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by glbltrvlr
Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 75
Views: 9954

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

Yes, the original concept was that they would carve the Polaris lounges out of the footprints of existing United Clubs (without substantially altering the number of United Clubs). Now that that's clear that won't work from a capacity and practicality standpoint, they're having to rethink it. I'm re...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 75
Views: 9954

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

Having said that, the glass globes in which their serve their sundaes apparently shattered easily when exposed to cold :banghead:, their entertainment systems were still subject to snafus, their amenity kits didn't become any better, they took away the plastic goblets and the piece of chocolate for...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?
Replies: 24
Views: 2521

Re: Does GRR need a flight to Mexico or Canada again?

loisencroach wrote:
Is there an FIS at GRR designed for passengers?


Not today. And they just completed a major refurb of the central terminal. Strangely enough, despite extending the terminal out to support central screening upstairs, they kept the checked bag scanning machines in the lobby. Can you say face plant?

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 75
Views: 9954

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

Anyone know what the latest open date is for the SFO lounge?

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Replacing 747's with 777/350/330/787
Replies: 60
Views: 8064

Re: Replacing 747's with 777/350/330/787

My experience with United flights to Asia out of SFO over the past 3 years was that it was usually possible to get a RT Polaris business class seat for $3500-$4500. When I tried a few weeks ago (on admittedly short notice), the cheapest I could find was $7500. 777/787 flights aren't worth that much ...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Nov 30, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: APA: Thousands of AA flights scheduled without pilots due to system error
Replies: 129
Views: 19047

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

One might conclude AA is using the same crew scheduling software as Ryanair...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s
Replies: 42
Views: 9869

Re: American Airlines Sets Retirement Date for MD-80s

About how much does ADS-B out cost? What makes it cost more than the few thousand it costs to retrofit into a Cessna? If you have to ask the price... :) ATR class transponders aren't cheap. They also require connections to equipment that may or may not exist in older aircraft to populate all the fi...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 37
Views: 7947

Re: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?

UA used to run 888 from SFO-PEK, leaving SFO around noon local, and arriving PEK around 4PM local. The plane would sit on the ground for 20 hours, leaving PEK as UA 889 the following day at noon local and arriving SFO about 8AM. This made connections in SFO very easy, but kept an expensive aircraft ...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans
Replies: 72
Views: 11245

Re: Denver International Airport Expansion Plans

Cmac787 wrote:
UA starts 787-8 service to IAD today. It will be rotating through there. Some days it's twice daily


A couple of weeks ago I had a 4 hour layover at DEN. Lost track of the number of UA 787s I saw taxiing between Terminal A & B.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.
Replies: 120
Views: 15117

Re: AA finally admits that Basic Economy is nothing more than a fare increase.

gatibosgru wrote:
Found the same on UA from BOS-FLL. $2 difference which was pretty comical.


And yet the poor schlubs who are required to use corporate travel booking systems like Concur will be forced to take that $1/$2 savings.

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Boeing taken the 737 too far?
Replies: 83
Views: 16825

Re: Has Boeing taken the 737 too far?

Newbiepilot wrote:
The 737 actually still has some parts that remain unchanged from the 727-100 on it believe it or not.

Including the passenger windows, which actually date back to the 707.

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn

There is nothing stopping Boeing from developing their own avionics in house. They have competent engineers and can grow that capability or partner with another smaller supplier. And in fact, Boeing has previously announced a plan to create an in-house avionics design capability, but that is being ...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn

No surprise at Boeing's statement, Airbus will equally be displeased. Well, someone call Michael Buble to sing Cry Me a River. It's a bit rich that the two remaining aircraft OEMs are unhappy that their suppliers are adjusting to the market. There's actually very little overlap between the current ...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn
Replies: 12
Views: 2263

Re: UTC to buy Rockwell Collins for $30bn

Kind of underlines Boeing's drive to become more of an aircraft electronics manufacturer itself to help insulate it from any price hikes from industry consolidation (which, ironically, has been driven in part by efforts of both Boeing and Airbus to squeeze said industry for better pricing to win RF...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's up with UA 889 (PEK-SFO)?
Replies: 0
Views: 633

What's up with UA 889 (PEK-SFO)?

Starting October 29, it appears that UA is giving up a prime 12:00PM departure from PEK and shifting it to 5:25PM. That misses all the morning connections out of SFO! Looks like you are being forced to take the Chicago flight for eastern US destinations. Just to keep from parking a plane at PEK over...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Future of ORD
Replies: 30
Views: 4016

Re: The Future of ORD

run a continuous shuttle in both directions like UA does from concourse E to/from B/C instead of the one way shuttle AA now runs? The UA shuttle is a joke. There's always a long line on both ends, the vehicle is not large enough to accommodate the line and they only run it every 15 minutes. I walk ...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally

Why? The only reason to do this would be to facilitate transit, since, as you said, CBP has other ways of getting that information - in that case, you probably only need to do it at the major hubs. Ahh, no. Your original post that started this thread said nothing about transit and my response has n...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 117
Views: 29426

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

The downstairs bathrooms in LH's A346 are really quite a unique experience. ALL bathrooms for Y and Y+ - i.e. a huge section of this very long plane - are located downstairs in the cargo hold. This represents one of the few (or the only?) remaining possibilites to walk down/up a flight of stairs in...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally

They don't have to do it all at once - some airports (e.g. SFO/LAX) already have dedicated international terminals. It wouldn't be too complex to put exit controls in after security. Airports like JFK also have enough terminals such that you can easily convert one or two to international only. The ...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally

Tracks wrote:
...the actual records can be looked at by any non-immigrant visitor by visiting CBP's website and entering biographical details.


Interesting - I took a quick look around, but I couldn't find this. Pointer?

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally
Replies: 31
Views: 3717

Re: Border clearance at US Airports vs Internationally

Although it was suggested in the 9/11 report, the US has no legal requirement for exit controls at this time and the cost of implementing such controls at all possible exit points would be astronomical, given the size of the country and the number of points involved. Even if you limited it to just a...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?
Replies: 117
Views: 29426

Re: LH retiring most (or all?) A340-600?

Always thought LH's A346s with the downstairs lavatory were a nice option for coach travel. Certainly eliminated the noisy seat by the lav problem.

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta C Series
Replies: 89
Views: 17957

Re: Delta C Series

I think Reed's point is that this isn't about trying to take NYC and LA traffic into the center of the country, it's about making Delta outbound international flights from NYC and LA more attractive.

The water pistol comment was just amusing, with a gem of truth.

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta C Series
Replies: 89
Views: 17957

Re: Delta C Series

Interesting column from a Forbes contributor: https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielreed/2017/08/16/what-is-delta-thinking-raiding-other-airlines-hubs-is-an-exercise-in-futility-or-folly/#88a3a866b041 Is Delta Airlines really preparing to charge the gates of hell – a.k.a., in this case, as Dallas Love ...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CNN: USAF to take TransAero Whitetails for AF1
Replies: 5
Views: 1147

CNN: USAF to take TransAero Whitetails for AF1

Had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st. Not sure how this works. The USAF security requirements for AF1 start from first assembly, not to mention all the rework that would be required to meet USAF requirements. The US Air Force is for now abandoning the idea of building new aircra...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question: construction at LAX TBIT
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: Question: construction at LAX TBIT

They should sell tickets to ride in the carrier. :)

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Mixing cabin classes
Replies: 2
Views: 674

Re: Mixing cabin classes

The only time I've seen anything close to this was on certain EU carriers who used to use adjustable armrests to create two business class seats from three coach seats. Haven't seen those for a while now though. Usually they just block the center seat of a standard coach row.

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough
Replies: 323
Views: 25195

Re: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough

This confuses me. Unless we aren't speaking about the same thing. The 787 accountinh block is 1300 airplanes. Total orders for the 787 are about 1275. It is entirely feasible that the total number of orders for the 787 will exceed the accounting block either this year or next. Why do you think the ...

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by glbltrvlr
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough
Replies: 323
Views: 25195

Re: Leeham: 787 deferred cost not shrinking fast enough

Therefore, unless the production cost unexpectedly comes down faster than expected the accounting block will not reduce in number. I don't think anyone expects the accounting block number to reduce. The question is whether Boeing can show a profit with the current accounting block. If not, they hav...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement
Replies: 423
Views: 88403

Re: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement

BOEING777EK wrote:
Im surprised seeing United retire its younger 744s rather then retiring the older ones first


It's not so much the absolute age as where the aircraft is in the maintenance cycle and what condition the interior is in.

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement
Replies: 423
Views: 88403

Re: UA accelerates 747-400 retirement

xxcr wrote:
SFO-PEK - Oct 28-This will be the last 744 Flight. UA889


Uh, no... 889 is the PEK-SFO flight, and according to the United public reservation interface, turns into a 889 on September 7th.

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DFW Terminal D Duty Free: When?
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: DFW Terminal D Duty Free: When?

While I completely understand the economic logic, I dread the continued Heathrowization of D - more and more space previously set aside for seating and just a more open, airy look and feel is now being steadily compartmentalized and gobbled up for more shopping and eating. I couldn't agree more. Te...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 744
Replies: 3
Views: 1781

Re: UA 744

I don't find a huge difference between the actual non-Polaris and Polaris seats in business class.The biggest difference for me is not having someone sitting next to me on an 11-12 hour flight and climbing over me to use the bathroom.

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017
Replies: 1828
Views: 292339

Re: United Fleet Upgrade Status - 2017

The 777-300 skd is 888 SFOPEK 1030 1530 889 PEKSFO 1725 1305 Bummer. I fly that route a lot. The outbound is only 30 minutes earlier, but the return wastes a 1/2 day on the PEK side, and makes my domestic connection at SFO crap. Stretches a 2.5 hour layover (which covers immigration and a shower ni...

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Security camera(s) in Passenger Cabins? Time to rethink?
Replies: 22
Views: 4336

Re: Security camera(s) in Passenger Cabins? Time to rethink?

UA 747s have passenger cabin cameras, at least on the upper deck.

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by glbltrvlr
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Many United Airlines Awards Flights Will Soon Cost More Miles
Replies: 12
Views: 1650

Re: Many United Airlines Awards Flights Will Soon Cost More Miles

It's actually cheaper for me overall to shop around for best fares for domestic trips and spend the saved money on business seats for long haul flights. airlines earned miles have no real value anymore considering the amount of money spent to get them. I came to the same conclusion some time ago. I...

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by glbltrvlr
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA SFO Club Status
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: UA SFO Club Status

On my trip before this one, I routed myself through ORD for the outbound segment, just to check out the lounge. Very nice, but far too small for the number of people using it. Surprising as they restrict entry to just those on Polaris tickets. Just takes one delayed flight (mine was delayed 3 hours)...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15541

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

There has been a separate group number for Basic from the very beginning. It was one of the very first things that was done and is key to the entire operational viability of the product. Anyone in Group 5 is Basic Economy, this gives gates agents a clear delineation of when they need to start enfor...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA SFO Club Status
Replies: 3
Views: 896

UA SFO Club Status

Anyone know what the status of the UA club updates are? I thought I read that the club near G security was being remodeled into a Polaris club. The last few times I showed up there on a Polaris ticket, I was told to go to the Global Services lounge near the gates. Yesterday, I was told that was offe...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15541

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

And AFAIK, E- fares are not offered on RJ segments. At least, I haven't seen them. And correcting my own post, UA is offering E- on RJ segments now. How they intend to enforce no unpaid carry-on on a flight that requires jetway valet check is not clear, unless they create a separate group number or...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15541

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

And AFAIK, E- fares are not offered on RJ segments. At least, I haven't seen them. And correcting my own post, UA is offering E- on RJ segments now. How they intend to enforce no unpaid carry-on on a flight that jetway valet check is not clear, unless they create a separate group number or check bo...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat
Replies: 29
Views: 9171

Re: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat

I've been on some CRJ-200 flights lately where the crew has asked 2-4 people to move to seats in the rear of the airplane for W&B issues. I've flown a lot of segments in CR2s and this is the first time I recall crews doing this. Don't think it was temp related and not AA in PHX either. Not my fa...

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by glbltrvlr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements
Replies: 129
Views: 15541

Re: UA CFO: Basic Economy is driving operational improvements

This reminds me- since most of the UA flights from my home airport are on RJs, how does UA save on cabin space when everything gets gate checked anyway? It's not about saving cabin space, it's about generating revenue from passengers who might take a ULCC. And AFAIK, E- fares are not offered on RJ ...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat May 13, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)
Replies: 66
Views: 4318

Re: What type of people are frequent flyers? (Am I in the wrong career?)

Legal staff at almost every level other than paralegal. Anyone from PWC or the other management consultancy firms. VP or above at most major companies. But I have to say, if you are basing your career choices on the amount of international travel, I fear you are going to be severely unhappy. Far bet...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue May 09, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow
Replies: 43
Views: 6632

Re: WN Cutover to ALTEA Tomorrow

I don't know how closely couple their public web interface is, but I just tried asking for a random route price in June and it just snaps back back the result.

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: London Must Do?
Replies: 27
Views: 1783

Re: London Must Do?

I spend a lot of time in the UK in general and London specifically. If you are looking for an amazing dinner experience, I highly recommend the Bateaux dinner cruise on the Thames river. I prefer the Symphony over the Harmony as the view from your table is a bit better, but the Harmony has an open r...

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by glbltrvlr
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Scott Kirby: Leaving New York’s JFK ‘Was the Wrong Decision’
Replies: 152
Views: 27535

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

He wasn't saying it publicly. He was talking to employees. The rules changed some time ago. It used to be that company leadership could share lots of internal information with employees that wasn't intended for the public. Nowadays, for a number of reasons including the fact that there are so many ...

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by glbltrvlr
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Earnings Call 18 April
Replies: 81
Views: 12075

Re: United Earnings Call 18 April

Exactly...and while UA does need to continue to increase its margin UA is looking at posting a 10-12% margin for Q2. I'm not sure what's going on with UA domestic fares. I fly UA a lot (Premier Platinum), and while they are competitive on their international flights, for my last two domestic flight...

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by glbltrvlr
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on
Replies: 30
Views: 3936

Re: WN FO arrested at ALB for handgun in carry-on

I thought that was the whole point, to stop weapons from being brought on board. And just because it may be legal to carry a firearm in a particular state, doesn't mean it is legal to do so under federal jurisdiction at an airport. Non-LEO passenger firearms are never permitted on flights in the pa...

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