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by klakzky123
Sat May 27, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Etihad to sell Air Berlin stake
Replies: 25
Views: 4296

Re: Etihad to sell Air Berlin stake

I'm sure LH is the only possible buyer and they know it. EY will get pennies for their ownership stake. LH can just drag this out as long as possible and at some point EY will crack and sell for a fraction of what they invested. Plus there's the whole debt issue with Air Berlin and LH will probably ...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 26, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 11253

Re: United ends Interline Agreements with 5 Mideast Airlines

Interline is pretty much never "BAD". As long as you are offering interline to anybody, the incremental cost to extend it to another carrier is minimal. That's not entirely true depending on how settlement is arranged. For example, an itinerary where someone flies EY from DEL to AUH to DF...

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by klakzky123
Thu May 25, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM/DL to add 5 new US-MX routes in fall 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 6219

Re: AM/DL to add 5 new US-MX routes in fall 2017

Does the DL/AM JV cover South American connections? My understanding was that the JV just covered cross border traffic and connections within Mexico. For Central and South America, I assumed it would either be DL metal or connections via South American partners.

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by klakzky123
Wed May 24, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

So then what you are saying is Ed Bastian is nothing more than a mouth peace that will say what ever he needs to to achieve his desired result weather there is truth or not in his comments. What many fail to realize is MSP was more important as far as Asia went in the Northwest days in this day and...

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by klakzky123
Wed May 24, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

Would further expansion into the Caribbean from MSP make sense? I would think that Delta and Sun Country may as well give it a try. I'm not sure how much more expansion they can do. SY announced a seasonal Aruba flight so they're already attempting destinations that are traditionally more European ...

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by klakzky123
Tue May 23, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

The coherent case is the threat of the DOT taking away the slot and giving it to AA. But if that threat goes away, then yes, there's AA reasonable chance that the slot goes to SEA or DTW. Why would Delta want that slot, given the onerous conditions? Of course DL is free to fly MSP-HND forever. But ...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 22, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

At this point I am waiting for the announcement that MSP-HND ceases, and the launch announcement of MSP-ICN. There isn't a coherent case anymore to deny this. But I am open to someone making one. I think it will be made as one announcement. The coherent case is the threat of the DOT taking away the...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I really don't see MSP-ICN happening. With ATL, DTW, and SEA they have pretty much all the bases covered. I think before we see ICN-MSP we will see PDX-ICN but hey what do I know. As stated by many MSP just doesn't have the Asian O/D traffic to support such a flight something Delta looks for when a...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 22, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I am not so sure, for three reasons: 1) I think DL will want to retain connectivity between all its major hubs (SLC excepted) to TYO; if MSP were to lose HND, that supposition means they would need to return to NRT. I don't see the advantage. I don't understand why they would want this. NRT has no ...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 22, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I agree that MSP-ICN is a matter of when, and not if. To me, the big question is will MSP-ICN happen at the same time as MSP-HND. Basically, is there fear on DLs part that adding MSP-ICN would create too much TransPac supply from MSP? I think the answer is no, as the HND flight is made up almost 10...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 19, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I really don't see DL winning, and if they did I pray the airport commission would provide incentives to bring FI back if/when DL axed MSP-KEF. FI has the advantage of providing a low cost option to numerous European destinations with just a stopover at KEF. Almost every other option to Europe is e...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 19, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I am thinking that MSP has a stronger economy than Detroit...I am correct in assuming this? Yes but Detroit's economic base is truly a global set of companies. MSP's economic base (outside of the medical device industry) is really rooted in the US. There will never be the kind of international busi...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 19, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

I am thinking that MSP has a stronger economy than Detroit...I am correct in assuming this? Yes but Detroit's economic base is truly a global set of companies. MSP's economic base (outside of the medical device industry) is really rooted in the US. There will never be the kind of international busi...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 19, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

Looks like KL may be serving MSP year-round and with a 789 starting in October. Just from looking at booking MSP-AMS. Definitely looks like it. The dates shift from Mon, Wed, Sat to Tues, Fri, Sun but KLM is listing it with a 789. First time a 787 will fly to MSP. Hopefully, AF follows and gets rid...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 19, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!
Replies: 103
Views: 13734

Re: AA DFW-FCO/AMS Inaugural Today!!

DFW-AMS on a 767...good luck! bad decision to launch a new and long sector on a 1980's plane. :/ A flight on say a Delta 767 is perfectly fine. The planes are updated and refurbished to the point where the experience is close enough to newer planes. Frankly, the smaller cabin size makes economy pre...

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by klakzky123
Thu May 18, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?
Replies: 30
Views: 4839

Re: Why has Nigeria never had a major airline?

Nigeria is not a place where you can run a business. So, of course, it is impossible to run a major airline there. Well you can if the government is willing to endlessly subsidize an airline. There are plenty of equally if not more corrupt countries with flag carriers. But fortunately the governmen...

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by klakzky123
Tue May 16, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10478

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

TVNWZ wrote:
Has there ever been a computer system changeover that everyone has liked? Ever?


I'm willing to bet WN employees are happy to dump their ancient mainframe based system for something modern with Altea.

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by klakzky123
Tue May 16, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10478

Re: AA to end SABRE end of June

Its not that simple, its difficult to use, time consuming. It is so slow and takes so much time to use that many standbys are bing left behind at the gate because the system just isnt QIK as they say. Cant change multiple seat assignments at the same time, only one by one. To clear standbys takes t...

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by klakzky123
Tue May 16, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10478

Re: AA to end SABRE end of June

At the end of June AA will turn off SABRE as it finishes its transition to USAir's QIK system. I think this is a HUGE mistake. There was nothing wrong with SABRE. The new system is NOT QIK at all. Its slow, tedious, confusing, and makes no sense. It takes nearly 2-3x as long to accomplish many task...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 15, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

Every Delta related thread de-evolves into pure anger and accusations about Delta's motives. Its impossible to have an actual discussion on this stuff. This thread turned out more absurd than the DTW thread (which I didn't think was possible).

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by klakzky123
Mon May 15, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 497
Views: 26099

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

So totally wacko but I talked to some passengers going from MCO-AMM last Thursday and they used DL and transferred to RJ at DTW, is that even ethical? What a bizarre routing. Booking via RJ would put you with AA through ORD or BA though LHR, and a quick check on kayak gave me results with connectio...

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by klakzky123
Mon May 15, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the Concorde "fail"?
Replies: 68
Views: 6648

Re: Did the Concorde "fail"?

It failed in the sense that supersonic travel became heavily restricted over time. Most of the routes that were envisioned became impossible because of noise restrictions. Plus fuel consumption was so high that the economics crashed as fuel prices rose. The video also pointed out that they had to ke...

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by klakzky123
Sat May 13, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential
Replies: 266
Views: 20223

Re: MSP - Role In DL Network and Expansion Potential

One of the main problems with MSP is Minnesota itself. MN has become one of the worst states to do business in because of the tax laws and general environment. It's a great place to live, but without a job people cannot afford to live there. And the cost of living up there has become very high as w...

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by klakzky123
Thu May 11, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Makes SEA Better Than NRT For Delta
Replies: 154
Views: 14296

Re: What Makes SEA Better Than NRT For Delta

As the JV with KE doesn't cover China, we will likely see more flying from Seattle to Chinese destinations and to ICN but other Asian cities outside China beyond HKG, NRT are unlikely. Not necessarily, DL has been clear they intend to leverage China Eastern's PVG hub. They "made that clear&quo...

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by klakzky123
Fri May 05, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando Air Service Discussion Part 2
Replies: 223
Views: 19107

Re: Orlando Air Service Discussion Part 2

I wonder what DL can do at MCO to expand a little bit and make it a better focus city. I'm thinking more SA and Caribbean adds so it can be secondary flow South. Also, what's the next destination to get regular scheduled A321's other than ATL? I'm thinking LGA or BOS. I think MCO is just a point to...

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by klakzky123
Tue May 02, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?
Replies: 59
Views: 5152

Re: FT:Will Brexit complicate landing rights for UK flights?

The UK will almost certainly stay in the aviation related EU institutions (including the common aviation area). Everyone has too much to lose and everyone understands that any final deal will have the UK stay in at least some EU institutions. Plus there are already non-EU countries that participate....

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by klakzky123
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta denied boarding compensation max now $9,950
Replies: 58
Views: 8797

Re: Delta denied boarding compensation max now $9,950

Where I used to work, we did not intentionally overbook, but a bad reservation system that we used for a few years allowed seats to be booked twice under certain circumstances, which was horrible at times. In those cases, it was the equivalent of and IDB and that usually meant a full refund and a f...

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by klakzky123
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 215
Views: 21365

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

Does DL get to code share on KE flights to China? KE has phenomenal coverage to China. i don't think it's affecting Sea Very much. Maybe more feeds domestically from western US to the Sea hub if anything Unknown at present. KE has codeshares with CN carriers, e.g., KE5803 is operated PEK/ICN by CZ....

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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: 109
Views: 19514

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: 138
Views: 13194

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: 5918

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: 5954

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: 170
Views: 12765

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: 7966

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: 138
Views: 13194

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: 9773

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: 9773

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: 16523

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: 16523

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: 16523

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: 35
Views: 5775

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: 2636

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: 3452

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: 4181

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: 4181

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: 4181

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: 2686

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: 6196

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: 14327

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: 14327

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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