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by usxguy
Fri May 26, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 43
Views: 5011

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

I wouldn't compare Brazil's lax standards to link SDU with EYW. Gol takes the risk of putting a 737 in the water if there is an engine out on takeoff.. the FAA will never let that be put into the captain or airlines' hands. FAA mandates full paperwork in certain scenarios be in line or its a no-go. ...

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by usxguy
Thu May 25, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 43
Views: 5011

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

jfern - I was a station manager & supervisor there many moons ago - prior to the new terminal being built. Delta is the only one to enforce the 1 bag rule. AA/US never had this restriction. the E170s typically are the only planes NOT restricted out of EYW, even with a wet runway. The restriction...

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by usxguy
Fri May 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining AA and UA Dash-8 100/200/300
Replies: 66
Views: 7722

Re: Remaining AA and UA Dash-8 100/200/300

I'm not really sure the DH1 / DH3 fleet is interchanged on the US/AA side. They have hard lines except for 2 DH3 airframes, as far as friends who work there tell me. But while they *can* be interchanged due to loads, AA doesn't necessarily schedule them as generic DH8 then throw whatever plane goes ...

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by usxguy
Fri May 19, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field
Replies: 121
Views: 14597

Re: New Alaska Airlines Flying from Paine Field

I'm thinking with the VX merger, 5x to PDX is likely - to mirror SeaPort's old BFI schedule; and then 2x to SFO or LAX. The other 2x would be a toss-up; I'm wondering if 1 to Hawaii and 1 to Vegas would fill it in. But the two southbounds needs to be a morning & evening to remain "competiti...

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by usxguy
Thu May 18, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10473

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

you can shorten your Sabre commands by doing 01Y1* to book the entire connection as well :)

and most of those commands can be done in one entry using the End Item, as discussed.

:)

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by usxguy
Tue May 16, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant's first ever new build aircraft
Replies: 25
Views: 9148

Re: Allegiant's first ever new build aircraft

about the second article, I'm not sure the author has spent much time in the corporate offices at airlines. You'd be surprised how little some people are tuned into things, including those in the executive suites. Especially when it comes to new ventures. So, it probably did take them by surprise. I...

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by usxguy
Tue May 16, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June
Replies: 79
Views: 10473

Re: Rumor: AA to end SABRE end of June

The problem is QIK was developed by America West because management there NEVER trusted their employees and managers. The system was meant to limit what the employee can do, see, and view. Native Sabre can have restrictions (EPR Keywords), but the employee can still go in and do a lot, see a lot, an...

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by usxguy
Fri May 12, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Accused Of Racist Seat Change
Replies: 89
Views: 9618

Re: AA Accused Of Racist Seat Change

if there is an aircraft downgauge or change, I don't believe the system takes race into consideration.. if your seat/row is no longer there, its just not there. so if they went from a CRJ 900 to CRJ 700 or something (not sure of the configurations), but I know that some planes have may have only 6/1...

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by usxguy
Fri May 12, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Panama and Argentina sign new bilateral, flights to almost double; CM to add MDZ
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Panama and Argentina sign new bilateral, flights to almost double; CM to add MDZ

I flew EZE-PTY on the 900AMish flight back in December - flight had maybe 15 open seats - and the flight attendants told me that less than 20 of us were terminating in PTY.

#ptyisthenewdubai

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by usxguy
Thu May 04, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA61 EWR-HNL Encountering Severe Turbulence
Replies: 23
Views: 6275

Re: UA61 EWR-HNL Encountering Severe Turbulence

living in Florida, we get tossed around, A LOT. I remember landing in FLL one time on USAirways (737-400) on approach into FLL and we had to go around and circle for an hour.. we ended up diverting to PBI and we had ONE HECK of an approach; I don't think I've been tossed around so much before in my ...

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by usxguy
Thu May 04, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man Served Single Banana On Nine-hour Flight After Ordering Gluten-free Meal
Replies: 52
Views: 13033

Re: Man Served Single Banana On Nine-hour Flight After Ordering Gluten-free Meal

so a good friend retired from United Airlines flight kitchens (when UA actually OWNED their catering!) and she said that Japan does not get many food allergy passengers, let alone gluten. She stated that a gluten-allergy in Japan is super duper rare, if almost non-existent. And if the flight was a r...

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by usxguy
Thu May 04, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems for Great Lakes
Replies: 29
Views: 5005

Re: More problems for Great Lakes

I recall we had 1900C service from Sault to Pellston to Detroit, and then Friday/Saturday/Sunday had up to 3 Brasilias doing ORD-PLN nonstop with a tag to CIU. And then it tried ORD-TVC-PLN with a 1900 the rest of the week. Unless there was 2 different Great Lakes Air's were you doing that as a fee...

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by usxguy
Wed May 03, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Announces FLL-SLC, Additional BOS Flights
Replies: 25
Views: 3916

Re: B6 Announces FLL-SLC, Additional BOS Flights

I'm 99% sure Delta has flown SLC-FLL in the past... I think I've taken it a few times.

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by usxguy
Wed May 03, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems for Great Lakes
Replies: 29
Views: 5005

Re: More problems for Great Lakes

I recall we had 1900C service from Sault to Pellston to Detroit, and then Friday/Saturday/Sunday had up to 3 Brasilias doing ORD-PLN nonstop with a tag to CIU. And then it tried ORD-TVC-PLN with a 1900 the rest of the week.

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by usxguy
Mon May 01, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More problems for Great Lakes
Replies: 29
Views: 5005

Re: More problems for Great Lakes

... and I remember working those flights out of O'Hare. I can't believe we would fill a Brasilia to PLN. We also had a few tagons to Sault... that must have been a short flight.

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by usxguy
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/30/2017: DL Closes BGI, QR Delays LAS, 3M Drops RSW-NAS
Replies: 69
Views: 10546

Re: OAG Changes 4/30/2017: DL Closes BGI, QR Delays LAS, 3M Drops RSW-NAS

Is this the first time AA will fly CLT-TUL / OKC 3x daily? Seems these routes are doing well! Its the region - CLT/SGF is also seeing an additional flight. Just wondering when ICT-CLT gets added. Both TUL/OKC were never flown by US metal in ages and ages. I think at one point OKC was linked to LIT ...

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by usxguy
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 26525

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

A.net is going to burst into flames, because Smi/J was wrong.

Because he was Gordo's hand-picked chosen one, all that Smi/J does is the best. He does no harm. He makes no mistakes. He is good. He is amazing. United, knows nothing about anything.

do I have it right?

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tail Stands Used at Alaska Airlines
Replies: 32
Views: 7505

Re: Tail Stands Used at Alaska Airlines

You don't get as *many* ground strikes with a -800 but they still happen. So with Alaska, its just easier to make it standard on all. I believe AA/WN all offload the rear bin bags first, then the front. I know Alaska had some "messy" instances in SEA when they first got the -800s and would...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Cuts Flights to US
Replies: 237
Views: 36002

Re: Emirates Cuts Flights to US

the laptop "ban" wasn't a horrible ordeal. I just flew DXB-MCO a few weeks ago and the flight went by uneventfully.

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by usxguy
Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa Airlines Caribbean Embraer 190 Operations
Replies: 30
Views: 2995

Re: Copa Airlines Caribbean Embraer 190 Operations

and on 2 of the 3 SJU flights.... and the 3rd in the slow season.

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12916

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

It seems to me that B6 and AS trade of LGA and JFK makes the most sense. I have to ask; why are you so determined to see AS get rid of their LGA operation? Every thread, you've got some scenario where AS drops LGA. Oh come on EA CO AS... you should know by now that Alaska is lightyears BELOW the se...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12916

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

Unfortunately for the AA crowd, most fares on AS earn AA EQM's at a reduced rate, unless booked as an AA codeshare. Source: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/partner-airlines/alaska-airlines.jsp I didn't realize how bad it was for AA on AS. AS on AA its based on fare class (fortunate for me most ...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12916

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

LGA/DCA aren't being touched, nor is LAX/SFO. The actual press release said that DAL will be up to 18 flights a day and that the LGA/DCA ops will transition to E175 service. That's why I said I believe AS should put mainline 737s on that route. With the AS-AA relationship, AS can now build off AA tr...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN
Replies: 124
Views: 12916

Re: AS adds DAL-SEA/PDX/SJC/SAN

The use of AS metal on LGA/DCA will mean more traffic opportunities for the AA flyers in DFW. I seriously think AS needs to put mainline planes on these routes. The AA crowd in DFW happens to like the AS product, and couple in benefits for EXP and EQMs on AS (NOT VX), I think DAL is going to become ...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Losing my First Class VIRGINity
Replies: 16
Views: 8768

Re: Losing my First Class VIRGINity

I believe you might enjoy Alaska. Despite a near monopoly in Alaska itself, it has quite the cult-like following in the PacNW.

Don't shortchange your future travels yet. If I had to chose between Alaska and JetBlue, it most certainly would be Alaska.

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by usxguy
Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane
Replies: 2122
Views: 112775

Re: Another United gaffe - forces doctor off plane

and this is why you should never board a flight until your IDBs are taken care of...

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by usxguy
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Yahoo Industry news about airline business was changed
Replies: 17
Views: 2761

Re: Yahoo Industry news change

Not happy about it either! >_<

I recall a few years ago when they got rid of it, entirely!

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways - proposed longhaul ULCC start up
Replies: 17
Views: 2411

Re: World Airways - proposed longhaul ULCC start up

Um. the logo looks exactly like the last one World Airways had???

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040
Replies: 112
Views: 15038

Re: Branson claims AS must pay Virgin licensing fee 'til 2040

regarding AVOD - don't forget Alaska still has handheld dige-window tablet players. And I've heard those aren't going anywhere.

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando Air Service Discussion Part 2
Replies: 222
Views: 18905

Re: Orlando Air Service Discussion Part 2

I just flew DXB-MCO and was pleasantly surprised to see it was a 777-300ER. A check of flightaware shows that many future flights have been upgraded to the 77W as well. My flight was very full - First class was empty - biz full, and economy was maybe 80-85% full. Definitely a 2/3rds - 1/3rd mix of e...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries
Replies: 412
Views: 37351

Re: US/UK banning electronics in cabin from multiple Middle East/African countries

I just flew DXB-MCO yesterday. All customers were screened - patted down and bags searched. Our devices were then packaged (carefully) after EK did an inventory of them - and placed in the Dubai Duty Free boxes. Lots of packing material there; and you can watch/oversee the packaging. They place an a...

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has CLT-EYW gone year round?
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Has CLT-EYW gone year round?

the Keys aren't as seasonal as they used to be; September is the weakest month and Fantasy Fest in the last week of October brings in quite the draw. Its then moderately busy thru Thanksgiving; then dead again for 2 weeks until a week prior to Christmas.

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by usxguy
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is The Laptop Ban A Subtle Way For The U.S To Rein In The ME3?
Replies: 40
Views: 3998

Re: Is The Laptop Ban A Subtle Way For The U.S To Rein In The ME3?

I just flew DXB-MCO yesterday and it wasn't a "horrible" experience. Upon arrival at the gate area, all passengers are thoroughly searched. They then carefully package our items in a duty free box, and secure them on a cart that is later pushed down to the ramp. The EK agents take a carefu...

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by usxguy
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos
Replies: 60
Views: 9327

Re: AS to fly VX A320s through 2024, will take all A321neos

Do we know if AS is planning on keeping the Premium Economy on all the A319/320 aircraft? Only 1 row of the overwing exits on VX is considered "Main Cabin Select" - the A319s & A320s have only 12 seats of MCS. And Alaska includes the overwing exits as part of regular main cabin if you...

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by usxguy
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elite Airways at APF
Replies: 13
Views: 1267

Re: Elite Airways at APF

I think the NIMBY's would have a fit.

and the hold room at APF really isn't that large.

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by usxguy
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS/QX Hawaii Interisland Flying?
Replies: 15
Views: 3356

Re: AS/QX Hawaii Interisland Flying?

I wouldn't say Mokulele "barely" breaks even either. Up to 13 a day to Molokai from Honolulu and 11-15 a day Kona-Maui isn't what a marginal airline would be operating.

I believe Alaska is getting what they need with their interlines with Hawaiian and Mokulele, for now.

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by usxguy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22278

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

55 inch pitch to 41 inch pitch. That's a pretty big change. A little disappointing that Alaska reduced it that much. What is the current pitch in 1st on AS? 36-37ish depending on the plane, but I believe its now right around 40, if not 41 on the 737-800s and soon the -900s. -400s aren't being recon...

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by usxguy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22278

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

This is not a zero sum game. For every miffed VX flyer who goes to UA (funny in itself) there could be three others who like the new AS look and start to fly the airline. Acquiring new customers will require spending money. Again, AS can make that decision, but it's not the zero friction process pe...

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by usxguy
Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22278

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

I was reading somewhere that Alaska sells about 1/3rd of all First Class tickets as full fare/discount first; and about 1/4 of the seats are paid upgrades/instant upgrades (As a Gold 75K, I can pay anywhere from $50 to $150ish more than the coach fare for an instant upgrade if and when open). And th...

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by usxguy
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23
Replies: 260
Views: 22278

Re: Alaska Airlines Brand Update Announcement 3/23

In the coming days Alaska Airlines will hold a press conference and events that’ll unveil their new “brand identity” as they work toward integrating Virgin America into their system and product. Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect: The new company’s name will remain Alaska Airlines Virgin Am...

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by usxguy
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami airport suspends high-level manager who was offered ‘a box full of cash’
Replies: 14
Views: 2874

Re: Miami airport suspends high-level manager who was offered ‘a box full of cash’

I'm not sure BCAD is free of controversy, so not sure I'd avoid MIA just because of one scandal.

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by usxguy
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any news on Alaska's 737-400 retirement?
Replies: 13
Views: 1949

Re: Any news on Alaska's 737-400 retirement?

The Combi's were supposed to be gone this spring, but that's been pushed back to the late summer. The rest of the 400s were supposed to be gone just after that, but I don't see it happening either. Alaska will typically swap out a combi for a 737-700/400 and rarely an 800. And, at least for Juneau, ...

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by usxguy
Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: President of Argentina travels commercial on same plane where 64,000 ecstasy doses found
Replies: 19
Views: 2608

Re: President of Argentina travels commercial on same plane where 64,000 ecstasy doses found

Macri is the Argentine version of Trump and he's trying to show he's "a regular person" by flying commercially.

As he privatizes almost everything down there. Or tries to.

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by usxguy
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"
Replies: 184
Views: 21864

Re: IAG Low Cost from BCN will be named "Level"

isn't IB already fairly tight in back the way they are???

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by usxguy
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Paying extra Money for Seating??
Replies: 36
Views: 2673

Re: Paying extra Money for Seating??

I stick with Alaska partners and have never paid for a seat assignment. Gold 75K status gets me quite a bit free, including Main Cabin Extra on American!

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by usxguy
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Class on AS E175
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: First Class on AS E175

have you ventured over to FlyerTalk?

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by usxguy
Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More new AS Routes!
Replies: 155
Views: 15575

Re: More new AS Routes!

lets see if Horizon or SkyWest can even CREW all these planes on order, first.

AAG isnt too thrilled that QX is parking Q400s right now due to lack of crew.

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by usxguy
Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.
Replies: 86
Views: 16676

Re: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.

because some premium economy is still crap - same seats, just 3 to 4 inches of extra legroom. We need WIDTH, especially at the shoulders!

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by usxguy
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.
Replies: 86
Views: 16676

Re: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.

wait, is that a STARBUCKS at the overwings? :)

I recall a time that Metra in Chicago had a Duncan Donuts coffee stand on its trains. Maybe he's on to something. Or is keesje a her. anyway.

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by usxguy
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.
Replies: 86
Views: 16676

Re: Not So Cramped NarrowBody Transatlantic Service.

too much real estate being used in the center :) But i'd certainly hope Boeing would consider making the 737MAX's a few inches WIDER. 17" seat width is NOT fun, and I've done it many times on Copa to EZE and SCL.

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