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by Italianflyer
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX
Replies: 58
Views: 5288

Re: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX

I go back to my original premise: *IF* DL is looking to pump the gas in AUS only a couple markets qualify for head-to-head competition. Im willing to bet that wasting jet A from AUS to Florida or LAS is not in the cards. They will go for IT, biotech and entertainment demos. Think BOS, RDU, somewhere...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX
Replies: 58
Views: 5288

Re: NK Announces AUS-FLL/MCO/BWI/MSY/DEN/ORD/DTW/LAS/LAX

*IF* DL has plans for AUS then this won't deter them. NK & DL chase totally different demographics and I don't think they view each other as true competitors.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated after confirmation by BBC: Northern Virginia to win Amazon HQ2 bid
Replies: 58
Views: 1975

Re: NYC, Northern Virginia get Amazon HQs

Interesting choice; my guess is they think they can poach talent. I thought they would pick an East coast HQ and the second would be in the central or mountain time zone. IMHO this won't impact much on the commercial aviation front. At MOST AS may restore a frequency from the VX integration cuts. Th...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 10175

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Louisville!!
With 27 dailies I believe this will give AA a larger footprint than WN and historical market leader DL.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 10175

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Lville!!
With 27 dailies this will give AA a larger SDF footprint than WN and DL. Never thought that would happen.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Louisville International (SDF) announces LAX on AA
Replies: 84
Views: 10175

Re: Louisville International (SDF) to announce new destination today

Congrats Lville!!
With 27 dailies this will give AA a larger SDF footprint than WN and DL. Never thought that would happen.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kentucky Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 88
Views: 5485

Re: Kentucky Aviation Thread 2018

SDF-YYZ has been attempted twice by AC Connect partners on J31s and B1900s.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 30683

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

At this mornings Cowen & Co. investor conference Robert Isom explicitly stated near to medium growth will focus on DFW, CLT & DCA, in that order. Some interesting remarks about earnings guidance too. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2018/09/05/american-delta-and-unit...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: reports cash running out
Replies: 713
Views: 88538

Re: Jet Airways: reports cash running out

It does make one wonder if this is another DL angel investor opportunity. Indian law caps foreign investment at 49%. The question is how much is enough capital to keep the company going in a reorg. DL ALPA would have a fit but that didn't stop other strategic investment.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor
Replies: 59
Views: 11872

Re: UA FA mocks passenger who reported masturbating neighbor

Oh great...it's been a minute since the last F/A bashing thread.
Let the games begin....

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by Italianflyer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta
Replies: 121
Views: 12372

Re: Delta not a fan of second airport in Atlanta

Just my .02....1. MDW, HOU, DAL, all incumbent airports that were replaced by larger facilities. The key to their success was a successful start up. Look at places like BKL, DET, GYY or even NEW that didn't get that opportunity. 2. Take a look at how apoplectic Northside communities got over MARTA r...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft
Replies: 60
Views: 11670

Re: New luxury airline to offer affordable prices for first-class only aircraft

Soooo.....I pay X thousand dollars a year to buy a seat on a plane that flies A to B on Monday & every other Thursday only. Sounds like a home run!! (Hahaha)

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country adds 5 routes from PDX
Replies: 75
Views: 12280

Re: Sun Country adds 5 routes from PDX

Are they basing crew in PDX or rotating MSP folks? Those are some loooong duty days for MSP crew. They may have to break with tradition and have downline layovers on the scheduled service side.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4660

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

I believe JAL had a line of pre-packaged supermarket foods at some point. TWA was part of the Transworld Corp. that also owned Century 21 Real Estate and Hardee's. Speaking of TWA; they launched the Travel Channel in the 80s. Was there a crossover of ownership between BOAC and the Cunard Shipping Li...

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by Italianflyer
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CU Suspends Domestic Flights Until At Least September.
Replies: 10
Views: 2354

Re: CU Suspends Domestic Flights Until At Least September.

Wow...that's a huge hit to their economy. Terrain and infrastructure make intercity travel, ummmm, challenging. After the Global accident I doubt there is a political appetite, or funds available, to retain a third party operator.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways reveals new brand
Replies: 9
Views: 1836

Re: World Airways reveals new brand

Hope they have deep pockets and investors willing to bleed. I love how they talk about evaluating A320s with a pic of a classic 737 with winglets. Pretty amateur mistake.

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways reveals new brand
Replies: 9
Views: 1836

Re: World Airways reveals new brand

Hope they have deep pockets and investors willing to bleed. I love how they talk about evaluating A320s with a pic of a classic 737 with winglets. Pretty amateur mistaken

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by Italianflyer
Thu May 31, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback
Replies: 97
Views: 9625

Re: Midwest Express files with SEC in first step toward official comeback

Are there some cheap, airworthy DC9-10s sitting around?? :roll:

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8498

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

The Republic (RC) & Hughes (RW) marriage is one that looked great on paper but was derailed by existential events. The recession of 81-82 was, until 2008, the worst in the post depression era. The lack of CAB fare protection made the economics of DC9s hop-scotching six legs from SEA to TUS unsus...

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8498

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

Red, blue & green books were the company term for different pilot contracts at NW.

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by Italianflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8498

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

In my NWA days (started in late 90s...waaay after the merger) I heard several people say Wolf initially shopped RC to Pan Am. The idea was a complicated scheme involving an LBO, discharging of debt and other High Finance antics. Rothmeyer and the old NWO guard (a very cautious & conservative ris...

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by Italianflyer
Thu May 17, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers
Replies: 99
Views: 8498

Re: Questionable (Failed?) USA Mergers

I'm curious as to the apparent failure of the US/PS & AA/OC/QQ mergers were because of WN or opened opportunity for WN to grow in the west. WN had a footprint in CA that grew several-fold when US moved PS assets east and AA dropped OC assets alltogether and under utilized QQ before giving up. Of...

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by Italianflyer
Mon May 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax
Replies: 30
Views: 7758

Re: AA kicks off 1st class pax for serving drinks to economy pax

This was a Justin Ross Lee stunt...a blogger who takes great pride in being an...ummm......'provocateur'. He calls himself a 'JewJetter' who makes a living by exploiting grey areas in airline, security & hotel policies. It usually involves picking fights. Nothing to see here. Here is a vid of hi...

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by Italianflyer
Sat May 05, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg article: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes
Replies: 239
Views: 19476

Re: Watch Out, Airlines. High Speed Rail Now Rivals Flying on Key Routes

For O&D there is no question that high speed rail cuts air travel numbers. It's not necessarily a bad thing; the skies above most the listed city pairs are some of the most congested in the world. High speed rail can't compete with medium-longer haul connecting markets like BRU-LON-DUB or obviou...

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by Italianflyer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981
Replies: 39
Views: 5196

Re: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981

The hub-spoke model wasn't as sophisticated as it is today. Tag flights made sense to maximize assets and position planes for the next day flying. There are old posts on here about the crazy number of DC10s,L10s & even 747s flying tags like LAX-SAN, SEA-PDX, BDL-BOS & NY area,etc. DL ran a b...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights
Replies: 109
Views: 14449

Re: Bathroom cleaning on long haul flights

Let's start a letter & email campaign directly to Doug, Ed & Oscar demanding F/As be given appropriate protective gear and cleaning supplies. Can't wait to see the response.

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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: 418

'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: 68
Views: 12656

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: 2656

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: 3552

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: 8600

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: 3651

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: 20537

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: 20537

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: 20537

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: 3776

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: 8566

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: 10105

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: 1676

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: 2835

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: 620

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: 43
Views: 4492

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: 45751

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: 2008

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: 5289

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: 2009

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: 10652

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: 21473

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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