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by commavia
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

I was thinking maybe something along a "Midwest Triangle" and ORD feeds DL's two other Midwest hubs (MSP and DTW). Chicago is a huge city that deserves attention from all 3 legacy carriers, so I don't see anything bad with DL expanding into ORD. So essentially ... what already exists now....

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by commavia
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/24/2017: UA Drops IAH-CCS, PY Adds SFB, DL Adds Summer SLC-ASE
Replies: 43
Views: 6366

Re: OAG Changes 2/24/2017: UA Drops IAH-CCS, PY Adds SFB, DL Adds Summer SLC-ASE

There is more than enough business to justify the route the flight on most days goes out completely full. The problem UA is having like all airlines is being able to repatriate revenue sold in Venezuelan currency. So far there has been no internal announcement that this route is being canceled so t...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Essential Air Service Program
Replies: 38
Views: 4361

Re: Essential Air Service Program

You won't see EAS go away--we've been having this same discussion for years--but it wouldn't surprise me to see changes to the program. :checkmark: As much as I agree about some EAS markets being a complete and utter waste of taxpayer money, I also agree that the best we're ever likely to see is fu...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/24/2017: UA Drops IAH-CCS, PY Adds SFB, DL Adds Summer SLC-ASE
Replies: 43
Views: 6366

Re: OAG Changes 2/24/2017: UA Drops IAH-CCS, PY Adds SFB, DL Adds Summer SLC-ASE

AA MIA-CHS APR 2>3 MAY 1.1>3 If I'm reading correctly, it looks like the ultimate result is that the market goes from the current 2x daily E175 to 3x daily E145, for a net loss of 2 seats - better frequency with almost no change in overall capacity, but loss of F. B6 JFK-SJU MAY 6>5 It seems like J...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

Wouldn't more DL flights at ORD give international connecting passengers from KLM and Air France more options? Yes, just as adding more domestic routes could also, theoretically, cater to connections. The challenge is that this directly bypasses the massive connecting hubs that Delta (and all netwo...

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

70 flights daily is way more than a spoke No it's not. It's a large spoke. I'd submit that what differentiates a "focus city" or "hub" is some type of logical, conscious connecting scheduling. That does not exist for Delta at ORD, nor do I suspect it will anytime soon - if ever....

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: St Vincent & Grenadines opens new International Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 2192

Re: St Vincent & Grenadines opens new International Airport

BA promised 2X weekly from LGW via some other point, most likely BGI. I expect B6 and AA to also start service. Nothing until W17/18 though as schedules have been loaded in for the summer. :checkmark: A few flights per week from BA (LGW via BGI), AA/Eagle (MIA) and JetBlue (JFK) all seem plausible.

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

70 or so flights per day is a focus city. No it's not. As the other poster said, that's a large and important spoke. When Delta starts meaningfully and consciously building connections over ORD, we can call it a "focus city." Until then, it's the same thing that DFW is for Delta, or MCO i...

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Plans to Trounce AA in Chicago
Replies: 54
Views: 11608

Re: UA Plans to Trounce AA in Chicago

Sounds like the handwriting is on the wall. AA may have to redeploy assets elsewhere when Kirby is done. Perhaps they can resurrect the old TWA hub at STL if they can compete with WN. Otherwise MKE, IND, or OMA might be options for a new midwest hub. :roll: No, as has been discussed at length in th...

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

ORD will be a large/important "SPOKE" in the DL network. The shuttle to LGA at the MAT is great! You can't beat the schedule to ATL and JFK. CVG, MSP, DTW, and SLC hold their own. Just add a few flights to BOS/LAX/RDU/SEA and possibly LHR JV, and ORD is set. Approximately 70 flights per d...

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by commavia
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US airline shops for branded merch, any real revenue?
Replies: 12
Views: 2258

Re: US airline shops for branded merch, any real revenue?

Not sure if this is still the case, but my recollection is that - at least in the past - AA's merchandise store (online and physical) effectively served as the primary revenue source for AA's C.R. Smith Museum museum near DFW and the airline's headquarters.

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by commavia
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare
Replies: 101
Views: 20616

Re: Delta's Plans for Chicago O'Hare

drdisque wrote:
ORD-LGA does not run with CRJ's. It has always been E170/5.

ORD-JFK has been CR9 for about a decade.


I remember when the sum total of Delta's entire presence in the CHI-NYC market was a single daily 727 ORD-JFK. My, how times change!

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by commavia
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American upgauges DFW-COU
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

Re: American upguages DFW-COU

AA has done quite well at these underserved Midwest markets from DFW, and to a lesser extent ORD. Hopefully more routes will happen! Indeed. AA's success in many smaller Midwest markets has been impressive - but insight, probably shouldn't be all that surprising considering the natural network adva...

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by commavia
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is IAD struggling?
Replies: 144
Views: 16562

Re: Why is IAD struggling?

Metro being completed to IAD will indeed likely have little effect on the convenience of getting there. When the Silver Line reaches IAD, there will be TWENTY-ONE stations--count 'em on the DC Metrorail map-- between IAD and Metro Center. 21. Add a connection and three more if you want to get to Un...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newark airport breaks 40 mil for the first time
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: Newark airport breaks 40 mil for the first time

I'm sure this will do wonders for on-time reliability and the overall travel experience at EWR ;)

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

To that list, I will add that regional carriers simply chose to get in bed with the major carriers which guaranteed them revenue instead of the regional carriers developing their own markets. I suspect that's because the cost of "developing their own markets" is extremely high, particular...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

This is a very interesting discussion. There are so many small airports in the country, and many of them seem so underutilized. One issue I see is lack of reliable public transportation to/from these small airports. If people have to use their cars to get to/from an airport they would just drive th...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

I read your post quite well but fully disagree with it. Even factoring in the increase in pilot wages, I don't doubt that it's ever been cheaper to operate into local airports -- adjusted for inflation, things like airport charges, ground staffing, etc. are at historic lows while fuel, etc. are sim...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

It's doubtful this is the reason why: (1) Regional service began declining in an era when pilot labor was cheap and plentiful, (2) When regional flights "ruled" in the 1990s, LF were 20-30 points lower than they are today. Using averages, it took 6-7 prop flights to carry the same number ...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Another AA leader leaves for UA
Replies: 29
Views: 6758

Re: Another AA leader leaves for UA

Makes sense. Another person leaves ... for a promotion and raise.

On a related note ... too bad they let Virasb Vahidi leave. Talk about talent worth retaining ...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5291

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

Explain to me how exactly does a work group "move on" from being cheated by their management team, not getting any of all that back, being given "raises" that don't equate to pre bankruptcy pay, being told that they don't contribute to the bottom line while watching current exec...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5291

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

Nobody is ever happy. Workers want bigger raises. Managers want even bigger raises and bonuses. The BOD and investors want bigger returns. Each wants it on the backs of the other. Pattern bargaining means there will be times you will be at the top--if you are the first to negotiate. And their will ...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Triples 7s ever in PHL
Replies: 15
Views: 2041

Re: AA Triples 7s ever in PHL

As cross-scheduling becomes more prevalent, I could easily envision PHL-LHR and CLT-LHR both going mostly or entirely 772.

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA 787s - will ever fly out of MIA?
Replies: 20
Views: 2939

Re: AA 787s - will ever fly out of MIA?

It seems unlikely that AA would use the 787 much, if at all, in and out of MIA in the near term because, as said, all of AA's current longhaul missions out of that hub are well within the economical range of other AA widebodies including the 777 and A330. Longer-term, if/when AA pursues nonstop mark...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5291

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

True but let's use some critical thinking here. AA employees gave up a lot to keep AA from filing bankruptcy and the executives took bonuses...nowfast forward, bankruptcy filed, merger happened etc...and what the workgroups are saying is that promises were made and they're broken, how would you fee...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

Labor?? The cost of labor has dropped sharply from 30 years ago; at small, medium and even some large airports, the legacies share contractors that utilize barebone crews that earn near minimum wage (no benefits). 30 years ago, most of these airports were staffed with highly-compensated mainline em...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW
Replies: 13
Views: 2611

Re: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW

1990 saw American go big at LGW......then in 91 they got into LHR and retrenched Gatters ! AA46 ORD and AA86 ORD from memory were launched at LGW in 1990 to compliment AA50 and AA78 from DFW. JFK-LGW was also launched the same year but alas my paper timetables were binned :( From what I could find,...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5291

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

Labor wanted Doug and they got Doug. I always thought of him as the low end of airline management, but that's my opinion. In fairness, I think Parker has - overall - actually done a good job so far. As Air Transport World articulated, the merger integration thus far has been among the smoothest in ...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's Latest Widebody Schedule
Replies: 20
Views: 3869

Re: DL's Latest Widebody Schedule

Routes like HNL-Japan and NRT-Asia are likely to remain 763ER low-J. ... if such routes stick around at all. I suspect that a significant contributor to the economics of these markets is the relatively low ownership and operating costs of appropriately-configured (high-density) aircraft that are ne...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Labor upset at the NEW American...
Replies: 37
Views: 5291

Re: Labor upset at the NEW American...

Meaningless "no confidence" votes aside, as said previously elsewhere, it seems pretty clear that the pilots' main complaint is simply that they want more money. Which is understandable - everybody wants to get paid more. But, alas, you live by pattern bargaining, you die by pattern bargai...

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by commavia
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW
Replies: 13
Views: 2611

Re: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW

AA operated BNA-LGW around 1997/8. I was living in London at the time and there were advertisements on taxicabs for AA's service to Nashville and its extensive London to USA route network at the time. Source? I can find multiple sources (including here and here ) confirming that AA's BNA-LGW route ...

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by commavia
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

In short, it seems to me a serious failure of the industry to fall down on continuing to provide economical 19-30 seat aircraft. I don't agree at all with the premise that the decline in small turborprop air service in the U.S. represents a "failure" at all, but if it does represent a &qu...

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by commavia
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.
Replies: 55
Views: 6206

Re: Did the regional jet kill off service to many local airports.

There use to be more airlines service in smaller markets than there is today. Did the regional jet play a major role in service to many tiny markets being cut because these planes were just to costly to serve these markets. If airlines would have continued to use more 19 to 30 seat turboprops would...

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by commavia
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW
Replies: 13
Views: 2611

Re: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW

American did operate ORD to LGW in the early 1990's for a very short period up untill they got rights to serve ORD to LHR, I do believe it only lasted a month or so untill AA gained route authority on ORD to LHR . I stand corrected - you are right. AA operated ORD-LGW for a period of one month - on...

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by commavia
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW
Replies: 13
Views: 2611

Re: American Airlines 1987-1997 LGW

Thank you for the information, I am interested in the 1990s mostly and the ORD, RDU and JFK flights. I very well may be wrong, but I do not believe AA ever operated ORD-LGW. If it did, it did so for a very brief period. AA did, however, operate ORD-STN - also for a very brief period beginning 15 Ju...

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by commavia
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China applies for Shenzhen-LAX
Replies: 32
Views: 3880

Re: Air China applies for Shenzhen-LAX

I wonder if AA will object to this application as well because it still can't get slots at PEK :) What makes it more favorable for CA besides possible state subsidies? The same dynamics that favor Chinese flag carriers for virtually all routes between the U.S. and secondary Chinese cities. Namely, t...

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by commavia
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/17/2017:AC Moves YOW to EWR,VX Shrinks DAL,NK Cuts Some Markets
Replies: 71
Views: 9127

Re: OAG Changes 2/17/2017:AC Moves YOW to EWR,VX Shrinks DAL,NK Cuts Some Markets

The big news is the AA DFW schedule update - Where are the 50 seaters? They're almost all gone from DFW. I am having trouble finding cities that just have 50 seaters out of DFW now - there are only a handful. Essential Air Service markets GRI and JLN are seeing 2x daily CR9s. Every place in the Mid...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 2/17/2017:AC Moves YOW to EWR,VX Shrinks DAL,NK Cuts Some Markets
Replies: 71
Views: 9127

Re: OAG Changes 2/17/2017:AC Moves YOW to EWR,VX Shrinks DAL,NK Cuts Some Markets

I don't think most people would opt to fly BOS-ORD/DFW-ZRH. I know AA has a JV with BA who has up to 4x daily BOS-LHR and can connect passengers to their network, as well as IB BOS-MAD daily. But 2x daily on JFK-BOS when both DL & B6 (who are also both in the LGA-BOS market) are like 7x daily i...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca to start BOG-MVD
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Avianca to start BOG-MVD

AV109 BOG 22:20 07:01 MVD A320 D AV110 MVD 07:49 12:37 BOG A320 D Interesting that with that schedule, there are a variety of U.S. markets that connect with MVD in one direction or the other, but the only U.S. market - unless I'm missing one - that connects conveniently with that schedule both ways...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-BNA
Replies: 53
Views: 5889

Re: Delta adds RDU-BNA

I think it's even more interesting how AA just lets other airlines come in and do what they want here. You'd think they'd actually try to compete just a little. Seems if it's not a hub, AA could care less about the market even though it's one of the biggest AA stations in the network. The only majo...

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by commavia
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta adds RDU-BNA
Replies: 53
Views: 5889

Re: Delta adds RDU-BNA

Interesting add ... I remember in the late 1990s when RDU-BNA was 3x daily with American Eagle SAAB 340s :)

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by commavia
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday
Replies: 143
Views: 20496

Re: American Airlines pilots say CEO should’ve met with Trump

None of us know the whole/real story. But it's funny - one of the themes Parker has repeatedly mentioned is the need to continue improving the company's culture, including instilling in managers a new, collaborative mindset about working with the rank-and-file. Indeed, he was probably making precise...

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by commavia
Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders
Replies: 166
Views: 25956

Re: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders

oosnowrat wrote:
AS had no problem operating MD-80s next to the 737s for 20+ years.


And how many MD-80s does Alaska operate today next to 737s?

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by commavia
Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fokker F100s - Sent Away Too Soon?
Replies: 64
Views: 9288

Re: AA Fokker F100s - Sent Away Too Soon?

Yes, it was very clear that the industry was moving toward greater numbers of 70-ish-seat aircraft. Thus my earlier point. Good - I'm glad we finally agree on that point. No inconsistency. It wasn't entirely clear how that was going to happen; the original US Airways "Plan B" proposed aft...

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by commavia
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Fokker F100s - Sent Away Too Soon?
Replies: 64
Views: 9288

Re: AA Fokker F100s - Sent Away Too Soon?

But to be fair, large RJs, including 2-class RJs, were already beginning to proliferate by the early-to-mid 2000s. And while it's true that the vast majority of AA's RJ fleet at the time was single-class, 37-50-seat jets, the direction in which the industry was heading - in terms of mainline scope ...

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by commavia
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders
Replies: 166
Views: 25956

Re: AS Looking to Cancel VX Airbus Orders

I think Tilden is going to shoot himself in the foot by not giving the A321s a chance. The aircraft has proven is superiority over the 900er. I just think it's asinine. We were told that they would evaluate the Airbus fleet and that it would be around for a long while. But it seems that Alaska is p...

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by commavia
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday
Replies: 143
Views: 20496

Re: Trump to Meet with Airline CEOs Thursday

It sounds like two of the major focus areas of the meeting were the FAA and ATC modernization, and infrastructrue. That shouldn't be all that surprising, given that these are arguably not that contentious of issues - just about all airlines want better infrastructure, and essentially the entire indu...

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