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by Flighty
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gifts for aviation enthusiasts
Replies: 12
Views: 307

Re: Gifts for aviation enthusiasts

There are some cool t-shirts on Ebay.

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback
Replies: 15
Views: 1252

Re: JetBlue $750 Million stock buyback

A share buyback is like issuing shareholders (rich or poor) additional percentage points of the company, tax-free. The point that buyback seem to occur during good times / inopportune stock prices is a good point. But airlines need to squirrel away money for when the rain comes. They can't just let ...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: United announces SFO-PPT
Replies: 138
Views: 18071

Re: United 787 route announcement - Weds Dec 13th

That is awesome, I love Tahiti and this makes me want to go back! Has any US airline ever flown to PPT besides HA? Congratulations to United, but I see one huge problem with the proposed schedule. The arrival timings into PPT that United chose do not allow connections to other islands, but force an...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The beginning of basic income in Canada?
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: The beginning of basic income in Canada?

People are made to work. It is uncharted territory of human behavior and psychology (and politics) to live idle lives. Some of the effects are imagined as positive. More time with family and work on art projects. Freedom from manual labor. In other cases, effects are negative - there is ghettoizatio...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The beginning of basic income in Canada?
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: The beginning of basic income in Canada?

These are not harmless programs. Making poverty into a career path is a harmful policy that robs people of meaningful lives where they learn skills and serve others in society. Communism has terrible downsides. Something younger generations have not directly experienced.

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8247

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

Sorry to bust your bubble, but that is simply not true. For 5k (HK$40k) in Tung Chung you would be hard pressed to get a decent 2 bedroom apartment. Not the sort of place you could have 3 teenage children. (...) While this is going on the managers are getting over US$40k month housing allowance, an...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2024

Re: Electric Powered Jets

When you look at mass transport options, aircraft and ocean going ships will likely be the very last conveyances which are converted to some type of battery enabled movement. Yes, they can have 30-50% of their weight as fuel. This implies disastrous amount of battery size & weight, or else 1/10...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OneJet Looking to Start BUF-ALB
Replies: 37
Views: 3706

Re: OneJet Looking to Start BUF-ALB

Shocked/interested to hear that multiple mainline jets used to serve these routes. They were pretty dead when they were last served in the early to mid 2000s. I am thinking B1900s half full, maybe 2 per day.

Good luck to the new service.

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The decision to cancel Olympic Games in PyeongChang is not far off
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: The decision to cancel Olympic Games in PyeongChang is not far off

I think it would be terrible to cancel the games. South Korea is a hardworking country that will take great pride in hosting these games. Surely North Korea can avoid killing everyone for a little while.

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances
Replies: 41
Views: 8247

Re: Senior CX Expat Pilots to continue receiving USD15K monthly housing allowances

Where are they living on 15k per month? Meanwhile cabin crew gets a 1% raise And the poor oppressed pilots are still threatening to strike. Talk about entitlement culture with that work group. Its not entitlement. It is expecting to be compensated in accordance with the contract that was negotiated...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week
Replies: 44
Views: 1672

Re: The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week

Modern news media has number of issues that cause mistakes and problems. Reduced revenues has meant less quality work, less editing, less proofreading and less fact checking. There is that all of media wants the 'gotcha' or be first to get the attention and thus ratings for a breaking story. Yes, t...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL Canceling EWR-AMS
Replies: 29
Views: 11363

Re: DL Canceling EWR-AMS

CDG is more of a destination while AMS is more of a transfer point. (65/35 in each direction I assume) I think their success and failure are more or less unrelated to each other.

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 53
Views: 16083

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

Indeed, the pilot talked to dispatch and they advised him to go as far as he could so he wouldn't have to dump 70 tons of fuel. Once they got to the Atlantic, conditions were not as favorable. They made it across the pond but didn't have enough fuel to make it to London, so they diverted. The dust-...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai
Replies: 111
Views: 23702

Re: Indigo Partners to order 430 A320s at Dubai

Perhaps the deal was too good to refuse. If an airline doesn't believe it can fly the aircraft profitably then no deal is too good to refuse. No one wants to be stuck with a big bunch of aircraft that are losing money. mariner Even if an airline has no profitable routes, that is not a reason to tur...

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by Flighty
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 96
Views: 16194

Re: United ending Xian

Why? Is XIY-SFO-LAX so obviously superior to, for instance, XIY-ICN-LAX that UA will get all of the non-SFO US business? First, XIY-SFO is far superior to XIY-ICN-SFO for a SFO bound passenger. Second, XIY-SFO-LAX is superior to XIY-ICN-LAX for a LAX bound passenger. If you travelled more you would...

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by Flighty
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump slurs words in speech
Replies: 22
Views: 882

Re: Trump slurs words in speech

Yeah he does kinda talk like he has dentures. Ordinarily he is pretty good on his feet. I guess you could put a bone spur joke here.

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by Flighty
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 96
Views: 16194

Re: United ending Xian

We (observers) forecasted that these secondary Chinese cities would become major business destinations. In fact (at least when I visited china 3 yrs ago) business ties lag well behind forecasts. The chinese business environment is in turmoil. There is still limited rule of law. Capital controls are ...

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by Flighty
Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Senator Franken Resigns
Replies: 71
Views: 4349

Re: Senator Franken Resigns

Republicans won't do anything about it. . My guess RNC will let Moore win, seat him, kick him out of Senate and let Governor replace with a different person and go for elections again. So they retain the seat. And if I were a Democrat I'd vote against that process for two reasons: 1. You own Moore....

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by Flighty
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 53
Views: 16083

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

Generally speaking, the 744 seems to be a talented 3 engine performer, but what if they lose another engine after v1? Can a 744 really climb out on 2 engines?

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by Flighty
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Senator Franken Resigns
Replies: 71
Views: 4349

Re: Senator Franken Resigns

His speech was virtually identical to a Roy Moore / Trump speech (I am a great guy, and these women are liars), except Franken also mixed in some self-serving feminist babble as well. Because of how he handled this incident, Franken was essentially ejected from the Democratic Party. That leaves you ...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?
Replies: 64
Views: 2235

Re: US Tax overhaul - Thoughts?

There is quite a bit of outrage amongst us grad students because, as written, it eliminates the tuition waiver exemption. As a grad student, I currently get paid about $38K/yr on a stipend. That $38K/yr is taxable income and is what I use to live. The yearly tuition at my university is $66k/yr, but...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Google vs. Amazon Feud Grows: No YouTube on FireTV
Replies: 14
Views: 4414

Re: Google vs. Amazon Feud Grows: No YouTube on FireTV

it would be great if a nonprofit / light profit such as craigslist or wikimedia would take over the video (and social media) marketplace. For me the issue is data privacy. A nonprofit could offer a superior service (in terms of privacy) and kill these overgrown bully companies. They invented a techn...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 75
Views: 9851

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

I can't answer directly, but in my company, we are remodeling all the public restrooms. We spent months planning this down to the last detail, we took one out of service at one of our properties at the beginning of October, we had a time line of 3 weeks to gut and install 16 stalls, 8 urinals and 1...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 777-300ER losing 9-abreast MCE
Replies: 26
Views: 9732

Re: AA 777-300ER losing 9-abreast MCE

MCE of 9 across was the only reason I would fly on an AA 77W. There are much better TATL options for me than an AA 10 across 77W (thankfully the curse of 10 across 777s and 9 across 787s hasn't totally wiped out all other options). That's right. Just fly an Airbus. I am a big Boeing fan, but Boeing...

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by Flighty
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lexus RX becomes a 7-seater
Replies: 11
Views: 489

Re: Lexus RX becomes a 7-seater

my coworker bought a GX. Seems kind of expensive to me, but they are cool cars. The Lexus RX defined the crossover segment 20 years ago and really defined the Lexus brand as it is today, after the LS400 became irrelevant. I think this was because of the RX300's ingenious styling in 1998. It wasn't a...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 9280

Re: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018

There is something to be said for an aircraft or other piece of equipment that Is simple and rugged. Some things do last longer, usually because the maintenance profile is superior. Old washing machines might be an example. It was a perfected technology that can be maintained forever. Rebuild kits c...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?
Replies: 151
Views: 9212

Re: Trump about to further destabilize the Middle East?

Worrying. Jerusalem is also the capital of Palestine, the Palestinian country. But, maybe they can share it in peace. If Palestine is allowed to claim Jerusalem as its capital than I am not sure why Israel cannot make a similar claim, or why it would be uniquely outrageous. Let them both have their ...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Noise level on the crj 700
Replies: 18
Views: 2575

Re: Noise level on the crj 700

This is a modern jet. Same noise level as a typical narrowbody. Airbus is likely a bit quieter. I suffer like you and often wear earplugs on flights. The CRJ landing gear makes a lot of noise as you taxi around. And the noise when the gear doors open is startling to everyone. Other thoughts in case ...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 18926

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

Aren't pilots already very well paid? Uhhh....not sure you're going to get much agreement on that assertion, Flighty. I'm not?! $263 to $320 per hour for captains, not including other compensation? To my guesstimate these narrowbody captains are bringing in about 300 grand. And first officers about...

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by Flighty
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 9280

Re: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018

What is the freight capability of something like this? Where will it fly? (Buffalo Airways reality show fan).

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 18926

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

the big question for passengers, is will all flights have crews ? Pax don't care about cause just effect. It's now end of NOV. Why didn't this problem surface earlier ? Who's been asleep "at the wheel"? Surely many knew of this issue a while back. The problem surfaced incredibly early - w...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 18926

Re: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error

Wow man, just wow. You totally convinced me with that logic Well you clearly don't get it. AA should be offering to pay out 3 times as much, if not more to cover their mistake. It's AA's responsibility to act in good faith. They failed in this situation. If you really think employees granted time o...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Far can the AA MAX Fly?
Replies: 14
Views: 3492

Re: How Far can the AA MAX Fly?

It will be interesting to see what they can do. Is there any payload benefit to the reduced fuel use? Will AA make more money on transcon? I think we can forget about weight restrictions.

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bee Gees one night only
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: Bee Gees one night only

Yeah I sort of got interested in the Bee Gees a couple years ago because of a podcast called great stories in music. The song To Love Somebody reached an intimidating height, showing young Barry Gibb had a great talent. The bizarre Robin Gibb wrote some very memorable songs, himself a cracked genius...

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: Venezuela to Create Crypto-Currency

Under our previous president, record amounts of money were spent by the government. And Americans' living standards went down. Venezuela is the ultimate expression of the philosophy that government is good, and business is evil.

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by Flighty
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 20459

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

When people are still talking about how tall your plane was over 50 year later, that's a win in my book. Speaking of which...here's another sleek, big & tall, extremely powerful & insanely fast - but relatively "short-legged" layer, to convert from the past..... :bomb: ..... https...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos
Replies: 89
Views: 3298

Re: Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos

Britain voted for Brexit. Do you have any more questions?

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus
Replies: 17
Views: 9378

Re: LEAHY : reflections on 33 years at Airbus

I think that JL is a great man who deserves respect. However, the question is whether he shaped Airbus or Airbus shaped him? After all, one must recognise that it takes both a good salesman and a good product to reach success. Would Airbus have been worse off if it was someone else? Airbus hasnt se...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos
Replies: 89
Views: 3298

Re: Trump Retweets Anti-Muslim Videos

Immigrants generally assimilate via their kids, whether they want to or not. A kid born in the USA speaks local English generally without an accent. For most people, they have one native language. A few overachievers can speak more than one NATIVE language. But that is maybe 1% of immigrants in Amer...

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet
Replies: 71
Views: 20459

Re: Super rich want supersonic bomber as business jet

Cannibalism is wrong, but, if super rich people are buying Tu-160s, then it will be inevitable to be slightly hungry if/when they crash near you.

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by Flighty
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elitists, Crybabies and Junky Degrees
Replies: 58
Views: 3293

Re: Elitists, Crybabies and Junky Degrees

The US government could easily afford to make post secondary education to a public college or university if they actually did it. There is plenty of money available but the priority simply isn't there, those in Washington simply choose to spend money in other ways. There have been many studies to s...

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 172
Views: 30225

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

Planeflyer wrote:
Think amazon and the migration of very wealthy consumers to rural areas.


Okay, I am interested by this comment. Where are you talking about? Martha's Vineyard? Ski towns in the Rocky Mountains?

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by Flighty
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?
Replies: 96
Views: 11160

Re: Why is the A343 "underpowered"?

Last time I checked WING AREA and THRUST were not the same thing. We aren't talking about climb performance. We are literally talking about the acceleration aspect here. Stop trying to skirt around the issue. If I skirt around anything at all it is your limited grasp of the physics involved. :-) Qu...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta flies cancel-free over Thanksgiving holiday (includes Delta Connection)
Replies: 61
Views: 11182

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

No cancellations might indicate something good. But not necessarily.

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EWR Barack H Obama Airport
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: EWR Barack H Obama Airport

This may shed some light on why Dulles Thanks for the link. I’m obviously not the only one who’s stumped. Perhaps at this point, the airport should be renamed for Eisenhower. Ladies and gentlemen, we will be departing Eisenhower International, lifting off through the Barack Obama airspace, hallowed...

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by Flighty
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Starting Seasonal LAX-FLG in May
Replies: 39
Views: 4853

Re: AA Starting Seasonal LAX-FLG in May

Already mentioned in the OAG thread. It's one of several new seasonal weekend routes AA loaded Sunday, which also included DFW-AVL, DFW-ILM, DFW-MYR, ORD-MYR, LGA-TVC and LAX-BZN. From an operational standpoint, the schedule is interesting - with takeoff from FLG at the hottest time of the day. And...

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?
Replies: 199
Views: 22587

Re: Which city may become JAL’s next international destination?

I see MIA as very unlikely. I see little affinity there, and few incremental connections that DFW doesn't provide.

JAL must travel along the lines of AA strength to large demand centers. PHL is most promising in that regard.

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by Flighty
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 16510

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

FNT-DTW doesn't make a lot of sense. Driving FNT-DTW is kind of superior to an air service. If you want to go FNT-BOS, no problem. Drive to DTW and fly DTW-BOS. It is other connections that DTW doesn't do well where flying from FNT may be justified.

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by Flighty
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elitists, Crybabies and Junky Degrees
Replies: 58
Views: 3293

Re: Elitists, Crybabies and Junky Degrees

A music degree is fine, if you can wait tables and earn the tuition money. It won't repay a $200,000 loan. It'll repay a $20k loan, which is what a music degree at a public university would actually cost. And if it's not a public university, how do you propose to regulate it? Another thing to remem...

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by Flighty
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 11/26/2017: AA Adds CLT-BGR, DFW-OAK, ORD-CHS, PHX-AMA/OKC
Replies: 105
Views: 16510

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

A substantial set of adds from American Airlines. Enilria, thanks for the update. And I just figured out what your screen name means. :D

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