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by bfitzflyer
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Seattle Focus City?
Replies: 20
Views: 2081

Re: Northwest Airlines Seattle Focus City?

BOS , in the 80's TPA and DCA for a couple years after getting Eastern assets were also focus cities.

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by bfitzflyer
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Daytime west coast - Europe transatlantic flights.
Replies: 15
Views: 2394

Re: Daytime west coast - Europe transatlantic flights.

I can't imagine a logistical advantage to such a flight. Passengers would have to arrive at the airport at 5am, and when you get to Europe, the day is over and there are certainly no connections to be made. To each their own. If you don't sleep well on an airplane would arrive go to bed and be grea...

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by bfitzflyer
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor TAP to start SFO- LIS
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Rumor TAP to start SFO- LIS

https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/a ... 990913.php

There is a Portuguese community in the East Bay and Portugal is a hot tourist destination at the moment, but can't see this one lasting a downturn. Now need to get back, Berlin and Dusseldorf....
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https://www.sfgate.com/chris-mcginnis/a ... 990913.php

There is a Portuguese community in the East Bay and Portugal is a hot tourist destination at the moment, but can't see this one lasting a downturn. Now need to get back, Berlin and Dusseldorf....

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?
Replies: 205
Views: 19736

Re: What should UA do to close the gap with DL?

i think there is no doubt that UA has their hubs in almost all the big business centers, a dream for corporate contracts. This should set them up for a big revenue advantage, and I think they get it to some extent, however how does it go wrong then. 1) Congested airspace in 3 hubs, EWR, ORD and SFO....

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no BOI-east coast flights?
Replies: 34
Views: 4332

Re: Why no BOI-east coast flights?

DL used to do BOi - ATL ,I know in the 90's not sure when dropped.

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by bfitzflyer
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 469
Views: 124949

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

I was in Terminal 3 last week and although far from a beauty and clearly lipstick on a pig, was definitely improved from a year ago with places to eat and soon power at seats. I agree also that LA Delta Staff is great.

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by bfitzflyer
Wed May 30, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29
Replies: 76
Views: 9964

Re: Delta debuts new uniforms May 29

Flew this morning, TPA to SFO via SLC. I think they looked really good in person and a change from blue which seems prevalent in airline uniforms

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by bfitzflyer
Wed May 23, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax
Replies: 46
Views: 7121

Re: Airports With Highest Proportion of Transit Pax

I believe I have read CLT is highest of major hubs in US.

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by bfitzflyer
Tue May 22, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?
Replies: 19
Views: 4143

Re: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?

I am doing this one from memory, so not spot on. I know they had a small hub operation probably either late 80's or early 90's for a couple years. Flights included, SEA, DTW, HNL, LAX and maybe one more US city. They connected to BKK, HKG and possibly MNL. I am sure someone will have more specifics ...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed May 16, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 84
Views: 13058

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

SFO - Star alliance Hub and big Ethiopian immigrant population

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by bfitzflyer
Tue May 15, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to add new routes after agreement with ME3
Replies: 194
Views: 22153

DL to add new routes after agreement with ME3

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/14/delta-m ... yptr=yahoo
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Interesting article, although nothing specific. Seems like India NS from US might happen.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/14/delta-m ... yptr=yahoo

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by bfitzflyer
Sat May 12, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S., UAE strike deal resolving contentious airline spat
Replies: 44
Views: 7145

Re: U.S., Emirates strike deal resolving contentious airline spat

I wonder what impact this will have on DTW

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by bfitzflyer
Thu May 10, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6754

Re: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA

janders wrote:
Interesting to see how top markets are a tale of two worlds. CUN dominated by American tourist, and then markets like MEX&GDL with heavy ethnic focus.
Not sure that they ethnic driven, MEX and GDL are major business centers.

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by bfitzflyer
Wed May 09, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL, DAL & AA, who is # 1, 2 & 3 across the Atlantic?
Replies: 49
Views: 7420

Re: UAL, DAL & AA, who is # 1, 2 & 3 across the Atlantic?

I would love to see Transpacific stats for NW vs UA back in say the 90's. I think it was relatively close then with AA almost nonexistent. DL really has fallen significantly if you count all the NRT onward routes. Will be interesting to see them try to build off of Korean and China Eastern to see wh...

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by bfitzflyer
Tue May 08, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 205
Views: 23523

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

So how soon until this slot gets moved to DL?

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by bfitzflyer
Mon May 07, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 11002

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

Surprised the SF bay area is not much higher, so many ethiopians here.

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by bfitzflyer
Mon May 07, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO
Replies: 74
Views: 10255

Re: OAG Changes 5/6/2018:DL Drops CVG-XNA; 3M Drops MCO-FPO

some nice pickups by DTW and once again AS cuts more

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by bfitzflyer
Thu May 03, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops ORD-PEK
Replies: 205
Views: 23523

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

Understandable move. ORD is currently overserved by transpacific flights. It's surprising that the SF Bay Area, with a much larger O&D market and Asian population, has comparable service levels to several Asian cities as ORD. From SF Bay Area: Tokyo: 2x daily SFO-NRT (UA, NH), 2x daily SFO-HND ...

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by bfitzflyer
Wed May 02, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 1st Int'l long haul Airline out of MKE?
Replies: 81
Views: 7597

Re: 1st Int'l long haul Airline out of MKE?

A long shot, but maybe DL to AMS or CDG similar to what they have done in PIT and IND.

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by bfitzflyer
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Public's View on Flight Attendants
Replies: 79
Views: 7838

Re: The Public's View on Flight Attendants

Flight attendants are there for safety first, I 100 percent agree. Flight attendants are also brand ambassadors. They are likely the one airline employee that the flying public has contact with. You book your reservation usually online, you check in online, the gate agent generally just scans your b...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD
Replies: 60
Views: 9882

Re: OAG Changes 4/22/2018:AA Drops MIA-OMA;AS Suspends DTW-PDX; AV Adds BOS-SAL, MCO-GUA/LIM/SAL;B6 +GCM-FLL;UA +ORD-SHD

Every week seems to be more and more AS cuts. Interesting to see where they end up with this merger, perhaps right back where they started but having eliminated a competitor.

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO
Replies: 71
Views: 11132

Re: Rumor: New DL flights from MCO

An interesting flight that no one has mentioned is DL's flight MIA - MCO and reverse that connects up with their MCO/GRU service. This flight has been operating for at least a couple of years so it must be successful even though DL's MCO-GRU flights overfly MIA both ways. The real oddball that I’ve...

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by bfitzflyer
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?
Replies: 110
Views: 19368

Re: When Will B6 Pull Out of LGB?

B6 is kind of stuck with what they have at the moment. Concentrate on NY, BOS and FLL and to a lesser extent MCO. As stated on many threads here, they at some point will be bought out or stay the niche carrier they are.

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by bfitzflyer
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route
Replies: 37
Views: 5146

Re: What type of 747-200 did NW use on ORD-NRT route

NW never had a hub at ORD, but served various cities in FL. MKE, MSN, SEA and BOS besides their hubs, probably a few others.

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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: 11053

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: 5571

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: 5571

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: 606
Views: 71491

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: 3692

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: 18701

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: 3771

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: 2639

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: 6173

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: 2639

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: 2251

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: 2831

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: 8811

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: 10145

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: 8782

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: 11095

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: 2656

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: 9361

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: 3315

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: 5771

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: 5771

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: 9244

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: 2558

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: 3726

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: 92
Views: 8949

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: 20450

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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