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by michman
Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 64
Views: 8609

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

What is crazy is that all the CRJ-200's are expected to be removed from CVG by the end of 2017... Expected by who? Lots of 50 seat CRJ flying still showing in the schedule out of CVG in 2018. I seriously doubt these are all going to be replaced. CVG CEO stated in an interview that DL was planning o...

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by michman
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why not more LCCs to Hawaii?
Replies: 30
Views: 2548

Re: Why not more LCCs to Hawaii?

That makes no sense. Low yielding routes are exactly what LCCs are best at in infiltrating and driving out higher-cost legacies. And besides, Hawaii isn't exactly low yield. LCC have a large presence in a number of low yield leisure markets like Florida, but they also look for higher yield markets ...

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by michman
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 64
Views: 8609

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

What is crazy is that all the CRJ-200's are expected to be removed from CVG by the end of 2017... Expected by who? Lots of 50 seat CRJ flying still showing in the schedule out of CVG in 2018. I seriously doubt these are all going to be replaced. I have no information at all about CRJs in CVG, but D...

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by michman
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?
Replies: 64
Views: 8609

Re: Are there any failed airline hubs in the world?

cvgComair wrote:
What is crazy is that all the CRJ-200's are expected to be removed from CVG by the end of 2017...


Expected by who? Lots of 50 seat CRJ flying still showing in the schedule out of CVG in 2018. I seriously doubt these are all going to be replaced.

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by michman
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adding SEA-ORD
Replies: 97
Views: 10513

Re: DL adding SEA-ORD

I realize the DL Fan Boys are excited, but lets see what the response from UA and AA is. We all know they are not going to let those 'boys from the South' infringe on their territory. Plus when you have to take passengers from your 2 hubs to make it work on a 3rd... Y'all know where AA is based, ri...

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by michman
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7217

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

I flew DL transcon on JFK-LAX a couple weeks ago and the AA offering (see below) looks to be identical to what I experienced on DL. On what basis do you believe to be more of a true "meal" that what DL offers? I got the turkey sandwich with DL that came with chips and a brownie. I can ass...

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by michman
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to offer free meals in coach on JFK-LAX/SFO
Replies: 67
Views: 7217

Re: AA to offer free meals in coach on transcons

Monkey see, monkey do. Not surprised that AA is matching on the premium transcons. Looks like it will be more of a true "meal" than DL's snack, but it still stretches the term. I see UA being the least likely to do this since EWR doesn't have the same head-to-head competition. Few people ...

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by michman
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed
Replies: 330
Views: 81484

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

Too bad DL will likely never have seven 747's on the ground at LAX at the same time, aren't they down to only 4 in their fleet now, or is it less? There are currently 7 active 747's in DL's fleet. N662US N666US N667US N668US N669US N670US N674US Mostly on DTW-ICN/NRT/PVG (some less than daily) and ...

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by michman
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska to announce new Bay Area routes
Replies: 160
Views: 14187

Re: Alaska to announce new SJC routes

SJC should have more flights to BOS. That seems like a no-brainer, given the tech traffic. But as much as an SJC fan boy as I am (and occasionally need to fly commercially from SJC), I can't imagine AS or anyone doing MCO or FLL. Or DTW, aside from an airline like DL (do they still have a hub there...

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by michman
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 242
Views: 9891

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

Was just looking at the summer transatlantic schedule. Surprised DTW-LHR only merits a mere daily 763; seems like they can fill that on O&D alone. Meanwhile ATL-LHR is 4X daily (3 763s and a VS 346). There's an opening there if BA were to be interested, even if only on a summer seasonal basis. ...

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by michman
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 3/5/2017: AA Drops LGAYYZ,3M out of Cuba?,DL Adds DTWSNA, UA Cuts Flights
Replies: 86
Views: 9408

Re: OAG Changes 3/5/2017: AA Drops LGAYYZ,3M out of Cuba?,DL Adds DTWSNA, UA Cuts Flights

*DL DTW-SNA SEP 0>0.7 OCT 0>0.9 NOV 0>0.9 DL SEA-SNA SEP 4>5 OCT 4>5 NOV 4>5 Where did these SNA slots come from? Mid-year allocation, or did I miss a reduction in service from other flights? I assume that the Slot reallocation has been complete. Southwest. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/flight...

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by michman
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 5989

Re: Essential Air Service Program

"I am less enthusiastic about subsidies for Amtrak because they constitutes unfair competition against airlines who get no subsidies." The airline industry has a lot of subsidies, but has arranged them so as to be politically correct. I lived in an Alaskan village for several months, ther...

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by michman
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 52
Views: 5989

Re: Essential Air Service Program

There are definitely a lot of cities currently receiving EAS subsidies that definitely <i>don't</i> need to be in the program due to their proximity to other airports with commercial service. My hometown airport, MKG, is one such example, having fallen into the EAS system in 2009 when Mesaba, the s...

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by michman
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta brings back free Y class meals on NYC transcon
Replies: 124
Views: 16279

Re: Delta brings back free Y class meals on NYC transcon

Hopefully you can admit with todays announcement that Delta is truly raising the bar. And Delta is Differentiating itself from the competition. No, DL will be truly raising the bar when it begins offering complimentary meal service on equivalent flights from its hubs instead of select, highly compe...

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by michman
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA Booking Anomaly
Replies: 5
Views: 1042

Re: AA Booking Anomaly

Big schedule changes in May (see the OAG update post). Inventory is just zeroed out while the load in the new schedule this weekend. Availability should be back by the end of the day. They've got flights through mid-May loaded back in now, just the last couple weeks still to go.

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by michman
Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta brings back free Y class meals on NYC transcon
Replies: 124
Views: 16279

Re: Delta brings back free Y class meals on NYC transcon

Free IFE would be nice It already is -- THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT IS NOW FREE Delta was the first U.S. airline to offer all in-flight entertainment for free. That means you can enjoy over 1,000 hours of entertainment from your own device or your seatback screen-all free of charge. That includes the la...

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by michman
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 on ATL-SLC
Replies: 5
Views: 1290

Re: F9 on ATL-SLC

Similarly, NK flies DTW-MSP seasonally. A one-way ticket on DL on this route purchased less than 7 days in advance goes for $378 (K fare). May not be a huge market, but for a single daily flight I suspect NK can attract enough flyers who are unwilling to pay DL fares just for the Skymiles.

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by michman
Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines to Reduce Personal Item/Carry-on bag sizer by 1/4
Replies: 19
Views: 2321

Re: Spirit Airlines to Reduce Personal Item/Carry-on bag sizer by 1/4

10"x12"x16"...that's it. Or fork over $100 at the gate. Wow. Where do you see that? It's currently 16" x 14" x 12", and is moving to 18" x 14" x 8" according to Spirit. This matches Frontier and AA Basic Economy personal item dimensions. I have a TravelP...

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by michman
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A320 IFE question
Replies: 22
Views: 2869

Re: DL A320 IFE question

I agree with LawAndOrder, you couldn't have been on an A320 with IFE. There aren't any in service. They have never had IFE since the merger. They will soon, but they don't now. Sorry to be pedantic, but technically they have IFE (Delta Studio), just not seatback IFE. As far as N365NW, that was a ph...

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by michman
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 151
Views: 20259

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

Today the BYOD wifi systems are horrible; they have poor quality video due to bandwidth/compression issues, and they drain device batteries quickly. No they aren't. The first misconception is that they are related to the wifi. They aren't. They are on their own server with downloaded content. Every...

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by michman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN reports 2016 earnings
Replies: 22
Views: 1957

Re: WN reports 2017 earnings

Um, that would be 2016 earnings. 2017 has just begun.

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by michman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A320 IFE question
Replies: 22
Views: 2869

Re: DL IFE question

I believe the list is out of date and I have used my Android phone recently. Also, it will allow you to download the Gogo player app while on the flight. There was a blog post that this was a way to get free Internet for about 10 minutes as apparently Gogo opens up the entire Internet when you tell ...

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by michman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL A320 IFE question
Replies: 22
Views: 2869

Re: DL IFE question

The A320's have Delta Studio content streamed over Wifi. Wifi access is free when using it to stream Delta Studio content and all content is now free for all classes of service. The A319/A320's are currently getting significant cabin upgrades with the A319's getting seatback entertainment, while the...

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by michman
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?
Replies: 39
Views: 5376

Re: Is southwest airlines struggling this decade?

Clearly they are not "struggling" as indicated by their financials. I think it's fair to say they've been able to leverage the legacy consolidations to continue to grow and increase market share over the last decade. That said, their growth rates are beginning to flatten (largely to be exp...

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by michman
Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE
Replies: 151
Views: 20259

Re: AA To Remove Narrowbody IFE

enilria wrote:
Is long as they charge for WIFI and not for IFE it's crappier.


There's no charge for the WIFI when using it to stream the onboard entertainment.

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by michman
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin
Replies: 132
Views: 8068

Re: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin

As far as the "don't buy that ticket" - Not everybody lives somewhere where Southwest, Delta or Jetblue flies. When you're pretty captive to a single airline due to being at a hub (like DFW, PHX etc) you don't always have a lot of options. DFW and PHX? Seriously? You realize that DAL and ...

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by michman
Tue Jan 24, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin
Replies: 132
Views: 8068

Re: Schumer: Airlines Shouldn't Charge Extra for Overhead Bin

I am a free marketer and an airline apologist. But I agree with Schumer 100%. A ticket that doesn't allow me to bring a change of clothes isn't really a ticket. Selling a ticket like that doesn't really have any plausible story of what I would do. Making people buy new clothes at their destination ...

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by michman
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Comfort New Snack Basket
Replies: 12
Views: 3713

Re: DL Comfort New Snack Basket

AaronPGH wrote:
Wow. I will have to start flying Delta now I guess, since you get to put your hands on whatever bagged snack you like.


Um, whatever. C+ snack basket also typically includes bananas and you are allowed to pick more than one item.

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by michman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD
Replies: 74
Views: 12006

Re: DL announces record 2016 profit $6.1 Billion USD

Except we're not talking about 50 years. We're talking about the skyrocketing of prices in lesser markets as the competition has dropped by the wayside over the past 10 years. I don't need an article to tell me otherwise because I've seen it with my own eyes. It seems you are ignoring markets like ...

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by michman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Comfort New Snack Basket
Replies: 12
Views: 3713

Re: DL Comfort New Snack Basket

DL has always had snack baskets in Comfort+ on flights over 900 miles. Not new at all. JFK-LAX/SFO transcon routes are the only routes where C+ gets something more substantial than snacks with a Luvo wrap and yogurt bar.

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by michman
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?
Replies: 52
Views: 4903

Re: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?

iFlyDTW wrote:
With DL loosing the 1 stop capability for MNL at NRT, is it possible that DL could do DTW-MNL on the 350 nonstop? Is it remotely possible for HKG to come back?


Er, when did DL announce they are dropping NRT-MNL? I've only heard about TPE so far.

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by michman
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: No Meal Service on DL ATL-SFO in F?
Replies: 57
Views: 8153

Re: No Meal Service on DL ATL-SFO in F?

So explain to me the difference in a customer in F flying JFK-KEF on DL, blocked for 5:46, and a customer in F on ATL-SFO blocked for 5:31? JFK-KEF is a D1 route with no elite comp upgrades and considerably higher fares than ATL-SFO. Very different service expectations for these kinds for flights. ...

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by michman
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 194
Views: 29682

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

"Pretty sure"? How so? With Cmh being closely connected to Japan due to the auto industry in Ohio it makes sense to have good connections and for people that want to get to Hawaii and Alaska it just makes sense. 2 very tech savvy cities that could land a premium for tech travel too. The p...

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by michman
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest to announce CVG
Replies: 112
Views: 12217

Re: Southwest to announce CVG

Not at its HQ, so Cincinnati is unaffected by those layoffs. One of the bullet points in the Macy's press release included: "Restructuring its central organization with a focus on eliminating layers of management to reduce costs while improving decision making and agility." I'm pretty the...

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by michman
Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4
Replies: 305
Views: 16080

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4

Hey, klm, whatever happened to Jack Vogel -- WCAA marketing genius http://archives.californiaaviation.org/airport/msg43120.html "Conway said Vogel's team persuaded AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Air France to fly out of Metro and also is partly responsible for several new routes, such ...

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by michman
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest to announce CVG
Replies: 112
Views: 12217

Re: Southwest to announce CVG

Not at its HQ, so Cincinnati is unaffected by those layoffs. One of the bullet points in the Macy's press release included: "Restructuring its central organization with a focus on eliminating layers of management to reduce costs while improving decision making and agility." I'm pretty the...

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by michman
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA converts UA 916/917 to AKL to seasonal service
Replies: 95
Views: 18956

Re: United suspends AKL

Now if only Skyteam would come up with a better solution for flying North America-New Zealand than routing through Seoul. Apart from Korean, SkyTeam doesn't really have any New Zealand connectivity? * CZ through CAN. * MU through PVG. * CI through TPE via Australia. That's about it. VA via SYD. Not...

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by michman
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4
Replies: 305
Views: 16080

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 4

Hey, klm, whatever happened to Jack Vogel -- WCAA marketing genius http://archives.californiaaviation.org/airport/msg43120.html "Conway said Vogel's team persuaded AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines and Air France to fly out of Metro and also is partly responsible for several new routes, such a...

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by michman
Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of DL's SEA hub after the end of the AS agreement?
Replies: 17
Views: 2265

Re: Status of DL's SEA hub after the end of the AS agreement?

The data are out there for the people willing to do a little work to look for them. There may be some feeder routes xxx-SEA not presently operated by DL that will make some DL routes SEA-YYY marginal. We'll see if people are satisfied by interlining on AS-coded flights, if DL expands its regional f...

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by michman
Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of DL's SEA hub after the end of the AS agreement?
Replies: 17
Views: 2265

Re: Status of DL's SEA hub after the end of the AS agreement?

I base that off of the fact a lot of it was built off of the deep codesharing agreement they had with AS. AS has provided numbers for the revenue it has received fromt the DL codesharing agreement and it has dwindled down to an insignificant amount in the last couple years. The DL hub may have been...

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by michman
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MHT Struggling
Replies: 71
Views: 6554

Re: MHT Struggling

Or by an airline (DL or UA) who can't manage more than one single flight a day to their hub. That's a risky place for a business traveler to be in: no options if something goes wrong with that ONE flight. I didn't check UA schedules, but DL MHT-DTW can be 3x daily, and DTW certainly gives plenty of...

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by michman
Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant Florida Flight Cancellations Blamed on Weather or Pilots?
Replies: 14
Views: 2775

Re: Allegiant Florida Flight Cancellations Blamed on Weather or Pilots?

There's very little incentive to "blame it on the weather" in the US. Even if it is due to issues under the airlines control, they don't have to buy you a ticket on another airline or provide any specific government mandated compensation. All their COC's generally provide for is a hotel ro...

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by michman
Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Missouri's New Branson Airport Struggling To Keep Fliers
Replies: 29
Views: 5345

Re: Missouri's New Branson Airport Struggling To Keep Fliers

Who thought it was a good idea for Branson, a town of 10K people, to get their own commercial airport in the first place? Did anyone actually do their homework to see how many people come to the town outside of the state of MO? the airlines that started their I'm sure had some nice subsidies going ...

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by michman
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Today 12/22
Replies: 25
Views: 2933

Re: LAX Today 12/22

Anyone notice on the list that the Legacy with most delays and cancellations was DL! Um, let's see 19 cancellations for DL vs. 11 for Southwest. But then you get over to the delay stats and it's 212 for DL vs. a whopping 989 for WN. Think I would prefer to take my chances with DL today rather than ...

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by michman
Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/AS partnership to end
Replies: 88
Views: 12070

Re: DL/AS partnership to end

Can someone explain why Delta and Alaska didn't jointly terminate their relationship earlier? They haven't seemed friendly in a while and the parties to a contract can terminate at any time without penalty if both parties agree. Because they were still feeding each others flights and making a bunch...

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by michman
Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 3
Replies: 392
Views: 25825

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 3

KLM617, you keep talking about FI and KEF like it's the Holy Grail? Have you ever been to Iceland? I have and it's a very small market. There are two reasons people go to Iceland. The first is that they are of Scandinavian descent. MSP has more of them than DTW. The second is outdoor hiking types. ...

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by michman
Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation of an Alaska/JetBlue Merger In the Future
Replies: 23
Views: 4020

Re: Speculation of an Alaska/JetBlue Merger In the Future

Well, never say never. I think it's definitely a possibility. The next big downturn, we'll have the same doomsayers calling for industry consolidation. And AS+B6 will be just about the only ones left. But still, it's a bit of a stretch. Once all of the little guys merge, we've really eliminated all...

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by michman
Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Purpose of SAN LAX
Replies: 21
Views: 2833

Re: Purpose of SAN LAX

I flew DTW-LAX-SAN on AA as a kid way back in 1978. The LAX-SAN segment was on an old 707. One of the engines had a compressor stall (made a loud bang) as we banked out over the ocean on departure. Quite the memorable flight.

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by michman
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta now flies 772 on DTW-PVG, UA 788 on IAD-CDG
Replies: 11
Views: 1602

Re: Delta now flies 772 on DTW-PVG, UA 788 on IAD-CDG

DL has used the 777 on the DTW-PVG route in the past. This is nothing new. It is currently alternating between the 777 and 747. It goes back to 100% 747 on 3/25. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta-air-lines-skymiles/1467479-dl-747-fleet-operation-77.html The 7 remaining DL 747's will be retired by...

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by michman
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS canceling flights due to a bit of snow in SEA?
Replies: 65
Views: 7891

Re: AS canceling flights due to a bit of snow in SEA?

What's your source? AS management. You guys have it so great in SEA with the hometown reporting. Like the KING guy who is the region's "aviation expert" trying to soften the cancelations on Monday reporting "other airlines like Delta also had cancelations." Lazy. DL had no cance...

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