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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/15/2018: WS Drops YYC-DFW/ORD, BOS-YUL; UA Adds IAD-PBG; AS Trims More Transcons
Replies: 104
Views: 10709

Re: OAG Changes 4/15/2018: WS Drops YYC-DFW/ORD, BOS-YUL; UA Adds IAD-PBG; AS Trims More Transcons

Looks like AS is trashing everything that Virgin had built at SFO. Was predictable. They can't compete with the big boys, so retrench to Seattle and secondary airports like SJC, PDX and SAN. I understand they are in this to make money, but just a shame that they have ruined what was a great product/...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5427

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

globetrotter94 wrote:
There seem to be a few candidates in the Middle East that are yet to pick a team, and also not big enough to go the EK/EY way:

KU (Kuwait Airways)
ME (Middle East Airlines, Lebanon)
WY (Oman Air)

Have any of these expressed any interest of teaming up?


ME is already in SkyTeam.

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join
Replies: 65
Views: 5427

Re: Airline Alliances that Carriers not in an Alliance Would Join

GOL joining SkyTeam with DL investment.

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 603
Views: 70331

New possible routes from KE/DL joint venture

I know there is another thread on this joint venture, but it is way too long. Now that this joint venture is approved, what are likely new routes that may be started. Two that come to mind for me are BOS - ICN on KE and MSP - ICN on DL. Thoughts on others?

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no Busan to HNL
Replies: 35
Views: 3628

Re: Why no Busan to HNL

Should be an obvious joint venture flight for ke/dl

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Decade since Delta's merger with Northwest
Replies: 231
Views: 18187

Re: Decade since Delta's merger with Northwest

Congratulations to Delta. For a merger this size, well executed. Curious to see where the next 10 years growth will be. Likely all DTW ::-)

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns
Replies: 57
Views: 3604

Re: Discussion thread for multi-airport cities/metropolitan areas: pros & cons, scenarios and patterns

For SFO/OAK with constraints of the bay, a sterile tunnel under the bay would be ideal, of course cost would be ridiculous, but compared to a new distant airport, probably not.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue
Replies: 19
Views: 2571

Re: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue

EXMEMWIDGET wrote:
bfitzflyer wrote:
Northwest had metal too.


...and their planes looked terrible most of the time. That dull aluminum oxide colored metal always looked bad to me. Every now and then I would run across a freshly polished one, but it seemed rare.


Actually really liked the metal on AA, NW and Eastern

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Europe to Africa discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 6003

Re: Europe to Africa discussion

As others have mentioned, Turkish is in Europe and this article is interesting, although could have more detail. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkishairlines-africa/turkish-airlines-profits-in-africa-where-others-fear-to-fly-idUSKCN1BN1CZ. I flew them a couple years ago from SF to Tanzania and...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue
Replies: 19
Views: 2571

Re: Eastern Air Lines Caribbean Blue

Northwest had metal too.

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?
Replies: 51
Views: 2102

Re: Favorite Airport to Fly In/Out Of?

SFO when heading in from the North and the pilot tilts the plane for a full golden gate bridge city/bay view. if a Europe/Asia flight with first timers love the oohs and ahhs. Even have seen this many a time, it is outstanding.

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Strange 5th Freedom Routes
Replies: 32
Views: 2460

Re: Strange 5th Freedom Routes

Back in the early 90's I believe NWA flew JFK to Osaka to Sydney.

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by bfitzflyer
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers fight on Southwest flight
Replies: 65
Views: 8673

Re: Passengers fight on Southwest flight

Baggage fees never made sense to me. Airlines should charge for overhead bins and let the luggage in the hold fly free. There would be fewer annoying people using a bin 10 rows in front of their seat. This will never happen. Baggage handling is an expense for airlines. Passenger carryon bags cost t...

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by bfitzflyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus planning more International flights to US
Replies: 100
Views: 9911

Re: Aer Lingus planning more International flights to US

I’m wondering if this means a change to the Aer Lingus business model. Certainly most of these cities only make sense seasonally and even then, probably not daily. Will Aer Lingus be used as a Norwegian/Wow killer? I have to think BWI is high on the list, especially with Wow going to 11x weekly and...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA & DL failed to capitalize fully TW & PA
Replies: 85
Views: 8644

Re: AA & DL failed to capitalize fully TW & PA

I would argue that Delta's JFK Hub is how they capitalized on acquiring PA assets. It jump started significant European expansion out of JFK that we still see today.

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by bfitzflyer
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese airlines supplanting ME3 as the competitive LH concern for other airlines.
Replies: 74
Views: 11008

Re: Chinese airlines supplanting ME3 as the competitive LH concern for other airlines.

This is a great thread. I think from a US perspective as not as familiar with other part so the world, the transpacific market has already been significantly impacted a the economy level already. The connection fares to SE Asia from Chinese carrier US gateways are already ridiculously cheap. Granted...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop
Replies: 34
Views: 2582

Re: Biggest city pairs not connected by a 1 stop

Looking at this there are lots of one stop flights,that are listed one stop but require over 8 or even 10 hour layover. So technically they count as one stop, but not something most would do.

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by bfitzflyer
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CLT hub today vs DL CVG hub at the peak?
Replies: 67
Views: 9290

Re: AA CLT hub today vs DL CVG hub at the peak?

Never say never, but CLT is not surrounded by other AA hubs like CVG is by ATL and DTW. Yes, DCA and MIA are around it, but MIA is not good for connecting north./south except Caribbean and South America and DCA has no ability to really grow as well as no international excluding a few routes to Canad...

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with either only male or only female crew
Replies: 13
Views: 3255

Re: Airlines with either only male or only female crew

Avionics09 wrote:
EVA Air (BR) exclusively female FA's.


EVA does have male flight attendants. Mostly females, but I have flown them and had male flight attendants.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former hub traffic (TWA, DL, US, etc.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5730

Re: Former hub traffic (TWA, DL, US, etc.)

Going back 30 years, and I don't have the actual data, but I believe NWA had 400 flights a day in Memphis say around 87 or 88, not long after the merger. and now combined DL and NWA is probably 40 i f not less. MEM peaked at just under 300 flights in 1987, there’s data on departedflights showing th...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former hub traffic (TWA, DL, US, etc.)
Replies: 30
Views: 5730

Re: Former hub traffic (TWA, DL, US, etc.)

Going back 30 years, and I don't have the actual data, but I believe NWA had 400 flights a day in Memphis say around 87 or 88, not long after the merger. and now combined DL and NWA is probably 40 i f not less.

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018
Replies: 41
Views: 9161

Re: Qantas announces MEL-SFO starting late 2018

UA will announce just like they did with Tahiti and similarly to SIN where they knew SQ was going to do those routes.

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Fanboys" Why do you Love Your Airline?
Replies: 16
Views: 2518

Re: "Fanboys" Why do you Love Your Airline?

Grew up with my father working for NWA. Used to love the old TPA mini hub and always thought that the Transpacific network was really impressive given the overall small size of NWA. Thinking of the hubs they have operated at times in Osaka, Seoul and of course Narita. Just was an amazing network and...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hub quality & travel decision
Replies: 7
Views: 3714

Re: Hub quality & travel decision

My home airport has a lot of options. I am elite on DL but obviously also have to fly UA if I don't want to connect. So I tend to look at DL first, and then second UA, but I go with whoever has the best schedule so if business was in Dallas would definitely consider AA given the number of flights. I...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst transfer airport by continent
Replies: 85
Views: 8131

Re: Best and worst transfer airport by continent

Ok my experiences: Best North America - Best - DTW, just really simple and nice place Runnerup SFO - Terminal enhancements stand out Europe - Best CPH, small simple, AMS, one terminal Worst - Asia - Best - ICN - Amazing place and everything works perfectly, Runnerup TPE - Simple and efficient South ...

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways (TG) confirms intent to return to the US
Replies: 179
Views: 20164

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

I think all flag carriers deserve the right to fly a flagship route to the States if they can but I'm not an economist. BKK and Thailand is clearly a very important part of an intl carriers network but if Americans "holiday" it's not that far away...it's the Caribbean Latin America or Eur...

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways (TG) confirms intent to return to the US
Replies: 179
Views: 20164

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

I think all flag carriers deserve the right to fly a flagship route to the States if they can but I'm not an economist. BKK and Thailand is clearly a very important part of an intl carriers network but if Americans "holiday" it's not that far away...it's the Caribbean Latin America or Eur...

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers ordering A350-1000
Replies: 17
Views: 5287

Re: China Airlines considers ordering A350-1000

ZK-NBT wrote:
Seems a logical addition.

How long are the 77W leases?

They replaced 77W’s with A359’s to SFO, was that a permanent move? Where do the 77W’s fly other than LAX?


As of now 77W comes back to SFO this winter as I have a flight in February and it is 77W.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot's USA routes
Replies: 47
Views: 9335

Re: Aeroflot's USA routes

I would think SFO, large Russian population in SF.

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by bfitzflyer
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL
Replies: 54
Views: 6681

Southwest wants DL and AS to share at DAL

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/air ... ates-delta
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I thought this article was interesting. Seems like they are about to pull AS into this mess as well.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/air ... ates-delta

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by bfitzflyer
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion at OAK airport
Replies: 55
Views: 5093

Re: OAK airport

Airports really don't have any incentive to improve if it knows it won't make a difference on who flies there. If you are SFO/any major airport you know people are going to add routes and fly there no matter what shape the airport is in. As long as it is functional, the only real incentive you have...

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by bfitzflyer
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion at OAK airport
Replies: 55
Views: 5093

Re: OAK airport

For one of the highest priced places to live in the US only SJC has a very nice modern airport to offer. Both OAK and SFO are stuck in the Cold War era. Dark gloomy and gray inside and complete dumps. It always amazes me that you can go to many 3rd world countries who have facilities that blow some...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14832

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

Looking at old route maps, I don't think that's where those routes came from. It looks like they are former Pan Am routes that were sold or somehow transferred to NW in the mid-1970s before deregulation. (This is not to be confused with the rest of Pan Am's European network that went to Delta in 19...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT
Replies: 16
Views: 5623

Re: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT

Interesting that Level announces Birmingham to Canada around the same time. It's PRIMERA AIR that's just announced Birmingham to Toronto in addition to their already confirmed destinations of BOS and EWR not LEVEL. The full flight schedule is now online and bookings open. Thanks for correcting me

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT
Replies: 16
Views: 5623

Re: Norwegian to end all flights between Birmingham and Spain effective 28/OCT

Interesting that Level announces Birmingham to Canada around the same time.

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by bfitzflyer
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal
Replies: 94
Views: 14832

Re: DL Moves to Reclaim $500m BOS Terminal

People on here laughed when I predicted this scenario a couple of years ago. They were starting to do the same thing in BOS that they'd done in SEA but no one could see it. After watching them in SEA it's no surprise that their goal from the start is to be the dominate carrier in BOS. Both cities h...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 218
Views: 27869

Re: China Airlines inaugurals TPE-ONT as charter on 2018/1/25

China Airlines inaugurals TPE-ONT vv as a one-time charter flight on 2018/1/25. The one time schedule is as follows: CI 2023 2340TPE-ONT1915 77W - Flight time: 11 hr 35 min Plane stays at ONT for 3 hr 20 min CI 2024 2235ONT-TPE0500+2 77W - Flight time: 14 hr 25 min The charter flight is bookable on...

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by bfitzflyer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua
Replies: 59
Views: 11272

Re: Iberia starts San Francisco and Managua

Nice add for SFO. Rome and Moscow seem to be the biggest holes remaining in SFO transatlantic routes left.

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by bfitzflyer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How would VY and IAG fit in a Europe where both the U.K. and Catalonia are no longer EU members?
Replies: 59
Views: 6730

Re: Catalonia Independence. What does it mean for Aviation?

This could be interesting for aviation as well as the region in general. Makes me wonder what will happen when California votes for secession as well.

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by bfitzflyer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Renaming GSV to Tom Petty-Gainesville
Replies: 27
Views: 3012

Re: Renaming GSV to Tom Petty-Gainesville

I signed, but worried, that people might take literally "Don't come around here no more"

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5751

Re: HAM TATL flights?

Germany is interesting, what other country does not have true international hubs in it's two largest cities(Berlin and Hamburg). I know the reasons for Berlin are probably largely political. Hamburg is I guess just that Frankfurt and Munich developed as the hubs for LH and there has really never bee...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

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This is a duplicate of viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1375105 please lock.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX
Replies: 74
Views: 11434

Re: OAG Changes 10/1/2017: UA Drops MSP-LAX

DL -TPA-SLC sure did not resume for long or was it planned for a short season.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM TATL flights?
Replies: 47
Views: 5751

Re: HAM TATL flights?

It is also population wise a big market, 5 million metro. I think historically, on the US side, DL and CO both served it maybe even NW way back. Given that it's size it is interesting that it has so little trans Atlantic service. With UA only doing seasonal service to Newark. With Air Berlin going b...

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by bfitzflyer
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service
Replies: 218
Views: 27869

Re: China Airlines announces TPE-ONT service

Just seems like there are better opportunities than this. Say with ST partner, DL to SEA, ATL or DTW for starters among many others...

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Strategy for the last 10 years
Replies: 22
Views: 2855

Re: Delta Strategy for the last 10 years

There are a lot of elements to any airlines strategy, but some of the focuses I have noticed are: 1) Joint Ventures - AF/KL, Virgin Atlantic and Australia, AeroMexico, now Korean 2) Focus on LA and NYC for big corporate contracts 3) Changing the Pacific strategy from NRT to LAX, SEA and the linkups ...

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no DTW-HNL?
Replies: 62
Views: 8905

Re: Why no DTW-HNL?

You know I too am against DTW hijacking threads, but this one is specifically about DTW, so you if you don't want to read it, skip it.

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Premium Narrowbody Services
Replies: 24
Views: 4423

Re: Premium Narrowbody Services

Does Spirit count?

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by bfitzflyer
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no DTW-HNL?
Replies: 62
Views: 8905

Re: Why no DTW-HNL?

Perhaps OGG-DTW instead.

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