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by toxtethogrady
Fri May 04, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)
Replies: 71
Views: 12326

Re: Beijing new airport thread (construction developments & discussions)

Zoedyn wrote:
PVG and LAX both have 5 rwys
ATL has plans to build a sixth rwy


LAX has five runways? News to most people...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue May 01, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: So much for UP; El Al restructures fares to Europe
Replies: 1
Views: 526

So much for UP; El Al restructures fares to Europe

A new three-tier pricing policy has been instituted by El Al on certain flights to Europe, and it appears to be the carrier's latest response to the low-fare carriers that are now moving into Israel.

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12410347/el-al-launches-low-cost-style-service

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by toxtethogrady
Tue May 01, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket
Replies: 54
Views: 9436

Re: Airline companies stare at a burning issue as fuel prices skyrocket

Fricking frackers haven't caught up yet to OPEC's attempts to drive up prices by reducing surplus from the marketplace. At the moment, though, inventories are continuing to shrink. At some point, that will drive the price up, and when it happens, it will be a bigger move than anyone has anticipated...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8003

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

Cost, cost and cost. UA would love to move on to a new C/D and expand operations but the costs at IAD are very high, without the new C/D even being built. Cost has been no deterrent to all the international carriers that have started service at IAD in the last few years. If United thinks IAD is exp...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8003

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

This............. "One big question facing Dulles is whether MWAA and United can reach an agreement on a new concourse C/D to replace the temporary facilities that the airline has used since the mid-1980s." There are still some perfectly good planning documents sitting on the shelf at MWA...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM to start SCL-GRU-TLV 12/2018
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: LATAM to start SCL-GRU-TLV 12/2018

First Latin carrier to Israel?

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What if Smisek had stayed at United?
Replies: 29
Views: 4840

Re: What if Smisek had stayed at United?

Smisek was more about shaving nickels off costs rather than growing revenue. His approach was not working. I don't miss him at all, and neither does Houston.

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, could impact production
Replies: 52
Views: 7774

Re: Boeing hit by WannaCry virus, could impact production

This virus was in outbreak for 4 days and was patched a year ago. Why in the world is Boeing not updating their computers to be protected from these kind of things? So there was some idiot in South Carolina who clicked on an e-mailed link, which they know they're not supposed to do, and it apparent...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy
Replies: 50
Views: 13249

Re: China Eastern FA's Caught on Video Orgy

ER757 wrote:
At least Newsweek had the good taste to use a photo of an aircraft in MU's old, less awful livery :smile:


But the photo only dates back to November 2017. They must not be refreshing the aircraft paint jobs at a rapid rate.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has United considered relocating to DEN?
Replies: 43
Views: 5808

Re: Has United considered relocating to DEN?

AFAIK United once had their entire HQs in Elk Grove Village near ORD, but Stephen Wolf wanted his and other executives offices in downtown Chicago and their HQ remains split today. It seems UA could have a really impressive unified sprawling HQ and training center (similiar to what AA had at Centre...

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh
Replies: 110
Views: 24880

Re: Gulf Air unveils growth strategy, upcoming brand refresh

JFK was served via Geneva and after that station closed, via Larnaca (and maybe nonstop JFK BAH, not sure). There was a tag on to Houston for a while too (obviously no local traffic JFK IAH). All A340-300. Frankly, if they couldn't make IAH work, there are probably not many other cities in North Am...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2, as well as MAX 7 and A319neo
Replies: 49
Views: 9730

Re: UA 'very seriously' looking at CSeries and E2

There would be no scope questions if UA paid all its pilots under one master contract.

But that would end the rationale for regional flying...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations
Replies: 80
Views: 15649

Re: Qatar Airways Announces 12 new destinations

I'm surprised to not see San Francisco on the list. Unless that is a previous announcement.

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can Sun Country become the new Northwest?
Replies: 32
Views: 4008

Re: Can Sun Country become the new Northwest?

With the recent upswing of Sun Country, is a Westjet style expansion in its future? SY is very small at the moment, but it definitely looks they want to change that. Past domestic growth, is long haul with SY a possibility in the future, and if so, can they become the Northwest? It is hard to take ...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United replacing employee bonuses with new program
Replies: 125
Views: 12714

Re: United replacing employee bonuses with new program

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companie ... ocid=ientp
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And it now appears that this idea got walked back quicker than Lufthansa's new paint scheme...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companie ... ocid=ientp

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United replacing employee bonuses with new program
Replies: 125
Views: 12714

Re: United replacing employee bonuses with new program

So the employees that are more dependable and efficient, thus more valuable to the company, are rewarded for it. That's not a lottery. I wish FedEx would go back to merit bonuses instead of treating every employee the same, financially speaking. If you will not win as a team, you will lose as indiv...

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Batik Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR
Replies: 46
Views: 8031

Re: Batik Air to convert entire A321neo order to A321LR

I was under the impression that the Lion group was exclusively a Boeing franchise. If the A321 can make it into the line-up at a level of orders for 65 at Batik, then Boeing must be under a competitive challenge...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again
Replies: 45
Views: 9779

Re: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again

I was going to go with Leeham... :duck:

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to oppose Boeing-Iran deal
Replies: 37
Views: 3863

Re: Trump to oppose Boeing-Iran deal

Would be really sad to see this deal not go through. Also would kinda go against Trump's ''America First'' policy Since when has Trump been known to do anything not mercurial? He says one thing, tweets another thing, then does a third...all the while looking over his shoulder to make sure Robert Mu...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy
Replies: 115
Views: 16435

Re: It’s official! Meridiana rebranded as Air Italy

There we go,again! Bathroom tiles! How uninspiring! What does it have to do with an airline sign? "We see the world differently". I see the same lack of inspiration allll over again...... It seems they asked from the designing team: look guys, we want a sign that shows the transition from...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again
Replies: 45
Views: 9779

Re: Rumor: EK to upgauge DXB-IAH to Airbus A388 again.

https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php

No word on the aircraft returning to DFW, but that could be in the works, too...
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No rumor. Article in the Houston Chronicle confirms it...
https://www.chron.com/business/bizfeed/ ... 628669.php

No word on the aircraft returning to DFW, but that could be in the works, too...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9539

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

Maybe one of the respective local residents can explain: Why is the water next to SFO / JFK so rich in wildlife compared to, for example, the waters surrounding HKG, SIN, KIX, HND, ...? Even Oakland has a runway built on reclaimed land, as are parts of SFO and JFK already. JFK and SFO are in the US...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9539

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

It has been my experience that both JFK and SFO have had limited runway capacity for decades. Yet they keep seeing traffic increases. So somehow, it's working.

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK / SFO bay development
Replies: 99
Views: 9539

Re: JFK / SFO bay development

RJNUT wrote:
I wonder how many of those "chainers" have ever loudly displayed their upset over the chronic delays at SFO or exhorbitant fares?!


They have two solutions to suggest - Oakland and San Jose. They also encourage the airlines to use larger airplanes.

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?
Replies: 51
Views: 6344

Re: Greenland Hosting a Mid-Atlantic Hub?

Greenland is too far west. Keflavik is near the midpoint...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 25871

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost. ... count=2252
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I found a more apples-to-apples comparison over at SkyscraperCity, from someone who gets his numbers from IATA. For what it's worth - one month, YTD and full year stats...
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost. ... count=2252

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports
Replies: 155
Views: 25871

Re: 2017 total passenger rankings for US large hub airports

Because many of the airports have not reported full year data, comparisons are not possible. We won't know until ACI publishes their rankings - in about three months.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia plans new "Concorde"
Replies: 31
Views: 6791

Re: Russia plans new "Concorde"

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/676904/Russia-Supersonic-Plane-Concorde-Vladimir-Putin-Tu-160M2-Tupolev-Mach-2-Passenger-Moscow Based on the TU-160m2 BlackJack supersonic bomber. The fact it is based on a flying supersonic bomber makes it a little then vaporware. Ah, the Daily Star. Ren...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters: United to consider Airbus A321 NEO.
Replies: 233
Views: 37093

Re: Reuters: United to consider Airbus A321 NEO.

It will be interesting to see how all of this dovetails with their plans to boost domestic capacity in a bid to catch up with their rivals. The A321 is a versatile aircraft and a good replacement for the 757. American seems to like the airplane...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines Network Thread 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 45037

Re: United Airlines Network Thread 2018

How is United hampered or not by its like of 600+ flights hubs? ORD and IAH are in the 500's. They don't have fortress hubs like ATL, DFW, or CLT. United is starting to address that, and the markets are not happy. The forecasts of 4-6% domestic growth per year from 2018 through 2020 appear to be de...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 40
Views: 7789

Re: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan

DexSwart wrote:
The Seychelles could make a great connection point between Africa and Asia.

Maybe they should try and capitalise on this even more?


The Keflavik of the Indian Ocean? Not enough travelers, not enough interest...

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Niki Lauda purchases NIKI
Replies: 195
Views: 41854

Re: UPDATE: Niki Lauda buys Niki

mxaxai wrote:
Following the acquisition of Niki by Lufthansa, which was foiled by anti-trust agencies, and the attempted sale to IAG, the bankrupt airline Niki has now been sold to its founder, Niki Lauda.


Is this Groundhog Day? :white:

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"
Replies: 69
Views: 11341

Re: Buzz Aldrin explodes on Deltas' "Lousy Operation"

DIRECTFLT wrote:
“Are you operating an airline here or not?"


Funny, we used to ask that about Eastern... :duck:

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 178
Views: 21664

Re: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?

parapente wrote:
The market (Emirates) have just spoken this morning.Its called the A380.


Emirates is still the only carrier willing to buy in bulk. But then, they have a rather unique business model.

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 178
Views: 21664

Re: 777-10 to be Boeing's 747 replacement.

But we don't need a VLA. The 747 8i has sold terribly, the A380 is on the brink of ending production if Emirates doesn't order more, and the 777-9 is already being pushed into a niche as possibly the largest available aircraft. And in fact, the new generation 777 is not selling great guns, either. ...

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 59593

Re: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's

So are these enough frames to keep the line running? I'm not sure. At current rates, it's another 2-3 years, but they really need a Chinese order to make the airplane more sustainable.

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by toxtethogrady
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD
Replies: 62
Views: 12360

Re: DELTA announces 2017 profit $5.5 Billion USD

Keep an eye on oil prices - now close to $64 a barrel. Delta's refinery might be a hedge, but if this is the new normal, this year's results may be hard to duplicate.

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by toxtethogrady
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to increase A320 production in Tianjin
Replies: 8
Views: 1296

Re: Airbus to increase A320 production in Tianjin

http://awin.aviationweek.com/ArticlesSt ... dde5bcc479
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More on China's Airbus plans is in this morning's Aviation Week Intelligence Network. A330-900s and A380s are a possibility, which could lead to assembly of some components of the A380 in China.
http://awin.aviationweek.com/ArticlesSt ... dde5bcc479

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran Air and Boeing announcing agreement to order 50 Boeing 737's and 30 Boeing 777's
Replies: 214
Views: 46116

Re: Iran Air saying deal signed to order 50 Boeing 737's and 30 Boeing 777's

kaitak wrote:
Well, let's see how Trump helps jobs in America.


He's a bit preoccupied at the moment, stable genius that he is...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF
Replies: 54
Views: 15581

Re: Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF

The first A321neo ACF is now out in the open. First delivery scheduled for mid-2018. Press release http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2018/01/airbus-rolls-out-first-a321neo-acf.html https://imagr.eu/up/4zJBC_A321neo-ACF-Roll-Out.jpg The livery does not disguise their expectations for ...

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by toxtethogrady
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 13869

Re: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018

It does. It doesn't favor longer thinner markets and low fares.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 25 A350s
Replies: 47
Views: 11149

Re: Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 25 A350s

TK has also been rumored to be a customer for the A380, but I guess the political instability in the country doesn't make that possible.

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by toxtethogrady
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Eastern Expansion
Replies: 7
Views: 2265

Re: LAX Eastern Expansion

As I recall, LA officials agreed to a cap on gate and hardstand positions at LAX, as part of the agreement to permit TBIT to be built. Eastward expansion may be of interest to some of the carriers, but the agreement with the neighborhoods will have to be revised to allow it to happen.

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transportation Research Board - Annual Meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 145

Transportation Research Board - Annual Meeting

TRB Week starts Sunday (1/7/2018), and the Aviation Group has plenty of sessions, workshops and committee meetings scheduled at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. There's also the Aviation Caucus Monday evening reception for aviation professionals of all stripes. So what are the big issues for...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 11601

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

drerx7 wrote:
Delta and AA seem to be stagnant in Houston. Spirit and Frontier seem utilize the 321 regularly here though.


That seems to make sense, as right now, the locals are looking for discounts. But we may see more business travel if WTI remains as high as it is...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 11601

Re: IAH/HOU Aviation Thread 2018

Oil has crept back above $61 a barrel. I would start watching passenger trends out of the two airports, as some of the locals could start feeling flush again...

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al will launch flights to San Francisco Q4 2018
Replies: 80
Views: 12830

Re: El Al will launch flights to San Francisco Q4 2018

I'm actually surprised El Al hasn't tried to strike up a few deals with some of the megachurches and begun service to Texas.

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by toxtethogrady
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018
Replies: 95
Views: 13869

Re: Norwegian reveals its biggest ever year of growth in 2018

Oil just approached $62 a barrel (WTI). I think the good times will be over soon.

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