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by michman
Mon May 22, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with only one 747 pax service left
Replies: 66
Views: 6367

Re: Airports with only one 747 pax service left

KTPAFlyer wrote:
Armodeen wrote:
MAN only has VS these days, although they do fly multiple destinations with it.


Just realized that by that metric, DTW has only DL, but they fly it to multiple destinations as well.


That will change in about a month as LH will have a seasonal (July - September) 747 on FRA-DTW.

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by michman
Thu May 18, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved
Replies: 67
Views: 7222

Re: Heathrow Expansion Likely to be Approved

frmrCapCadet wrote:
I doubt that London Heathrow will ever become a backwater.


ps - see Yogi Berra


No, it won't become an aviation backwater. And neither will expansion result in an environmental catastrophe. Some of the strawman arguments here are pretty far removed from reality.

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by michman
Thu May 18, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL CRJ's this summer...
Replies: 55
Views: 7693

Re: DL CRJ's this summer...

But to my original question - DL made a big hoorah about drastically reducing CRJ/single cabin flying. I guess I just don't see 920 flights a day and 125+ CRJ's as that. Is it smaller than before - yes. But not at all what DL made it seem like it was going to be imo. The 125 50-seater number (not n...

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by michman
Mon May 08, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy
Replies: 265
Views: 55482

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

It's not the fault of the unions, the labor costs, the FCO hub, the fleet, political environment, etc... It's a management problem. The lack of vision, purpose and direction is what is really hurting AZ. Disagree. It's not like the "management team" has been a static entity over the years...

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by michman
Fri May 05, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL ready for the A350?
Replies: 187
Views: 38609

Re: Is DL ready for the A350?

Exciting times, I believe this will be the first time an American airline operate a true long haul Airbus. The A359 will look great in DL colors, should be seeing it at SEA soon enough. Its a strong candidate to take over for the A330 on the HKG route. I thought I remembered Delta stating they woul...

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by michman
Thu May 04, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?
Replies: 52
Views: 4865

Re: 747: why did some US carries fly them and others not?

They did for years. What killed panAm in the long run was years after deregulation the other US airlines used congress to keep PanAm from building domestic route. By the time Pam Am was allowed to fly domestic. OED-JFK-LHR would be flown but only the single flight domestic. They could not build mul...

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by michman
Mon May 01, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 744 still flying?
Replies: 76
Views: 11452

Re: DL 744 still flying?

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta-ai ... ation.html
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Yes, still flying DTW-PVG, DTW-ICN, and DTW-NRT for the summer. Also HNL-KIX (for a few more weeks) and HNL-NRT.

Schedule details are maintained here --

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/delta-ai ... ation.html

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by michman
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA to increase 737 capacity
Replies: 256
Views: 27631

Re: AA to increase 737 capacity

Jesus is this for real? Holy hell. Upgrades are hard enough as it is even with 16F - I find it hard to believe AA isn't selling a good chunk of those these days. Where the hell did the poster above come up with only 3% of F seats are sold? That is total and utter BS. 3% - hahahah that means less th...

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by michman
Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL/KE -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea
Replies: 27
Views: 4252

Re: DL/KL -- viability of ICN in light of North Korea

Should probably edit the title.

Korean Air = KE
KLM = KL

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by michman
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights
Replies: 58
Views: 7037

Re: WN CEO: Southwest to no longer overbook flights

I would guess that the no-show rate on WN is lower than the legacy network carriers. Among other things, it's fairly difficult to save money by doing hidden city ticketing on WN. Whereas it's quite common to find on the legacy networks carriers. There's even a website dedicated to finding such deals...

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by michman
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA drops 6 NFL charter operations
Replies: 34
Views: 7878

Re: AA drops 6 NFL charter operations

These charter prices for NFL teams that AA/DL/UA give out, do they cover all net costs or just operating costs? I hope the former (net = operating + financing + fixed overhead costs). Also I remember Air Canada used to operate an all J class narrow body aircraft (changed overnight) for some sport t...

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by michman
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would US domestic aviation look like with pre-deregulation price floors?
Replies: 31
Views: 3381

Re: What would US domestic aviation look like with pre-deregulation price floors?

Little carriers like Southwest and Spirit and the rest probably would have never existed if the regulation had survived. Reintroducing it would strangle them unless they could move quickly and radically downsize to more focused operations. Certainly the ULCC lot wouldn't survive. Southwest and JetB...

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by michman
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would US domestic aviation look like with pre-deregulation price floors?
Replies: 31
Views: 3381

Re: What would US domestic aviation look like with pre-deregulation price floors?

Whose cost structure would you use to set the prices as they can vary pretty dramatically between airlines?

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by michman
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft
Replies: 56
Views: 12705

Re: DL orders additional 737-900ER aircraft

Interesting. Do we assume that the "put option" comes with very low cost to Delta? Like they previously negotiated a price point where Delta agreed to take any additional 739s that Boeing needed/wanted to push on them? You can assume that DL got a better price on the 140 aircraft that the...

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by michman
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43541

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

Yukiko1123 wrote:
Today is 4/11. This happened on 4/5. The delay still linger as I found out flying from CVG to ORD today.


According to Flightaware there were zero mainline cancellations today. Highly unlikely your delayed flight today had anything to do with last week's issues.

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by michman
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43541

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

My wife is "lucky". She's been trying to get DTW-TUS for the last three days for a weekend business conference. Her flight has been cancelled every day. She's lucky because she's at home and not stuck somewhere. It was a multistep business trip that originally was going DTW-TUS-LAX-OAK-DT...

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by michman
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3614

Re: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread

Snack Basket is only offered in Comfort+ on flights over 900 miles. Delta does not fly the CRJ-200 that far. Two of the seats are blocked for pax with disabilities (B and D) leaving only 2 seats for actual sale (and not even adjacent to each other). It all seems rather pointless.

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by michman
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3614

Re: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread

True, but a 100 seat aircraft is not replacing a 50 seat aircraft, there is no need for DL to wait until 2018. It makes sense that DL would continue to up gauge the remaining CRJ-200 flights with CRJ-700/900, though I agree its unlikely all the routes will not be replaced by the end of this year, b...

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by michman
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Korean sign JVA
Replies: 215
Views: 21346

Re: Delta and Korean sign JVA

This is why http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Toyota-Moving-Facilities-to-Plano-Start-Layoffs-in-Kentucky--409556625.html A number of those jobs were moved to Michigan where Toyota has existing facilities -- http://www.toyota.com/usa/operations/map.html#!/ttc_ann_arbor_and_saline Also, they are open...

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by michman
Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3614

Re: Cincinnati (CVG) Aviation Thread

According to the CVG CEO, DL is removing all 50 seaters from CVG by the end of 2017. Routes like BNA/MEM were reduced in frequency, but were both up gauged to the CRJ-900. Some routes like EWR/XNA/DCA/DEN have kept their frequency, but have been up-gauged. Routes like ORD Similarly, in the future s...

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by michman
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5
Replies: 497
Views: 25971

Re: Detroit Air Service Discussion Part 5

compensateme wrote:

One of the reasons I support this thread continuing, despite the one-man sideshow, is to educate the ignorant.

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It's pretty much a two-man sideshow at this point. One who can't stand DL and WCAA, and another who can't stand DTW. The endless sparring has become a bore.

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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: 79
Views: 10500

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: 45
Views: 4877

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: 79
Views: 10500

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: 79
Views: 10500

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: 10858

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: 7385

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: 7385

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: 408
Views: 104518

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: 173
Views: 17486

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: 497
Views: 25971

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: 9744

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: 6279

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: 6279

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: 16626

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: 1092

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: 16626

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: 1321

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: 3174

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: 2974

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: 158
Views: 23603

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: 1986

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: 2974

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: 2974

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: 5487

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: 158
Views: 23603

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: 8326

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: 8326

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: 3767

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: 12167

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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