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by Italianflyer
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: '60 Minutes' to do G4 Hit Piece Tonight (4/15)
Replies: 1
Views: 386

'60 Minutes' to do G4 Hit Piece Tonight (4/15)

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/60-minute ... the-radar/
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Heads up to US a-neters; investigative stalwart '60 Minutes' is doing a profIle on Allegiant tonight, Sunday 4/15, and it dosent look pretty.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/60-minute ... the-radar/

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by Italianflyer
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetSuiteX moving to DFW and growing to 100 RJs
Replies: 29
Views: 5784

Re: JetSuiteX moving to DFW and growing to 100 RJs

The Skift article is very interesting. He flat out says they envision JetSuite as an extention of B6 Mint product. I guess the models show that the numbers show viability of JFK-LAS-Concorde, FLL-JFK-Saratoga or LAX-FLL-Exuma type traffic. There are a myriad of p2p business/high end leisure markets ...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Infant Hit by Falling PSU on AA 126 HKG-DFW
Replies: 11
Views: 2539

Infant Hit by Falling PSU on AA 126 HKG-DFW

https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceiling-p ... fant-head/
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Pax holding her infant on landing at DFW were struck by a PSU that (presumably) failed on touchdown.
I've seen bins open and o2 hatches fall on rough landings but never an entire PSU. Pics enclosed in article.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/ceiling-p ... fant-head/

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by Italianflyer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY SEA-ANC Loaded
Replies: 21
Views: 3437

Re: SY SEA-ANC Loaded

How is SY handling aircraft/crew rotations?
With the old model bring MSP (and somewhat DFW) centric, crews and planes were used on turns and day trip missions. Outstation RONs on scheduled trips were rare so hotel, per diem and ground handling costs were minimized.
Is this still the case?

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by Italianflyer
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Lt. Governor Threatens DL Over Cutting Ties with NRA
Replies: 273
Views: 8022

Re: DAL and its future with Georgia

This is nothing more than political theater.
There is a governors race this cycle and plenty of pandering. I grew up in ATL; Georgia is a tale of 2 entities....the ATL area and everyone else. This plays well in rural, less developed counties.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?
Replies: 57
Views: 3481

Re: Fines for Bag-Carriers in Emergency Evacuations?

"I don’t think locking bins will help. When the evacuation occurs people will just waste time and clog the aisle trying to rip the door off the bin to get their bag, or stand in the aisle trying to waive down a flight attendant to unlock the bin because they “need” what’s in their bag.[/quote] ...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18
Replies: 226
Views: 19931

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18

I wonder if the long rumored BNA crew base is going to be part of the Big Announcement.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18
Replies: 226
Views: 19931

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18

I would love to see STL-SDF restored and think there is opportunity in CVG-STL. They are easy drives but too long for day trips. DEN/MDW/PHX are fine for western connections but involve backtracking for connections to TX, LA,AR,OK. DL & AA have doubled down in SDF by offering mainline/2 class RJ...

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by Italianflyer
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18
Replies: 226
Views: 19931

Re: Southwest Schedule Extension 02/15/18

I would love to see STL-SDF make a come back but it's doubtful with oil around $60.
Plus they wouldn't want to cannibalize westward connections over DEN.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 adds PHL-IND/GRR/DFW
Replies: 30
Views: 3603

Re: F9 adds PHL-IND/GRR/DFW

Always good to see growth but these adds are bizarre. Obviously the folks in DEN know something I dont; be interesting to see how the retAliAtion plays.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!
Replies: 63
Views: 8251

Re: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!

UA flew MKE to LAS,LAX & SFO in the 70s too.
Any now they are finally getting some mainline back after what? 20 years?

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by Italianflyer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue
Replies: 50
Views: 9907

Re: Why Ex-AA 767 Red Cheatline Painted Blue

I was under the impression it has something to do with insurance and liability. These planes, while not actively flying, are still registered with the FAA as 'stored'. If something were to happen and cause injury/death while under the custody of a 3rd party (whoever operates the boneyard) then the a...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ultimate Air Shuttle (Who?) - Cincinnati (LUK) – Morristown (MMU)
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: Ultimate Air Shuttle (Who?) - Cincinnati (LUK) – Morristown (MMU)

This is just a guess but Cincy is HQ for Macys and Proctor & Gamble...may have something to do with the routes viability.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IL76 en route to O'hare
Replies: 8
Views: 2797

Re: IL76 en route to O'hare

https://m.facebook.com/groups/318695511 ... 39102&fs=1
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I hope this dosent violate a rule but here's a vid. If it does then sorry.

https://m.facebook.com/groups/318695511 ... 39102&fs=1

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by Italianflyer
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cabin Crew and Body Cams in China?
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Cabin Crew and Body Cams in China?

Todays Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on extensive security measures taken in parts of the Peoples Republic. The author says that the FAs on his China Southern (CZ) flight had police-style body cams attached to their belts. Unfortunately the article is behind a paywall. I am not look...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greensboro / PTIA changing names
Replies: 42
Views: 4146

Re: Greensboro / PTIA changing names

Or call it 'Marketing Had Too Much Money Left Over to Justify A Budget Increase Next Year' Intergalactic Jet Plex

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by Italianflyer
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Power outage in ATL
Replies: 401
Views: 44593

Power outage in ATL

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.wsbtv.co ... ntent=news
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Talked to a friend who said the airport went dark about 1340.

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.wsbtv.co ... ntent=news

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by Italianflyer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Starting A New U.S. Carrier: Where Would You Locate / Fleet Dynamics
Replies: 26
Views: 1962

Re: Starting A New U.S. Carrier: Where Would You Locate / Fleet Dynamics

IMHO the only space for a start up is in the area called 'air taxis' back in the old days. There are communities that need air feed to larger hubs due to geographic/topographic factors. There are also larger cities with commercial ties that are potentially lucrative but can not justify a 50 seat RJ....

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest US-MEX Markets w/o Nonstop Service
Replies: 37
Views: 5204

Re: Largest US-MEX Markets w/o Nonstop Service

IMHO MEX-BWI on WN is inevitable. BNA being a dark horse WN candidate but well seved via HOU.

I think it's interesting that MSP has been tried (twice I believe) and failed. AM has thrown everything from mainline to jungle jets at MSY and it never took.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Via Air Announces AUS-TUS/OKC
Replies: 12
Views: 1944

Re: Via Air Announces AUS-TUS/OKC

I'm not trying to light a fire for a-net snark, but does anyone know or understand their business plan? I know they are a public charter. The few people I know who have flown them had very positive experiences. But how on earth do they pay bills doing a mix of EAS, leisure/seasonal stuff and busines...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10440

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

Nothing ideal, but yes, AS has a HUGE gap in their route network, all on the East Coast. With the primary market point of sale being the left coast I don't think they care. Plowing capital into turnkey hubs to chase market share is a 20+ year old model that dosent work. If anyone were to try it the...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20953

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

I find it ironic that the Masters of the Universe that take UA to task over their southeast footprint would have a world class ×××× fit if they were to commit capital to build one.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub
Replies: 196
Views: 20953

Re: Doug Parker on United's Lack of a Southeast Hub

Unfortunately that ship sailed long ago. Heck, it sailed, returned and has ben decommissioned. The only 'viable' candidate is RDU; a growing metro but already well served by an entrenched AA, growing DL and competitive WN. IAD, for better or worse, is UAs southeast nexus. The challenge is to make it...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: STL air service discussion - 2017
Replies: 539
Views: 63132

Re: STL Air Service Discussion

Anyone know the demographics of the STL flt.ops.base? I would think if it's mostly ex-TW folks many will be getting close to retirement

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by Italianflyer
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16248

Re: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again

This isn't a Wall Street consensus; this is Hunter Keay stirring the pot to further his own interests.
It may...or may not happen. Just consider the source.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Western FAs - East Asian Carriers
Replies: 20
Views: 4891

Re: Western FAs - East Asian Carriers

Cathay has a base at LAX and I believe SFO & JFK...but not sure about that.

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by Italianflyer
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 66259

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

Just talked to a friend in the Montrose area of Houston and he said water is standing in the streets at tire level. Even if IAH/HOU stay open, getting employees to work will be extremely difficult.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Pilot Freaks Out Passengers With Horrific Tornado Warning
Replies: 40
Views: 12271

Re: United Pilot Freaks Out Passengers With Horrific Tornado Warning

I saw this on a crew only FBook page a few days ago and literally LOLd. Unless a cell phone video of the diatribe pops up we can assume this accusation rests with someone p/o'd they didn't get ApologyMiles for a wx delay. No pilot would make a public statement that indirectly questions their airmans...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country to Change Strategy
Replies: 191
Views: 26666

Re: Sun Country to Change Strategy

Hmmm....what's old is what's new. Back in the day weren't their DC10s stuffed with 380 seats?? I hope they can carve out a niche that isn't saturated by G4 and NK. Frontier has midsized cities-near international covered.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Past and present no-frills low fares long-haul airlines?
Replies: 8
Views: 1531

Re: Past and present no-frills low fares long-haul airlines?

World (RIP) took a stab at skd domestic & international in the 80s. They started off as a high caliber, low fare option but devolved into a no frill. Capitol Air flew jam packed DC8s & 10s until George Batchelor moved assets to his other ill-fated long haul venture, Arrow Air.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smoking in the airline industry
Replies: 49
Views: 8612

Re: Smoking in the airline industry

Can any AS folks clarify the current tobacco policy? I was under the (possibly wrong) impression that they moved away from the no-tobacco pre-employment prerequisite because of the myriad of state specific vetting laws.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s
Replies: 88
Views: 14052

Re: Silver Airways replaces CEO, places order for 20 ATR42s

Wow....so the rumors were true!
Be interesting to see how/where they deploy them. Wonder if we will see a relationship like Cape Air & B6?

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville execs team up to help fund nonstop flights to Boston, Los Angeles
Replies: 22
Views: 4075

Re: Louisville execs team up to help fund nonstop flights to Boston, Los Angeles

DL tried SDF-BOS back during the Mullin BOS build up days. IIRC it was timed for TATL connections so was not terribly convenient for O&D. It was on an OH 50 seater. LAX has been a wish list destination for decades. Honestly, I think SFO may be the better option given local business connections w...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United President Says F9 Expansion Is "Sign of Failure"
Replies: 150
Views: 22265

Re: United President Says F9 Expansion Is "Sign of Failure"

A number of the DEN adds are exclusive UAX markets or UAX heavy markets. Throwing an Airbii alternative in these markets puts pressure on UAXs cost problems and staffing issues.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th
Replies: 312
Views: 38148

Re: Significant System Wide Frontier Announcement Tuesday July 18th

Lotta love for DEN: DenverAlbuquerque; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Ontario, Calif.; Palm Springs, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; San Jose, Calif.Boise, Idaho; Buffalo; Calgary, Alberta**; Charleston; El Paso, Texas; Fargo, N.D.; Fresno, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich; Jackson Hole, Wyo; Jacksonville, Fla.; Little Rock, ...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GLO Airlines Ceases Ops on 15JUL
Replies: 16
Views: 5023

Re: GLO Airlines Ceases Ops on 15JUL

GLO management says CFMs understaffing triggered an inordinate number of cancellations. CFM says GLOs unpaid debts to fuel and mx vendors are the reasons behind unflown missions. Both sides are throwing cease-and-desist letters at each other. I hope it can reinvent itself but this divorce is going t...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 7/2/2017: DL BOS-PIT, TP Suspends JFK-LIS, G4 RDU-SJU, 3M Shrinks
Replies: 76
Views: 13682

Re: OAG Changes 7/2/2017: DL BOS-PIT, TP Suspends JFK-LIS, G4 RDU-SJU, 3M Shrinks

Are the 3M cuts due to lack of pilots? Aircraft heavy mx? Financial pressures? All three?

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC
Replies: 40
Views: 7209

Re: USGlobal Airways(Baltia) buys Songbird Airways AOC

Where they get $6.2 mill from???
Kind of deep pockets for a decades old paper airline.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: United and jetblue merger
Replies: 90
Views: 39955

Re: United and jetblue merger

Even if the Feds were to approve it (doubtful) the state AGs in NY, NJ and likely CA would have a fit. It was state legal activism that killed 2 big insurance and 1 cable merger. Second...B6 holds its own at its current cost structure. Bringing them to UA pay grades and costs has red ink all over. T...

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richard Anderson is the new CEO of Amtrak
Replies: 37
Views: 3399

Re: Richard Anderson is the new CEO of Amtrak

My money is on RA leading the first restructuring of Amtrak since it's founding.
Spin off and privatize divisions that break even or post small profits....shutter money burning long hauls... maybe ink alliance agreements with airlines! Didn't CO codeshare with Amtrak at some point?

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 6/25/2017:EK MCO Back to Daily;AA PHX-YEG in Winter;AM Drops MTY-DTW Adds LAX; WN
Replies: 56
Views: 10653

Re: OAG Changes 6/25/2017:EK MCO Back to Daily;AA PHX-YEG in Winter;AM Drops MTY-DTW Adds LAX; WN

As always, thank you for taking the time to aggregate the changes.

DTW-MTY is perplexing. NW,NWAirlink,DL and now AM have tried to make this work for almost 20 years. Seems like a home run, given the auto connection, but always falls short.

DCA-ILM....dosent that go back to the PI days???

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 170 at EWR 6/13 had fuel leak prior to takeoff
Replies: 56
Views: 7710

Re: UA 170 at EWR 6/13 had fuel leak prior to takeoff

I was in a similar situation years ago: hot as hell mid summer day on a fully loaded -400 headed to NRT. As we turned onto the piano keys there was spillage on aircraft right. Pax freaked...I was door 4L. 'REMAIN SEATED, EVERYTHING IS NORMAL' is curt and aggressive but gets the point. The alternativ...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen
Replies: 54
Views: 8304

Re: Hypothetical: The US Mergers Didn't Happen

From what I understand, when Norfolk-Southern bought a chunk of PI they explored hooking up with TW or PA. It was McGees' inside experience that put the idea on ice. NW and AA held informal exploratory talks in the early 2000s but were abandoned based on labor union issues. Western and National and ...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA flies mainline from EWR-TYS. Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 3964

Re: UA flies mainline from EWR-TYS. Why?

Since TYS and AVL are gateways to the Smokies, could the upgrade be tourist related? My airline upgraded BUF to 757s in the summer and even put Japanese LODs on flights that connected with NRT.

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by Italianflyer
Mon May 29, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bahamasair and the US West Coast - Rumor
Replies: 41
Views: 4248

Re: Bahamasair and the US West Coast - Rumor

If they want connectivity to Asia, look to ATL,ORD,JFK,EWR or DTW. I'd like to see them give LGW a stab before going to the western US.

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 26, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Sunshine(AG) at FLL
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Re: Air Sunshine(AG) at FLL

Sunshineskies.com is a great resource for info about obscure Florida and southeastern commuters.

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by Italianflyer
Wed May 24, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines like Janet
Replies: 41
Views: 5630

Re: Airlines like Janet

Southern Air Transport moved men and material to/from/within Central American hot spots during the 1980s. I heard (can't confirm so this is rumor) that Arrow Air did allot of covert stuff before the Gander tragedy.

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by Italianflyer
Tue May 16, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: From the ashes of Baltia: US Global
Replies: 1
Views: 375

From the ashes of Baltia: US Global

Forbes is reporting that a former principal from the failed Baltia project is raising venture capital for a SWF based trans-Atlantic start up. He would use below market leased 767s from Kalitta to ORY and TLV. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2017/05/15/can-boeing-767-flights-from-stewart-field-...

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by Italianflyer
Mon May 15, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's future International Expansion
Replies: 101
Views: 17440

Re: United's future International Expansion

I can see PAL joining STAR before seeing UA metal from the mainland to MNL. Otherwise it will be more connecting the dots between existing cities or another secondary Chinese (or Indian) city. It's not really Kirbys m.o. to do off the wall route experiments so I can't see going back to Africa, the M...

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