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by hohd
Mon May 14, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets
Replies: 56
Views: 9540

Re: AUS astonishing LON growth market, surpasses several US markets

I am just curious if the Austin BA flight has taken business away from the DFW AA/BA flights to LHR as I imagine there were more than a few travelers flying/driving from Austin to DFW to connect to AA/BA's flights before the Austin service began. Have there been any studies done on how BA's Austin ...

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by hohd
Wed May 09, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Toronto to South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Toronto to South Africa

When I travelled to GRU (Sao Paulo) a few years ago I noticed several transferring to the flight to JNB. But it may not be the least expensive.

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by hohd
Tue May 08, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage
Replies: 142
Views: 23509

Re: United Airlines makes big adjustments in onboard food and beverage

The most glaring example of no free meal is on the flights to Hawaii, EWR to HNL is about 11 hours and still no free meals. They often run out of certain paid food items on this flight. Meals should be complimentary on flights to Hawaii, like DL and AA.

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by hohd
Mon May 07, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 299
Views: 23963

Re: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?

On this AI vs 6E, AI operates world wide which involves more risk, but more reward and has to compete with all kinds of airlines (some subsidized by their governments) or some like EK, QR which are semi-private, but have a sweetheart deals on airport usage. 6E is a good airline for domestic market, ...

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by hohd
Thu May 03, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wizz Air launches UK flights
Replies: 13
Views: 2715

Re: Wizz Air launches UK flights

Wish they would operate Liverpool to London area. No one operates that route.

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by hohd
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?
Replies: 68
Views: 8824

Re: Orlando to London: Why no flights to Heathrow?

Whatever Asia/Africa and India traffic there was from MCO, EK has come to take most of it. BA had the opportunity to take some of it, but chose not to. A few destinations in Asia are also low yielding yet they are connected to LHR.

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by hohd
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?
Replies: 78
Views: 7636

Re: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?

Regarding nonstops from JFK and ATL, what did not work about a decade ago, may work now. Right now AI is in a good position as the only nonstop operator from JFK to India, 9W's best option for US is BOM-JFK with favorable timings on the BOM side for connections. Also the fact that 9W's domestic and ...

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by hohd
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Big cities without any airport
Replies: 83
Views: 5013

Re: Big cities without any airport

Probably the biggest city without any commercial air service is Kanpur, India (it is about 100 kms from Lucknow airport) and its population is about 3 to 4 million. However Kanpur does have an airport, but no commercial service. There could be other cities in Africa, but none comes to my mind.

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by hohd
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?
Replies: 78
Views: 7636

Re: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?

Interesting thread about my favorite airline so thought of posting The main drawback of the entire 9W JV is that there is no choice of timing to the traveller . Now there are a lot of premium pax who are not comfortable flying at wee hours at night . What 9W can do is have something like this BOM 2...

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by hohd
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?
Replies: 78
Views: 7636

Re: Will Jet Airways ever return to the US?

9W should use its extensive code share advantage at AMS to fly to more destinations from AMS to India. They should add HYD and MAA and may be even COK or AMD. I think MAA to AMS would be better than the current MAA to CDG. Also 9W has failed in its US strategy, when AI and AC expanded and increased ...

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by hohd
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute
Replies: 43
Views: 8671

Re: Aeroflot May End Flights to the U.S. in Escalating Dispute

Considering what happened to some transit passengers flying from DEL to JFK recently - who cares. Aeroflot needs to improve its customer service especially during IRROPS.

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by hohd
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 299
Views: 23963

Re: Air India Privatization by June-decision

Indigo has pulled out of the bidding. Says it is only interested in international ops and AI express. And GOI wants bidders to bid on all, not pieces. This narrows it down to Vistara group and Jet group and some other airline groups. Spicejet already declared it is too small.

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by hohd
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK pushed out of top 20
Replies: 14
Views: 3576

Re: JFK pushed out of top 20

JFK has EWR serving international locations and LGA for domestic. So combined NYC may still be the busiest for air travel. And most of the passengers from the 2 NYC airports (except EWR) are O & D passengers. DEL has only one airport and no city close by which has an airport (within 150 mile rad...

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by hohd
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SkyTeam TATL at PHL
Replies: 68
Views: 6084

Re: SkyTeam TATL at PHL

PHL is the poorest big city in the country, but they is still plenty of demand here (which is seeing population boom from higher earning adults moving into gentrified areas) and 5 county area. I've not once flown internationally from Philly- there's no point when you are a 1.5hr train ride to BWI o...

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by hohd
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR gets bad publicity over disabled pax handling.
Replies: 20
Views: 1922

Re: LHR gets bad publicity over disabled pax handling.

This happened to my parents on both occasions when they went through LHR. After waiting for 20 minutes, they gave up and slowly walked to the connection gate. Their connecting flight was already boarding and they had 2.5 hours of connection time.

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by hohd
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss
Replies: 91
Views: 12901

Re: Alaska tells pilots it will post loss

This may have been discussed earlier. But Alaska and JetBlue should start having a code share/marketing alliance/relationship. Their routes don't overlap much and both would gain and this could also stave off the big 4. Who knows, with the code share, JetBlu can think of flying to Europe and Alaska ...

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by hohd
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 299
Views: 23963

Re: Air India Privatization by June

The glorious national carrier might have unpaid bills amounting to Rs. 20,000 crore https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/air-indias-unpaid-bills-likely-to-raise-its-debt-figure/articleshow/62936574.cms For reference AI's annual revenue is ~24,000 crore Wo...

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by hohd
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air India Privatization, by June-decision?
Replies: 299
Views: 23963

Re: Air India Privatization by June

Due to the upcoming elections nothing may be done unless the bidder guarantees that all current employees are retained. However after the elections, GOI has the free hand to do whatever, perhaps that is the best time. As far as the losses in the domestic sector, most AI flights I have taken are near...

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by hohd
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 757
Views: 40303

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2018

Fair enough. Here's what I would say - AI should stick to building the DEL hub and also fly high O&D premium routes form other cities (like CCU-BKK or MAA-SIN or BOM-DXB). The AMD-LHR-EWR and ATQ-BHX flights have been slammed by many and were wrong decisions. So AI shouldn't start MAA-JFK becau...

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by hohd
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline traffic rights: JetBlue targets United's silence over partner Air China’s fifth freedom over PEK-IAH-PTY route
Replies: 66
Views: 8646

Re: Airline traffic rights: JetBlue targets United's silence over partner Air China’s fifth freedom over PEK-IAH-PTY rou

Air China is known for ridiculously cheap fares, much lower than ME3 or probably any other airline serving US. So why would United want Air China on PTY-IAH. Air China would price that sector very low and also transiting via US airports for international passengers is least desirable. Many of Air Ch...

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by hohd
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 84
Views: 9980

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

It is a good decision for AI to increase DEL-SFO to 9 weekly. UA must be watching this with interest. Recently UA has focused on SFO and have started operations to many international cities from SFO. No doubt they may be considering a flight to DEL from SFO. UA and AI's relationship have a arms leng...

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by hohd
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11329

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

There is a difference between 757 and 767. A 767 is far more comfortable, may be even more than 777. If UA flies 767 then it should be considered positive, a good smaller plane, but twin aisle. Now 757 is definitely no better than 739 with a few more seats.

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by hohd
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR
Replies: 126
Views: 16777

Re: Emirates Announces non stop flights to EWR

Considering that a fair number of passengers on the EK EWR flight connect to India, both UA and AI are probably are not very thrilled at this. But timings wise, the EK flight outbound is not very convenient compared to UA and AI (especially for passengers going to BOM).

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by hohd
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 255
Views: 19012

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

About 50 to 60% of US population have passports and this only because of the requirement to use it for travel to Canada and Mexico (by air). However many of the immigrants who have come here after 60's travel out of country a lot. There are all kinds of Americans, and these Americans do travel and i...

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by hohd
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: India Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 757
Views: 40303

Re: India Aviation Thread - 2018

Wow Air India is finally starting DEL-LAX. However I think that a Hollywood Bollywood route might have been better. anyone would like to agree with me? Not sure about DEL-LAX route. With the oil prices rising again, this ULH flight (the longest for AI) may not be profitable. SF is doing well and th...

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by hohd
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh
Replies: 23
Views: 2763

Re: Open Sky between India and Bangladesh

Current bilaterals allow for more flights from other cities (except Kolkata) in India to DAC and Chittagong. So if any airline is interested they can start service. For example, Maldivian is the only airline flying DAC-MAA, and no other airline wants to start this service. If Bangladesh is serious, ...

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by hohd
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?
Replies: 65
Views: 9839

Re: Are Indian operations profitable for United Airlines?

I flew both airlines on the EWR-BOM-EWR sectors. UA's timings arriving into BOM is not convenient for connections, but onboard service was fair. The FA's were indifferent and IFE average, but food surprisingly good and the baggage allowance (for non-elites) is only one bag. Almost every time I flew ...

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by hohd
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hainan flight to Antarctica
Replies: 5
Views: 2002

Re: Hainan flight to Antarctica

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42388788

Here is a link posted in English on BBC. It was a tourist flight from Hong Kong.
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42388788

Here is a link posted in English on BBC. It was a tourist flight from Hong Kong.

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by hohd
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans A350 LAX-PVG service
Replies: 38
Views: 7351

Re: Delta plans A350 LAX-PVG service

It will be a bloodbath on fares. With the Chinese carriers routinely offering sub 600 (even 500) fares to PVG, and they discount business class too, DL has to heavily rely on its US based FF members to fly DL for miles/upgrades.

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by hohd
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Xian
Replies: 108
Views: 19662

Re: United ending Xian

With Air China offering crazy low fares, UA found it hard to compete. I recently saw a sub 600 fare to DEL via PEK on Air China from IAH and another sub 600 fare to Wuhan and Xian.

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by hohd
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 10563

Re: Why no United to Africa?

UA pulled out because of double whammy at that time, temporary trouble with repatriation of funds and lack of accepting payment in the local currency, and oil price drop. But now with the oil prices stabilizing, and now the repatriation issue going away, UA may look at IAH-LOS again. Generally UA ha...

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by hohd
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to Panama via Houston?
Replies: 81
Views: 12848

Re: Air China to Panama via Houston?

I flew Air China from/to IAH to PEK, the flight was 90% full, but most of it I suspect were filled with low fares. Often Air china has the lowest fares to SE Asia, China, Hong Kong and India from IAH. As far as tag on, US transit visa hassles would make it somewhat difficult especially since most of...

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by hohd
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 92
Views: 17040

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger

Also the court was correct is siding with Kuwait airways. Many Euro carriers do not allow citizens of certain countries to not even transit or some require transit visas.

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by hohd
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger
Replies: 92
Views: 17040

Re: Court rules in favor of Kuwait Airways when it decided not to carry a Israeli passenger

Since 24 September 2017, per presidential executive order nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen will be refused transport into the US by any carriers unless they hold permanent residency status. This decision is temporary until these countries comply wi...

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by hohd
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA adding DFW-KEF
Replies: 171
Views: 19397

Re: AA adding DFW-KEF

The demand for low cost travel from and to DFW area to/from Europe is far greater than travel from various cities in the US to Iceland. Europeans like to travel and Americans not as much. Whatever little O & D travel there is it will be adequately met by one of the two Icelandic carriers or AA. ...

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by hohd
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Thai Airways (TG) confirms intent to return to the US
Replies: 179
Views: 20312

Re: Thai Airways hopes to return to US - nonstop to California/New York

BKK-LAX can be profitable for TG especially now there are no US carriers, and if TG can forge a code share relationship with anyone in LAX (not necessarily UA, could be even DL or AA or Alaska). However with carriers like Air China offering ridiculously low fare (I wonder how they can sustain these ...

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by hohd
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should AS look at an East Coast hub
Replies: 101
Views: 10493

Re: Should AS look at at East Coast hub

Does any think that AS and JetBlue can code share flights and have a strong FF partnership. This will counter the big 4 airlines. Currently they are rivals but don't have much of an overlap, perhaps this relationship could be ideal. Would DOJ allow this.

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by hohd
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5810

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

I don't see UA even considering a flight to HKG, PVG more likely than HKG. But some one like Hong Kong airlines might start service. Everyone is only looking at connections on the IAH side, but in reality most of the connections are in Hong Kong, to China and SE Asia.

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by hohd
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why long haul planes sit for a long time on ground...?
Replies: 41
Views: 10105

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

Correction this flight arrives in DEL at 2:50 pm (not 7 pm) which is great for connections to many cities in India and other countries. For this particular flight it is fine. With the 4 to 6 hour layover at JFK, the flight will seldom arrive late at DEL.

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by hohd
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?
Replies: 120
Views: 14522

Re: Which US Airport Has the Poential to Become the Next Hub?

TPA as a UA hub or mini hub. UA does not have a SE hub now, I know TPA is bit far south, but that is the best city since it has strong O & D and connections would be icing on the cake. Birmingham would be second choice. Another one is STL as a hub come back for any airline which is interested, m...

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by hohd
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?
Replies: 53
Views: 5810

Re: Why no IAH-HKG on UA or CX?

DFW to HKG has no bearing on a potential IAH to HKG flight. I think HKG is probably the only large city in Asia now which lacks non stop flight to IAH. You can add ICN to the list, but HKG appears to have more potential. Recently flew to HKG from IAH, I was surprised at the number of connecting pass...

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by hohd
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 34
Views: 4908

Re: Air service between India and China

Bilateral trade between India and China is about 75 billion USD with bulk of it as Indian imports. It has rapidly increased from negligible in 80's to where it is now, China is India's one of the largest trading partners and India is No. 11 in bilateral trade and No. 7 in exports. So there is a sign...

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by hohd
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX PEK flown only by Air China?
Replies: 27
Views: 4975

Re: LAX PEK flown only by Air China?

Until recently LAX-HKG was only flown by CX (4x daily), but I think recently AA and CX swapped one flight and now AA has a flight to HKG. Neither UA or DL have shown interest on this route either. Also Air China is incredibly cheap (it is more like a ULCC carrier in costs), so it is tough to compete...

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by hohd
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air service between India and China
Replies: 34
Views: 4908

Re: Air service between India and China

If Chinese carriers want to increase service they can introduce wide bodies on some of the existing narrow body service routes. And also code share on the AI flights and may be willing to code share on other Indian carriers who may want to start service to China, all of course subject to approval. T...

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by hohd
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Philippine Airlines considering ORD and IAH
Replies: 14
Views: 2558

Re: Philippine Airlines considering ORD and IAH

Recently flew on Air China from IAH to Beijing and a good portion of the travelers were going to Manila. However the fares were dirt cheap, which explains why so many were using Air China. Manila is a VFR low fare destination.

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by hohd
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Announces DFW
Replies: 90
Views: 9621

Re: Icelandair Announces DFW

The aircraft is going to spend 20 hours in DFW ? Or is there a mistake in the schedule. Not very efficient if it is correct.

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by hohd
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops
Replies: 111
Views: 13210

Re: Norwegian identifies CHI, WAS, MSY, and Texas as next target markets for US ops

For Texas I see SAT as a good choice, no competition from any Euro carriers. Plus they are 1.5 to 2 hours from Austin and only 2 to 2.5 hours from Western Suburbs of Houston and people will drive if the fare is low enough. For Chicago area, MKE would be a good choice, they will be MKE origin market,...

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by hohd
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL adds JFK - LOS
Replies: 71
Views: 11938

Re: DL adds JFK - LOS

I don't think ATL-LOS flight is doing well even with all the connections, including from IAH, who I suspect most have migrated to ME3 or European carriers. Otherwise why would DL cut ATL service and replace it with JFK service. ATL does not any significant O & D while JFK has a good amount for i...

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by hohd
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again
Replies: 45
Views: 9749

Re: Rumor: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again.

AI is considering IAH or DFW for its next expansion to USA, which I don't think is a good idea due to the long distance from DEL. If EK brings back 388, this should discourage AI from even thinking about it. Also with the laptop ban gone, EK may be thinking ahead.

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by hohd
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas
Replies: 133
Views: 14432

Re: Airports shared between two metropolitan areas

Perfect example is Midland/Odessa airport, this airport is almost equidistant to both cities (slightly closer to Midland), but given the area's isolation, the airport serves it quite well. An airport between SLC and Provo (may be in Sandy area), would be great as it would serve Southern areas of SLC...

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