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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri May 18, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAT touts “historic” route announcement - F9 to multiple cities
Replies: 84
Views: 9780

Re: SAT touts “historic” route announcement - F9 to multiple cities

OMA-SAT reminds me of a money losing route that Braniff would have flown in the 1970's. And what would the daily passenger count be on CMH-SAT? I can't imagine more than 20-25, and even that could be generous.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why National Airlines never went Pacific
Replies: 70
Views: 4484

Re: Why National Airlines never went Pacific

Haven't seen it mentioned, but how did NA get into LHR in the 70s? All new entrants had to go to LGW, even some BCal flights to the US. There was a clause that if a LGW service had more than 300,000 passengers per year for 2 years in a row, the carrier could apply to switch the service to LHR. I th...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed May 16, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why National Airlines never went Pacific
Replies: 70
Views: 4484

Re: Why National Airlines never went Pacific

Haven't seen it mentioned, but how did NA get into LHR in the 70s? All new entrants had to go to LGW, even some BCal flights to the US. Under the original Bermuda Agreement of the 1940's between the UK and the USA, certain cities were selected to be allowed service to LHR. Miami was one of them. Un...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed May 16, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA and SE Asia
Replies: 10
Views: 1648

Re: UA and SE Asia

NH offers well timed connections to BKK, SGN, and CGK from NRT about 2 hours after the bank of UA flights from the US lands ( around 3pm local). If you need to get to KUL, as others here have said, UA will get you nonstop from LAX or SFO to SIN, and you can use partner metal for the short flight up ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun May 13, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: NH domestic to JL international transfer time at NRT
Replies: 24
Views: 1004

Re: NH domestic to JL international transfer time at NRT

I'm late posting here, but just a quick note to the OP---every JR Railways station will have some signage in English. It's really not necessary to be able to read Japanese to navigate your way around by train. Just keep following the signs to the proper track and you will be ok. I found it lots of f...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed May 09, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA to Initially Base 787-10 at EWR
Replies: 51
Views: 8956

Re: UA to Initially Base 787-10 at EWR

I don't want to be pendantic, but I do not think there is currently a 787 base at IAH of any kind. That base was moved to IAD last year. Currently the only 787 operations from IAH is a 789 that runs IAH-SYD in a W pattern with LAX. I don't work for UA, but I assume those crews are either LAX or SFO ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon May 07, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas International
Replies: 82
Views: 7347

Re: Texas International

The Departed Flights website has scans of a couple of their old timetables. It's really interesting the kind of "milk run" routes they used to fly. Spending my childhood in MEM, I remember their aircraft there. According to the 1978 schedule, they had 1 flight a day ex-MEM that flew MEM-Ho...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed May 02, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Carriers in OPO
Replies: 31
Views: 3339

Re: US Carriers in OPO

UA & TP both codeshare on LIS/OPO-EWR so why would TP try and scare off UA and why not corporate even more? When trying to book Chicago to Porto on days both carriers operate I've gotten results on united.com with UA, UA+AC, UA+LH but no UA+TP. When trying to book the same route on flytap.com, ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question About Hotels in Tokyo
Replies: 16
Views: 885

Re: Question About Hotels in Tokyo

Anymore suggestions for hotels? The Granbell chain of hotels would work in your budget, and kinda thread the line between something Japanese and something more Western. They have decent locations in Ginza, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. In Ginza, you could try to the Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel. It's got dece...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question About Hotels in Tokyo
Replies: 16
Views: 885

Re: Question About Hotels in Tokyo

You really should tell us more about what you are looking for in a budget range. I don't know if you're a 25 y/o guy who wants to use it as a crash pad, or a 50 year old who needs fine dining and a spa. TedTo Toe, I stayed at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Ginza last year and it ranks among my top 5 fav...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United post Q1 earnings
Replies: 41
Views: 6012

Re: United post Q1 earnings

question for someone who knows more then me about earnings reports. Net Profit was $147 million.. The report shows $747 million in share repurchasing so far this year. quote: UAL has repurchased $747 million of its common shares year-to-date through April 16, 2018, representing approximately 4 perc...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Norwegian check-in at MAD: what a mess
Replies: 4
Views: 1543

Re: Norwegian check-in at MAD: what a mess

Sounds like Carol Beer from Sunsearcher's made this happen. LOL!

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Memphis air service discussion - 2018
Replies: 58
Views: 3795

Re: Memphis air service discussion - 2018

B concourse will close on April 4th. Delta will move to A concourse using 6 gates (A17, A19, A21, A23, A25, A27) Did Delta operate from those same gates prior to the merger with Northwest? I do not recall where DL operated immediately prior to the NW merger. In the more distant past ( the '80s and ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interesting LH Service Changes
Replies: 31
Views: 6776

Re: Interesting LH Service Changes

I think the change from A380 to 748 on the FRA-IAH route will be winter only. It looks like UA intends to now keep their 77E on this route year-round. In past winters, UA has cut capacity down to a 788 or 763. Since there is a JV in place, it looks like LH will be the one to trim some seats this win...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH-MUC going year round?
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: IAH-MUC going year round?

UA has made this flight bookable in late Fall/Winter before, then canceled it in GDS around September. Though I hope it does go year-round, I'd be scared of booking this for the slow time period right now. My main beef with UA.com is that when they cancel a flight on you, they sometimes don't give y...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH-MUC going year round?
Replies: 6
Views: 789

Re: IAH-MUC going year round?

UA has made this flight bookable in late Fall/Winter before, then canceled it in GDS around September. Though I hope it does go year-round, I'd be scared of booking this for the slow time period right now. My main beef with UA.com is that when they cancel a flight on you, they sometimes don't give y...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports
Replies: 16
Views: 2001

Re: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports

[quote="LTU932"] As far as Mexico is concerned, I remember MEX T1 has a traffic light system (T2 probably has that as well) in customs. You have your luggage scanned and then press a button. Red means you're selected for a full check, green means you can continue. In my case, and that was ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports
Replies: 16
Views: 2001

Re: Int'l to Int'l Transit at U.S. Airports

IMHO this is one of the problems with flying via (rather than to/from) the states: in nearly all cases, you have to go through the same procedures as a person who will actually arrive in the country and stay there, something that is not common practice in the Schengen area at least. I have had SFO ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin
Replies: 76
Views: 10636

Re: Norwegian Inaugural Gatwick-Austin

I'll just chime in here to try to answer some poster's questions as to "why Austin"?. I'm in Europe multiple times a year. Increasingly, when strangers ask me where I'm from and reply Houston, many will tell me they have only visited Austin in Texas. At first it surprised me, but their tou...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Domestic US Routes You're Surprised Aren't Flown
Replies: 45
Views: 3743

Re: Domestic US Routes You're Surprised Aren't Flown

WN service HOU-PHL. Was flown in the past, still a pretty decent sized market DL SLC-MEM Since the MEM drawdown, DL has ceeded West Coast traffic from MEM to AA, and a to a smaller extent UA and Frontier. B6 HOU-FLL. B6 could connect some Houston area flyers into the Caribbean network. As it is now,...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Higher O&D: DFW or IAH?
Replies: 47
Views: 3726

Re: Higher O&D: DFW or IAH?

LAXDude, thanks for posting those PDEW numbers for IAH. I'm astounded that PHL is between BOS and ATL, as, in my opinion, there is a lack of convenient service to PHL from Houston. I always thought it was a much smaller market, As to the original question, when looking at domestic O&D, remember,...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Glitch? UA offering South America-SYD r/t for US$200
Replies: 6
Views: 1257

Re: Glitch? UA offering South America-SYD r/t for US$200

[list=][/list] That fare is still up for $183 on most days. That would make for a pretty epic mileage run if you had to fly from the US to SCL to start the itinerary. I just searched some dates for two itineraries, and it would be less than $1,200 round trip from IAD. Pretty amazing as long as they ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TX-HI, why deviate so far north?
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: TX-HI, why deviate so far north?

Probably related mostly to upper level winds. There's a low pressure system today over the El Paso area, so that might explain it. Often this run leaves the US coast over Orange County California.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AF A380 Upper Deck Configuration
Replies: 5
Views: 1379

Re: AF A380 Upper Deck Configuration

You will get a storage well along the wall below the window line. But due to the curvature of the plane body on the upper deck, do not think you will be able to lean against the wall to sleep, as you might in a 777. That back cabin is nice and quiet. Be prepared to feel more yaw up there in the back...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Cans of beer on a US domestic flight.
Replies: 16
Views: 2893

Re: Cans of beer on a US domestic flight.

Back in the early '90's I was on a WN thru flight the routed PHX-SAT-HOU. For some reason we were delayed out of PHX due to a thunderstorm or some thing. So as an apology, after we got airborne on the way to HOU from SAT, they announced that all beer would be free. The crew asked people to raise the...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines and Texas
Replies: 77
Views: 8994

Re: Delta Air Lines and Texas

The smaller city Texas market is really owned by AA and WN. UA has drawn down their intra-Texas flyng since the merger with CO. There is UA service to MAF, LBB, AMR and CRP, but it's usually just a few times a day to work with their connecting banks at IAH. AA, through their American Eagle subsidiar...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on
Replies: 59
Views: 2945

Re: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on

In my younger days, I would take a worse schedule to fly a 757 or a DC10. In the late '80's and early '90's, AA flew a number of domestic routes with DC10's, and I'd always try to get on one. 757's were once fairly common at SNA and it as always a rush to feel that plane have full thrust on takeoff ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Who Will Make AUS a Hub?
Replies: 124
Views: 10267

Re: Who Will Make AUS a Hub?

Of all the above, B6 would have the most to gain from starting up a small connecting hub in AUS. LGB seems less important to them today than it was a few years ago. The leaves them with only BOS/JFK/FLL to route passengers through, and geographically, those aren't well positioned. Austin's problem i...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php
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Report in the Houston Chronicle this morning that EK will resume using the A380 to IAH on 1 June of this year. Looks like business travel is picking up again.
https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service
Replies: 47
Views: 8349

Re: Sonair ending Houston-Luanda service

Plain and simple in this age of huge returns on investment if there was a Houston-Africa market airlines would be flocking there but sadly there is none. Others here with knowledge of the local market have posted here, and their statements are true. I'm sorry you can't believe them, or do more of y...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1622

Re: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?

Look for a flight that doesn't hit your destination airport at the peak European arrivals bank. For most airports not on the West Coast, the peak hours are 12:30-2:30 pm. For example, BA has a late flight into IAH that arrives around 17:30, and with ESTA you should clear immigration in about 15 min...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

TWA772LR, I too think IAH will get some sort of n/s African service in the next 24-36 months. On my AF flights to and from Paris last week, it seemed that 30-40% of the passengers were flying under African ( mainly West African) passports. I've also seen decent numbers of African transfer passengers...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1622

Re: A quiet place to clear US CBP ?

Look for a flight that doesn't hit your destination airport at the peak European arrivals bank. For most airports not on the West Coast, the peak hours are 12:30-2:30 pm. For example, BA has a late flight into IAH that arrives around 17:30, and with ESTA you should clear immigration in about 15 minu...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

Does anyone have updated information on when the IAH Terminal D re-construction will commence? I was in and out of D last week, and saw nothing to indicate it was starting. I thought now that the new C North terminal was done, they would start demolishing the old C North gates and break ground. What...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!
Replies: 63
Views: 8298

Re: UA DTW-HNL nonstop, 1970!

UA had nonstop HSV-LAX back in the day I flew on that, though it was actually a one stop TYS-HSV-LAX! :smile: What aircraft type? The July 1, 1974 UA timetable shows two non-stops to BHM and MEM as well (morning/afternoon) around the same time as the flights to HSV. I'm pretty sure the LAX-MEM flig...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US-Brazil market: Impact of e-visas for US nationals
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

Re: US-Brazil market: Impact of e-visas for US nationals

It will incrementally help tourism numbers, which will in turn help sell Y seats. I doubt there will be enough impact short term ( 1-2 years) to really change the current flight schedules and frequencies. I will say that reducing the fee from $160 to $44 helps, and it is a good thing. But currently ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ethiopian Airlines adds Chicago
Replies: 82
Views: 10446

Re: Ethiopian Airlines comparing/deciding between Houston and Chicago

I'm surprised in all these responses, no one has brought up that Ethiopian serves LAD, an airport with very limited slots. Though IAH is connected to LAD non-stop, those flights are extremely expensive. I know several energy business friends who fly IAH-IAD-ADD-LAD currently. If my memory serves me ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First trip to Japan!
Replies: 10
Views: 617

Re: First trip to Japan!

Just a couple things I might be able to add.... Train travel in Japan is generally expensive as compared to Western Europe. You probably would be well served to purchase a JR travel pass before you leave the US. Japan Rail does not offer buy ahead discounts on travel like buying an air ticket 45 day...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to introduce premium economy
Replies: 84
Views: 14550

Re: United to introduce premium economy

This seems inevitable considering that both AA and DL have announced plans for a separate premium Y cabin. I'd assume this might be fitted into the 77W and 789 fleets. Sorry to sound cynical, but the very slow rollout of Polaris leads me to think that it will be 4 years or more before a premium Y ca...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 283
Views: 37277

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

What's with all the RJ flying between IAH and DCA this year? A look at the March schedules shows 8x a day total flights, with 5 of these being Mesa and Republic E-170's. Are they squatting on slots for which there's little demand? Or are they reducing seat capacity in order to increase fares? I don'...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year
Replies: 24
Views: 3094

Re: ATW: ANA named 2018 Airline of the Year

Well deserved. I've had the pleasure of flying them a few times, and they truly were customer focused.

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by IAHWorldflyer
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Celebrities Fly Commercial?
Replies: 50
Views: 5079

Re: When Celebrities Fly Commercial?

Re:musicians flying with their instruments, I remember back in the late '80's flying an AA plane to DFW from DCA and I was seated in the second row of coach. After most everyone had boarded, on comes Mstislav Rostropovich ( he was conductor in DC at the time) hauling his cello on board. He took the ...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why use widebodies for domestic flights?
Replies: 100
Views: 15115

Re: Why use widebodies for domestic flights?

I remember AA flying SAT-DFW with DC-10s as well in the late 80s/early 90s. In the mid/late 1980's AA flew their DC-10's on DFW-SAT, DFW-AUS, DFW-IAH, and DFW-ELP. Most of these, as another poster said, were the last flight out of DFW to the destination, so the widebody could RON and then be the fi...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

Another thing I am keeping my eyes on has to do with domestic operations. Something that grinds my gears has to do with the use of E145's to markets like IND, CMH, CLE, etc. What Im looking for UA to do is perhaps reduce the frequency and up the equipment. Instead of flying 5X daily on a route like...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian ADD-FCO-MAD to become ADD-BCN-MAD
Replies: 47
Views: 6304

Re: Ethiopian ADD-FCO-MAD to become ADD-BCN-MAD

Ethiopian Airlines has modified Addis Ababa-Madrid route which has been added a stop at Barcelona (BCN) from 4 June 2018 instead of Rome (FCO). 23:15 ADD - 04:25 BCN 05:25 - 06:25 MAD 788 2 3 4 7 19:30 MAD - 20:30 BCN 22:45 - 05:50 ADD 788 1 2 3 5 Why keep the plane on the ground all day in MAD? Th...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

[quote="TWA772LR"]I don't see UA liking the option of of sendin Asia-bound pax over YVR on AC in lieu of SFO, which actually has a better portfolio of TPAC flights save for BNE, MEL (UA can flow them over LAX, and UA could probably pull off SFO-BNE/MEL), and DEL (UA can flow IAH pax over E...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 10011

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

Thanks for your summary, LAXDude. In addition to what you talked about, does anyone with knowledge of Air Canada see them adding a year round IAH-YVR flight? AC operates a growing Asian hub in YVR with some unique destinations not accessible from YYZ. Except in the high summer months, UA flight or f...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Whats IAH's future plan for UA 787?
Replies: 24
Views: 3589

Re: Whats IAH's future plan for UA 787?

Whats IAH's plan for 787 in the future? IAH 787 going to downsize to just one flight is SYD and no more other city to fly. In the past IAH had many 787 to fly to LAX, IAD, SFO, DEN, LHR, FRA, NRT, GIG, and others. Now next month Janurary will go just one is Sydney and other widebodies 777-200 and 7...

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by IAHWorldflyer
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations
Replies: 20
Views: 2258

Re: US impose new restrictions in Visa Waiver/ESTA nations

What the US needs to do ( and should have done 15 years ago) is establish exit border controls like just about every other nation I've traveled to. Checking to see who is leaving would better inform the CBP who exactly is overstaying their visa. Why the US government refuses to do this I don't know....

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