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by Wingtips56
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?
Replies: 110
Views: 14750

Re: Will we ever see an Airbus 380 stretch ?

I doubt we will. That's not to say that there won't ever be a demand for an airplane that big, it's just that when that demand does roll around, the airplane to fill that niche probably won't be an A380. The airplane to fill that niche hasn't even been dreamed up yet. As I frequently agree with Doc...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington State Air Service Discussion 2018
Replies: 396
Views: 29652

Re: Washington State Air Service Discussion 2018

In looking at the weather link in FlightAware, SEA did drop down to .25 mile visibility in fog mid-morning. Expect worse tomorrow, as the same report forecasts .25 miles from 0300 through 11:00.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The economics of used regional jets
Replies: 10
Views: 1970

Re: The economics of used regional jets

Contour (LF) has just extended it's daily CEC-OAK-CEC (ex-CO Express) E135 service, now routing CEC-OAK-SBA-LAS-SBA-OAK-CEC in a 12-hour day. (The SBA-LAS-SBA rotation operates 4x weekly.) So that's six cycles in a day. Each flight segment runs around 45-50 minutes wheels-up. It had been sitting in ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Subtle differences in the same livery. Examples and why?
Replies: 36
Views: 5178

Re: Subtle differences in the same livery. Examples and why?

After several years of United's Saul bass livery, UA greatly enlarged the font for the "United" titles, so it could actually be read from some distance. . All else stayed the same. This was across the fleet. 1970's-1980's PSA changed the top stripe of the three from pink to orange, and hol...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chief Exec change at Aer Lingus
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Chief Exec change at Aer Lingus

According to the Irish Times, Stephen Kavanagh will be stepping down as the Chief Executive at Aer Lingus 1 January 2019, with Sean Doyle , current Director of Network, Fleet and Alliances at British Airways assuming the top spot. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/aer-lingus-...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines to announce new markets soon
Replies: 611
Views: 56566

Re: Alaska Airlines to announce new markets soon

Golden West flew into TVL with a Dash-7, though not for a long time. Following the PSA and Air California Electras, AirCal flew DC9-80s and 737-300s into TVL for years, with AA continuing the 733 for a short while. It can be done with the mainline jets, but there were heavy weight restrictions if ta...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ACV to DEN - on UA (Skywest)
Replies: 10
Views: 1724

Re: ACV to DEN - on UA (Skywest)

[ With an 8:50pm arrival, what are the chances of not having the issue of fog & cancellations? This time of year is your best bet for clear night weather in the ACV area. Just remember, the airport was built in the location it stands today by the USAAF around WWII to test instrument landing/de-...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LF to Announce New Route from MCN 10/3
Replies: 16
Views: 1838

Re: LF to Announce New Route from MCN 10/3

Is all of the MCN flying going to be on the Jestream, or is LF pulling up more ex-CO E135's from the desert? I thought they only had two 135s in service, and extending the current CEC-OAK onward to SBA and LAS is going to be a stretch on that aircraft. One delay/mx and they day is shot. Granted havi...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation 2018
Replies: 65
Views: 4149

Re: San Francisco Bay Area Aviation 2018

AA started SJC-NRT service with the DC-10-30, because the MD-11 EIS was late (plus AA declined initial delivery because of performance issues). Due to the length of the runway, the DC-10 could not go non-stop, so it bounced at OAK for the trans-Pac fuel. It was non-stop NRT-SJC. Eventually the MD-11...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Air Ticket Number
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Air Ticket Number

016 is indeed United's IATA accounting code, as 001 = AA, 006 = DL, 125 = BA, etc. By IATA standards, the next 2-3 digits is a form number assigned to the type of document. 21, 22, 23 would be airline (company)-issued computer-generated passenger tickets. Form 440, for example, is an old airline-iss...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1189
Views: 94704

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

- Also looks like AA is gonna start competing more with UA on LAX-RDM/MFR... Oh heck yes, this I am excited to see, especially going into the winter months. I'd like to keep seeing more activity at RDM. The Bend area is growing rapidly... It appears, at least for MFR, that this is only a short-term...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level
Replies: 34
Views: 5911

Re: Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level

But then I have seen pictures of a flooded ramp, with water almost to the top of the tires of a 757. Where? Reno, Nevada, Elevation 4,415ft/1,346 mt. Rivers flood and jump their banks, so the seashore is not the only risk. Coastal cities were founded long before the Wright brothers, and as mentioned...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJs in the Western U.S.
Replies: 30
Views: 3538

Re: ERJs in the Western U.S.

It's a small collection out West, but you can see the 145's of GMJ Air Shuttle flying the Intel nerd-bird routes between HIO (Portland Hillsboro), MHR (Sacramento Mather) and SJC. Contour flies the 135 CEC-OAK, PGA-PHX and will be adding OAK-SBA-LAS. Do the Intel shuttle flights still operate out o...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJs in the Western U.S.
Replies: 30
Views: 3538

Re: ERJs in the Western U.S.

It's a small collection out West, but you can see the 145's of GMJ Air Shuttle flying the Intel nerd-bird routes between HIO (Portland Hillsboro), MHR (Sacramento Mather) and SJC. Contour flies the 135 CEC-OAK, PGA-PHX and will be adding OAK-SBA-LAS.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1189
Views: 94704

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

It appears UA and OO have cancelled almost everything to MFR yesterday and today. I ran into a neighbor who said his wife was on her way home (MFR, rather than very limited CEC) via a connection at DEN, only to be informed that flights were cancelled due to the smoke at MFR. In looking at FlightAwar...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United A321
Replies: 47
Views: 7971

Re: United A321

Actually, there are multiple pictures in the OP's link. Step through them and the last one does have a 321 model, in the current UA globe livery.

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 84
Views: 6448

Re: Best airline call signs

mjgbtv wrote:
PSA - "Blue Streak"

Of course the original PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) was "PSA".

Contour (LF) when flying under their own brand is "Volunteer".

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by Wingtips56
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best airline call signs
Replies: 84
Views: 6448

Re: Best airline call signs

It goes back a way, but Santa Barbara, California's Apollo Airways was "Sonic". I always assumed it was because of the incredible noise from the original Handley Page Jetstream and the Turbomeca Astazou engines. You could here those over everything else at an airport. And inside too; regul...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 8/12/2018: DL Drops CAK-DTW;CZ Adds LAX-SHE;UA Back in IAH-MZT;WN Builds LGB;F9 Extension
Replies: 95
Views: 13388

Re: OAG Changes 8/12/2018: DL Drops CAK-DTW;CZ Adds LAX-SHE;UA Back in IAH-MZT;WN Builds LGB;F9 Extension

*LF PGA-PHX SEP 0>1.7[0] OCT 0>1.7[0] NOV 0>0.2[0] Well that explains an odd routing when Contour/LF swapped the E135 that's been doing the OAK-CEC route for a few months now. N16502 routed CEC-IGM-PGA-PHX-MQY (div to JWN) returning to base at Smyrna. Must have done a road-show visit or proving run...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 52096

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

In looking at FlightAware, there are departures through the night and wee hours from HNL, including some 732 (I assume freighters), which would not be quiet.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1189
Views: 94704

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

Does anyone in MFR know why AA3256/SKW3256 CR7 PHX-MFR today diverted to EUG, after one pass at MFR. I assume due to the forest fire smoke, but it appears it's the only one that diverted. A QX Q400 landed about the time the Eagle would have; straight in with no hold. It's a hot day in PHX that may h...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight AA220 DFW-AMS Diversion
Replies: 5
Views: 2274

Re: Flight AA220 DFW-AMS Diversion

Wingtips56 wrote:
Change of aircraft at JFK, though doesn't say why. That likely wouldn't be medical. And 772 upgauging to 77W, so that's probably going to affect some other scheduled flight from JFK.
Edit: 772 to 77W is per FlightRadar24.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight AA220 DFW-AMS Diversion
Replies: 5
Views: 2274

Re: Flight AA220 DFW-AMS Diversion

Change of aircraft at JFK, though doesn't say why. That likely wouldn't be medical. And 772 upgauging to 77W, so that's probably going to affect some other scheduled flight from JFK.

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by Wingtips56
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Regional Crew bases at non-hubs
Replies: 24
Views: 3007

Re: Regional Crew bases at non-hubs

Does Horizon (QX) still maintain a crew base at Medford OR (MFR)? They did for a while, I know. No maintenance base for them there, just a spoke airport. Several RON flights, though at least one less since they dropped MFR-LAX last year.

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by Wingtips56
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Continental DC-10 routes to Hawaii in the 80's
Replies: 75
Views: 6986

Re: Continental DC-10 routes to Hawaii in the 80's

Going the other direction, I flew CO HNL-AKL in 1986. It was a DC-10, but as a standby in the center in coach, I didn't see anything of the Pub in the Sky. Or anything fancy.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 1189
Views: 94704

Re: Oregon Aviation Thread - 2018

Commercial flights could come back to Salem (SLE) by late 2019: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/marion-county/commercial-flights-proposed-for-salem-airport/283-563877353?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b20ae3404d301774c5ab6ff&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_sourc...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Non airline businesses owned by airlines
Replies: 54
Views: 4633

Re: Non airline businesses owned by airlines

AMR Corp (AA) had Americana Hotels, SkyChef's as well. Even the original PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) owned hotels, and I think a radio station in San Francisco.

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by Wingtips56
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: BA SJC-LHR flights cancelled from June 8 until June 18
Replies: 19
Views: 2693

Re: BA SJC-LHR flights cancelled from June 8 until June 18

Hello pals, I was booked on BA's SJC-LHR flight and just got an email from BA that the flight cancelled. They rebooked with one stop in PHX. I checked Google Flights and noticed BA's nonstop SJC-LHR flights are cancelled for 10 continuous days (June 8 until June 18). Why would BA cancel the route f...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 31, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 474
Views: 52096

Re: Southwest Airlines Network Thread 2018

ibthebigd wrote:
If they don't announce Hawaii schedule tomorrow when would they?

Probably not until the Fall when they'd be ready to start selling tickets at the same time.

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 24, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Music in Airport Terminals
Replies: 90
Views: 5965

Re: Music in Airport Terminals

I haven't been to SMF in some years, having moved away, and haven't seen the new Terminal B. But in all the years I worked in the old terminals, there was always some form of Muzak playing. (Standing in the loo one day I realized the Muzak version of the " Laverne and Shirley" TV show them...

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 24, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO
Replies: 24
Views: 8006

Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

Per the EI website, the departure just got pushed back another hour: ETD SFO at 21:30 local.

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 24, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus EI147 clips post while taxiing at SFO
Replies: 24
Views: 8006

Re: Aer Lingus aircraft mishap at SFO

amax1977 wrote:
In these kind of cases who pays for the damage? The airport’s insurance?

I would guess not in this case. Doesn't look like the building ran into the airplane.

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by Wingtips56
Thu May 17, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?
Replies: 39
Views: 3385

Re: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?

Didn't AA continue the TVL service briefly after the OC/AA merger. Yes, but it was with the inherited OC 733s. I'm not sure if TVL closing coincided with the 733 being retired out from AA (most went to WN including the last 2 NTU by OC/AA), or if the station closed ahead of that. They did bring Eag...

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 16, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?
Replies: 39
Views: 3385

Re: Why operating into South Lake Tahoe (TVL) by Major Air & Commuter Carriers was never profitable?

I used to be on the receiving end of TVL and RNO diversions into SMF. No picnic. The first was a Golden West DH7 that dropped in late in the evening when I was working WestAir. GW didn't fly to SMF, so the airport thought it was a good idea to send it to the old Commuter Terminal. Two of us were the...

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by Wingtips56
Wed May 09, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs
Replies: 17
Views: 1649

Re: Transiting ORD on AA int. to domestic in 2hrs

I did it last fall, from Rome with a 2:30hr published schedule. We were on time. With baggage (so you have an advantage there). We did get about 15 minutes or so in the Admirals Club, once we found it. AA should have an Arrivals video on screen prior to landing; watch it. AA international arrivals u...

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by Wingtips56
Sat May 05, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018
Replies: 164
Views: 20400

Re: SMF Roaring Out of the Gate in 2018

I'm disappointed to see HA downgauging SMF-HNL to the A321. I flew on the inaugural flight, 7 June 2002, and it was great. Luau party in the boarding lounge, Hawaiian blessing of the plane, and, for once, heading West out of SMF, no connection over SFO or LAX, and on a 763. Water cannon salute. Leis...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America CLOSED
Replies: 1
Views: 952

Re: Virgin America CLOSED

Yes, we know. See the thread on the final flight, and it includes trip reports. http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1388947

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin America Brand Is Now Officially No More
Replies: 7
Views: 2761

Re: Virgin America Brand Is Now Officially No More

Varsity1 wrote:
Virgin atlantic?

Well at least the confusion between the different Virgin franchises will be reduced from three (VS,VA, VX), down to two: VS and VA.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 9190

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

There's no way to avoid this going political. It is.

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines London service before 1991
Replies: 31
Views: 6136

Re: American Airlines London service before 1991

DFW. Flight 50 sold as LAX-DFW-LGW, and AA51 LGW-DFW-LAX. Later as a Change of Gauge (aircraft change) at DFW.

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by Wingtips56
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC
Replies: 24
Views: 3097

Re: DOT approves Contour Airlines, AEAS to CEC

MO11 wrote:
Looks like it did the bare minimum to mask the Continental paint scheme

They have a graphic with a pretty sharp livery online...whether we'll ever see it on an actual airplane is another story.

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by Wingtips56
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study
Replies: 314
Views: 40791

Re: Airbus shelves A320neo-plus study

I can see a couple of possibilities here; in both, Airbus could have decided just to wait and see what innovations Boeing does announce with their MoM project, giving them a better idea of what their response should be. First, it could just be a pause in the 320/330 "plus" development to i...

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by Wingtips56
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"
Replies: 11
Views: 3458

Re: AA reservations - A321 - "Sharklets"

AA's primary designations for the LAA 321 is still 321T for the Trans-con fleet and 321B for the prime fleet. In AA.com, I do see they've added "Sharklets" in parentheses, I guess so perhaps people could tell by looking out the window, but that still follows the 321B. E.G.: AA 159 32B-Airb...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am 707 cabin in color?
Replies: 16
Views: 3405

Re: Pan Am 707 cabin in color?

In 1991, I flew an ex-PA 707 that was flying as LAP/Paraguayas, still having the old PA interior with the big dome lights in the ceiling, and 2nd or so generation decor, except the partial PA globes on bulkheads had been painted orange. I assume they were blue with PA. I don't remember if it had the...

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by Wingtips56
Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian has set up its own company for the bonus program
Replies: 9
Views: 1671

Re: Norwegian has set up its own company for the bonus program

A good bonus program can be a major asset, and it can be sold off, as did Air Canada with En Route. Wall Street wanted AA to sell off AAdvantage a few years ago, but (I think) wisely didn't go that route. All the credit card company revenue, other mileage purchase plans and customer mileage purchase...

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by Wingtips56
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas proposes amenities in the cargo hold for ultra long flights
Replies: 76
Views: 12724

Re: Alan Joyce floats the idea of "Cargo class"

Didn't some airlines have lounges in the cargo area of their L1011s back in the 70s / early 80s? So technically putting passengers down there is not unprecedented although a lounge is not an assigned seat, of course. Honestly though, if they give me additional space for a decent price, I'll gladly ...

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by Wingtips56
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EZE Route Announcement Today
Replies: 15
Views: 2336

Re: EZE Route Announcement Today

It was announced earlier today, and there is an AA speculation thread going on it that has the updates. AA is adding LAX-EZE with the 789 eff. 19DEC. It is also adding MIA-COR with 763 in April 2019. (Additional adds are MIA-GEO Georgetown Guyana, MIA-PEI Pereira Colombia, and DFW-OAL Oaxaca Mexico,...

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by Wingtips56
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand announces Chicago ORD
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Air New Zealand announces Chicago ORD

Already being discussed http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1390087 Why open a topic only to mention it’s already being discussed? A.net has been wierd for several weeks now, putting a reply above the original post...and sometimes out of order down below. Must have a snafu in rec...

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by Wingtips56
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Lakes (ZK) suspends operations
Replies: 86
Views: 11548

Re: Great Lakes (ZK) suspends operations

Well CEC dodged a bullet, as ZK was one of the airlines that had applied for the EAS contract after PenAir pulled the plug. On paper it looked good, with flights to SMF in the EMB-120, with interline ticket and baggage agreements, but I knew they'd fail at some point. And here it is: "Ceasing&q...

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by Wingtips56
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines with cities on their name
Replies: 84
Views: 4584

Re: Airlines with cities on their name

Dubrovnik Airline
Air Madrid
Branson AirExpress (sort of...)
SFO Helicopter
Air Chico (one man operation with a Mooney out of Chico California -CIC, circa 1980)

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