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by commavia
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smaller Hub Cities?
Replies: 32
Views: 2493

Re: Smaller Hub Cities?

The big thing to understand about DL & SLC is the population of the Wasatch Front has more than doubled since Western Airlines began utilizing it 35 years ago. By comparison CVG, STL, PIT, CLE & even MEM have become much more stagnant. According to the SLC airport website, SLC handled over ...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

Who are you to say it should never have been that low? I'm a person sharing my opinion - that's who. Have a different opinion? Fine. I think history speaks for itself. The competitive and pricing environment in the domestic airline industry for the first three decades of deregulation was uneconomic...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Smaller Hub Cities?
Replies: 32
Views: 2493

Re: Smaller Hub Cities?

It is true that smaller hubs face the handicap of generating a lower volume of O&D, which tends - in general - to be higher yielding. But I would submit that the far larger reason why smaller hubs have essentially vanished in the U.S. is economies of scale. It is simply no longer efficient to op...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

This is what happens when you create oligopolies. Reduce competition and than you can royally screw your patrons. This is just diluting the offering to passengers. Today business class passengers can say 'why should I be concerned, it does not affect me'. But once the airlines begin on this path of...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

In my experience, it's not the company that decides the travel policy per se but rather an appointed delegate like a travel department. Their performance is usually measured strictly on how successfully they manage travel cost from year to year. Inevitably this person sits at the corporate HQ and h...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

[And, after all, nobody is forcing anyone to pay any of these fares. Air travel isn't a constitutional right. And for the vast majority of U.S. air travelers today, there is competition among at least 3-4 airlines on the city pair they are traveling. Excluding Alaska and Hawaii, there are extremely...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

You're missing the point. This new fare will not lower prices all it will do is make the current economy fare have less options, forcing people who care about carry on bags or seat selection to pay more for the flight. This is basically a hidden fee. Pay more for what you used to get. The airlines ...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Re: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

flyguy84 wrote:
So essentially followed UAs lead...


I think it's more accurate to say that both AA and United are following Delta's lead on this one.

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy
Replies: 127
Views: 10474

Official: AA Introduces Basic Economy

No surprise, well telegraphed that it was coming ... now official: American Airlines Introduces New Basic Economy Fare http://news.aa.com/press-releases/press-release-details/2017/American-Airlines-Introduces-New-Basic-Economy-Fare/default.aspx * On sale 10 Feb in select markets * Seats auto-assigne...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?

AA has a new GSA and hired an Indian chef. I remain unconvinced. I'll wait for the press release. :)

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Applies For LAX-PEK
Replies: 172
Views: 34566

Re: AA Applies For LAX-PEK

It has been 32 days since the DOT's final order awarding AA LAX-PEK, and the mandated startup date is rapidly approaching. In an almost certain attempt to get its positions on record in a public docket in anticipation of an almost inevitable request for a startup delay on LAX-PEK, AA filed an answer...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?
Replies: 22
Views: 2583

Re: Is AA planning a new route to Indian Sub Continent?

I agree that AA is a much different carrier - with overall lower costs and a stronger network, and a far more competitive longhaul fleet - than it was five years ago. But even with that, I share others' skepticism about the viability of an AA nonstop to India. Up against Air India and the ME3, it's ...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

One huge strategic difference which turned out to be large advantage for United was that it recognized early and pursued routes that overflew Japan and sought to serve growing number of Asian cities directly from the US. By the late 1990s with growing 777 fleet, UA was able to shift capacity away f...

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by commavia
Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

I've never understood what forced DL to get rid of their NRT mini-hub. Everyone keeps saying that had to, or whatever. What is set in stone that said they had to downsize NRT? It's pretty simple, really. Northwest's NRT hub was highly successful when Northwest had several meaningful, significant an...

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by commavia
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW Airline of the Year: AA
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: ATW Airline of the Year: AA

Congratulations, indeed. It's pretty obvious that AA still has major work to do - in several areas including operational reliability and resiliency, and brand and product consistency. But I also think it's pretty hard to argue that - as the ATW Editorial Board stated - AA's merger integration thus f...

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by commavia
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ
Replies: 48
Views: 7735

Re: AA Worst Airline in US per WSJ

Nothing Delta has done to operate efficiently is magic beans and secret sauce, American could do the same tomorrow with enough determination. Now that they're finally consolidating EVERYTHING to one operating standard, and all employees rowing together I fully expect American's statisticis to impro...

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by commavia
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta TPAC Future
Replies: 54
Views: 8226

Re: Delta TPAC Future

HND is an odd situation. I don't understand how it couldn't work out. It is close to the Tokyo City Center, by 46km, and it arrives early afternoon, so there are plenty of options to connect to other cities in Japan and Asia. The only downside is you can't connect to other DL flights unless you mak...

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by commavia
Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta TPAC Future
Replies: 54
Views: 8226

Re: Delta TPAC Future

Withdrawing entirely from Japan except for LAX? No way. Things aren't as dire as you think, and there is no way DL is giving HND to AA without getting something in return. Agree on all counts. I have no doubt that MSP-HND is a suboptimal financial performer - it caters to minimal connectivity on th...

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by commavia
Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta TPAC Future
Replies: 54
Views: 8226

Re: Delta TPAC Future

I mean, I honestly don't understand what DL is doing in SEA if their goal wasn't to focus on generating "costly" feed to fill their international capacity. That's pretty much the stated plan...... So, on that one, you may be right, but that's also what's happening, which goes against the ...

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by commavia
Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta TPAC Future
Replies: 54
Views: 8226

Re: Delta TPAC Future

This has been discussed for well over 5 years now at least. The most reasonable/insightful opinion on this subject is probably from COMMAVIA. Look up his posts and voilà. Kind words - appreciate that. Thank you. I don't really see any real structural reason why SEA isn't as suitable of a TPAC hub a...

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by commavia
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 189
Views: 27803

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

It's so odd the RDU route was announced in the press release like its new news.. the route was announced in Oct of last year It's P.R. - and Delta is actually particularly great at it ("Seattle's largest global airline," etc.). In other thoughts, I'm trying to figure out where would be th...

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by commavia
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?
Replies: 52
Views: 4627

Re: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?

Which, if we'll be honest, doesn't mean much of anything... as it's strictly a factor of geography, and not a measure of the market's prowess in any real way. And again, I doubt even that claim will hold; as the typical gauge in EWR rises from 77E to 77W, while DTW's shrinks from 744s to A359s. It ...

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by commavia
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?
Replies: 52
Views: 4627

Re: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?

DTW is certainly not the largest US carrier gateway to Asia by destinations, and I'm guessing not by seats either. UA@EWR: EWR-HKG EWR-NRT EWR-BOM EWR-DEL EWR-PEK EWR-PVG ...can even toss EWR-TLV, if ya want to be technical. Allow me to rephrase - DTW is the largest U.S. carrier transpacific gatewa...

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by commavia
Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA upgauging LAX-DEN 4/4/17
Replies: 16
Views: 2589

Re: AA upgauging LAX-DEN 4/4/17

Aren't customers better served with five flights than three? Maybe, maybe not. Given the facility constraints at LAX, AA may well be better served by 3 instead of 5, and feels that it can still capture a similar share of the market even with two less frequencies. Going from 5 E175s to 3 A319s, AA c...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?
Replies: 52
Views: 4627

Re: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?

First of all, Delta left the JFK-NRT market due to ANA starting JFK-HND. Could no longer justify a premium in the NYC-TYO where HND is the preferred airport. I think it was both. The entrance of ANA on JFK-HND certainly didn't help, but the continued weakening of beyond-NRT connectivity obviously h...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa buying Air Berlin?
Replies: 24
Views: 5128

Re: Lufthansa buying Air Berlin?

I agree with others that regulatory approval would likely be quite challenging, time-consuming and risky, and almost certainly involve concessions. The only way I could seeing it making sense for Lufthansa to pursue an acquisition of Air Berlin outright would be if Etihad had realistically found an ...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?
Replies: 52
Views: 4627

Re: Is is possible for DL to resume DTW-HKG? Begin DTW-MNL?

Personally, as the market develops and Delta gets arguably more optimal aircraft (A350), I think the resumption of DTW-HKG is plausible. While it's true that the direct commercial linkages aren't there like with, for example, Japan, HKG is obviously a massive market at the heart of a region that is ...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

On a related note, it continues to surprise me that Delta maintains two Sky Clubs at NRT - that would seem like an opportunity to reduce the station's overhead costs. I guess Delta feels that, even with its NRT schedule way down from its peak, one club wouldn't be sufficient to handle the afternoon ...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 189
Views: 27803

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

DTW is the Asia hub for BNA and to a lesser extent for AUS. It thus makes sense that that would not take up a prime Asia connecting "slot" with these flights. O&D and PNW connections are far more important, especially for BNA which has only limited connections available at SLC because...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US unions suing the Obama administration
Replies: 25
Views: 3528

Re: US unions suing the Obama administration

The problem with flight attendants (and pilots for that matter) is that it's a job where 20 years of experience doesn't make a difference over 10 years of experience. So why should salaries go up and up with seniority, for the same job, same responsibilities ? I think that is somewhat debatable in ...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 189
Views: 27803

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

Schedules for (mostly) this latest round of SEA expansion are loaded and available for sale. A few interesting, if not necessarily surprising, notes: * Delta appears to have scheduled the new AUS and BNA routes like MKE - ~1700 SEA departures, late morning SEA arrivals - so these flights will be tim...

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by commavia
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US unions suing the Obama administration
Replies: 25
Views: 3528

Re: US unions is suing the Obama administration

Given the potential ramifications for their membership, do the unions really have a choice? Long shot odds of any success with the lawsuit or not, the impact of Norwegian's flights could be significant and change the outlook for the profession and for union members. The probability of the lawsuit b...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

I'd argue that DL did find what Korean needed.... but (as any salesperson can tell you), sometimes what entities need and what they want , don't always coincide. And with respect, I'd argue that that is probably a very Delta-centric view. I'm sure I could find a few people walking the halls of Kore...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

Of course, the difference there is that DL has successfully cultivated and sustained J/Vs of various types (equity stakes, equal partner ventures, etc) with airlines from all over the world. They've been able to find what multiple other carriers need in a metal-neutral partner (investment, capacity...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK/ORD - HKG on AA?
Replies: 77
Views: 8556

Re: JFK/ORD - HKG on AA?

You. AA's MCE cabin is quite comfortable as far as Y goes. I'd take it over CX. More legroom in MCE, wi-fi, reasonably equal IFE. Plus wi-fi. Shocking but many would also prefer AA J over CX. Not sure why CX is so universally worshipped here. Indeed. Having flown longhaul on AA's 77Ws numerous time...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US unions suing the Obama administration
Replies: 25
Views: 3528

Re: US unions is suing the Obama administration

The Obama Administration's interpretation of the U.S.-E.U. civil aviation bilateral treaty, upon which it based its decision to permit NAI flights to the U.S., is - to my knowledge - the same interpretation as virtually every independent, objective entity other than the labor unions. As such, it's h...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's Going In CLE - Part 14
Replies: 206
Views: 21687

Re: What's Going In CLE - Part 14

Any news/updates on when (if?) AA will be moving to C?

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

Just wondering if you had the sort of flight times (departure and arrival) for the two banks, just kindof curious but could not find them anywhere. If I remember correctly, the banks were traditionally - both during the Northwest and then Delta eras - scheduled as roughly: 14:00-15:00 Asia & Ha...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Worst-Timed Commerical Flights
Replies: 108
Views: 13825

Re: Worst-Timed Commerical Flights

Have AA/UA/CO ever done a Texas-Boston redeye? In the modern era, AA since the merger has adopted the USAirways practice of "flex" scheduling - drawing down frequency and capacity in and out of hubs on particularly slow traffic days (i.e., Christmas Day, Tuesdays in January, etc.) and ram...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

The only other thing I'd point out on MNL is that there's at least some evidence that the hub is less important to it than some other markets. NW ran it through NGO on and off, which made a certain amount of sense given the much smaller but higher-yielding nature of NGO, but that also foreclosed co...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

perhaps SIN and/or MNL are different because of the difficulty of serving those routes economically from the mainland. Indeed - although, as said, I thought the same about BKK and TPE. My long-held expectation was that NRT would get down to the U.S. hubs plus HNL on one side, and SIN, BKK, MNL and ...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

Things are warming up with KE no? A JV with KE to serve Southeast Asia, a JV with MU to serve China, and NRT (or preferably HND) as an O&D station would make DL a very strong player in Asia so kudos to them for taking some of the necessary steps already. Personally, I'd say it slightly differen...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

I'm sure others will have more details than I do, but I don't think it wasn't a lack of trying on DL's end. I think DL pushed equally hard for a JV with KE, but KE just wasn't really all that interested until its recent financial woes. Well that's certainly how we've heard Delta (and Delta fans her...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta ending Taipei service
Replies: 100
Views: 14956

Re: Delta ending Taipei service

Sad if true, but not entirely surprising. I will admit that I believed NRT-TPE could still work with a 767 long-term, but then I also thought the same about BKK, and I never though Delta would entirely cancel JFK-NRT. At this point, I guess I am a bit surprised that Delta is cancelling TPE but not M...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN
Replies: 37
Views: 5388

Re: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN

Is there really a market for non-stop SEA to South East Asia? No, not really - at least not sufficiently large and sufficiently premium to justify the extremely high costs of such a long sector. Thus the skepticism of many about a route like that ever being viable. Personally, I have a hard time im...

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by commavia
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN
Replies: 37
Views: 5388

Re: Possibility of Delta launching SEA-SIN

I share others' skepticism about the viability of a Delta nonstop from the U.S. to SIN, at least from SEA. The only two U.S. gateway markets that I could ever see plausibly supporting a U.S. carrier nonstop flight to SIN are SFO and LAX - and SFO is obviously already (well) spoken for.

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by commavia
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 189
Views: 27803

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

No disagreement that the SEA hub was conceived to support the Pacific flights, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Pacific flights are now viewed as contributing to the SEA hub instead of vice versa. Fair. I'll maintain my belief that LAX, not SEA, will be the source of any future major Pacific expa...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)
Replies: 189
Views: 27803

Re: DL SEA Domestic Expansion (again)

I disagree. DL's added a ton of domestic stuff since its last round of Asian adds and has made it clear that the domestic stuff has far exceeded its expectations. Meanwhile, it's been ho hum on the Asian stuff, other than to say the FIS is too constrained to consider additional routes. Meanwhile, O...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta
Replies: 38
Views: 9714

Re: Croatia Airlines Sells LHR Slots to Delta

I guess DL can move these around with the VS and AF/KL pool to optimise them for long-haul use to the US. True, although it will be interesting to see how Delta - and presumably its partners - elect to do so given that the slot pair apparently doesn't include two of the busiest and most important d...

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by commavia
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/17: A whole new world!
Replies: 107
Views: 13105

Re: Irish 1/17: A whole new world!

At present there is no business case for either the A330neo or A350 for Aer Lingus according to the CEO, he cited fuel and ownership costs as factors. I think we can expect Aer Lingus to stick with the A333 as their widebody of choice well into the next decade unfortunately. The airline will take d...

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