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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: 2219

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: 6812

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: 1080
Views: 65275

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: 10763

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: 122
Views: 19939

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: 16332

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: 13971

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: 13971

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: 35
Views: 3819

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: 8732

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: 14688

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: 14688

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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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off
Replies: 25
Views: 6344

Re: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off

Business cases are analyzed over several items including income. Income doesn't help if the asset is written off at a later date. Depreciation of the asset is not included in an NPV, which is generally regarded as the best measure to analyze a potential project's value. https://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off
Replies: 25
Views: 6344

Re: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off

The purchase price is amortized over many years--probably 20 or so. Does the profit loss reflect that amortization? You don't just take the price of the transaction to the bottom line like you did. That's fine if you want to look at an income statement, but business cases are written based on cash ...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off
Replies: 25
Views: 6344

Re: Delta Air Lines PA Refinery Pays Off

Time...............P/(L) ($M).....Gals (M).....Breakeven ($/bbl) Acquisition......($250) 2012 Q4..........$63....................894...............$11.13 2013...............($116)...............3,828..........$4.56 2014...............$96 ....................3,893..........$2.20 2015...............$...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 7M8 First Day Routings October 1st
Replies: 63
Views: 12612

Re: WN 7M8 First Day Routings October 1st

Apparently WN002 went mechanical with a spoiler light issue. Gary Kelly aboard. Tried to fix it three times and eventually called in another plane. Oops.

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 122
Views: 19939

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

I think you, and many other people, are underestimating the ability and will of the Dutch and French people of Saint Maarten to rebuild quickly. I respect your pluck! However, just being a remote island will be a tremendous challange. Then add in the other disaster areas like Puerto Rico, Houston, ...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.
Replies: 120
Views: 14688

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

But therein lies the problem. "What has historically been expected" of network carriers has been to lose money . "Reasonable services for reasonable more cost" proved astoundingly uneconomical for the first three decades of deregulation. Thus why comparisons of "record prof...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 122
Views: 19939

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

I would get things working first. Only thing worse than being shut down is opening and tourists having a miserable experience. Better they stay away until it has a semblance of normal. And from what I am hearing--that will be a long while.

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8490

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

For a long time I held top status on TW, then NW and finally DL. I travel over 150K a year. But, DL changed their business strategy that did not favor my buying strategy. So, I changed strategy. I now just fly the airline that is the most convienant. I have little to no loyalty. FF programs have bec...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"
Replies: 71
Views: 8490

Re: AA CEO: "we'll never lose money again"

[*] I haven't stepped foot on an American Airlines plane since March. The US Airways culture absolutely destroyed the airline and the product is worst in the domestic industry in every aspect - loyalty program, catering, hard product (although admittedly the new 77W J seats are fantastic, and assume...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th
Replies: 122
Views: 19939

Re: Princess Juliana Airport set to reopen October 6th

While the airport may reopen. Tourists coming are a long way off. There is a big difference between airport open and commercial flights bringing tourists. From the first posted article: No date set for restarting of commercial flights PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister responsible for Aviation Affairs Melliss...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta increases profit sharing
Replies: 21
Views: 3664

Re: Delta increases profit sharing

If there was no pressure, why did it take so long to get up to the unionized pilot's formula?

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by TVNWZ
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?
Replies: 14
Views: 1155

Re: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?

The airline doesn't know--nor care--about why you flew. If you took advantage of their cheapest CPM trip they are pretty happy about that. They are also happy about your spend too. Very happy.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?
Replies: 14
Views: 1155

Re: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?

Frankly, the MQD waiver meant less money spent directly with DL so maybe they just had enough of that. Seems like this is more of a crackdown on people who do mileage runs for status than anything else. Why would they want to discourage a paying customer? I have never run into anyone questioning yo...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?
Replies: 14
Views: 1155

Re: FF status getting more exclusive, harder to get - DL increases CC spend requirement, will others follow?

Frankly, the MQD waiver meant less money spent directly with DL so maybe they just had enough of that. Seems like this is more of a crackdown on people who do mileage runs for status than anything else. Why would they want to discourage a paying customer? I have never run into anyone questioning yo...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7008

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

32andBelow wrote:
TVNWZ wrote:
One thing missing from the discussion here: What will the airlines do? Can't see a big presence at both. If they have to choose, which will it be?

They will fly to the airport(s) they can make the most money at.


Duh. And which will that be in your estimation?

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by TVNWZ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF
Replies: 45
Views: 5299

Re: JD Power releases Best airport rankings 2017: MCO, SNA, SMF

I'll take TPA over MCO any day of the week. Twice on Sundays.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open
Replies: 49
Views: 7008

Re: Berlin voters: TXL to stay open

One thing missing from the discussion here: What will the airlines do? Can't see a big presence at both. If they have to choose, which will it be?

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by TVNWZ
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-MCO on NW in April 1996 - equipment?
Replies: 9
Views: 684

Re: DTW-MCO on NW in April 1996 - equipment?

If a widebody it was probably a DC10. A DC10 left about 6:30pm at that time IIRC.

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by TVNWZ
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Is this Forum too US centric?
Replies: 61
Views: 2296

Re: Is this Forum too US centric?

Irony weeps. OP wants a separate forum for US Aviation, but won't post in Site Related because " but at least wanted to reach a wider audience." Rich. Very rich irony.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: [Rumor] Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight to give a 747-8 to Morrocan Government
Replies: 9
Views: 2188

Re: [Rumor] Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight to give a 747-8 to Morrocan Government

L410Turbolet wrote:
Why does Moroccan government need a 747?


Because they want one. Projects power and strength.

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by TVNWZ
Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5836

Re: MCI question

Because if the private company bails/fails guess who pays?

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would ferry pilots prefer KOA to HNL?
Replies: 34
Views: 5309

Re: Why would ferry pilots prefer KOA to HNL?

32andBelow wrote:
This forum just over-analyzes every single thing to a level which airlines themselves are not concerned about.


+1

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by TVNWZ
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI Thread
Replies: 91
Views: 5836

Re: MCI Happenings

What? MCI is easily one of the worst airports in the US It is a dump, but it literally takes less than one minute from the time you get off the plane to the sidewalk and get picked up. A little cramped leaving, but no unbearable. I never use airports for shopping or eating or sticking around more t...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees
Replies: 91
Views: 18499

Re: DL Sends 744 To Orlando To Pick Up Evacuees

$150K of revenue more than covers the gas.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 94
Views: 10833

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

If other airlines want to come in..let them build more gates. Or let the city just build more gates. Yeah, I know, WA2.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 64294

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

[ As for UAs recovery at IAH they seem to be doing a rather good job of doing that and of taking care of their employees and customers: .... I believe it was you who said they would be running at 100% within a week once the airport reopened. Now, you speak differently. Because I point that out, and...

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by TVNWZ
Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL Air Service Discussion
Replies: 387
Views: 44927

Re: STL Air Service Discussion

Wow. Can't believe the negativity about an airport getting an international airline to start service. Because it isn't the right type of airline? Really? Sad. We already have a litany of one stop options to the popular destinations in Europe. The idea that KEF is going to be a popular destination a...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 64294

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

From the IAH Facebook Page: Bush Airport is planning on resuming flights today at 4 p.m. Here is what you need to know: The Houston Airports plans to resume limited domestic airline passenger service TODAY at 4 p.m. following severe weather caused by Hurricane Harvey. We will attempt to begin a phas...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL Air Service Discussion
Replies: 387
Views: 44927

Re: STL Air Service Discussion

Wow. Can't believe the negativity about an airport getting an international airline to start service. Because it isn't the right type of airline? Really? Sad.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 64294

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

I am taking with a grain of salt the reports from the Weather Channel, CNN, Fox...etc as the media has a tendency to over hype natural and man made disasters for sake of their own ratings. Which disasters did they over hype, specifically? Some eye opening stats: 11,000,000,000,000 – Gallons of wate...

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by TVNWZ
Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for Prague (PRG)
Replies: 23
Views: 4818

Re: Future for Prague (PRG)

It certainly is an airport with great potential and I'm surprised it doesn't handle more passengers than it already does. Even London Luton handles more passengers than Prague and it's much smaller. . There is a significant difference in GDP and and average wages between Prague and Luton (London.) ...

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by TVNWZ
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon
Replies: 115
Views: 29906

Re: KLM 747 lands in HKG in the middle of a typhoon

Hey. At least the runway was clear this time.

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by TVNWZ
Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?
Replies: 41
Views: 3697

Re: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?

I'm pretty sure Sanford is further from Disney than Lakeland is. Plus it's a toll road whereas Lakeland to Disney is on I-4. Still it's perception, and that's really what matters often to leisure travelers. The Toll Road's route is designed for Sanford. It's basically a big tourist trap for those c...

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by TVNWZ
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 640
Views: 61281

Re: Phoenix Arizona Aviation Thread Part 18

AntonioMartin wrote:
TVNWZ wrote:
AntonioMartin wrote:


Flew an TW L1011 tag PHXTUS back in the 70's. Big plane. Small route.

Couldn't catch the ten eleven at PHX and go TUS through could ya?


I think you could. I was flying STLTUS at the time. Frankly don't remember.

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by TVNWZ
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?
Replies: 41
Views: 3697

Re: Is Lakeland, Fl (LAL) any closer to getting commercial service?

One hour from two major airports.. don't see it ever happening.

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by TVNWZ
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Phoenix Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 640
Views: 61281

Re: Phoenix Arizona Aviation Thread Part 18

I always wanted to fly on one of these PHX-TUS Boeing or Airbus flights! Closest I came to was on an AA MD-82 from DFW-PHX in which a portion of it took us over Tucson before landing 40 minutes later... (on the other hand my brother works at Alaska so I might be able to catch a 737 intra Alaska, Ca...

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by TVNWZ
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta CEO / Upcoming NB order comments...
Replies: 161
Views: 25532

Re: Delta CEO / Upcoming NB order comments...

Bottom line: We may by Boeing. We may by Airbus.

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