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by irelayer
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?
Replies: 75
Views: 10041

Re: Why Does UA Struggle With Polaris Lounge Roll Outs?

As for the lounges, places like EWR C120 were a nightmare before the remodel, completely overcrowded, poor food choices, enjoy your hard earned stay. SFO was so good that people flooded Amex Centurion. If there's a message here for UA in regards to clubs it's that they need to up the price (or comp...

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by irelayer
Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Premium Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 3106

Re: United Premium Economy

For domestic flights, I hope they leave E+ as is. The only real change I would hope for is that if they make 777s 10 abreast, then E+ stays at 9 abreast. Any upgrade to E+ will increase the cost of the class. I think E+ is a great price for what you get now. All I really need is extra legroom. I do...

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?

I believe the IL-62 was the largest and heaviest mass-produced commercial aircraft without hydraulic flight controls... Hi: In fact Ilushin used a Self Contained Hydraulic System (ARM-62) to power a/c Rudder. In case of hydraulic lock, You may disconnect system by operating a switch that fired a ca...

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Premium Economy
Replies: 10
Views: 3106

United Premium Economy

Apologies if this has been asked before, but when is UA going to have a real premium economy product? With the elimination of F progressing, it seems like this is the logical next step. Will it replace E+ or supplement it? Does anyone know?

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by irelayer
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Boeing and Airbus launch the replacements for 737 and A320 families
Replies: 26
Views: 11458

Re: When will Boeing and Airbus launch the replacements for 737 and A320 families

Never, why spend billions in capex when you can just tweak the existing designs and have cash rolling in. This is what happens in all industries where competition is limited. Monopolistic markets punish innovation. C-Series is a great example of this. They tried to build a clean-sheet modern compos...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 5397

Re: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

I guess this is as much of a kvetch (complaint) as it is a question, but it's really irritating that the only nonstop options from EWR to East Asia are CX to HKG, CA to PEK and UA to HKG & NRT. I know the reason: They don't think EWR will do the business for them. But, I have family in Seoul an...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018
Replies: 40
Views: 9287

Re: Nolinor to put a 41 years old 737-200 in service in 2018

There is something to be said for an aircraft or other piece of equipment that Is simple and rugged. Some things do last longer, usually because the maintenance profile is superior. Old washing machines might be an example. It was a perfected technology that can be maintained forever. Rebuild kits ...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?
Replies: 6
Views: 1337

Re: Largest aircraft design without hydraulic flight controls?

I believe the IL-62 was the largest and heaviest mass-produced commercial aircraft without hydraulic flight controls...

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by irelayer
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would Pan Am look like today?
Replies: 26
Views: 3016

Re: What would Pan Am look like today?

I think it's fun to speculate, as these threads come up every so often. I think Pan Am would look exactly like the US3. Probably would have merged with TWA and gone back to using "Pan Am World Airways". Probably would have had a 767/777 as the primary workhorse, flying from LAX and SFO to ...

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by irelayer
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 88
Views: 18752

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

Common knowledge. Common knowledge is not a source...thanks for your flippant reply though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadians Says there are an estimated 1.2 million Canadians of Ukranian decent, making them Canada's ninth largest ethnic group. Hardly "half". Again, thanks...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no United to Africa?
Replies: 52
Views: 10253

Re: Why no United to Africa?

*A is well covered between US/Africa. As previously mentioned there is LH, ET, SA, SN, and TP. Take your pick. Last year I did Maputo-SAN (booked it with miles). The options were mind boggling. I could do SA through South America. I could do TAP through LIS. I could do ET through ADD/DUB/LAX. I coul...

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 88
Views: 18752

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

half of Canada has Ukrainian ancestry. Uhm. What? Source please? -IR Common knowledge. Common knowledge is not a source...thanks for your flippant reply though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_Canadians Says there are an estimated 1.2 million Canadians of Ukranian decent, making them Canada...

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by irelayer
Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 88
Views: 18752

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

cedarjet wrote:
half of Canada has Ukrainian ancestry.


Uhm. What? Source please?

-IR

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8534

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

Having practiced law, including the defense of tort claims, I am usually on the skeptical side of personal injury claims. Yeah, most people see their purported injuries to be a potential revenue source, fueled by the contingency agreement with their attorneys, but in some cases, there is legitimacy...

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by irelayer
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?
Replies: 29
Views: 5280

Re: Could UK to Dubai (or another UAE airport) be the next long haul single aisle aircraft low cost airline destination?

Conversely, now that FlyDubai is "merging" with Emirates could try new holiday markets for Middle Easterns and Asians. They already fly to a place like Tivat, so other holiday destinations like Mykonos, Santorini, Dubrovnik, Olbia or Ibiza shouldn't be that far-fetched for them. But those...

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by irelayer
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Towing operations
Replies: 13
Views: 1805

Re: Towing operations

I've seen airport ops where the tow was all the way to the taxiway. I thought it might be for fuel saving reasons, but the above responses make more sense.

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska ending Cuba service
Replies: 64
Views: 7813

Re: Alaska ending Cuba service

How strong is the Alaska brand outside of the NW? I know they are growing in LAX, but even then, would they have better a image with a different brand? They had an opportunity to be branded Virgin with the merger which has better recognition, but for some reason I always feel like their brand pigeo...

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by irelayer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans
Replies: 765
Views: 134557

Re: Boeing officially forms program office to flesh out 797 plans

Can we have a hybrid blended wing body please? Seems to solve all of these problems.

-IR

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will we ever see US to Vietnam nonstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 7433

Re: Will we ever see US to Vietnam nonstop?

Vietnam probably carries the same issues as Thailand with low yield tourist and VFR traffic. But you don't know? Why does everyone say this. I know it's fun playing armchair CEO on here, but honestly do you really know or did you just hear? I don't mean to be accusatory but it just doesn't add up i...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: KLM AMS-IAH in Y
Replies: 8
Views: 5539

Re: KLM AMS-IAH in Y

Soon after, it was time for the drink service. The cabin crew started off by serving warm towels. KLM seems to be one of the last airlines still giving out hot towels in economy class. This was followed by a pack of almonds and two more Heinekens for us. Interesting. I didn't know this. I was given...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: KLM AMS-IAH in Y
Replies: 8
Views: 5539

Re: KLM AMS-IAH in Y

Soon after, it was time for the drink service. The cabin crew started off by serving warm towels. KLM seems to be one of the last airlines still giving out hot towels in economy class. This was followed by a pack of almonds and two more Heinekens for us. Interesting. I didn't know this. I was given...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 15584

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

The majority of passengers who whine about how bad service is will continue to go on Expedia or "cheapo air.com" of whatever and book the cheapest flight they can find. You got that right. And that same majority will continue to complain incessantly about the cramped seat and poor service...

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Witch side of the plane to sit on.
Replies: 23
Views: 1750

Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

dfwjim1 wrote:
I try to sit on the opposite side of the sun but last time I tried this on an AA 738 it backfired on me as my chosen seat was the one without a window...LOL.


Sounds like you need to use Seatguru next time my friend.

-IR

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by irelayer
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Witch side of the plane to sit on.
Replies: 23
Views: 1750

Re: Witch side of the plane to sit on.

SAN: Left side. You will fly past downtown San Diego and it's pretty stunning.

The right hand side is cool too, you'll see Balboa Park on approach.

-IR

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by irelayer
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots
Replies: 97
Views: 19962

Re: FAA Proposes Change to 1500 Hour for Pilots

(...) Or increase pay? Just that word of caution on what you wish for. Expensive pilots opens the door to more automation in the cockpit using artificial intelligence, leading to 1-pilot cockpits, and eventually to fully automated aircraft cockpits. There will never be 1 pilot airliners. A 1 pilot ...

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by irelayer
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Thread 2016-2017
Replies: 631
Views: 82683

Re: San Diego Thread 2016-2017

Effective November 1st, SAN will have a Hard Closure in effect from Midnight to 5AM for complete resurfacing of the runway. Last complete resurface was year 2000, and it is over-due. There will be no exceptions if the flights are ETA minutes past midnight, they will have to divert and be bused down...

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by irelayer
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!
Replies: 24
Views: 10284

Re: Farewell to The Queen-Flying United's Last Boeing 747!

Well done sir! Thanks for posting this. I love that you took your mom and daughter. I never got to fly upper deck 744, but I will probably make a special trip on LH for this. I did get to fly this thing twice recently (SFO-PEK and SFO-NRT) and there is something truly magical about those creaks and ...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59183

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

Check out the current Y prices on LAX-SIN. $350-$450 RT on most airlines. I'm doing a mileage run on DL for $470. Check out 11/5-11/9. The UA37/38 is $384 RT! I look at this and see "new route, promotional fares, all other airlines will match this to avoid loss of revenue". The fact remai...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59183

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

Take a look at the 10/31 SIN-LAX flight. Totally wide open in all classes of service. I mean, great for non-revs and buddy pass flyers I would imagine. Not what United hoped for. I suppose the seat mapper will start to thin out up front once upgrades and non-revs are given seats in business class. ...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59183

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

A week or two ago UA sold Y tickets on LAX-SIN-LAX nonstop for $380 including taxes. The fare was available for dates up to the middle of December. Still available for next week, and the week after. Check google flights. Great way to get some PQMs. I'll be doing it next weekend with a one day layov...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59183

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

BREECH, I have a friend who lives in Singapore. He has flown to LAX via SFO on UA 2 or 3 times this year. He flys premium economy and gets an aisle seat. He says he loves it. I know he had one or two no one next to him flights. When he returns to LAX next time, he plans on coming directly to LAX. I...

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by irelayer
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA launches LAX-SIN
Replies: 354
Views: 59183

Re: UA launches LAX-SIN

A week or two ago UA sold Y tickets on LAX-SIN-LAX nonstop for $380 including taxes. The fare was available for dates up to the middle of December. Still available for next week, and the week after. Check google flights. Great way to get some PQMs. I'll be doing it next weekend with a one day layov...

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by irelayer
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How come no ME3 in Central Asia?
Replies: 32
Views: 3627

Re: How come no ME3 in Central Asia?

For Dubai, FlyDubai typically covers the Central Asian market. I think it's because most of those countries are low yielding "worker" countries if you get my drift. Not to say anything sensitive, I'm just saying the truth. People from Abu Dhabi usually drive up to Dubai to catch those flig...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side
Replies: 68
Views: 13528

Re: Tupolev Tu-204 and 757 Side by Side

There have been some copies in the past, but the 757 / Tu-204 is not one of them. Most famous is perhaps the VC-10 / IL-62. Looking so very similar, if you remove the paint you really have to look into the details to tell them apart. The most obvious copy however is the B-29 Superfortress / Tu-4, t...

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by irelayer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the last economy section of the A380 noisy?
Replies: 10
Views: 2831

Re: Is the last economy section of the A380 noisy?

Yes from a noise perspective the A380 is amazing. My only A380 experience has been overwing, lower deck, Emirates CDG-DXB. It was very crowded airspace that day, and it was so quiet in the cabin I could hear the "whoosh" of the air from other planes flying over us!

-IR

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by irelayer
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot FA's say work being reduced because they are fat
Replies: 41
Views: 7052

Re: Aeroflot FA's say work being reduced because they are fat

I've actually gotten used to the "motherly" nature of US flight attendants. It's like my grandma is serving me dinner at home. Very warm and comforting feeling. But seriously, who cares. That's their country. Let's not fall prey to moral relativism here. If you don't want to cater to this ...

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by irelayer
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented
Replies: 60
Views: 7859

Re: Delta: International Main Cabin dining reinvented

The key will be the onboard execution. Our goal is to truly recreate the experience our customers would have at their favorite restaurant at 30,000 feet Wow, that is a high bar. I don't know of anyone who would enjoy eating at a restaurant where the waiters/waitresses ask "chicken or pasta&quo...

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by irelayer
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 8714

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

Similarly, saw a 722 cargo fly in. I can't remember what it was. These old birds don't have ADS-B, so it's difficult to tell when it's incoming. And I can't see them coming because by the time they are on top of me, it's too late. -IR Ive been able to track 727s on FlightAware...I wonder if they we...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SWA Seating
Replies: 21
Views: 1780

Re: SWA Seating

The wheelchair abuse happens on every airline, anywhere I've ever been in the world. So that being excepted, all the other things you mention are designed to improve the customer experience. Having family pre-board (even preteens) keeps families together and allows parents to do all the adjusting an...

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by irelayer
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal
Replies: 127
Views: 28254

Re: Air Berlin - Spectacular farewell: AB7001 MIA-DUS steep turn over terminal

I'm sorry, in that first video, the onlookers were justifiably terrified. The idea of a plane veering towards you...I would honestly take off running.

Anyway, this was cool. Hate to see another airline bite the dust.

-IR

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Bombardier Announce CSeries Partnership
Replies: 1565
Views: 160651

Re: Breaking: Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

Wow. Just wow. This is a stunning development. Did anyone see this coming?

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most-missed US Major
Replies: 68
Views: 4465

Re: Most-missed US Major

TWA and Pan Am. Only flew each of them once, but have fond memories.

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Customs at Seoul
Replies: 13
Views: 1193

Re: Customs at Seoul

Depends on what flights arrive ahead of you. If you got a 777 full of new arrivals from China just ahead of you, then be prepared to wait 45 - 60 minutes in line. The last time it happened to me, I just had people cutting lines, families split into multiple lines holding spots for whoever got to th...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL - Basic Economy review
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: DL - Basic Economy review

But it skirted my company rules of no paid checked bags unless you are staying 2+ nights This sounds like a bad employer for employees who have to travel. Really bad. If any employer I've worked for had such micro-managing penny pinching policies, most employees I know would have quit or at least r...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?
Replies: 54
Views: 5729

Re: Will WN go with the bigger 737s?

I've seen them do dual-door boarding/deplaning at SMF and SJC. It's been a while since I've deplaned from the back of an aircraft parked at a jet bridge in the US. I'd imagine this was some sort of pilot project to see if it would improve turnaround times. In reality people were so conditioned to on...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surface transfers
Replies: 23
Views: 1059

Re: Surface transfers

Also quite some surface transfers on Air France between Charles de Gaulle and Orly. This is often the case with cities that have multiple airports. Only surface transfer I've ever done myself was from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang. Free shuttle bus between the two airports, very convenient. Me...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: UA Advertisements in NYC - A Success or Failure?

Continental used to do this a lot when they were around. To the disdain of many on here, however, EWR is only an option for those in NJ, parts of PA, and parts of NYC. Everyone else wouldn't touch EWR with a 10 foot pole/drive there over LGA and JFK. Don't forget that EWR is also a massive connecti...

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by irelayer
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Planes that will be missed and those not
Replies: 89
Views: 8714

Re: Planes that will be missed and those not

I will definitely miss seeing the 737 classics. They're getting hard to find nowadays, even at Southwest. On that note, I had a 732 fly over my house (SAN) last year. Totally unexpected. Sierra Pacific I think. Made me realize that these are now ultra rare aircraft. I miss the 727 the most of all. ...

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by irelayer
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 103
Views: 9578

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

There is a distinction between a “brand” and “branding” that many here do not grasp- some do. The United “brand” consists of the company’s behavior, services and hard product. The deliverables the experience for the consumer. Branding is just the visual representation of that. The important thing i...

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