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by michman
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15826

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Strange day for WN today at DTW. All the flights appear to be one-off flights instead of the normal scheduled ones. What's that about? It is like that all over the schedule. STL has some, CMH does also. Not sure why they did it today. I don't think Vday should have much of an impact. Probably someh...

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by michman
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15826

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Strange day for WN today at DTW. All the flights appear to be one-off flights instead of the normal scheduled ones. What's that about?

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by michman
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 231
Views: 15826

Re: Detroit air service discussion - 2018

Not really. The upgauging likely has more to do with providing operational flexibility, as the 73G is an orphan at both DTW & SNA. SNA is likely targeted at SNA POS (southern Orange County specifically), particularity as both roadway and airport (LAX/SAN) congestion increases in the region. DL'...

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by michman
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 292
Views: 26169

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread 2018

Interesting posted from CVGComair, I had originally expected CVG to get down to hubs + BOS, CDG, MCO, and maybe FLL, but its now becoming more of an alternative connecting point, while DTW and IND are also growing for DL in the Midwest. https://blueswandaily.com/delta-to-expand-service-at-cincinnat...

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by michman
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Network Thread - 2018
Replies: 292
Views: 26169

Re: Delta Air Lines Network Thread 2018

Not really allowed to say where I got this from, but MCO-AUS will become a thing, prolly on mainline From a disclosed source, I agree. So is DL going to build up AUS into a focus city or a hub? What do you mean by hub?? 200+ daily flights, 50+ destinations and connection banks? That's not going to ...

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by michman
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines transcon premium product
Replies: 61
Views: 10593

Re: Alaska Airlines transcon premium product

At least Virgin America has the widest First Class seat of any airline in the US. "had" :( JetBlue has a seat wider by 1 inch only in the suite rows and if you measure from the bottom, but a few inches up the Virgin America seat is much wider. For the non-suite rows, VX is 1/2 inch wider ...

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by michman
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement
Replies: 67
Views: 8727

Re: DL and AA resume IROP ticketing and baggage agreement

What’s the official policy on this? Won’t airlines rebook you on another carrier if the delay is going to exceed a certain time? There are no specific times given in the CoC's and there are no government rules regulating this (there is no more federal "Rule 240", which went away with dere...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4275

Re: DTW C Concourse

When the terminal was opened in 2002, there were actually very few if any CRJ flights to DTW. Most Airlink flights were Saabs or RJ-85's (which used concourse B or the East side of concourse A). Are you familiar with McNamara's history? When it opened 2002, the current Concourse C had not actually ...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4275

Re: DTW C Concourse

When the terminal was opened in 2002, there were actually very few if any CRJ flights to DTW. Most Airlink flights were Saabs or RJ-85's (which used concourse B or the East side of concourse A). Are you familiar with McNamara's history? When it opened 2002, the current Concourse C had not actually ...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4275

Re: DTW C Concourse

The C gates were designed for the Saab. The waiting areas are tiny. A full 50 seater's passengers would take up two gate areas. They would need to be a big redesign for anything larger than a 50 seater to use those gates. Certainly not all the gates were designed for the Saab's as NW had a decent n...

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by michman
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW C Concourse
Replies: 30
Views: 4275

Re: DTW C Concourse

It has been a while since the DTW Master Plan has been released with recommendations to repurpose the C Concourse for Delta's plan to upguage aircraft in the next few years. With the last 2 portions of the C Concourse still shuttered with a temporary wall and a small increase of domestic capacity i...

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by michman
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs
Replies: 43
Views: 6032

Re: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs

Here's a statement from United about it's EWR margins and it's estimate for DL's profit margin in NYC (this was from 2017) -- Scott Kirby -- "We have about 15 percent margins here in Newark,” he told employees. “We estimate Delta in New York has a 4 percent profit margin, even when times are go...

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by michman
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If the industry didn't consolidate, who would've survived?
Replies: 23
Views: 2581

Re: If the industry didn't consolidate, who would've survived?

I suspect they would have survived, but they certainly could not pay decent wages, re-invest in their equipment/products, and offer cheap fares all at the same time. I often wonder how many of the moaners and complainers were actually flying back then. NW was "okay", but their equipment wa...

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by michman
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Change Strategy
Replies: 168
Views: 23596

Re: Sun Country to Change Strategy

NK wasn't always an ULCC either. They were initially similar to Sun Country with a primary focus at DTW, later shifted to FLL.

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by michman
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details
Replies: 132
Views: 12470

Re: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details

steeler83 wrote:
Didn't BA upgauge flight 066 PHL-LHR to a 744?


Correct, that would be one of the "10 more destinations" I presume.

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by michman
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details
Replies: 132
Views: 12470

Re: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details

LH FRA-DTW get's seasonal upguage to a 744 for March 11th through October 27th.

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by michman
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15256

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

The US thinks it has free speech - but in reality we do not. Travel the world a bit to realize that. Many countries (including Canada) have hate speech laws that would be prohibited in the US by the 1st amendment. If you do a bit of research, you'll discover that 1st amendment protections are, in f...

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by michman
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a HA/B6/AS Merger Work?
Replies: 78
Views: 8570

Re: HA/B6/AS Merger

Not going to happen anytime soon. None of the three airlines can afford each other at this time. Apparently you've never heard of a cashless merger. This is exactly how NW/DL, UA/CO, and AA/US all got together. If the entities all want to make it happen, they certainly can and will. Then it's a mat...

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by michman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US3 Areas of absolutely no coverage
Replies: 5
Views: 1683

Re: US3 Areas of absolutely no coverage

UA has decent coverage at ATL and TPA, it just has no fare filiings on the ATL-TPA route because almost no one would choose them given the length of the connections involved (compared to the numerous non-stop flights). What few sales they could generate on this route if priced competitively, would l...

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by michman
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a HA/B6/AS Merger Work?
Replies: 78
Views: 8570

Re: HA/B6/AS Merger

wedgetail737 wrote:
Not going to happen anytime soon. None of the three airlines can afford each other at this time.


Apparently you've never heard of a cashless merger. This is exactly how NW/DL, UA/CO, and AA/US all got together. If the entities all want to make it happen, they certainly can and will.

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by michman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats
Replies: 23
Views: 6643

Re: United's 757-300s to go to 234 seats

DL's B753s are already 234 seats with the same F-Y+-Y that UA wants. I wonder if UA will just copy the DL seat map. Any UA aircraft that isn't getting Polaris (other than the 757 p.s. subfleet) will be 30" in economy with slimline seats. That said, when UA ordered A319s and A320, did the prese...

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by michman
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERI ~ Erie, PA Airport closed for 2nd day
Replies: 8
Views: 1695

Re: ERI ~ Erie, PA Airport closed for 2nd day

Looks like the airport is scheduled to re-open at noon today.

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by michman
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA apologizes to Memphis Hustle players
Replies: 53
Views: 5852

Re: AA apologizes to Memphis Hustle players

Is anyone else getting tired of the mid to low level customer service issues becoming actual news stories? It's getting ridiculous. The next time I'm at Target and the cashier looks at me wrong I'm going to contact CNN because I have some breaking news. These airlines each serve well over 100 milli...

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by michman
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CLT hub today vs DL CVG hub at the peak?
Replies: 67
Views: 9134

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

I wonder how PIT at its largest for US compares to CLT now? http://www.departedflights.com/USPIThub.html PIT peaked at 532 flights in July 2001 and had been around 500 daily flights for much of the 1990's. Like CVG it was much more RJ focused than current CLT. They were over 50% of flights from Dec...

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by michman
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CLT hub today vs DL CVG hub at the peak?
Replies: 67
Views: 9134

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

Nevermind...

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by michman
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/24/2017: DL Drops DAY-LGA, EK Daily to Florida, NK Cuts MSP-PHL, VR Out of PVD, WN Adds CVG-PHX
Replies: 102
Views: 15288

Re: OAG Changes 12/24/2017: DL Drops DAY-LGA, EK Daily to Florida, NK Cuts MSP-PHL, VR Out of PVD, WN Adds CVG-PHX

What 200 shrinkage? Delta scope clause is 125 hulls of 50 seat flying, and there are more than 125 CR2's in service between OO and 9E. Even after 9E parks the 16 they are supposed to remove this winter, there will still be at least 125 CR2's in service. There is no more planed reductions in 200's a...

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by michman
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 43798

Re: Power outage in ATL

Now we're stuck with three big airlines that don't interline with each other at just a few large airports. Consolation has really hit that region hard. UA still interlines with AA, DL, and AS. DL still interlines with UA and AS. AA still interlines with UA and AS. Nice that you conveniently left ou...

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by michman
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM
Replies: 54
Views: 12185

Re: Alaska cuts ties with AF-KLM

globalflyer wrote:
It really does make you think... really what is the value of an airline alliance? Seems like we are going back full circle?


AS was never a part of the Skyteam Alliance, so I fail to see the relevance.

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by michman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback
Replies: 19
Views: 2588

Re: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback

$750m is a lot of money that could be used to buy new airplanes, pay crew a better salary, refurbish some A320s... But hey, the rich get richer. And then people wonder why airlines like Jetblue are voting for Unions... what is it now Delta being the only American based airline where their crews are...

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by michman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback
Replies: 19
Views: 2588

Re: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback

$750m is a lot of money that could be used to buy new airplanes, pay crew a better salary, refurbish some A320s... But hey, the rich get richer. Yeah, cause it's not like pension funds or middle class individual investors with 401K's, IRA, etc., hold airline stocks. It's only the "rich" t...

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by michman
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 158, Last DL 747 flight
Replies: 125
Views: 18802

Re: DL 158, Last DL 747 flight

http://news.delta.com/update-changes-final-delta-scheduled-passenger-flights-747 One more additional DTW-ICN-DTW trip scheduled for revenue service. Final DTW departure now on Sunday 12/17 Final ICN departure, arrival in DTW on Tuesday 12/19 Wow, they had already officially announced that the 17th ...

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by michman
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 259
Views: 33336

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

DL non-stop from MSP is over $1,000 RT. I would guess plenty would get in line for a 1-stop if WN had it priced lower. OAK is a great first choice for WN out of MSP because it is not currently served non-stop by any other airline. Granted, you can fly to any other airport in the bay area. Without r...

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by michman
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta returns Cuba frequencies
Replies: 14
Views: 5461

Re: Delta returns Cuba frequencies

But in saying that are there any restrictions on non US citizens flying on a US airline between the USA and Cuba as in flying point to point or are the flights only restricted to US and perhaps Cuban citizens or are the flights between the two countries open to citizens of all countries. Also being...

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by michman
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22180

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

Being able to fly YYC-ATL-xxx helps me, and I'm a consumer. I'm not sure you get to tell me what's beneficial to my travel plans. they could establish that without JV. They already code share and interline with each other. And you can get to xxx via LGA, MSP, ORD, DFW, IAH, DEN. Any number of citie...

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by michman
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heavies at Aeroméxico: a 644g inflight magazine
Replies: 9
Views: 1760

Re: Heavies at Aeroméxico: a 644g inflight magazine

An inflight mag that is mostly a bunch of ads trying to sell me stuff and a few puff pieces is supposed to add to my "experience"? Give me a break.

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by michman
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's 757 cabin update
Replies: 52
Views: 6242

Re: DL's 757 cabin update

I've never really found DL domestic first to be all the great, especially on the new or re-done planes. Always felt like I had more room in first when I flew NW! :-( Um, perhaps you were smaller then :). While, I liked NW as they had rather large FC sections (even the DC9's had 16 FC seats) and upg...

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by michman
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11881

Re: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)

My DL flight, DL167 NRT-SIN on Nov 6 was cancelled. Does that not count on the 42 day streak, or did I misread it? According to the footnote in the Delta public relations piece, the "streak" includes the entire year: [2] Based on Delta internal flight operations reporting for Jan. 1 to No...

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by michman
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion 2017
Replies: 1784
Views: 132218

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion 2017

You can't blame Detroit's delays on ATL, amigo. DTW gets lake effect wind mucking with its ops all on its own. I don't know much about Delta's ops, but I sincerely doubt their largest bases are so operationally interdependent as to cascade delays onto each other. And even if Atlanta is delay-land, ...

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by michman
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 7948

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

2travel2know2 wrote:
In a closely related subject, Are there any north-south Thanksgiving red-eyes?
Like UA between EWR/ORD and MCO/FLL/MIA/IAH


There were IAH-EWR/BOS/IAD flights last night that departed around/after midnight and arrived around 3 - 4AM.
Similar on AA out of DFW to JFK/BOS/LEX/CLE/TYS/CLT/PHL/LGA/IND

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by michman
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 17347

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

Indy gets four dailies from PHX but CVG can't get even one on AA? People really need to stop hyperventilating over this. It just a seasonal bump-up for spring training/spring break travel. After March, it goes back down to two flights a day. Even during the schedule bump-up in March, it's not 4 fli...

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by michman
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 17347

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

FNT-MSP is just 2 flights until June, then 3. They are increasing capacity a few weeks later is all and WN will still be in the market in May 2018. Wasn't WN service from FNT primarily to Florida? No it was to MDW they did not serve FNT to Florida as attractively as Airtran did. As I noted above, t...

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by michman
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 17347

Re: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC

FNT-MSP is just 2 flights until June, then 3. They are increasing capacity a few weeks later is all and WN will still be in the market in May 2018. Wasn't WN service from FNT primarily to Florida? No, is/was 3x to MDW w/ a seasonal TPA and MCO. Seems as if vast majority of AA changes are cuts. Very...

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by michman
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BOS-SFO Red Eye
Replies: 31
Views: 7948

Re: BOS-SFO Red Eye

I also saw ORD-MDT/PHL/IAD/BWI flights last night on FR24 that departed at around 12:15-12:30am and arrived between 2:50am and 3:15am. Here's an EWR-LAX westbound red eye I also found: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL1630 AA and DL appear to be doing the same thing from CLT and ATL with an ex...

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by michman
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service
Replies: 46
Views: 5524

Re: AS makes PDX-MKE/PHL/BWI/ATL year round service

PDX-DTW was supposed to be year round, but ended up getting suspended for two months.

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by michman
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of Regional Airports in the US?
Replies: 27
Views: 3433

Re: The Future of Regional Airports in the US?

What America needs is a Ryanair-like airline that undercuts the high fares out of major airports by using cheaper regional alternatives. The closest thing in the US to what you described is probably Allegiant. Spirit used to often serve the outlying airports. More recently, it's sticking to the maj...

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by michman
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA
Replies: 56
Views: 13470

Re: Delta Rolls Out Delta One to JFK-LAS/SAN/SEA

None of these flights are being marketed as Delta One in the schedule past those dates. They are still being sold as First Class flights. They still have flights on these routes that have standard F seats past those dates and so can't make them Delta One routes at this point. Perhaps this is still i...

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by michman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 1379
Views: 153009

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

http://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/11/build_a_new_cleveland_hopkins.html#incart_river_home_pop Really nice discussion over on cleveland.com debating merits for new airport. To me it's a no brainer needed. Whether the money exists, who the heck knows. But how can Kansas City and Pittsbur...

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by michman
Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emotional support pig removed from plane
Replies: 52
Views: 12742

Re: Emotional support pig removed from plane

Recycled news. The story is actually from 2014 (click through to the original ABC News story and notice the date). The "US Airways" part was a dead giveaway.

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by michman
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/12/2017: AM Drops MIA-MID; UA; DL; B6 Cuts Back SJU Further
Replies: 28
Views: 7611

Re: OAG Changes 11/12/2017: AM Drops MIA-MID; UA; DL; B6 Cuts Back SJU Further

The middle of winter isn't the ideal time for anyone to go to Seattle... and most people don't. I don't read anything into it other than trying to fit the flights to the passengers. If there are cuts (other than Horizon's wholesale chopping of flights, for other reasons) in late spring and summer, ...

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