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by Cointrin330
Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency
Replies: 193
Views: 21262

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Just flew Air Berlin from JFK to TXL last week. Good flight. On time. Clean aircraft. Sat in an XL seat. The XL seats were empty. So was business class. I was worried this was going to happen. At TXL, it's an operational mess which won't be improved by a LH takeover, until the BER airport finally op...

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by Cointrin330
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Before it starts, UA upgauges EWR-EZE
Replies: 30
Views: 7342

Re: Before it starts, UA upgauges EWR-EZE

Newbiepilot wrote:
At 5200 miles, will EWR-EZE be the longest 767-400 route? That is pushing the range of the airplane a bit.


EWR to EZE will not be pushing the limits of the 767-400. UA/CO have operated the same plane on EWR-HNL for years and never an issue. Roughly the same distance.

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by Cointrin330
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible AA Intl S18 changes
Replies: 88
Views: 15114

Re: Possible AA Intl S18 changes

Be wary of anyone claiming themselves to be a thought leader. Usually means they are far from it. American is not DL or B6 at JFK. It has been 2 decades or more since AA was the largest carrier at JFK and that is not going to change any time soon. American does serve corporate contracts and maintain...

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by Cointrin330
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier
Replies: 21
Views: 6710

Re: BCN-OAK on LEVEL - Putting the Lows in Low Cost Carrier

Airlines within airlines generally don't work and I don't put much faith in this. Seems like Level was a rushed response, not a strategic think, in terms of responding to Norwegian. If they are subbing in Iberia aircraft, handling the bookings, etc...there has to be hidden costs to IAG that it can't...

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by Cointrin330
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor adds San Fransisco and Los Angeles
Replies: 20
Views: 3674

Re: Condor adds San Fransisco and Los Angeles

Midwestindy wrote:
Cointrin330 wrote:
Why if LH flies the same route?


Simply put, there is enough demand for both. LH is geared towards business, and can benefit from UA connections in SFO and LAX. DE is geared towards leisure and SFO and LAX are huge leisure destinations.


My mistake, I thought Condor was part of Lufthansa.

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Condor adds San Fransisco and Los Angeles
Replies: 20
Views: 3674

Re: Condor adds San Fransisco and Los Angeles

Why if LH flies the same route?

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Attn SFO Spotters: QF 744 VH-OJM final revenue flight (QF73 SYD-SFO) this Sunday, 30 July 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 3601

Re: Attn SFO Spotters: QF 744 VH-OJM final revenue flight (QF73 SYD-SFO) this Sunday, 30 July 2017

"Gosford" is ancient. I travelled on this very 747-400 from LAX to JFK in January 2016 (having connected at LAX from the QF11 A380 flight from SYD) and I can tell you the 747 was looking particularly old and tired. The cabin was tidy but showing signs of wear. The restrooms were really old...

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8526

Re: United Drops Hangzhou

It was very clear from UAL's 3Q earnings report that the carrier is facing headwinds in the Pacific and specifically in China, where there is a lot of competition. The HGH route was started at a time when UA could not get a slot for a second daily service into PVG, which it now has. Time will tell i...

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Berlin Question
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Air Berlin Question

I'll be shortly traveling to TXL from the US on AB in their XL seat on the A330-200 and curious as to how the service is. I've heard and read a lot of negative comments about Air Berlin. I selected them because I used Advantage miles to book this ticket. What has been people's experience with them?

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover
Replies: 76
Views: 15625

Re: Etihad submits an offer for full Alitalia takeover

Why would anyone want Alitalia? The service has much improved but the company is a basket case.

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline hub closures
Replies: 116
Views: 14501

Re: US airline hub closures

The only US carrier hub cuts I see in the near future is NRT for both UA and DL. Right now, United has DEN, EWR, GUM, HNL, IAD, IAH, ICN, LAX, ORD, and SFO from NRT. ICN ends October 27th. That leaves NRT-HNL as the only NRT flight not to a UA hub. I'd say NRT's already been de-hubbed by United. De...

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LX A321/A320/A319 Fleet Question
Replies: 2
Views: 900

LX A321/A320/A319 Fleet Question

Does anyone know what percentage of the LX A321/A320/A319 fleet is made up of ex-Swissair aircraft vs. newer builds and deliveries? It seems some A321 and A320 models are post-2010 builds. Just curious.

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA lack of destinations?
Replies: 25
Views: 4822

Re: AA lack of destinations?

AA doesn't fly to Russia because there is no money in those routes. Russia (let's keep it to US-Moscow) is heavy on the VFR and less business driven, and that is unlikely to change any time soon. American did fly ORD-DME for a time in the mid-2000s and the route was hugely unprofitable. Same with In...

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United U.S - China Secondary Growth
Replies: 92
Views: 8526

Re: United U.S - China Secondary Growth

Are HGH and XIY at risk of being cut? (XIY is seasonal).

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by Cointrin330
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s
Replies: 71
Views: 12313

Re: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit

Lower fuel / quick retirement of the 747s is giving them flexibility in the International long haul fleet. .... 4 more 77Ws in 2018 covers for the A35Ks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_economy_in_aircraft#5.2C000.E2.80.937.2C600_nautical_miles_.289.2C300.E2.80.9314.2C100.C2.A0km.29 Retiring mor...

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by Cointrin330
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s
Replies: 71
Views: 12313

Re: United 2Q17 $818M Net Profit, Defers A350s Again

What about the 767 fleet? The -300ER's (35 frames) were built and delivered mostly in the 1990's with a handful ordered and delivered in the early 2000s. They are heavily used on TATL and Deep South America routes and are on the path to total cabin refits, with the last 3 class birds being the first...

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by Cointrin330
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA regional British isles routes cuts
Replies: 122
Views: 15246

Re: UA Ends BHX flights, and BA ends LHR-Stavanger and Bergen service

If UA can't fill a 757 from the UK's second largest city to one of the largest O&D markets in the world, it should be an indication that Brexit and the effects of low cost carriers going long haul does have a hand in this. UA has 400+ daily flights at EWR. The market is clearly just not there.

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by Cointrin330
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Argentina to force transfer International flights from Aeroparque to Ezeiza
Replies: 37
Views: 5732

Re: Argentina to force transfer International flights from Aeroparque to Ezeiza

What a shame. Flew SCL to AEP a couple of years ago on LAN (now LATAM) and really appreciated the quick arrival process. EZE has improved greatly in recent years but it's still a bit of a hike from the city center.

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines serve JFK for a notch on their belt or to make money?
Replies: 44
Views: 8357

Re: Airlines serve JFK for a notch on their belt or to make money?

JFK and NYC are the largest O&D market in I think the world. Slots at JFK at peak times are not always easy to secure. It's certainly a profitable market for most who serve it or at the very least, a prestige route.

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta "security incident" - passenger attempts to open exit door
Replies: 117
Views: 14316

Re: Delta "security incident" - passenger attempts to enter cockpit

These incidents are really becoming tiresome. If someone does that on a plane, and it's obvious it is not terrorism, but attributed to alcohol, drugs, or some other personal issue, the resulting consequences should be to make the perpetrator liable to cover all expenses associated with the diversion...

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA EWR-FCO Goes Year-Round
Replies: 23
Views: 5021

Re: UA EWR-FCO Goes Year-Round

UA has operated EWR-FCO year round in the past, and then switched to seasonal flying. The only reason they are going year-round is to challenge DY which has announced FCO-EWR. Don't be fooled by UA's celebration of 20 years of service to Italy campaign promoting year round flights.

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Long Haul - Is It Profitable? Is It Sustainable?
Replies: 67
Views: 13475

Norwegian Long Haul - Is It Profitable? Is It Sustainable?

Admittedly, I could just do a search and look at their financial reporting, but recall reading that Norwegian as a whole wasn't profitable in its last fiscal year. Is the long haul break neck expansion profitable? What do others on this forum think about the sustainability of their strategy?

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by Cointrin330
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LOT to start Budapest - New York & Chicago
Replies: 103
Views: 19395

Re: LOT to start Budapest- New York

BUD probably does need a nonstop to North America. The problem is, they don't seem to work. Business ties are not really that strong and it's mostly VFR. Malev couldn't make it work in the 1990s, Delta tried, and even with good feed at JFK, dropped it. AA lasted a year. Maybe less and only because M...

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by Cointrin330
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: RYANAIR SkyInterior | Milan/Bergamo to Santiago | ABORTED TAKEOFF | Photos + Video 4K
Replies: 8
Views: 2302

Re: RYANAIR SkyInterior | Milan/Bergamo to Santiago | ABORTED TAKEOFF | Photos + Video 4K

Flew in one of the newest Ryanair 737-800's with the sky interior from SVQ to RAQ in April. Flight was delayed 2 hours due to "technical" problems. Cabin interior was fine but to be honest, the return flight from RAK to BCN on an older 737-800 was more comfortable. And on time.

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by Cointrin330
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule
Replies: 55
Views: 14641

Re: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule

By November there will be 8 77W routes: EWR-NRT EWR-TLV SFO-FRA SFO-HKG SFO-NRT SFO-PEK SFO-SYD SFO-TPE. Did not realize SFO-SYD was getting the 77W. Thought UA was happy rationalizing Australia flying around the 787-9 but I guess the route either does well, thanks to the substantial feed UA has at...

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by Cointrin330
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al to buy Israir to Meet Low-cost Competition
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

Re: El Al to buy Israir to Meet Low-cost Competition

Why did ISRAIR stop flying to JFK? They had one or two A330's for this route back in the late 2000s.

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by Cointrin330
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would NW have left JFK?
Replies: 21
Views: 4684

Re: Would NW have left JFK?

If NW had not merged with DL, it most likely would have cut JFK entirely, and not because of Delta. NW had a presence at JFK with flights to DTW and MSP to feed NYC originating/destination traffic to/from its TPAC flights from those two hubs. The AMS flight was simply added to rotate a 747 more effi...

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule
Replies: 55
Views: 14641

Re: United Adding Additional 77W's to Schedule

I would have to think EWR-HKG will eventually get the 77W and they rotate the aircraft used on the SFO-HKG route. With the additional 4 77W's UA ordered, I can see them adding perhaps PVG as the other 77W route from EWR. Are the 777-200ER's coming off EWR routes like NRT and the 1 x TLV route being ...

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Iberia A333 Madrid to New York economy class
Replies: 3
Views: 6901

Re: Iberia A333 Madrid to New York economy class

Nice report and video. I've flown IB a few times in the last two years, including MAD-JFK, JFK-MAD, and TLS-SVQ and have found the experience to be consistent and quite good. Both of my TATL flights were in Iberia Business. The seat and the entertainment system are both quite good. The cabin service...

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by Cointrin330
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Current 767-400 routes?
Replies: 14
Views: 3388

Re: Current 767-400 routes?

Here's a neat trick. We can tell that pretty much every 764 market is profitable and healthy. ATL-STR stands out. BCN and VCE also stand out. UA operates BCN year round from EWR, but IAD to BCN is seasonal. EWR-VCE on UA is seasonal as is JFK-VCE. BCN is a popular year round destination but a lot o...

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are the 757/767 so popular?
Replies: 71
Views: 10501

Re: Why are the 757/767 so popular?

Cockpit commonality.

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 787 Walls moving in turbulence
Replies: 54
Views: 14976

Re: 787 Walls moving in turbulence

I don't think this is unique to the 787 and I've experienced this on a number of aircraft. it's more noticeable probably on a wide body and I think this is due to the fact that the walls are designed to move around like that in turbulence. They are still anchored but the flexibility actually helps t...

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by Cointrin330
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA LAX-SFO all Eagle now
Replies: 75
Views: 9752

Re: AA LAX-SFO all eagle now, sad face

Not entirely surprising. It's a big market for sure, but there is plenty of supply between UA, DL, and AS/VX. UA can and does use mainline A/C because it hubs at both ends.

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Auckland to Houston flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Re: Why no Auckland to Houston flights?

Air New Zealand flies AKL-IAH almost daily.

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by Cointrin330
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL outlines A350 routes
Replies: 174
Views: 41175

Re: DL A350 inaugural flight will be DTW-NRT

Surprised the A350 isn't being used on LAX-SYD. I thought I had heard DL wanted to put the 350 on the SYD route as a way to increase competitiveness with QF/AA/UA but I suppose the 77L is equally suited for the LAX-SYD run.

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?
Replies: 105
Views: 14388

Re: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?

EWR has long been a crown jewel in the networks of pre-merger CO and now within UA. No other airline with a large presence in the NY Area can claim to have their entire operation under essentially one roof. Airfares out of NYC are generally a profit stream, given the high demand, large and diverse c...

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK JFK-MXP Segment
Replies: 8
Views: 3563

EK JFK-MXP Segment

Does anyone know how this flight performs financially for Emirates? Has it stimulated traffic or is it just a way for EK to increase utilization of an A380 that would otherwise sit idle at MXP for the better part of a day. The market itself was well served previously, with AZ, DL, and AA operating t...

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by Cointrin330
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On
Replies: 80
Views: 8487

Re: BA's "World Images" Tailfins - 20 Years On

I lived in the UK from 1996 to 1999 when the World Tails were at the height of BA's marketing. Can't say I ever really liked them but the designs were beautiful and looked amazing on things like bag tags and airport signage featuring the BA name.

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by Cointrin330
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al inaugurates the Dreamliner with new J and Y+ classes
Replies: 64
Views: 15517

Re: El Al inaugurates the Dreamliner with new J and Y+ classes

Good to see EL AL investing in some much needed upgrades. It's fleet is getting old and the look and feel of the premium and main cabins are tired and unappealing on the existing 747, 777, and 767 fleets. The 789 will look great in the LY livery.

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA RDU 777/DL 763 LHR and CDG OPS
Replies: 23
Views: 5743

Re: AA RDU 777/DL 763 LHR and CDG OPS

Didn't AA fly many different wide bodies into RDU in the early 1990's hub era? I recall 762ER's operating LGW/ORY and DC10's thrown in on some domestic runs as well. RDU had no problem handling those then, either, right?

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards
Replies: 54
Views: 9340

Re: UA FAs to get TUMI rollaboards

All of this is lovely, and helps to further boost employee morale, but United still obviously needs to focus on the basics of customer service, despite a lot of money spent on improvements, still delivers a sub-par product relative to its peers and is nowhere near as reliable operationally as DL and...

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by Cointrin330
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA RDU 777/DL 763 LHR and CDG OPS
Replies: 23
Views: 5743

AA RDU 777/DL 763 LHR and CDG OPS

Today I flew out of RDU to NYC and watched both the Delta 767-300ER land from CDG and the American 777-200ER from LHR arrive. For the AA 777, it seemed as though the reverse thrust or braking mechanisms were applied very hard because the plane came to a very quick stop after what seemed like a very ...

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by Cointrin330
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Police remove pax off DL flight
Replies: 38
Views: 8045

Re: Police remove pax off DL flight

Here's an idea. When idiots like this do this, or drunk passengers cause diversions, etc...simply ban them for 10 years from flying the airline again and consider putting them on some watch list. While the airlines and their greed are partly to blame for incidents like this, so are some of the passe...

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by Cointrin330
Sat May 27, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?
Replies: 32
Views: 11381

Is Etihad Essentially A Failure?

Despite the country's deep pockets and enormous wealth, is Etihad essentially a failed airline that will never be able to catch up to Emirates and Qatar? The airline has invested in a string of disasters, spending billions to rebrand, but not re-engineer troubled carriers (AZ, AB for instance) and a...

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by Cointrin330
Thu May 25, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's 767-200 Fleet, why was it retired?
Replies: 27
Views: 6291

Re: Delta's 767-200 Fleet, why was it retired?

Was Delta the launch customer for the 767-200?

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by Cointrin330
Sun May 21, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 11913

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

The Virgin brand, as far as airlines go, does not carry the same special cachet that it did in the 1990's and the early to mid-2000's. There is really nothing unique about any of the Virgin branded carriers (Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and Virgin America, now fading into Alaska). The marketi...

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by Cointrin330
Sat May 20, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat
Replies: 59
Views: 11913

Re: Richard Branson may start a new US airline venture after Alaska spat

The Virgin brand, as far as airlines go, does not carry the same special cachet that it did in the 1990's and the early to mid-2000's. There is really nothing unique about any of the Virgin branded carriers (Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, and Virgin America, now fading into Alaska). The marketin...

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by Cointrin330
Sat May 20, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL6077 7pm BOS-LGA last night (May 18th)
Replies: 26
Views: 4092

Re: DL6077 7pm BOS-LGA last night (May 18th)

High winds particularly after 6PM tonight. I've had this issue with BOS-LGA many times. Ground stops at LGA lasting about 30-40 minutes, with an eye to slowing traffic inbound.

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by Cointrin330
Wed May 17, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?
Replies: 33
Views: 8173

Re: Why is DL Operating a 757 on EWR-CDG?

Delta has scaled up its operation at EWR over the years and operates out of one of the Terminal B rotundas all to itself. A bit surprised to see this route downgraded to a 757 even for time considered a bit slower during the year.

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by Cointrin330
Wed May 17, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did VS get rid of its DTW route?
Replies: 24
Views: 4815

Re: Why did VS get rid of its DTW route?

Probably due to the fact that DTW isn't as premium heavy ex-LHR as SEA and DL/VS would capture better yields using a VS aircraft with more seats out of SEA than a DL one.

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