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by klakzky123
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia to exit FCO to MXP in 1Q17
Replies: 40
Views: 7204

Re: Alitalia To Leave MXP

As long as AZ remains a member (??) of the AF, AZ, DL, KL Joint Venture, AZ maintains a presence in the TATL market from MXP. - MXP-JFK on DL - MXP-ATL on DL I was under the impression that the JV (Joint Venture) with AF/KL was due to expire in a couple of weeks having not been renewed in 2015. The...

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by klakzky123
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father
Replies: 104
Views: 13091

Re: 2 sisters kicked off Allegiant flight prevented from seeing dying father

I think some flight attendants could definitely learn some better methods of communicating with their passengers BUT, the flying public needs to learn that if flight attendant tells you to sit down, you sit down. I think there are larger issues at play. Airlines have been moving away from career an...

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by klakzky123
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Free things on flights?
Replies: 17
Views: 1544

Re: Free things on flights?

Totally forgot about playing cards. Do they still have those on planes? I still have a few packs of Lufthansa and BA cards somewhere.

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by klakzky123
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia board approves revised business plan
Replies: 52
Views: 10014

Re: Alitalia board approves revised business plan

This all makes me think that when WN can finally code share (if we aren't all dead by then) it will unlock all sorts of new feed options for all the international carriers and be a major setback to existing legacy US3 long-haul intl hubs. Please help me to understand why Southwest cannot code share...

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by klakzky123
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta/Virgin to expand codeshare partnership with Jet Airways
Replies: 41
Views: 5964

Re: Delta/Virgin to expand codeshare partnership with Jet Airways

Benefits 9W Marketed / DL Operated Accrual of Tier Miles / Tier Points Yes Accrual of Tier and Cabin Bonus Yes Lounge Access No Business Class Upgrade Vouchers 9W No Business Class check-in No Additional Baggage Allowance No Tele Check-in No Guaranteed Reservations No Redemption of JPMiles No I thi...

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by klakzky123
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia needs180 million Euros to survive or bankruptcy
Replies: 23
Views: 4267

Re: Alitalia needs180 million Euros to survive or bankruptcy

Airlines like Alitalia are the ones that paid the price for the EU common aviation market. I wonder if governments like Italy had a chance to re-vote on that whether they would agree to it. The Italians are powerless to stop an airline from Ryanair or Easyjet from poaching the domestic market especi...

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by klakzky123
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread
Replies: 57
Views: 3984

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

If Boeing is to make a MoM plane with 4500-5000nm range then the entire East Asia from Japan, Korea, Eastern China to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia can all be connected to Fiji with the MoM which probably will give a big boost to Fiji tourism industry? And looking at the map I wonder why ...

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by klakzky123
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who's getting the best deal of VS/DL agreement?
Replies: 21
Views: 3481

Re: Who's getting the best deal of VS/DL agreement?

Did anyone else notice that the new VS app is quite literally the DL app with the logos changed? Sorry if a bit off topic. It's garbage mate, along with the website too. I've yet to meet anyone that's said "I really like the new design, it's fantastic!" Apparently it's a huge cost saving ...

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by klakzky123
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska/Virgin America New Hub?
Replies: 122
Views: 13481

Re: Alaska/Virgin America New Hub?

The two airports I see AS being interested in is MSP and PHX. Both however, would require changes to the status quo though. MSP would be a target if AS could buy or displace Sun Country. PHX would be a target if AA dials down service there. I'm just shooting from the hip, but I really believe those...

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