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by usxguy
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS announces SMF-KOA
Replies: 51
Views: 4460

Re: AS announces SMF-KOA

I think Southwest will find their niche - just as Alaska has. With Hawaiian downgrading flying from A330/B767 to A321s, that's going to leave some vacant seats for another airline to fill. Alaska has done well filling the gap left by Aloha, and to some extent ATA. But I think we'll see Alaska flex t...

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by usxguy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 5306

Re: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018

that looks exactly like the Kona commuter terminal....... except for the ADA ramp

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by usxguy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 5306

Re: Hawaiian airports and aviation - 2018

anyone have photos of the MW terminal?

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by usxguy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Starting SAN-GEG Service
Replies: 42
Views: 4959

Re: AS Starting SAN-GEG Service, Without Announcement

Press releases can also cost upwards of $800 to put it out on the newswire. Im not sure 1 route alone justifies that expense.

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by usxguy
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA Lines and Wait Times at SEA
Replies: 18
Views: 1330

Re: TSA Lines and Wait Times at SEA

The lines in SeaTac can get fairly long, but that's where PreCheck and Clear shine very very very brightly.

Saturday/Sundays are super busy as you've got a lot of cruise ships doing turn-arounds from both Seattle and Vancouver.

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by usxguy
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan
Replies: 43
Views: 8457

Re: Nastiest feud in the airline industry - New York-Milan

Except EK has the largest plane on the route....

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by usxguy
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential for Via + OneJet
Replies: 10
Views: 1111

Re: Potential for Via + OneJet

Im not sure Matt or Ami see eye to eye...

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by usxguy
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Airways Route Changes
Replies: 40
Views: 4978

Re: Elite Airways Route Changes

gotta give Elite credit for trying. New rumors are they are going to start flying to Key West.

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by usxguy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 expanding in AVL
Replies: 17
Views: 1778

Re: G4 expanding in AVL

High-end and Allegiant don't go well together True, but enough people are sick of getting stuck in ATL/CLT due to weather that many folks I know, with money, will book Allegiant because its nonstop. I flew them last year from XNA to SFB and almost everyone commented they love not having to stop in ...

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by usxguy
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Airways Route Changes
Replies: 40
Views: 4978

Re: Elite Airways Route Changes

I thought the Bahamians extended the runway in Bimini.. I know it was also repaved in the past year or two.

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by usxguy
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4079

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

Yeah that is random. When comparing B6 and AS, I feel AS is more LCC. Lounges. First Class on all planes (except Q400s) "Express" network codeshares with domestic and international carriers Full distribution methods. 200+ aircraft Oh wait, were you talking about Jetblue as a LCC??? AS pla...

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by usxguy
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?
Replies: 97
Views: 11098

Re: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?

Here is Air North's C-GANV on the *paved* ramp at CYDA/Dawson City today! :)

Image

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by usxguy
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4079

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

I don't think Alaska has reduced seat pitch with the Recaro seats. I know the current 737-800/900 fleet are using the "upgraded" versions. I still have a soft spot for the "old" new seats, which are now in the 737-700s. *shrugs* I find Alaska a LOT more comfortable than Southwest...

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by usxguy
Wed May 30, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger air service to return to Tunica.
Replies: 7
Views: 1240

Re: Passenger air service to return to Tunica.

Can you do a membership model under DOT 380 ops?

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by usxguy
Wed May 30, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS, WN win JD Power awards
Replies: 74
Views: 4079

Re: AS, WN win JD Power awards

toobz wrote:
Yeah that is random. When comparing B6 and AS, I feel AS is more LCC.


Lounges.

First Class on all planes (except Q400s)

"Express" network

codeshares with domestic and international carriers

Full distribution methods.

200+ aircraft

Oh wait, were you talking about Jetblue as a LCC???

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by usxguy
Mon May 28, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Downgrade of Hawaii Inflight Service
Replies: 42
Views: 5326

Re: The Downgrade of Hawaii Inflight Service

United used to have a very cool Hawai'i offering - mai tais, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, Halfway to Hawai'i game - where you guys the time when we are halfway and would win a box of chocolates or something from Hilo Hatties, etc. Alaska has changed their service, but it used to be very Hawaiia...

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by usxguy
Mon May 28, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB year round to Split, Dubrovnik n Zagreb
Replies: 5
Views: 650

Re: IB year round to Split, Dubrovnik n Zagreb

I flew IB last month from DBV to MIA via MAD, was quite the easy connection compared to what all my friends had to do... Croatia is NOT easy to get to and from. My flight out of DBV to MAD was on an A319, was just myself + 3 others in business, and economy was about half full.

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by usxguy
Sun May 27, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)
Replies: 48
Views: 5917

Re: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)

Isnt there a video from the cockpit of a plane landing in ADZ the day after the Aires 737 crash landed, with the plane still in pieces on the runway

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by usxguy
Sat May 26, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority
Replies: 76
Views: 6665

Re: Delta ends JFK-Havana, return authority

Americans are also smarter than most travelers... why would we welcome tourism to a country that still murders/jails/beats gays, forbids interracial sex, and jails journalist. sounds like a wonderful utopia, we should disregard all of these and go! Just try to bring cash - Visa/Master/Amex still don...

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by usxguy
Fri May 25, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?
Replies: 97
Views: 11098

Re: Replacement for the 737-200s Gravel Versatility?

fwiw, Air North's sole 737-200 was flying the pattern today at Whitehorse (CYXY), gearing up for the summer charter season - flights in and out of Dawson City.

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by usxguy
Thu May 24, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thoughts on AS Premium Economy
Replies: 46
Views: 3571

Re: Thoughts on AS Premium Economy

I think all domestic lounges cap you at 3 per visit...

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by usxguy
Wed May 23, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Thoughts on AS Premium Economy
Replies: 46
Views: 3571

Re: Thoughts on AS Premium Economy

I think Alaska wanted to do something to make "premium" a bit better than American/United. They are now boarding PE with MVPs, which is nice. The unlimited booze factor isn't really marketed, but you can get as much as you want in PE. I agree that I wish there was either something offered ...

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by usxguy
Mon May 21, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A330 domestic routes
Replies: 33
Views: 5870

Re: American A330 domestic routes

Can always fly to EYW, go to Mr. Z's and get a pizza steak..

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by usxguy
Sun May 20, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to Anchor new MCO Terminal
Replies: 41
Views: 7464

Re: JetBlue to Anchor new MCO Terminal

So who is now the "official airline of Disney World"? Still Delta? Delta hasn't sponsored Disney since 96. There's no official Disney airline now. I’m like 95% certain that WestJet markets themselves as the official airline of Disney World. I’ve seen advertisements from them saying that, ...

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by usxguy
Thu May 10, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What effect would a RNWY extension at OGG have
Replies: 20
Views: 2739

Re: What effect would a RNWY extension at OGG have

They would need to do a few EIS's before this could happen, along with appeals, protests, more appeals, more protests, then price overruns, strikes, back to more protests, etc.... so, essentially it will be done in the year 2210.

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by usxguy
Thu May 10, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Southwest entry into Hawaii speed up merger discussions of HA with B6
Replies: 72
Views: 7529

Re: Will Southwest entry into Hawaii speed up merger discussions of HA with B6

why does everyone seem to think WN is going to do very well to Hawai'i??

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by usxguy
Mon May 07, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the story behind N96SW's Canyon Blue livery?
Replies: 9
Views: 2650

Re: What's the story behind N96SW's Canyon Blue livery?

It takes more than just "one person" to paint a plane. Someone has to tell network planning, who needs to shuffle the line assignments with flight ops to then block a period of a few days on that airframe to get out of the sequence to get pained, or get that tail back to a "departure&...

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by usxguy
Mon May 07, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?
Replies: 74
Views: 11851

Re: Could a major airline ( like AF) actually go under ?

what's happening with Alitalia?? :P

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by usxguy
Mon May 07, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska And The Virgin America A320 Family: Any Cabin Retrofits After The Merger?
Replies: 16
Views: 2560

Re: Alaska And The Virgin America A320 Family: Any Cabin Retrofits After The Merger?

RED is going to be active until October, when the VX FA group will have the Alaska handhelds and aircraft provisioned for the Alaska personal video players (handheld). The safety video, well, is still going. 1st plane goes in for retrofit in October as well - 3 rows of F, 3 Premium. They will have t...

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by usxguy
Sun May 06, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA
Replies: 136
Views: 12911

Re: WN leases slots from AS at LGA/DCA

So this basically confirms that AS bought VX to kill it. To prevent B6 from making the acquisition and actually using the merger to improve its network. Nice one regulators. Lest you forget how much VX has lost in the past couple of years, tied in with the "quiet" admissions by VXers who ...

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by usxguy
Sun May 06, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAN, MIA to Punta Cana to SCL
Replies: 7
Views: 818

Re: LAN, MIA to Punta Cana to SCL

I have been on this flight, when it was a 767-300. It was stuffed to the gills and almost everyone got off in PUJ.

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by usxguy
Sat May 05, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10
Replies: 36
Views: 4466

Re: UA's domestic 777 vs DC-10

UA also threw 747s into DTW and MSP when NW would go on strike.

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by usxguy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 452
Views: 57162

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

Fact is, almost every airline offers the last seat to frequent flyers for purchase - just at different levels now. Alaska changed the entire game by offering one-way redemptions (unless some of you aren't old enough to remember that at one point, EVERY major airline made you buy roundtrip redemption...

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by usxguy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 452
Views: 57162

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

I'm trying to understand why people think Alaska is going to pull out and get their asses handed to them. Southwest has battled Alaska many times, and lost. Alaska has distribution, corporate contracts, First Class, meals, lounges, etc. They will hold their own, but of course lose some traffic. I th...

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by usxguy
Tue May 01, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 30596

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

Still doesn't relieve 60 Minutes from telling everyone that "hey, our key person in this story happens to be a paid WITNESS in the lawsuit we're talking about.." No one at Allegiant wants to die. The pilots, the flight attendants, and the mechanic. I'll get on them again, just as I got on ...

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday
Replies: 177
Views: 30596

Re: 60 Minutes to skewer Allegiant Air this Sunday

http://crankyflier.com/2018/04/30/quest ... ant-story/
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CrankyFlier did a bit of digging.

Sounds like this 60 Minutes episode was a paid advertorial, with some serious lack of disclosures.

Just backs 45's whole "Fake News"...

http://crankyflier.com/2018/04/30/quest ... ant-story/

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Blue Adds JetSuiteX Code Share
Replies: 15
Views: 1794

Re: Jet Blue Adds JetSuiteX Code Share

Or maybe this is a way to get JetSuiteX more visibility?

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by usxguy
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin America’s Final Act: Sad to Say Goodbyes but it’s time to move on…
Replies: 11
Views: 4833

Re: Virgin America’s Final Act: Sad to Say Goodbyes but it’s time to move on…

But B6 would have totally assimilated them.. there'd be *nothing* left of Virgin America. The only similarities between B6 and VX are the seatback TVs, Airbus, and both are fairly new airlines. JetBlue wanted VX for the planes and LAX. LGB would have been totally gone if they went with VX/B6. "...

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by usxguy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates starts storing the A380
Replies: 125
Views: 37462

Re: Emirates starts storing the A380

I counted 21 planes parked at DL's Atlanta hangar a few months ago (during the day), including 2 777s and 1 767, does that mean Delta is hurting?

(and fwiw, most Delta planes being used or staged for future flights park on the north side of the airport, not necessarily over at tech ops)

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by usxguy
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America Farewell Flight 24 April VX 1948 SFO-LAX
Replies: 43
Views: 12656

Re: Virgin America Farewell Flight 24 April VX 1948 SFO-LAX

https://youtu.be/A3oVOpBdJhQ
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Here's a preflight video, towards the end the CA says a few nice words. https://youtu.be/A3oVOpBdJhQ

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America Farewell Flight 24 April VX 1948 SFO-LAX
Replies: 43
Views: 12656

Re: Virgin America Farewell Flight 24 April VX 1948 SFO-LAX

Thanks for the compliments, glad you guys had a good time. We had an amazing team with a lot of behind-the-scenes help. We are working on a Facebook page today for everyone to share photos (although the chatroom pics may need to be sensored a bit...). Will post the URL when its ready (although if yo...

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash in Northern Saskatchewan
Replies: 20
Views: 9330

Re: Plane Crash in Northern Saskatchewan

UM... what?!?!

If you are deicing a Cessna Caravan, sure. But an ATR....

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 20690

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

*smack my head* This is one of FOUR questions asked on the kiosk. So yes, lets blame Delta here. And fwiw, all garbage & food items (except unopened alcohol and nonperishable food) have to be destroyed after the flight. You can sometimes spot the special garbage bins at US airports. You just can...

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 452
Views: 57162

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

I can see OAK, SJC, SAN, LAX, SMF with current NG-ETOPS aircraft and then adding LAS & PHX when the MAX8 takes over the Hawaii Route Flying. Toss ups to me are PDX, SEA & ONT but I don't think AS would be too keen on that. FLY They noted the Max8 will be doing the Hawaii flying, not the 800...

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by usxguy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 117711

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL

whats interesting is they did not declare an emergency so far in... I'm up to 9:40 and the pilots have yet to call mayday.

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by usxguy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 21290

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

If these were zero-value, consolidator (vacation package) tickets, it's unlikely any carrier with whom SY has an interline agreement would take them as Rule 120.20 since the settlement rate is face value of the coupon, and as those typically show zero, well, you get the idea. Best thing would have ...

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by usxguy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft
Replies: 77
Views: 18457

Re: Alaska Having Problems with Airbus Aircraft

The Virgin planes are LEAP, I believe

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by usxguy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home
Replies: 214
Views: 21290

Re: Sun Country (SY) strands hundreds of passengers in Mexico and tells them to find their own way home

If these were zero-value, consolidator (vacation package) tickets, it's unlikely any carrier with whom SY has an interline agreement would take them as Rule 120.20 since the settlement rate is face value of the coupon, and as those typically show zero, well, you get the idea. Best thing would have ...

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