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by TVNWZ
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback
Replies: 19
Views: 2009

Re: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback

$750m is a lot of money that could be used to buy new airplanes, pay crew a better salary, refurbish some A320s... But hey, the rich get richer. And then people wonder why airlines like Jetblue are voting for Unions... Stock buybacks have nothing to do with wages, working conditions or anything you...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super DC-8 in air now HNL to GSO
Replies: 13
Views: 4058

Re: Super DC-8 in air now HNL to GSO

Looks like they have their own tug too.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11521

Re: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)

dashdrvr wrote:
Super80Fan wrote:
Are we supposed to congratulate airlines for doing what they are supposed to do?

Thank you sir for stating what apparently isn't obvious to most in this thread. We pay $ to arrive at a particular time not somewhere near there.


So, where you work, you are never congratulated for doing a good job?

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11521

Re: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)

I have been a top tier flyer with DL (NW before the merger) for the last 14 years. In all that time flying around 100-175K per year I have had a grand total of 2 flights cancelled. Both because of weather. And both--oddly--from Omaha. The latest delay was four hours because of mechanical inbound. I...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11521

Re: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)

I have been a top tier flyer with DL (NW before the merger) for the last 14 years. In all that time flying around 100-175K per year I have had a grand total of 2 flights cancelled. Both because of weather. And both--oddly--from Omaha. The latest delay was four hours because of mechanical inbound. I ...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Underwhelming New Business Classes
Replies: 2
Views: 798

Re: Underwhelming New Business Classes

How did you formulate your “rant?” How many trips in J did you take on each?

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by TVNWZ
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 16890

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

CM TPA-PTY JUL 0.6>0.8 AUG 0.6>1.0 This is welcome news. Slow but steady development -- along with LH moving to a higher J mainline configuration, TPA's international air service development is paying off. I was surprised. Seems like these passengers are primarily going to Orlando from what I deduc...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK aircraft production - What went wrong?
Replies: 15
Views: 3118

Re: UK aircraft production - What went wrong?

Fitlikemin wrote:
What happened? Politics dear boy, politics.


Actually, the loss of The Empire. GB is now just a middling sized country, not the vast empire of yore No captive buyers.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey Results
Replies: 1
Views: 574

Re: 2017 Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey Results

I would rate them about that. DL is a tad better than AA and UA. But not by much and both AA and UA are pretty darn close. My rating with about 175K BIS annually.

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by TVNWZ
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX operations
Replies: 32
Views: 6547

Re: Delta LAX operations

I loved T3 in the TW days. And will love it again—I hope. But, right now, it is torture. When they get it all sorted, I’ll come back through..

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by TVNWZ
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX operations
Replies: 32
Views: 6547

Re: Delta LAX operations

I have been through twice since summer. A freakin zoo both times. Crowded, surly CSA's,---just a mess. It is now on my avoid hub list until they get the remodeling done.

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest FO arrested in STL. Firearm in carryon
Replies: 4
Views: 1265

Re: Southwest FO arrested in STL. Firearm in carryon

Calling barney captain. barney captain...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 30587

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Everybody agrees that the C-series is a good aircraft. This is why Airbus bought it and is planning on shutting it down. They want to retard the development of global competitors as much as possible. Once the market is fully retarded, Airbus and Boeing will have achieved their goal together. This. ...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

I don't need to do that. I go there. Do you?

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

PI4EVER wrote:
many still don't understand you can't just book a flight and fly off to Cuba just because you have a passport. "


Well. You can precisely do that. Passport and visa. The Visa bought just before getting on plane. Simple.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

kjeld0d wrote:
TVNWZ wrote:
I always stay at Casa Particulars anyway,


I prefer Casa de Norovirus


Yeeahh. I skipped that one.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

Yes, service to other cities was always problematic. I was speaking of Havana My flights TPAHAV have always been full on WN. And overrun with Americans.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

It was interesting while it lasted..... You might get that back when the Trump gets toppled. In the meantime, the rest of us can enjoy our Cuban holidays. Didn't sound like we were missing much... The embarrassing lack of demand would tend to agree There was plenty of demand last month when I was t...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels
Replies: 28
Views: 5132

Re: Americans Now Blocked from Staying in 83 Cuban Hotels

I always stay at Casa Particulars anyway,

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: MCI New Terminal Vote Passed
Replies: 104
Views: 10258

Re: MCI New Terminal Vote

Great victory. Go MCI!

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by TVNWZ
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program
Replies: 156
Views: 30587

Re: Analyst predicts Airbus will eventually terminate CSeries program

Will Airbus make more money per plane selling a C series than peddling a 320 derivative over a 20 year period. The answer will tell you which way this will go.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: MCI New Terminal Vote Passed
Replies: 104
Views: 10258

Re: MCI New Terminal Vote

There you go....wrecking preconceived notions.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: MCI New Terminal Vote Passed
Replies: 104
Views: 10258

Re: MCI New Terminal Vote

chalupas54 wrote:
I predict that the vote will fail-narrowly. Most New-MCI supporters do not live within the city limits of Kansas City. Most live in Overland Park, Shawnee, etc.


That is my bet. The airport needs a regional authority that can encompass all constituents. But, that won't happen, either.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: MCI New Terminal Vote Passed
Replies: 104
Views: 10258

Re: MCI New Terminal Vote

If the passengers come, so will the airlines. No difference if "no."

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by TVNWZ
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small Plane Lands on I4- Orlando, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 1105

Re: Small Plane Lands on I4- Orlando, FL

Just saw it on WFLA in Tampa. Nice landing on a construction zone temporary bypass that was not open yet.

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms
Replies: 106
Views: 12262

Re: Delta Employees to Get New Uniforms

It's not all purple. There is an all red ensemble shown with a red skirt and red blazer. Very nice looking.

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings
Replies: 68
Views: 8271

Re: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings

Let’s run a hypothetical, though. So if a judge orders the release and it is upheld on appeal (which, again, I give almost no chance of happening), that would set a precedent for future challenges. Release of profitability data would open the door for predation cases to be successful, which would b...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings
Replies: 68
Views: 8271

Re: WN Demands AS Route Profitability for DAL in Court Filings

Southwest is just using all remedies at its disposal by law. It is exactly why we have the court system.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: United close to acquire 30-40 used A319/A320
Replies: 91
Views: 22056

Re: Rumor: United close to acquire 30-40 used A319/A320

It is not a zero sum game. Used planes or new planes? Both have their purpose. One may be better than the other depending on the purpose. Airlines have a fleet of analysts to go over each decision. A good mix of each can be beneficial. It is why you see airlines stocking up on new planes and complem...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 10305

Re: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018

Correction: Your sister and friend were all stripped of their seniority by the AA FA union. Not the airline.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1565
Views: 166074

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

I believe the whole concept of the WTO and all government entities is for what you call "..only the rich will win." When have they lost?

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018
Replies: 48
Views: 10305

Re: American Airlines to close St. Louis pilot base in September 2018

ORD and DFW are easy commutes. Their real choice is whether they want to bid for the 737 or Airbus fleet. Not easy when each flight has one jumpseat available and there are 180 other pilots trying to do the same thing. There are not 180 pilots living in the Bi-State area. Many commute just like any...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL Air Service Discussion
Replies: 522
Views: 59730

Re: STL Air Service Discussion

How many pilots actually live in the Bi-State area? I know when I was flying TWA back in the day lots of pilots commuted from KC, Chicago, Little Rock etc.

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by TVNWZ
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance
Replies: 119
Views: 11949

Re: A visual into Alaska Air Group's Q3 performance

tphuang wrote:
The vx network flew to places people in Bay Area wanted to go.
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Just, apparently, not enough of them at a profitable price point.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1565
Views: 166074

Re: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership

What commercial airplane manufacturer ever kept the the acquired company's (project in this case) and ran with it? I don't think any. Thus, will probably be the fate of the C series. Lot more profit in their own planes. Take the technology. Kill the plane. Done is my guess.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers vs The World
Replies: 36
Views: 2546

Re: US Carriers vs The World

Do European airlines actually fly? Strike here. Strike there. Monarch here, Air Berlin there. Yep, all those new planes at Monarch are killing it.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented
Replies: 60
Views: 7868

Re: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented

If I had a dollar for the number of times meals on planes are reinvented I’d be richer now. Plane food has always been subpar, my bet it will continue to be no matter the airline. It’s a vicious cycle: more food, less food. Bad food, mediocre food. Or, no food at all. It was bad on my first TW Conni...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1565
Views: 166074

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Way to early to declare winners and losers here. It has to sell a lot more planes to make this work.

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by TVNWZ
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 Billion
Replies: 76
Views: 11173

Re: DL announces Q3 2017 pre-tax profit USD $1.7 BILLION

Timing of flight pay changed awhile ago, it’s when the brakes are released. Same for pilots. It is a big difference unfortunately. \ So the bonuses are really just pay that they are owed that the didn't get up front. Again this is all nothing more than a work force with little or no option if this ...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 153
Views: 26403

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

Even the newspaper you are linking is quitting the newspaper business because of the devastation. On line only now it appears.

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by TVNWZ
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's new branding
Replies: 116
Views: 18681

Re: AA's new branding

Generic? Cheap? Podiums? What, are they selling these things? It looks fine to me. Whoever heard of making an airline choice over what the podium looks like. "Harry, that podium looks cheap and generic. I told you we should have flown Southwest!"

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by TVNWZ
Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 15813

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

I doubt that hundreds of thousands have access to contract details. I worked for a company where I did million $$ installs. In 10 years I only saw 3 or 4 contracts with the customers and I was not supposed to see them. A couple were sent to me by mistake and a couple of customers showed me the cont...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX
Replies: 74
Views: 15813

Re: UA's Kirby Explains why UA order 737-10MAX

If the sales contracts are kept confidential, seeing we don't see tons of them floating around on the internet, who will tell AA what UA paid for their order? Seeing that you don't know if Airbus has such contracts in other regions and we only know this because we have someone that was at AA and is...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending
Replies: 36
Views: 4290

Re: DL's Bastian sees loyalty upgrades ending

This is a "me too" business if something works. This will have very little or no effect. If you hate it and bolt, there are only so many premium seats to take on competitor planes that are not already taken by their own elites. There is also the usual churn. I hate AA so I'm going to DL. Y...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hef's plane
Replies: 33
Views: 8895

Re: Hef's plane

It would fly down from Chicago to MDH often when Christie Hefner was a student at SIU-C around 1970 or so. It was a big deal at the time. She dated a fraternity friend of mine. Very nice but always had security/driver and her own off campus apartment.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.
Replies: 120
Views: 15130

Re: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.

commavia wrote:
And we, once again, arrive back at the key question - what is so bad about airlines making "pure profit?"


Nothing. Nothing at all. But, what is wrong with just raising your prices to make that "pure profit?"

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by TVNWZ
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.
Replies: 120
Views: 15130

Re: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.

It appears to me that these fares are nothing more than baggage fees disguised in a different wrapper. Besides the extra carry on fee or extra baggage fee the other punitive take-aways really cost the airline nothing. There is no cost to have an advanced seat assigned, or to be eligible for an upgra...

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