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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 366
Views: 57390

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

Fact: AF447, a 6 year old A330 "fell out of the sky", all pax lost Fact: AF4590, a Concorde with only 4873 cycles, crashed on take off, all pax lost AF447 was pilot error and AF4590 was a 25-year-old aircraft that crashed due to damage caused by debris on the runway. What do they have to ...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class
Replies: 37
Views: 3700

Re: SY to refresh all interiors- drop first class

Crap, that sucks. I enjoyed their J/F seating.
Now Delta gets even more price leverage on premium out of MSP (as if they needed more).

Bummer.

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 52
Views: 3555

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

Doubtful. They’re probably similar, in seat pitch, to Y+, or maybe a few inches more. Today’s J seats are largely lie-flat, something that didn’t really exist until when, the 1990s or so? No, todays single aisle, narrow body J seats are NOT largely lie flat. You are thinking of widebodies. 1960's a...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 366
Views: 57390

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

Irrsepective of what the flight data records eventually show those people would have been in a more modern, more reliable, easier to fly, less prone to pilot error plane than the one in which they lost their lives. Yeah, facts be damned, really no need to investigate at all. Because - you already k...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 52
Views: 3555

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

And how large were those PAN AM seats compared to the current standard?? I wouldn't be surprised if those PAN AM seats are more equal to the current J seats than the current Y seats. Doubtful. They’re probably similar, in seat pitch, to Y+, or maybe a few inches more. Today’s J seats are largely li...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV
Replies: 366
Views: 57390

Re: CU972 operated by Global Air down near HAV

Irrsepective of what the flight data records eventually show those people would have been in a more modern, more reliable, easier to fly, less prone to pilot error plane than the one in which they lost their lives. Yeah, facts be damned, really no need to investigate at all. Because - you already k...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 23, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?
Replies: 33
Views: 1368

Re: Is the EU law (EC) No 261 enacted by European Parliament in 2004 to protect Air Pax is ever enforceable?

not in some sort of credit for future travel on the carrier (which is often what US carriers try to do, per practice for non-EU delays and such). What makes you think US carriers commonly provide *any* kind of credit or compensation for delays? Unless we're talking about a missed connection involvi...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 22, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 52
Views: 3555

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

imthedreamliner wrote:
A rare topic where there is no A and B fanboy-ism.


oh, that can change quickly.

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 22, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Busiest airports without full length taxiways
Replies: 49
Views: 5066

Re: Busiest airports without full length taxiways

Male has no taxiway at all. Airplanes pushback onto the runway. Probably one of the only airports in the world that has multiple widebodies on the ground at the same time and no taxiways ha! ya made me look! that's not an airport, its an airstrip with some "stuff" nearby ;) but somehow pe...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 22, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 43
Views: 4244

Re: FA attention question

Lots of defensiveness here. It's an honest question. For those deriding the discussion, how about growing a spine and giving constructive information? And comparing to driving - apples and oranges. We all know driving while looking at a phone is dangerous. My question was about crew procedures duri...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 22, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FA attention question
Replies: 43
Views: 4244

Re: FA attention question

I was on a Delta BOS LAX flight on a 757. Sat near the rear exit row of the doors that are behind the wing. Before takeoff, as soon as the FA took her rear- facing seat, she was immediately on her cell phone and was face down in that phone until the chime at 10k feet, when she unbuckled to do her n...

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by FlyHappy
Mon May 21, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 141
Views: 26277

Re: Emirates Pilot Shortage

The poster making the original cargo comment was grasping at straws to go after the ME3, as usual. Its his/her MO. Next we'll hear that Sir Tim Clark assassinated JFK or something and half of a.net is being paid to cover it up yada yada. I dont think the above is unnecessarily argumentative. The or...

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by FlyHappy
Mon May 21, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 141
Views: 26277

Re: Emirates Pilot Shortage

How is flying a freighter different than the same plane in a passenger configuration? Cargo can be replaced, human lives cannot be replaced, in case the unthinkable happens. Wow. So cargo pilot lives are more expendable. Wow. you're being unnecessarily argumentative. you well know that he or she me...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 20, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot pay: twins vs quads
Replies: 8
Views: 832

Pilot pay: twins vs quads

Having only a cursory understanding of the industry, I have a broad idea of why pilot larger aircraft pays more than small aircraft in general. However, its my impression that when it come to modern, long range aircraft, that twin engine aircraft can present greater demands of airmanship and crisis ...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 20, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 141
Views: 26277

Re: EK pilot shortage, now a safety concern

Don't worry worldranger, 170 cadets putting hours on SR22s like crazy. They will be ready in no time to put every bird in the air. Not enough!!!! Many people are going back to the US - Canada - Europe, where now there a big job offer and pilot shortage. This is getting pretty interesting... g77 He ...

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by FlyHappy
Wed May 16, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL or SY order Boeing 737 MAX aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 4294

Re: Will DL or SY order Boeing 737 MAX aircraft?

As has been said many times, for a fleet the size of DL, having all the OEM's represented provides great ability to very precisely "right size" routes, maintain plausible price pressure in OEM negotiation, and forms the basis for a full range TechOps operation that is very profitable. I al...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 15, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8602

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

No one is getting laid off, just displaced to another base, Happens all the time in the airline business. Nothing to cry about and Alaska pilot scheduling will rework the schedules so as to minimize NY layovers. getting displaced coast to coast is pretty dramatic. Not sure it can be characterized a...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 15, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8602

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

Maybe they should move closer to their work. Ya know, how the rest of us do it. The vast majority of the rest of us don't work under such rigid seniority/pay structure. A doctor, plumber, office manager - they have a reasonable shot at finding comparable work/pay in a given area which might be pers...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 15, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8602

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

I have a feeling though that most ex-VX crew were actually commuters into JFK and it won't make that much difference to them as they're still having to hitch a ride to work on an airplane. Ya but, there's a fair likelihood that these commuting pilots were predominantly East-coast centric and not sa...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 15, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL or SY order Boeing 737 MAX aircraft?
Replies: 32
Views: 4294

Re: Will DL or SY order Boeing 737 MAX aircraft?

DL will probably wait to see how their large CS order and options works out before they commit to any additional (if any) 737 orders. SY, being a tiny, lease only operator, is more likely to lease NG frames displaced from operators (probably those updating to MAX). Their financial position and owner...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 15, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC
Replies: 80
Views: 8602

Re: Alaska to Close Pilot Base in NYC

No one is getting laid off, just displaced to another base, Happens all the time in the airline business. Nothing to cry about and Alaska pilot scheduling will rework the schedules so as to minimize NY layovers. getting displaced coast to coast is pretty dramatic. Not sure it can be characterized a...

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by FlyHappy
Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?
Replies: 22
Views: 1097

Re: Airlines that offer menus in Economy?

On my airline, the menu *is* the meal.....

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by FlyHappy
Mon May 14, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 111
Views: 23050

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

Try to think of it like parking in a busy parking lot. If the car ahead of you turned into a parking spot, then for whatever reason stopped half way in, you are not absolved of any blame if you are not paying attention and run into the back of him. As a 330 pilot I can state for information that bo...

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by FlyHappy
Mon May 14, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leaked Sneak Peek: United New Uniforms
Replies: 41
Views: 8521

Re: Leaked Sneak Peek: United New Uniforms

A bit "Star Trek-y" I'd say. Doesn't bother me at all.
If they're comfortable for the crew, then I'm all for it.

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 13, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Contemplating flying AeroMexico
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: Contemplating flying AeroMexico

Are you sure you aren't looking at the RJ / Aerolitoral service? $150/RT for any int'l 2 hour flight in the Americas is basically free, and should be booked immediately. On the other hand, the "premium meal / premium alcohol" is probably only the "Premier" class (ie, "Busine...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 13, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Koryo speculations
Replies: 57
Views: 5775

Re: Air Koryo speculations

As tempting as a humorous answer is... There is no future for Air Koryo without sanctions. No budget, short of a massive gift of COMACs from the PRC, thus the eventual future is spelled K-A-L.

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 13, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23546

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

I'm not sure how complicated the logistics are, but I am surprised that US airlines don't offer more "order ahead" meal options domestically, mostly for first class, but even for coach pax at a price. Looking at an airline like AirAsia, passengers have about 20 choices including many that...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 12, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 21793

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days

Ahh, you are off by about 680 or so trillion Guess one order of magnitude off the total debt is 70.138 trillions... The state debt is 21.1 trillions, or as the great man would say huge the best. Believe me the hugest. ;) A quick google has one link posting 75 Trillion combined debt and this 100 tri...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?
Replies: 154
Views: 18564

Re: a MTOW increase on 787-10 to compete with A359?

The 787-10 is a simple stretch of the 787-9. It did not only exchange just range, but also payload for a higher passenger capacity. If one looks at LCC or ULCC the 787-10 has the same max passenger numbers as the A330-900. Are you referring to the 787-10 and A330-900 having the same exit door limit...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 12, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?
Replies: 18
Views: 1522

Re: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?

No. sorry, but no. Air travel is simply magnitudes more complex to conduct safely than ground travel. That means it requires more people, more labor, more cost, per passenger flight minute/mile. Fundamentally far more costly than other commuting methods. The physics of this will not change. Cheating...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 11, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6681

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

Also SY to MSP. I'm pretty sure SY has elminated HUX :( It is still on their website. They have not released their winter schedule yet so we do not know where they plan on flying next winter... I don't see HUX listed on their destinations (where they still have CUN/PUJ/CZM/etc), nor on their intera...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-Series Range Question
Replies: 27
Views: 4659

Re: C-Series Range Question

Thanks for the response and perspective. The C-Series is pitched as an ideal aircraft for long-thin routes; what's the possibility that ITO-LAX/SFO/SEA/SAN is viable? economically impossible, I'd say. ITO just can't sustain the needed pax and fares for direct to mainland service, when there's a che...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 11, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-Series Range Question
Replies: 27
Views: 4659

Re: C-Series Range Question

For the same reason that there already is an airline flying LCY-JFK (A318 and potentially CSeries): because of money. The 737max and A320neo have CASMs just as good if not better than the C Series, and the demand from the west coast to Hawaii is there to fill them. I can’t think of any airports in ...

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by FlyHappy
Fri May 11, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United adjust Mexico network - ends service to HUX, MZT, & VSA
Replies: 56
Views: 6681

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

BAINY3 wrote:
stl07 wrote:
So all that's left between the US and HUX is swift to STL and volaris to ORD, both only once weekly and seasonal....

Also SY to MSP.


I'm pretty sure SY has elminated HUX :(

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 08, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 10892

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

an area of over 1 billion people (just sub-Saharan portion) ... Let's get real. ACC is hardly a gateway to the region - it has limited connections and infrastructure. For example, there are no flights from there to regional capital cities like BJL, BKO, CKY, COO, DSS, OXB, and YAO, among many, many...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 08, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 10892

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

an area of over 1 billion people (just sub-Saharan portion) ... Let's get real. ACC is hardly a gateway to the region - it has limited connections and infrastructure. For example, there are no flights from there to regional capital cities like BJL, BKO, CKY, COO, DSS, OXB, and YAO, among many, many...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 08, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 10892

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

... do they also question Delta's JFK to Lagos route? No - on size alone, JFK is not IAH, and LOS is not ACC. :roll: Cheers, C. I am completely aware of both of those differences. But neither Accra nor Houston are exactly small cities - and from an area of over 1 billion people (just sub-Saharan po...

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by FlyHappy
Tue May 08, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights
Replies: 97
Views: 10892

Re: Ethiopian secures Accra-Texas flights

Rant alert: been a while since I posted. I need to unleash :-) ... Final point: I am elated the governments of Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast have chosen to give out fifth freedom rights to African carriers for intercontinental services. Protectionism in African aviation has created too many 2-plane a...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 13257

Re: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018

There are plenty of people from MSP that connect on their way to the Carribbean and Latin America. If you ever take the 5am flights to ATL/CLT/MIA or NK's 1am flight to FLL, these are literally 2/3rds of the people on the plane. I don't see why B6 would not want a cut of that. Furthermore, not ever...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?
Replies: 37
Views: 5946

Re: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?

Too many posters assuming the question, and some of the responses examples of "American corportism" or American cultural un-awareness. This is not something that should be assumed. The same question can be asked by someone in Asia, South America, or even Europe itself. In fact, a quick gla...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 06, 2018 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018
Replies: 119
Views: 13257

Re: JetBlue to start BOS-MSP 3xday on May 3 2018

sounds to me like MSP people need to spread their wings and get out of the long held "every year" same vacation spots, if any of the posts above our true. People always forget about "stimulated demand", B6 to FLL with all the NEW hot spot locations that can be reached by just 1 ...

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by FlyHappy
Sun May 06, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18808

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

Yes, it is totally pompous and nonsensical. The United States has world-class infrastructure. Our nation's ability to quickly, reliably, safely, and economically transport people, goods, and services over vast distances is truly without rival. How we achieve that matters little. The notion that our...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18808

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

How long until terrorist fears or reality related to trains causes the need for the same "security" process? Never. Trains are not nearly as vulnerable to the same level of threat (both real and perceived) as air travel. I don't know. Derailing a train creates a lot of casualties. A train...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18808

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

As an American taxpayer, I am glad we have never sunk money into high-speed rail. Thrilled even. High-speed rail does not make sense outside of the Northeast U.S. and it would suck money from more valuable infrastructure projects. Saying U.S. infrastructure is "anchored in the 19th and 20th ce...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18808

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

It's a shame that there is high speed infrastructure in place to serve those areas, avoiding pollution and congestion to be spread around with the current "only car/only plane" mindset that is anchoring US infrastructure in general into the XIX-XX century. As an American taxpayer, I am gl...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 18808

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

They’re including the time you have to arrive to the airport in advance, clear security, and hang around the airport before your flight actually leaves (“dwell time” they call it). How long until terrorist fears or reality related to trains causes the need for the same "security" process?...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Airbus struggling with John Leahy gone?
Replies: 29
Views: 5495

Re: Is Airbus struggling with John Leahy gone?

Leahy was a good exec, and has cemented his legacy in historical terms. But one person does not an industry maketh. Leahy benefitted from the times, and the current sales chief has very little room to improve upon the past record, and works in tighter constraints. Airbus is fine, and will be fine. W...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9220

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

hmmmmmmmm........ I get your point: Kansas is not in the Middle East. My point is that the new MCI, if it offers low landing, RON, gate, and other fees, could attract a connection-centric network, probably one with right-sized (regional jet and small mainline) spokes, esp. secondary US and CA airpo...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9220

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

The Dallas/Ft Worth population was well below 1 million in 1972-1973. Today it is over 7 million. Kansas City itself has a smaller population today than in the early 1970's. Why did DFW area and the airport grow so much and not Kansas City? Biggest factor is Weather. Number 2 is the fact that Ameri...

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by FlyHappy
Sat May 05, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?
Replies: 89
Views: 9220

Re: Why has MCI failed as a hub city?

O&D is not the sine quo non of hubness. http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=602975 Hubs can be connection driven (think DXC, AUH, DOH). The new MCI may attract a "connection player", or maybe Amazon Prime Pax. :D invoking the super connector hubs of the ME3 is rather prepos...

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