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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: 4918

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: 4918

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: 10070

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: 211
Views: 27425

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: 13412

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: 2821

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: 2821

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: 1458

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: 2298

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: 211
Views: 27425

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: 211
Views: 27425

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: 211
Views: 27425

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: 2872

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: 17244

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: 17244

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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by glbltrvlr
Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: TSA now wants food out of bags for inspection?
Replies: 35
Views: 2323

Re: TSA now wants food out of bags for inspection?

MatthewDB wrote:
What about TSA Pre-check?


No change (yet).

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27425

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

I'm United 1K with 3-4 Asia trips, and one or 2 EU trips a year, and I have to say the Polaris seat is exactly what I want. I've no interest in looking across the cabin. Just a comfortable seat, plenty of storage, and privacy.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality
Replies: 211
Views: 27425

Re: United Polaris Promise Never Matched Reality

I fly Polaris 3 or 4 times a year and after reading all the negative posts here, I wasn't sure what to expect from my next flight. Having just completed SFO-PVG, I have to say some people are greatly exaggerating the negatives. Starting with the lounge situation at SFO. There's no more agent roulett...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Is Eliminating Economy Comfort
Replies: 22
Views: 5206

Re: Surprising: Icelandair Is Eliminating Economy Comfort

It was poorly worded...Each seat takes up 1.5x the real estate. You're being pedantic. Right, but your assumption that 1.5X revenue is required to pay for the 1.5X square footage loss is only true if all seats are sold, and all seats are sold for the same fare. For example - if the Y cabin had empt...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 49
Views: 7629

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

Looking at the photo from the air above, they could actually build a clone terminal just to the left of the first terminal with no problem. Connect the two terminals with an underground people mover.

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 49
Views: 7629

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

Love the terminal design. Gets away from the toaster design that everyone seemed to be copying. Minimizes walking distance, eliminates the need for a inter-terminal train. Can't wait for this to open.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff
Replies: 135
Views: 6286

Re: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff

And if every there was a case study on why corporations should not be taking political positions: Delta did indeed lose their $40M fuel tax break. Oh - a grand total of 13 tickets were sold with the NRA discount. If I was on the Delta board, I'd have called the CEO in the next day and asked him WTF ...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff
Replies: 135
Views: 6286

Re: Delta risks $40 mill in tax breaks over NRA riff

What was stupid about this whole incident is that it's completely unnecessary. Corporations don't have opinions, people do. I guarantee you that for every person who thought this was a good idea in Delta, there was a person who disagreed with it. Delta shouldn't have said a thing, and if they were a...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14468

Re: United to introduce premium economy

Depending on how they price it, that could be a very competitive product for US-EU routes. It looks like 2 seat where three were laterally and a bit more than E+ leg room. United wouldn't do that unless they thought they could get at least 50% more than a coach ticket.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The USA and remote enplaning/deplaning.
Replies: 24
Views: 3072

Re: The USA and remote enplaning/deplaning.

Remote stands 100% can accommodate wheelchairs. At LAX, AA uses remote stands for some 787 ops and they pull up a wheelchair accessible ramp for deplaning to the tarmac + awaiting busses. At LAX they don't even need to pull stands up. The remote pad west of Tom Bradley has semi permanent covered ra...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The USA and remote enplaning/deplaning.
Replies: 24
Views: 3072

Re: The USA and remote enplaning/deplaning.

At PIE I had to wait an hour for a thunderstorm to pass through before they would let people off a plane because of a remote stand. If they had a normal jetway this wouldn't have happend. That's not entirely accurate. I sat for over two hours at DFW once because they pulled the ground crew inside d...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9285

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

The USPS is giving them Sundays and now federal holidays too. In all fairness, USPS isn't giving Amazon anything. USPS have a negotiated arrangement and are getting paid for every delivery. Personally, I'm all in favor of shifting as much residential deliveries to USPS. With the dramatic drop in fi...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 752
Views: 97717

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The summer schedule (looking at late June) appears to only need 4 3-class frames, with probably one spare at ORD. The routes are 3x ORD-LHR plus 1x EWR-LHR. So I'd expect two more of those 7 frames to go in for mods before the summer. So ORD-LHR will be the last route to get Polaris moded 767s? I'm...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9285

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

Its easy to move packages from fulfillment to hub to station, its that last mile from station to home that is the hard part. Apparently Amazon is using a lot of Uber drivers presently to deliver packages. Everybody seems to assume that AMZ wants to clone FedEx or UPS. I don't get that at all. I see...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
Replies: 92
Views: 9285

Re: WSJ: Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS

I’ve never understood why so many people like Amazon. It’s just an online Walmart. They drive down margins and commoditize cheap imported stuff. I think it’s so weird it’s so popular. *shrug* In a word - friction, or lack thereof. It's not just cheap imported stuff. I've order high end video gear, ...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will GE's trouble have influence on their aviation division
Replies: 29
Views: 3117

Re: Will GE's trouble have influence on their aviation devision

Oh boo hoo. I've never seen a group of ten people in my life where there wasn't one obvious under-performer. The reality of any organization is that performance is driven by the top 10-20% of people. Most people are just along for the ride. Keeping the lowest performers around is demotivating to th...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will GE's trouble have influence on their aviation division
Replies: 29
Views: 3117

Re: Will GE's trouble have influence on their aviation devision

Actually, Jack Welch was the cause of most of GE's long term problems. This is so true. Jack was the prime supporter of top grading employees, where each employee was rack and stacked, with the bottom 10% let go each each year. You can do that once or twice, but when it gets baked in annually, it's...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018
Replies: 752
Views: 97717

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2018

The CRJ2 also has miserable performance, especially in the summer. The climb rates are completely garbage. The E145 isn't exactly a superstar, but at least it can hit cruise altitude at some point during the flight. CR2 W&B is horrible as well. Asking 4 people up front to move to the back on no...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock
Replies: 112
Views: 22363

Re: United denies boarding to an Emotional Support Peacock

Connecting in Denver a few days ago. A dog the size of a small horse is being led on a leash wearing a cloth coat stating "Emotional Support Animal In Training." Have no idea how they expected to get that animal on the plane.

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines Announces an Aggressive New Way to Stop Passengers From Stealing Overhead Bin Space
Replies: 43
Views: 5176

Re: American Airlines Announces an Aggressive New Way to Stop Passengers From Stealing Overhead Bin Space

...the airline is going to label the Main Cabin Extra overhead bins with placards that insist they are exclusive to passengers in that class. I wonder just exactly where that placard will be located? On the part of the door that faces the ceiling when open perhaps? Otherwise it will be as visible (...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians
Replies: 107
Views: 17144

Re: Boeing laid off too many engineers and technicians

einsteinboricua wrote:
If there are 737s waiting to be assembled, that's not an engineering job.


I'm sorry, but the large number of manufacturing engineers that work the production line would beg to disagree with you.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787-10 receives certification from FAA
Replies: 32
Views: 8264

Re: Boeing 787-10 receives certification from FAA

Singapore Airlines will be the first airline to take delivery of the 787-10 over the coming months Perhaps weeks? Boeing has scheduled the entry into service for the 787-10 as broadly the “first half of 2018”, but the approval of the amended type certificate now means that the first delivery could ...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs
Replies: 43
Views: 6312

Re: US Airline's Most Profitable Hubs

I'm thinking this is a classic a.net thread, because there is no definitive answer. At best you can allocate revenue to specific airports, and then subtract costs, but even that's arbitrary. Is flight revenue allocated 100% to the departure aircraft, or is it split between departure and arrive airpo...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14468

Re: United to introduce premium economy

I would fear that many companies who do put their executives and directors in “business” (aka: Polaris) will now issue a statement that flights under 9.5 hours will be W. I work for a Fortune 50 company and we've had a blanket ban on anything other than coach for any flight regardless of length. I ...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14468

Re: United to introduce premium economy

Bringing you United Polaris® More United Polaris seats and lounges will be available. This year, we’ll be introducing more of the new, all-aisle-access seats in United Polaris business class. We’re also opening United Polaris lounges in San Francisco, New York/Newark and Houston Intercontinental th...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14468

Re: United to introduce premium economy

That looks really good. Not sure I'd chose it for 10+ hour flights, but it works for 6-8.

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 411
Views: 37156

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

Some interesting figures. In 2013 the average passenger count per operation was about 76. Meaning for every take off and landing there was on average 76 people on that plane. In 2017 that number is 92. That is a 22% increase in 4 years and equivalent to nearly 14M passengers. In 2013 ORD had 67M pa...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers
Replies: 152
Views: 17642

Re: American's Problem: Management is Out of Touch With Customers

C-suite (IMHO) should fly their aircraft, from First to BASIC...heck all the “C’s” at McDonalds must work in a restaurant once a year. That's funny - I had exactly the same thought. Airline boards should require the top three management tiers starting at the CEO to fly the lowest customer experienc...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver developments for 2018
Replies: 23
Views: 3360

Re: Denver developments for 2018

bmacleod wrote:
How about HKG and/or PVG? Or does UA have enough connecting flights to SFO for those markets?


I wish UA did PVG into DEN. I have 4 or 5 flights scheduled this year and the UA schedules back to the US to either LAX or SFO aren't very good for connections.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 411
Views: 37156

Re: Chicago Aviation News

I never even knew there was shuttle from Terminal 1. Was it an airside shuttle?? Or Curb-side...? I'm dumb-founded.. been flying out of ORD for over 20 years (that I can remember), and never knew! Airside - It ran from the low end of the C gates under E and over to the middle of F. A good idea in t...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 411
Views: 37156

Re: Chicago Aviation News

Judging by the backed up lines for it on both sides, there was certainly demand. They never managed it right though. The times I took it they were running a single bus that took 20-30 minutes round trip, which made it faster to walk. And that's if you managed to get on the next bus. There weren't ma...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O'Hare terminal expansion design options
Replies: 20
Views: 5202

Re: O'Hare terminal expansion design options

(As an aside, I know CDOT wants to build more hotels on-site. I'm curious, is there really that much demand for hotels literally on airport property? I can't see tourists or conventioneers wanting to stay at the airport. And I imagine most business travelers would stay close to their company's offi...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O'Hare terminal expansion design options
Replies: 20
Views: 5202

Re: O'Hare terminal expansion design options

Is this also going to include some modernization/renovations in T1? I ask, Jeff, because last time I was in ORD (November), it was a grungy mess with dank, dark, and overcrowded hold rooms, and those seats that have needed replacing since the 90s. Boarding a widebody, e.g. a LH A346, is comically b...

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