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by Italianflyer
Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways: reports cash running out
Replies: 148
Views: 19561

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
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA/B6 Merger Rumors Floating Again
Replies: 101
Views: 16484

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: 5091

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: 66933

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: 12322

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: 27112

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: 1553

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: 9357

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: 14227

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: 4142

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: 22465

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: 38395

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: 5059

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: 13778

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: 60
Views: 9389

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: 40877

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: 3455

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: 10724

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: 7781

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: 8398

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: 4008

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: 4309

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: 1003

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: 5762

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: 383

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: 17590

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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by Italianflyer
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results
Replies: 84
Views: 11432

Re: JetBlue Bad Q1 Results

RE: HQ in Queens: NYC and NY State threw allot of $$$ at B6 to keep them from moving to MCO. Expensive departments (like training) are in Florida already so I don't see that as a big issue. RE: West coast shut out: the population density west of the Rockies is a fraction of that east of the Mississi...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heck, Delta is having it bad
Replies: 354
Views: 46227

Re: Heck, ATL is having it bad.

Hypothetical here: what would be involved in a system wide 'reset'? Could they send out tonights internatonal flights, xlop east bound redeyes and late departures and let IT work on the system between, say, 2100 and 0600? At this point the airborne engine change obviously isn't working and the ill w...

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by Italianflyer
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airline alliance Braniff would have joined if it were still around in the late 1990's or early 2000's
Replies: 15
Views: 1935

Re: What airline alliance Braniff would have joined if it were still around in the late 1990's or early 2000's

That's a fun hypothetical but the industry in the days of BN I...or even II...was completely different. I doubt Braniff would have survived the first wave of consolidation in the mid-late 80s.

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by Italianflyer
Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets
Replies: 42
Views: 5759

Re: Delta Air Lines access to West Texas and South Texas markets

I can't see DL being remotely interested in AMA,MAF or LBB with oil bouncing between $40-65 p/bl. They are well served by AA,UA & WN and an energy sector recession isn't pushing biz pax numbers upwards. CRP is a lovely city but, outside of tourism and the medical center, not a booming business d...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SFO A Wx Mess Explained for Laymen
Replies: 17
Views: 2981

Why is SFO A Wx Mess Explained for Laymen

http://travelskills.com/2017/02/08/why- ... Q.facebook
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Interesting article on travelskills.com breaking down why SFO goes into weather delay mode while OAK & SJC run just fine. Good graphics too!!

http://travelskills.com/2017/02/08/why- ... Q.facebook

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by Italianflyer
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNCONFIRMED: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down
Replies: 83
Views: 28375

Re: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down

FWIW their semi-offical FB page says they have finalized a deal with the SJU airport admin and will be operating a focus city.
Also says that the lease on N283EA is being renegotiated and more 2 -800s are coming from Europe.

As I said, none of this is in a press release so consider the source.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UNCONFIRMED: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down
Replies: 83
Views: 28375

Re: Eastern Airlines On Brink Of Shut Down

HAHAHA@FARmd90; I thought new EA and Miami Air was an inevitability.

I really hoped they would find a narrow niche and successfully compete in that space bit my ratonal mind knows otherwise.

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by Italianflyer
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 106
Views: 19005

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

How long is the dormancy period before DL looses their 5th freedom rights?

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by Italianflyer
Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL104 GRU-IAH returning to GRU
Replies: 2
Views: 1698

Re: UAL104 GRU-IAH returning to GRU

From what I understand it was a flap/slat retraction issue.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 727 Aerosucre is down
Replies: 155
Views: 208760

Re: 727 Aerosucre is down

The Transponder 1200 group on Facebook has a video of the ill fated takeoff. I'd link it on here but have to get back to work.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Predictions/Rumors for 2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10722

Re: Predictions/Rumors for 2017

I'm not as optimistic as you all :/ * no mergers in the US or Canada * tough scrutiny of ATIs and JVIs coming from all sides, not just the US * major currency fluctuations in N.America, Europe and Asia damage profits * due to the above, oil prices are all over the freaking place. OPEC threatening to...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The 70's and 80's Tag Thread
Replies: 26
Views: 2689

Re: The 70's and 80's Tag Thread

CLE was a legacy UA FA crew base until the mid-80s. Not sure about flt. ops. but I want to say it was a 737 base at some point. DCA and IAD had tags to BWI on several carriers too. Does anyone know if these DCA/IAD-BWI or SJC/OAK-SFO segments available for sale or simply thru inventory from the orig...

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by Italianflyer
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Traveling as a kid in the 1970s....
Replies: 33
Views: 3674

Re: Traveling as a kid in the 1970s....

I loved thru flights!! DCA to MSY with stops in ATL, BHM. Bring a geek in training I would put the 'occupied' card on my seat and check out new and exotic terminals like HSV, GSO, ABQ or DAY while on the thru stops.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Would US & AA Look Like If They Never Merged?
Replies: 20
Views: 8243

Re: What Would US & AA Look Like If They Never Merged?

I agree with Commavia that US/Parker would have gone after Virgin to beef up their presence in the west and *probably* give non-PHL transcon a shot. I also think they would have a cozy relationship with AS. I doubt they would have tried a merger as there is no way US could raise the capital to cover...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Republic CSeries order change
Replies: 44
Views: 8029

Re: Republic CSeries order change

I know this is a left field theory but is RJET thinking they may be able to lease out these frames?

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by Italianflyer
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United and a Florida Hub
Replies: 84
Views: 8539

Re: United and a Florida Hub

That ship has sailed and ain't coming back. Florida..and the deep SE in general...is an important spoke to the network but will never be a nexus. The pm UA hublett at MIA was too small of achieve economy of scale against AA. The pm UA focus city @ MCO in the 90s suffered the same fate against an ent...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Finally announces Cuba Flights
Replies: 10
Views: 1823

Re: WN Finally announces Cuba Flights

The WSJ article was pretty bearish on near term Cuban traffic. AA, UA & DL have regionals available and can adjust lift accordingly. I'm not so sure about how this will work for WN, NK & AS. Even B6 might struggle filling 190s. Anecdotally, a friend of mine went with a group for his batchelo...

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by Italianflyer
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Old Prop Airlines and Noise
Replies: 37
Views: 5966

Re: Old Prop Airlines and Noise

I just rode the Flagship Detroit DC3 yesterday and the cabin noise was a bit better than a SF340. The Detroit and Ford Trimotor have been flying over my neighborhood all weekend at about 800ft and the noise footprint is noticeable. I was impressed with how the DC3 handled the 15-18 kph gusts associa...

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by Italianflyer
Thu Oct 06, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: AA Cuts Back on Capacity Growth, Esp at Boston Logan
Replies: 35
Views: 8060

Re: Article: AA Cuts Back on Capacity Growth, Esp at Boston Logan

When I saw "in a report by Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay" I knew this would be full of questionable conclusions.

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by Italianflyer
Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Envi decides not to start flying in Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Envi decides not to start flying in Texas

Perhaps if they looked west to cities like LBB, MAF & AMA that have experienced WN pull down it *might* be viable.

Thoughts??

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by Italianflyer
Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN rumors to buy either?
Replies: 46
Views: 9651

Re: WN rumors to buy either?

hOMSaR wrote:
So, Southwest could be buying Copa...or Hawaiian...or JetBlue?

Why not throw Cubana (or, better yet, Air Koryo) on the list for good measure?

Some folks seem to think airlines buy other airlines the way some people buy dinner.


Start up the "When will WN retire the TU-154 threads.

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by Italianflyer
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian to open a Pilot base at FLL
Replies: 6
Views: 1527

Re: Norwegian to open a Pilot base at FLL

I know that DY/OSM Aviation F/As do not have jumpseat privileges on anyone but what about the pilots? If the answer is no...which I suspect, then getting people to live in FLL is an easier sell than JFK or Bay area.

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by Italianflyer
Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would it take to start a new US Airline
Replies: 31
Views: 4441

Re: What would it take to start a new US Airline

I think there is room for start ups in the US market but within a finite niche. The days of "let's buy old planes and connect the snow-belt with Orlando" are long gone. Successful start ups like OneJet,SurfAir,RISE,GLO and Elite cater to specific demographics and geographics. The jury is s...

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by Italianflyer
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Braniff "Texas Class" service question
Replies: 9
Views: 3115

Re: Braniff "Texas Class" service question

http://m.newsok.com/article/1966154

Here is an article from 1981 that describes how Texas Class impacts OKC travelers. It says that in addition to the all Y cofig also eleminated the multiple fare buckets (F,Y,K,M, N,etc) into one flat pricing model.
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http://m.newsok.com/article/1966154

Here is an article from 1981 that describes how Texas Class impacts OKC travelers. It says that in addition to the all Y cofig also eleminated the multiple fare buckets (F,Y,K,M, N,etc) into one flat pricing model.

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