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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat Law coming?
Replies: 160
Views: 19212

Re: SEAT Law coming?

Is UA E+ 3x or AA MRC REALLY 3x has much. FC can be. On high competitivene routs lax to sfo I've been paying $ 240 -$330 on average. And I can go FC pretty much anywhere in the US FOR $750-$1100 . No, it isn't, at least on most routes. A poster above noted that DL offered a $59 upgrade from Y to Y+...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia Cash Flow
Replies: 65
Views: 10271

Re: AZ staff votes against cuts

Italian politicians have - for decades - repeatedly shown that when faced with the prospect of liquidation of the national flag carrier, they'll step in and bail Alitalia out, and in the process stave of economic reality of Alitalia's workers and unions. Alitalia's workers have just, yet again, cal...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat Law coming?
Replies: 160
Views: 19212

Re: SEAT Law coming?

Most of us would be willing to pay a 15% premium to just barely de-miserablize the seats and overall experience. Wow...15%! That's peanuts. Just looking at floor space or food/beverage service, an extra 15% isn't enough to pay for any "de-miserabilizing". As was pointed out above, Y+ fare...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aerodynamics...
Replies: 9
Views: 1107

Re: Aerodynamics...

But the flying wing or BWB is far more aerodynamic than a cigar with wings. Exactly. Current military incarnations of the flying wing are a compromise between fuel efficiency, the need for stealth, and the ability to carry large payloads. A basic flying wing with no stealth requirements will always...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom
Replies: 63
Views: 5174

Re: U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom

KentB27 wrote:
It's not nearly as big of a deal as you're making it out to be. It was an accident.


Failing to report losing a loaded gun was most definitely not an accident.

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?
Replies: 30
Views: 7470

Re: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?

I don't think an airline can be expected to pay for an extra night just for the sake of a few hours, but hopefully the hotel would be reasonable and let them check in early if possible. "If possible" is the key...the hotel may not have any rooms available. If the airline isn't willing to ...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight
Replies: 63
Views: 12629

Re: United Airlines flight 48 EWR/BOM 3 non-working lavs for 14 hour flight

Passengers -- at least male passengers -- should be able to deal with this situation. As the saying goes, "improvise, overcome, and adapt."

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?
Replies: 30
Views: 7470

Re: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?

While delays in getting a room happened occasionally in my career, you have to remember that stricter FAA 'uninterrupted' crew rest regulations were initiated in the 2000's. I don't know about this case, but if the cockpit crew layover was running up against this requirement, then the crew would ha...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 23, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?
Replies: 30
Views: 7470

Re: Is it normal for a crew after a long haul to wait over 3 hours for a hotel room?

What operational needs? Most airline contracts with hotels are that they are contractually obliged to have a hotel room ready as soon as the crew arrives and that the crew have that room until pick up for the next duty, irrespective of delays. Crew room usage do not follow standard check in check o...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 261
Views: 19481

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

Do Americans have some sort of a deficiency in manners and common sense? Utterly pathetic the past few weeks and tarnishing the reputation of airliners. Maybe. Are Europeans any better? http://www.aol.co.uk/travel/2013/08/05/ryanair-flight-passengers-yobs-riot-prestwick-to-ibiza/ http://www.express...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown
Replies: 34
Views: 6306

Re: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown

If Bastian was out of town, in Florida or at the Masters when this happened how was he going to get back to Atlanta? Fly in and add more traffic to an already overloaded airport? The weather was rotten and the airport was in deep poo. First of all, from Augusta, Atlanta is an easy drive. Second of ...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 261
Views: 19481

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

So... you were there? How do you know "This guy had no idea what the story was"? It looks like he was seated two rows away; it also looks like everybody at the front of the plane could see "what the whole story was". For decades, we have denigrated society for the "loss of ...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom
Replies: 63
Views: 5174

Re: U.S. Air Marshal Left Loaded Gun in an Airplane Bathroom

910A wrote:
Once the paperwork is done, she will get suspended for a week or so.


I sure hope it's a lot more severe than that. Not only did she make a mistake, one that could have been fatal, she then attempted to cover it up. As is often the case, the cover up is a bigger deal than the incident itself.

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 261
Views: 19481

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

1) Mom doesn't even get a nomination for academy award; terrible acting TRYING to cry. 2) Mr hormone male should have been taken off the flight for threatening a crew member. 3) AA had the advantage of the UA response last week. If the 1st hardened UA response had gone over, AA would have done same...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Starting up an airline. Any thoughts, help, ideas?
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Starting up an airline. Any thoughts, help, ideas?

ZyreaxPlayz wrote:
Any thoughts?


Bankruptcy. But that assumes anyone would be foolish enough to invest in something like this to begin with.

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown
Replies: 34
Views: 6306

Re: AJC: DL CEO not at GO during operational meltdown

It's not a "lead from the front" strategy, that's for sure. Most customers won't care but I guess he's lost the confidence of employees at ATL, DTW, JFK, and elsewhere who worked 5 days of mandatory overtime dealing with irate customers.

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by IPFreely
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aerodynamics...
Replies: 9
Views: 1107

Re: Aerodynamics...

If you're talking about optimizing fuel economy only, the "perfect shape" is a "flying wing" a la the B2 bomber.

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by IPFreely
Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lowest Load Factor Routes?
Replies: 39
Views: 5333

Re: Lowest Load Factor Routes?

In the US, most or all of the EAS routes have very low load factors.

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by IPFreely
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 130
Views: 22109

Re: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’

So UA is #1 in most passengers to/from NYC, and #1 in profit margin in NYC. This looks like a case of an executive trying to blame his predecessor, but it isn't clear what he's being blamed for unless it is winning too much.

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by IPFreely
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?
Replies: 161
Views: 8294

Re: Should US allow foreign owned domestic airlines?

The posters who think foreign-run airlines would provide some type of over-the-top Utopian service if allowed to operate domestic flights in the US is laughable. Anyone who does think that needs to spend 2-3 months in Europe flying domestic and intra-European flights on a regular basis.

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by IPFreely
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft
Replies: 42
Views: 9336

Re: Long Flight Crew Rests on Narrow Body Aircraft

Give me a break. We flew on NB jets worldwide for years. The seats are the same & the pitch is the same on a 777 with United or a 757 with United. So why would coach be cruel to passengers in regular Economy only on the NB aircraft? Looks like you've only been an a.net member for two years so m...

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by IPFreely
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-ai ... 50141.html
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Further clarification from UA re: Mr. Hohl. I'd say he was lucky UA transported him to Costa Rica the following day instead of cancelling his ticket and setting him free:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/united-ai ... 50141.html

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by IPFreely
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you see Bombardier doing well?
Replies: 45
Views: 6381

Re: Do you see Bombardier doing well?

The pilot unions in the US will never allow a CS-100 size plane to be flown at the regionals, and I don't see them relaxing the scope agreements at all. Bombardier and Embrear should not plan on scope relief..........a mistake Embrear has already made with the latest 175. I don't know considering B...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What I thought of Polaris, if you care!
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: What I thought of Polaris, if you care!

Well, reading your review it sounded like an A+, not an A-. Regardless, it sounds like a home run from UA. Thanks for the post and review.

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?
Replies: 54
Views: 8708

Re: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?

Well, that completely ignores JFK having more traffic than EWR by a significant margin even with slot restriction still. It's not ignoring traffic at JFK at all. The numbers contain 100% of traffic at JFK, and LGA, and EWR. 2016 passenger totals (combined LGA + EWR + JFK): 1. United 29,111,000 2. D...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

OK, but I guess my fear is that it wasn't actually an Air Marshall.... we may never know but I just don't know why United has not stated that the AM was involved. Again this is just my fear, not that it is what happened.. United actually stated that no AM was involved: "They were asked to leav...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

While I agree that the groom is apparently not very credible, the use of the word "Marshall" is not normal for any passenger to use. Especially a pain in the a$$ as this couple may appear to be. I wonder (and yes no proof, just questions) if the crew mentioned Air Marshal somehow, whether...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you see Bombardier doing well?
Replies: 45
Views: 6381

Re: Do you see Bombardier doing well?

Only major orders seem to be Azul and Skywest and that order is in limbo due to the scope limits. The CSeries already has DL, AC and Swiss onboard. AirBaltic will soon become an all CSeries customer soon. I think the future is very bright for this aircraft, it's very versatile. Bombardier's success...

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by IPFreely
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: UA's ongoing PR issues

Why would FAM get involved on the ground revealing their identity? Doesn't it defeat the purpose? There are variety of LEOs and friends of UA to drag them out. We don't yet know if a FAM was involved. According to the groom: "Hohl said after complying with the flight attendant’s demand, a U.S....

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Can airlines refuse refunding full fare tickets?
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Can airlines refuse refunding full fare tickets?

I think the OP should do this immediately and report the results back to us. And please don't buy just one ticket, please buy as many seats on as many flights as possible.

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?
Replies: 54
Views: 8708

Re: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?

UA really needs to step up their game on SFO/LAX-EWR to compete with what AA and DL are offering. EWR is not the most convenient for most people, so they need to surpass DL and AA on the hard and soft product if they want to make it worthwhile for customers to go out of their way. On further review...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?
Replies: 54
Views: 8708

Re: Why is United flying the new 2-class domestic 777 on the SFO-EWR flight?

EWR is not the most convenient for most people, so they need to surpass DL and AA on the hard and soft product if they want to make it worthwhile for customers to go out of their way. You better let UA know this. They may not realize that most people won't go to EWR when they are able to fill multi...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

Atlwarrior wrote:
Could it be possible that mother nature simply won that day.


Yes, Weather 1, Delta 0, that explains one day. The subsequent five days are only explained by Delta's mismanagement and general incompetence.

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: Bride, groom booted off United Airlines flight

The fact that they moved themselves to a few rows in front rather than behind sounds to me like they helped themselves moving to the Economy Plus section of the plane of which seat selection is chargeable. So the flight attendents asked them to move back to their designated seats. When refused, law...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

for all we know, they've been working behind the scenes on a new system for months but just haven't gotten to the migration point. Possible. But highly doubtful. If DL was making a big investment to prevent future debacles like the two last year do you really think it would be done behind the scene...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do you see Bombardier doing well?
Replies: 45
Views: 6381

Re: Do you see Bombardier doing well?

leghorn wrote:
Your comments are encouraging and valid but your posting history indicates that you are a bit of a Bombardier fanboy which isn't the worst thing in the world?


Bombardier has fanboys???

It looks like it fits a sweet spot in the market where it has it's own niche.

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's ongoing PR issues
Replies: 101
Views: 10689

Re: UA's Latest Cringeworthy moment.

Getting quite a different story from United vs. the one this guy is telling.

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

We'll wait to hear if some of those who had huge out-of-pocket expenses are made whole. Just curious if any of these people have been made whole? I'm guessing that maybe a select few of the highest level frequent flyers or people with their fingers on corporate travel contracts might be -- or might...

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by IPFreely
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

You don't know what's been done, though. You're right, we don't know what has been done. But Ed and his executive team aren't paid to just "do stuff", they're paid to do stuff that is effective. Whatever they've done, if anything, was not effective. In fact it failed spectacularly. Heads ...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best flight Newark to Phoenix
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Best flight Newark to Phoenix

I'm from the New York area (Newark is the only airport I will be flying out of, LGA and JFK cost me nearly $35 in tolls and often take over 2hrs to get to, Newark takes me 30mins). Oh boy. Guess I'll grab some popcorn, sit back, and watch the "Which airport is the New York Airport" debate...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

If you're saying that their mismanagement was that they haven't invested in that infrastructure, fine, but I'm not sure when it was all hitting the fan what they could have done with such a large and complex system? Exactly. If their scheduling software is so critical that the entire airline stops ...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

Yes, the weather portion of the debacle is over. It was the minor part of the debacle. Weather is not really a debacle; it happens everywhere. And it was over in about 4 or 5 hours. The subsequent 4 1/2 days was the debacle. With massive mismanagement and incompetence being the only real explanation.

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC
Replies: 88
Views: 10957

Re: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC

cvgComair wrote:
As Delta continues to grow, AA will only fall farther behind DL at BOS:


Further behind? You fanboys crack me up. AA has 150% of the number of passengers that DL does at BOS. DL has a very long way to go to just catch up to AA before you need to worry about AA falling "further behind".

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC
Replies: 88
Views: 10957

Re: OAG Changes 4/16/2017: AA Adds CLT-SHV/TOL; DL Cuts SLC-GCC

Cubsrule wrote:
Neither of these routes moves the needle that much, but DL needs to find a way to make this kind of stuff work if it wants to be the legacy of choice in Boston.


The legacy of choice in BOS? That is, and will remain, AA. DL will be lucky to stay #3 behind B6 and AA.

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

Is Delta going to offer people like myself any compensation or refunds after this is said and done? Am I just wasting my time asking? This morning, I saw a report the big wigs are now saying they're going to compensate. Is this true? Two extra nights at hotel, food for two for two days, a missing b...

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by IPFreely
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How to become an airline pilot without a degree UK
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: How to become an airline pilot without a degree UK

Work on getting a good education first. Your spelling, punctuation and grammar are atrocious. Be nice. His spelling is fine. As far as a path to being an airline pilot, well, in the US the majority of pilots -- almost all, actually -- have either come from the military, or thru college, or both. If...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping
Replies: 77
Views: 6419

Re: US Lawmaker to Propose Legislation to Protect Passengers From Involuntary Bumping

I saw this congressman on CNBC when he was interviewed about this and I have to say I was completely unimpressed. This congressman stated that he did not know the rules that are in place, but in 2 days he has become an expert good enough to put legislation in place that would fix all the ills. If h...

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flight advice
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Flight advice

In your case I highly recommend Delta Connection flights connecting in DTW or ATL.

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by IPFreely
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba
Replies: 52
Views: 8895

Re: Spirit is the next airline to pull out of Cuba

flyby519 wrote:
So are these HAV slots up for grabs to any other airline?


Who would want them?

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by IPFreely
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 43032

Re: Heck, Delta is having it bad

I'm a general member with no status and also received 20,000 miles which I think is quite generous as I only had to deal with 4 or 5 hour delay but otherwise got home after a single rebooking. That is generous for what you went through but you were one of the relatively lucky ones. Consider our pos...

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