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by glbltrvlr
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019
Replies: 33
Views: 3551

Re: Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019

I hate zone boarding. Load them up by row, back to front. That way all of the idiots that cant get their bags put away and their crap together aren't blocking all of the rest of the passengers from boarding and getting situated. I've done numerous time studies on it over the years and row boarding ...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Whoops - found your note about excluding ORD. While I think the route has been proportionately under filled with Polaris birds, there have been some assigned.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta seeks partner for its Trainer refinery
Replies: 26
Views: 1188

Re: Delta Shopping Trainer

But if you read the column closely, the reason Delta is looking for a JV partner is because they recognize the business is unsalable in it's entirety.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)
Replies: 327
Views: 31348

Re: The Muddle of the Market aircraft (No, this isn’t a typo)

- The supply chain is unenthused about the NMA because Boeing wants to capture the aftermarket and hold the intellectual property rights. - The supply chain is in melt-down This, a thousand times over. Ya think they might be related? Combined with Boeing's plan to compete with their own suppliers f...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW 2018 Developments
Replies: 309
Views: 36059

Re: DFW 2018 Developments

that what i heard. American adding more gates Actually, American Eagle. They're doubling the number of gates, I believe, and it'll be an ERJ haven. Kind of like it was back in the last few years of Delta ops, with about a zillion CRJ's parked anywhere you could find a square of concrete! At least n...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

More 50-seaters on the way. ExpressJet (US) reached an agreement with United Airlines (US) to a three-year contract for 20 used CRJ200s. The 20 CRJ200s are expected to be sourced from within SkyWest’s fleet through contract expirations with other partners scheduled for 2H 2018. The 20 CRJ200s are e...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

will be pretty awesome to fly the 787 with polaris funny that the newest planes will be some of the last to get the most updated product Those new airplanes will also come with brand new seating. No, they aren't the Polaris seats, but they are perfectly acceptable. I've flown them to China and had ...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 15694

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

Just search on the title using Google News. The redirect to WSJ works.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal D South Expansion
Replies: 15
Views: 2930

Re: DFW Terminal D South Expansion

I know that D desperately needs the gates, but I wonder if this gives us the shape for F? (Or at least locking into that corner.) Surely they don't design and build this space without plans for it to be the eventual D-F connector, much like they did with B-D. That would be my take. Still would like...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Shanghai Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3595

Re: Future of Shanghai Airports

Don't know for the maglev but for regular HSR going at 360 km/h (fastest passenger trains existing today) vs 300 km/h (more typical speed) increases electricity consumption by 50%. Wow. Had no idea it was that much. That said, Maglevs were never going to beat rail for efficiency, which is why they ...

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by glbltrvlr
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of Shanghai Airports
Replies: 36
Views: 3595

Re: Future of Shanghai Airports

Official reason is to reduce energy consumption and also CO2 emission, as well as reduce its impact on surrounding environment. But according to report it seems like even back in 2007 there were already some time slots that they aren't operating at max speed? http://2008.people.com.cn/GB/62310/6239...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA IAH-SYD starts 18 January 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 13230

Re: UA IAH-SYD starts 18 January 2018

Well. UA is offering Polaris seats today to SYD for about $4K - that's $1K less than the cheapest Polaris seats to the UK.

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by glbltrvlr
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta LAX terminal plans updates and discussion thread
Replies: 474
Views: 129809

Re: Delta LAX Terminal Plans Revealed

I was in the T2 Skyclub last weekend. They have a sign at the door saying no single day passes, Regular members only due to crowding. It was average and food was much below the better Skyclubs. I get it that it takes time to complete these renovations, but I too would like to see how they intend to...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 29, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

hkcanadaexpat wrote:
glbltrvlr wrote:
How many 763 Polaris conversions remain?

2 in progress. 5 more after that. I believe they will be taking a break in conversions during the busy summer schedule.


Sigh. Wouldn't take those odds in Vegas. Guess we'll just have to make do with the lounge.

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 29, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

763: N651UA shows an uncoming test hop on 6/3 per FlightAware How many 763 Polaris conversions remain? Just booked 4 J seats to the UK at the end of August out of ORD using the three class seat map over and non-Polaris two class back. It seems ORD flights will be the last to get the Polaris mod and...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 29, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News - 2018
Replies: 1431
Views: 157153

Re: Chicago Aviation News - 2018

Most amazing to me is movements are really strong! Up 6.5% in April and YTD up 4.6%. That seems to be coming primarily from domestic movements up 7% in April and up 4.9% YTD. Would be interesting to see the breakdown by carrier. My guess is that UAs focus on building up domestic service has a lot t...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri May 25, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News - 2018
Replies: 1431
Views: 157153

Re: Chicago Aviation News - 2018

Has anyone noticed that UA's fares out of ORD have gotten ridiculously more expensive than AA? To the UK? Yes. AA is selling J seats to LHR in September for under $5K. UA is pricing them over $10K. Through the summer they are similar. Interestingly enough, although outbound P fares are readily avai...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed May 16, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air 747SP's getting scrapped
Replies: 54
Views: 18989

Re: Iran Air 747SP's getting scrapped

Were these Ex-Pan Am birds? Judging by the exterior photos, they weren't maintained very well.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri May 11, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation News - 2018
Replies: 1431
Views: 157153

Re: Chicago Aviation News - 2018

Some video and photos of the new AA L stinger gates making the rounds: Looks solid to me: seating areas seem a little smaller than expected but otherwise nice. AA did this in the DFW B Concourse also. If they are going to keep shrinking the space inside the aircraft, the least they could do is de-s...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri May 11, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved
Replies: 371
Views: 45627

Re: ORD $8.5B Expansion Deal - Update: City Council Approved

If I had my druthers, since the Hilton airport hotel needs to be renovated anyway, I'd demolish it, and expand the new T2 / global terminal into that space as well, bridging over the roadway (or relocating it), to create a massive, integrated transit terminal like the asian airports. Ideally, the s...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 08, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 589
Views: 90386

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

UA 889 arrives back at SFO at 1pm, not 5pm. I was referring to the departure time at PEK. 888 used to arrive around 4:30PM and sit overnight until 889 left at noon for SFO. Now, 888 arrives an hour earlier, and immediately turns around to depart at 5ish. My point was shifting the ground time from P...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 08, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 589
Views: 90386

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

AA's schedules for ORD-PEK have a nearly 14 hour ground time in Beijing, which means the roundtrip flight uses a new B787-8 for 40 hours. Compare this to ORD-PVG which has about 2 hour ground time in Shanghai, and even with the longer flight time AA only utilizes the B787-8 for about 32 hours for t...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat May 05, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 125
Views: 24798

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

You can also see plenty of room to clone the terminal should they decide they need more gates in the future.

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by glbltrvlr
Wed May 02, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling
Replies: 61
Views: 13441

Re: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling

Automating the transaction and requiring relinquished trips to go back into “inventory” thus taking the FA wheeling and dealing out of the equation would solve this. I suspect it won't be a simple problem to solve. Is the relinquished trip available immediately? Then Person A and Person B agree to ...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed May 02, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling
Replies: 61
Views: 13441

Re: AA Cracks Down on FA Trip Hoarding and Selling

Seems like two separate issues: The IRS is just concerned with reported income. If you are selling multiple trips a month at $200 a pop, that could easily add up to a substantial amount over a year. If you think that cash transactions are untraceable, ask your favorite waiter/waitress how that worke...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed May 02, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights
Replies: 16
Views: 2139

Re: Special Order Gourmet Food on Long haul Flights

SQ has (had?) a Book the Chef option that I used several times. As I recall there were a couple of dozen choices you could select from up to 24 hours before the departure. Still a heated TV dinner, but the Lobster Thermidor was quite good.

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by glbltrvlr
Wed May 02, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: AA drops ORD-PEK/PVG, reduces NRT
Replies: 589
Views: 90386

Re: AA drops ORD-PEK

I don't think it's just Chicago - Asia. The West Coast - Asia fares I've looked at are about 1/2 of routes to Europe.

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 01, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 2602
Views: 359430

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

Blockplus wrote:
I remember a while back if you didnt have up to date software and ua app with plugins you couldnt access all the content. But that was a while ago.


Standard UA pre-board gate announcement is to make sure you have the latest version of the UA App for IFE.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?
Replies: 76
Views: 13299

Re: The Pacific market becoming UA's Achilles heel, esp in comparison with AA and DL?

This is the exact quote from the earnings call transcript (not that it shouldn't be taken with a grain of salt): Andrew Nocella: Well, I think Atlantic is going to lead the way. Atlantic is seeing really good demand in both cabins, so we're really pleased by that. So Atlantic should be our stronges...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Public's View on Flight Attendants
Replies: 79
Views: 8180

Re: The Public's View on Flight Attendants

http://video.cntraveler.com/watch/100-y ... t-uniforms
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Well, as long as we're discussing FAs... I thought this video clip was fantastic. 100 years of uniforms...

http://video.cntraveler.com/watch/100-y ... t-uniforms

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 21320

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

As of a few weeks ago, the Global Entry kiosks allow you to answer "No to all questions below." Frequent travelers certainly appreciate that, but maybe that option needs to be removed to force an answer for each question? Nah, people will just skip down and answer to no to each question wi...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 21320

Re: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack

They don't ask you if you have imported food or foreign food or harmful food, they ask you if you have food. Any food at all. No, they don't. If you are going to present yourself as an expert in Customs procedures, you should get your facts straight. The exact requirement is: To prevent the entry o...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Woman fined $500 by US CBP for saving Delta snack
Replies: 177
Views: 21320

Re: Woman fined $500 for saving Delta snack

gwrudolph wrote:
I don't think there is anything against bringing food. Just ag items (fruits, nuts, etc)


Exactly - and meats, soils, and a few other ag things. It's not a generic food prohibition.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet
Replies: 22
Views: 5313

Re: Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet

Sigh. It was a banner headline on AWIN. I didn't look at the article date. It was indeed 2014. :(

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet
Replies: 22
Views: 5313

Delta To Replace 747 & 767 Fleet

Interesting blurb on AWIN (AvWeek): Delta Air Lines plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for new longhaul aircraft that will replace all of the airline’s Boeing 747-400s and a significant part of the 767-300ER fleets. The RFP will go out before the end of the month and Delta could decide bef...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA routes to Asia avoiding Russian airspace?
Replies: 52
Views: 10535

Re: AA routes to Asia avoiding Russian airspace?

Can any US airline allowed to fly over Russian airspace then? Any formal government prohibition would be published here: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/us_restrictions/#restrictKN Airlines are free to make their own operational decisions based on overflight costs, their internal risk ...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 35210

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

Thanks for posting this. Looks like the strategy has changed on Polaris Club access. Looking forward to seeing the new club. I'll be back through there in a couple of months.

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs
Replies: 94
Views: 15103

Re: LHR - proposed night time ban, 7hrs

skipness1E wrote:

UA 918 05:55 IAD LHR T2


Also UA 958 05:55 ORD LHR T2

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3163

Re: BA Goes Basic

Did their fares go down or did the cheapest fare just become the unbundled fare? Nothing to do with sentiment or entitlement, it was the airlines themselves that have always included it. If BA fares go cheaper, this is great news then, give the choice. If the cheapest fares now became unbundled but...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA Goes Basic
Replies: 35
Views: 3163

BA Goes Basic

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... elect-seat
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The race to the bottom continues... BA to offer long haul basic fares. Key elements: Seat selection will cost £20 each way, checked bags are £80 return.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... elect-seat

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow auctions off entire contents of closed Terminal One
Replies: 2
Views: 1553

Re: Heathrow auctions off entire contents of closed Terminal One

I'd like an Arrivals sign as a bit of nostalgia...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wikipedia Doesn't Want Terminal Locations, But Wants References To Generic Airline Timetables
Replies: 9
Views: 2422

Re: Wikipedia Doesn't Want Terminal Locations, But Wants References To Generic Airline Timetables

I find the self-appointed editors at Wikipedia to have an incredibly over inflated opinion of themselves. One of them didn't like the structure for a page I created and shut it down. I surprised the heck out of the editor by following the published procedure for challenging an editorial decision. Th...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 35210

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

This month I'll take the Eva Air SFO to TPE in Business Class. I was looking at the lounge options in SFO, specifically the Star Alliance ones when I've noticed that it will be more than one year since the renovations at the "International United Club"have began. If you are spending hours...

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by glbltrvlr
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 35210

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

I'm typing this while flying back from PEK to SFO on a 77W with the Polaris seats and I have to say the people badmouthing the design are clearly those who enjoy playing the cranky critic. As I've posted before, I'm 1K with 3-4 Asia flights and 1 or 2 Europe flights a year, and this seat is perfect...

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by glbltrvlr
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 256
Views: 35210

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

I'm typing this while flying back from PEK to SFO on a 77W with the Polaris seats and I have to say the people badmouthing the design are clearly those who enjoy playing the cranky critic. As I've posted before, I'm 1K with 3-4 Asia flights and 1 or 2 Europe flights a year, and this seat is perfect....

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment
Replies: 23
Views: 3017

Re: SFO NBC Affiliate Runs Hysterical Fact-Free Go-Around Investigation Segment

Just thought I would share this entertainment piece from the local NBC affiliate here in SFO. Did anyone else see this gem? Must have been a slow news day. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Plane-_Go-Around_-Incident-Reported-at-SFO_Bay-Area-477582403.html Local news sweeps week. Four ti...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO says no new hubs, fleet growth, point to point flying
Replies: 93
Views: 17762

Re: AA CEO says no new hubs, fleet growth, point to point flying

There are some in the camp of "Hubs make money, and airlines should strictly focus there". In a general numbers and data analysis, this is completely true and hard to argue against. Hubs do not make money. Hubs do not lose money. Hubs are network enablers. Any profitability analysis is do...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA CEO says no new hubs, fleet growth, point to point flying
Replies: 93
Views: 17762

Re: AA CEO says no new hubs, fleet growth, point to point flying

What would exactly be the point of another HUB or point to point flying? Their value is their HUBS which took decades and billions to develop. Doing any flying not related to them is almost always going to be an unwise financial decision, they are at least a couple of decades away from coming anywh...

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