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by airzim
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?
Replies: 96
Views: 11472

Re: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?

When you compare the Polaris rollout to the DL Delta One Suites rollout, it is incredibly sad. And that doesn't even include the slow rollout of Polaris lounges. Not really sad, continual mis-perception. DL has only provided D1 suites on the A350s coming right from the factory and only just started...

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by airzim
Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?
Replies: 96
Views: 11472

Re: Has AA Slipped Behind UA to Become The Number 3 Airline?

I think UA's aggressive route expansion and systemwide rollout of Polaris earn it a solid number 2 spot and possibly number 1. Ha! Polaris has been possibly the slowest rollout (both lounges and seat) since Lufthansa put a new business product in. It's only started to really gain any traction this ...

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by airzim
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 Media Day
Replies: 83
Views: 12876

Re: Delta A350 Media Day

All is see is boxes, corners and squares. Delta One suites, walled boxes, the rectangle tables, square TVs, square 'door' (what a gimmick that 'door' is a joke) Premium Econ, upholstery, rectangles and squares. TVs square, layout of seat rows--large rectangles. Econ, perfectly aligned sharp corners,...

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by airzim
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 18671

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

I had my first experience flying in premium Economy on AA's 789 this last week and I loved it. I would never pay for a business class seat but would shell out the extra cash for Premium Economy on a longer flight. I think the airlines have figured out that there are people who will pay extra for a ...

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by airzim
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit
Replies: 112
Views: 18671

Re: UA to add seats to 777-200s with Polaris retrofit

United is pushing it with crappiness people will need to endure by choosing them in the future. In the recent past, I've had some of my best TATL flights on United, mostly thanks to some great crews. But this sardine can development, the paying customer beat down incident and the terrible customer ...

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by airzim
Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?
Replies: 47
Views: 5052

Re: Can Nav-Canada impose additional fee specific to Boeing aircraft overflying Canadian aerospace?

Now that U.S. has essentially blocked the C-Series from entering the U.S, It's time to speculate on what kind of retaliatory measure Can Canada put forward without damaging it's own economy? One of the ideas that would have minimal effect on Canadian economy , is to impose exuberant higher fees on ...

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by airzim
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018
Replies: 155
Views: 26441

Re: UA announces IAH-SYD, starting Jan 18, 2018

Isn't SYD slot restricted at that hour? Wonder where they got the slot and parking position?

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by airzim
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 16770

Re: ATH - North American Routes

Part of the problem is with A3 and UA not code-sharing with each other all that much. In fact, next to nothing. At least the AC overwater flights have A3 code-share numbers on them, which helps. That being said, it seems that UA is unwilling to view A3 as a "serious" airline. I suspect it...

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by airzim
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 16770

Re: ATH - North American Routes

Part of the problem is with A3 and UA not code-sharing with each other all that much. In fact, next to nothing. At least the AC overwater flights have A3 code-share numbers on them, which helps. That being said, it seems that UA is unwilling to view A3 as a "serious" airline. I suspect it...

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by airzim
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATH - North American Routes
Replies: 116
Views: 16770

Re: ATH - North American Routes

How is EK doing on ATH-EWR route with the A380 during off-season months? EK is using the 77W for EWR-ATH-DXB. In fact because of this, I booked away from EK and took LX back to the US from ATH to avoid the subpar J class on the EK 77W. IIRC, EWR cannot handle an A380 given the taxiway and gate cons...

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by airzim
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 46412

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

So I actually think DL has better product than AA, but I ended up picking them due to OneWorld advantages out of NYC. NYC is a global city where major finance, fashion and law companies normally have one major office in Europe (most likely in London) and one major office in Asia (most likely one of...

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by airzim
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 46412

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

[twoid][/twoid]

PlatinumSteve wrote:
atl100million wrote:
The 757 cannot fly JFK-ZRH, certainly on a year round basis.



I think it can. Eight seconds of Googling showed that Delta used to run a 752 back in 2009.


CO also had run the 757 on EWR-ZRH

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by airzim
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL
Replies: 360
Views: 46412

Re: AA Starting PHL-BUD/PRG; ORD-VCE; Move JFK-ZRH to PHL

The PRG/BUD/VCE/BCN additions are all catering to the lucrative Babyboomer retirement cruises on the MED and Danube. All of these cities are either the start or the finish of these tours. I was in PRG, VIE, and BUD this summer and there were American tourist on Viking Tours everywhere. This market d...

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by airzim
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country and the DC-10-15
Replies: 15
Views: 3450

Re: Sun Country and the DC-10-15

Didn't they run these with the most bone crushing configuration? I have a faint memory of an all economy configuration running from south Texas to MSP.

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by airzim
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam
Replies: 41
Views: 8814

Re: Scope of Delta in Amsterdam

Out of curiosity, and I know off the main topic, but how does this compare to AA at LHR or UA at FRA or even DL at CDG? Both of those questions were answered on the first page of this thread. Thanks JBS, I see that now, but was looking for the detail of flights similar to what is posted. I would re...

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by airzim
Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Finding Load Factors
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Re: Finding Load Factors

It seems most here are actually calculating seat factor, not load factor. LF calculation is really RPM/ASM.

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by airzim
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last A340 operator
Replies: 56
Views: 11456

Re: Last A340 operator

I suspect the last operator that may or may not be currently using the A340 today, but a small airline that struggles with ETOPS requirements.

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by airzim
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is EWR UA's Long-Term Answer for an East Coast Super-hub?
Replies: 105
Views: 15145

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

According to Port Authority reports, LGA alone carries two times more New York City originating or destination passengers than EWR. 78% of LGA and 83% of JFK passengers are local NYC originating/terminating while EWR is 29% local NYC originating or terminating. 60% of EWR traffic is New Jersey or P...

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by airzim
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 60512

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

If one would want to take the contrarian view of the UA/SQ relationship, in the absence of a JV between the two, having UA and SQ flying both of the two largest markets nonstop to SIN effectively freezes out any chance of a competitor trying either market in the future. This will help both companies...

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by airzim
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Police remove pax off DL flight
Replies: 38
Views: 8416

Re: Police remove pax off DL flight

[quote="oldannyboy"]Nothing to do with Dr Dao who was sitting quietly minding his own business when he was abruptly asked to leave his seat and make space for others... /quote]

Yes, Saint Dao. :roll:

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by airzim
Tue May 23, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does United plan to charge more for 100% (77W) Polaris?
Replies: 2
Views: 865

Re: Does United plan to charge more for 100% (77W) Polaris?

Possibly but unlikely. Could just be classic revenue optimization based on TOD, network demand etc. I did a quick check and it looks like both flights are pricing exactly the same from now into the future. I've never seen United charge more for a J seat based on selection. Can you take a screen capt...

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by airzim
Tue May 16, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde Why no 1st class?
Replies: 145
Views: 26973

Re: Concorde Why no 1st class?

Out of curiosity, what were the crew parings for Concorde crews? Did they fly 1 trip, layover in NYC and return the next day to London/Paris? Given the short flight times, could easily do a RT in 1 day, but I suspect they didn't.

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by airzim
Thu May 11, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package
Replies: 19
Views: 3204

Re: United directors sued over Smisek Severance Package

The lawsuit should be over not trying to claw back some of that money that smi/j got for failing miserably and being involved in that illegal scheme. In this case, it was more egregious than pay for failure, this was pay for criminal activity! Smisek participated in an illegal kickback scheme. Ille...

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by airzim
Wed May 10, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United load factors from Geneva
Replies: 23
Views: 3006

Re: United load factors from Geneva

Maybe they price their flights expensively comparison to their partner LX which has a better product and I bet is somewhat a bit cheaper then UA? Having recently flown RT JFK-ZRH-EWR on Swiss, I find their J product acceptable but certainly not 'better' than UA. In some cases, it's worse. The seat ...

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by airzim
Wed May 10, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United load factors from Geneva
Replies: 23
Views: 3006

Re: United load factors from Geneva

Maybe they price their flights expensively comparison to their partner LX which has a better product and I bet is somewhat a bit cheaper then UA? Having recently flown RT JFK-ZRH-EWR on Swiss, I find their J product acceptable but certainly not 'better' than UA. In some cases, it's worse. The seat ...

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by airzim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 46240

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

I was in RDU tonight, dealing with my own headache back to NYC. Noticed a DL flight to Dublin? Thought that was odd, but sure enough DL176 an A333 diverted to RDU from ATL to pick up a school group on their way to Ireland. Agent said it was the biggest Delta plane they've handled in Raleigh. I will ...

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by airzim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo
Replies: 419
Views: 71657

Re: UA won't ordering additional 77W aircraft, rules out A330neo

[url]s[/url] Looks like United is taking the a350, they have selected a company to supply the seats, so one way or another the idea of them cancelling is getting cast further into doubt. http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=78014&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2259528 Given that these s...

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by airzim
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 4776

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

Much more frequent trains Jamaica to Penn vs Newark Airport station to Penn Land at 2pm (midday weekday) today and you're waiting 30 minutes at EWR for NJT to Penn. That's not perception...it is very real. Sure, but the passengers the airlines are targeting are not the ones taking the train to save...

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by airzim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 4776

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

That's the goal, but it doesn't change the fact that it's just inconvenient compared to JFK/LGA for most people in Manhattan. I see EWR as a last resort airport and I live in midtown. Try to get through holland tunnel on Friday afternoon or go from east side to Penn station, wait for the nj transit...

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by airzim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising
Replies: 72
Views: 4776

Re: UNITED, new NYC area outdoor advertising

CO was a much smaller airline. They absolutely needed EWR. They were the sole airline hub in NYC area. EWR has most pax in the region. Ads reflected a hometown dominance and pride. That was late 90s, this is today. UA is a much larger airline. EWR is very important, but one of many hubs that is ver...

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by airzim
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA JFK-SFO 1986
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: TWA JFK-SFO 1986

I was just thinking how interesting the business was back then reading the TWA inhouse magazine and referencing their corporate address. 3 major US carriers all had their HQs in virtually the same neighborhood in NYC, TWA 603 3rd Ave, American 633 3rd Ave, and Pan Am 42nd and Park Ave. Basically all...

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by airzim
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA JFK-SFO 1986
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: TWA JFK-SFO 1986

This was the published schedule from 07-21-1986 TW842 SFO-JFK 08:15 747 TW800 SFO-JFK 09:55 L10--check out the flight # TW046 SFO-JFK 12:15 L12 TW044 SFO-JFK 17:30 L10 sorry, wrong direction. Here's the JFK-SFO section TW045 JFK-SFO 09:00 L12 TW803 JFK-SFO 12:15 747 TW843 JFK-SFO 18:25 L10 reference...

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by airzim
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Celeberties in Airline ads/marketing
Replies: 17
Views: 1761

Re: Celeberties in Airline ads/marketing

Matt Damon is the voice of United (or was just recently).
Ethel Merman and Audrey Meadows were at separate times, the spouse of Bob Six, the CEO of Continental Airlines. Not sure if that counts.
Susan Summers was in an ad for CO in the 70s

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by airzim
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747 Flights within the USA and North America
Replies: 73
Views: 8747

Re: 747 Flights within the USA and North America

PE
EWR-LAX
EWR-OAK
EWR-SFO
EWR-DEN

CO
EWR-SEA
LAX-ORD

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by airzim
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?
Replies: 23
Views: 3720

Re: EWR easier to Manhattan fact or tale?

I tried it last month (Alaska started pdx-ewr, so gave it a go)..... It was he worst airport to city experience I've had in North America. Never ever using EWR for any reason to manhattan. Dreadful as everyone else clearly understands. I shouldn't even bother but, As someone who lives in Manhattan ...

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by airzim
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is JAX so underserved?
Replies: 82
Views: 8297

Re: Why is JAX so underserved?

I've always described Jacksonville as Houston with a beach. Nice place to live, but you'd never want to visit. Jacksonville's got a decent amount of businesses; BCBS Florida, Mayo Clinic, Merrill Lynch, Citi, EverBank, CSX, etc., but those businesses don't have large segment corporate travel from th...

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by airzim
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions
Replies: 69
Views: 10124

Re: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions

The UA*/Air Wisconsin discussion got me thinking about how often 50-seat RJ’s are used for “appropriate” or “inappropriate” routes in the US, specifically by airline brand. So I crunched November 2016 stats to do some evaluation. The appropriate/inappropriate decision is rather subjective, but I ba...

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by airzim
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions
Replies: 69
Views: 10124

Re: AA/DL/UA and 50-seat RJ on inappropriate missions

The UA*/Air Wisconsin discussion got me thinking about how often 50-seat RJ’s are used for “appropriate” or “inappropriate” routes in the US, specifically by airline brand. So I crunched November 2016 stats to do some evaluation. The appropriate/inappropriate decision is rather subjective, but I ba...

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by airzim
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does window seat passenger have full control of window shade use?
Replies: 45
Views: 4221

Re: Does window seat passenger have full control of window shade use?

I have always thought it was a safety issue to have the shades closed during take off and landing. Drives me nuts not to know where we are when landing or taking off. And in case of an incident, to be able to see your surroundings. However during flight, I could care less but think common courtesy s...

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by airzim
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK cancels BOS flight and move a 77W to rescue GIG-DXB route
Replies: 51
Views: 13295

Re: EK cancels BOS flight and move a 77W to rescue GIG-DXB route

On February 25 a 77W operating EZE-GIG-DXB faces problem at GIG and EK had to cancel the flight A6-EGI As the next flight also was full with no room to accommodate the previous date EK decided to move a 77W from BOS as EK2696 using A6-EBY BOS-DXB flight has been cancelled The replacement 77W arrive...

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by airzim
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would polar routings solve the problem of sonic booms for future SST travel?
Replies: 19
Views: 3494

Re: Would polar routings solve the problem of sonic booms for future SST travel?

I believe the other challenge with SST operations overwater is the disturbance of wildlife under the surface of the ocean. In particular whales, dolphins, etc. Frankly, SST as a viable alternative to sub mach passenger operations is always going to be limited. Outside the sonic boom (which is unavoi...

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by airzim
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unofficial: United to take delivery of A350s, no cancellations
Replies: 89
Views: 23437

Re: Unofficial: United to take delivery of A350s, no cancellations

You have to start I'd think with the actual number of seats UA would place on each a/c. Based on UA's seating plan, it would appear the 35K would carry ~20 fewer seats. That alone would cut the seat cost savings of the 35K. I pulled up a 77W flight plan for a route that is around 6200 nm, trip fiel...

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by airzim
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US Carriers Start Flights from New York to Asia?
Replies: 28
Views: 5716

Re: Should US Carriers Start Flights from New York to Asia?

Considering CX pulls 3 daily nonstops to HKG and NH/JL combined have 4 daily nonstops to TYO (HND + NRT), it is surprising that no US carrier flies such popular routes. AA and UA couldn't really compete with JL/NH to Tokyo in terms of service levels, and honestly a majority of passengers on this ro...

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by airzim
Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Flights Grounded Nationwide due to Computer Issues
Replies: 50
Views: 8874

Re: United Flights Grounded Nationwide due to Computer Issues

ubeema wrote:
Dumb question: who is SABRE main competitor?


Probably LH Systems

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by airzim
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could EVA really connect to Star Alliance partner's hubs such as FRA?
Replies: 19
Views: 3509

Re: Could EVA really connect to Star Alliance partner's hubs such as FRA?

EVA has disadvantages in TW-European market IMO. China Airlines has SkyTeam hub of Amsterdam but EVA doesn't fly to any Star Alliance hub nonstop (the VIE route is via BKK). I'm not sure why BR can't start nonstop flights to VIE (China Airlines is doing so with their new A350). As for FRA, it will ...

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by airzim
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA converts UA 916/917 to AKL to seasonal service
Replies: 95
Views: 20062

Re: United suspends AKL

Shame. Should AA follow, it may be the end of low fares to North America. Or shall I say, realistic fares? Prior to AA/UA market entrance, fares AKL-LAX or SFO were almost as high as AKL-Europe! This is a JV route, so UA metal flying or not flying shouldn't make a difference to fares. Technically U...

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by airzim
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which major airline has the worst business class hard product?
Replies: 54
Views: 5000

Re: Worst Business Class

I don't think you can tag an airline this way. For example, the UA 747-400 Business Class seats don't all have direct aisle access, but their 787 seats do. LH is still flying aircraft with lay flat seats, but they aren't 180 degrees to the floor, but not all their aircraft are that way. United has ...

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by airzim
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Planes arriving @EWR on rwy 29
Replies: 23
Views: 3125

Re: Planes arriving @EWR on rwy 29

Happens quite frequently when EWR has strong westerly winds. Which is often, especially in the winter.

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by airzim
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA v. Air New Zealand
Replies: 28
Views: 5644

Re: SAA v. Air New Zealand

This article is full of conjecture but there's very little analysis. It is lazy to equate SA and NZ as 'similar' based on the broad criteria mentioned (fleet size, employees, destinations served, and geography), while ignoring some pretty obvious other issues. It has been stated in the public domain...

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by airzim
Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Long haul airlines that have never flown to the United States
Replies: 37
Views: 3782

Re: Long haul airlines that have never flown to the United States

Air Algerie
Air Zimbabwe
TAAG
Air Mauritius
Air Seychelles
Sri Lankan
Kenya Airways

Lots

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