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by alan3
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian and Seattle
Replies: 27
Views: 2742

Re: Norwegian and Seattle

Didn't SAS fly to Seattle for a while from CPH in the 80's/early 90's? Why did they stop?

The Pacific Northwest doesn't really have a lot of European direct flights....PDX down to just 1 flight I think since LH stopped its PDX service.

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by alan3
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change
Replies: 95
Views: 8787

Re: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change

I don't know what is so great about DXB unless you like sitting on a plane on the ground for 90 minutes after doors closed to wheels up; or circling the terminal twice before your gate finally opens up and you can park after landing. If you're going to India, LHR for FRA, seems an easier connection...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Airline in Belgium: Air Belgium
Replies: 107
Views: 26454

Re: New Airline in Belgium: Air Belgium

Interesting to see if this can work... a second long haul airline for a small country like that. Most smaller European countries have 1 major scheduled long haul airline, with others being holiday package, charter or LCC. Belgium also doesn't really have a long history of successful second airlines....

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by alan3
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change
Replies: 95
Views: 8787

Re: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change

Is DXB-YYZ really only 3x/week? I would have figured there would be a larger demand. There is. If it were up to EK they would serve YYZ daily, as well as YUL and YVR. The Canadian government won't allow it, to protect AC. Which is frustrating. Qatar and TK serve YUL but with similar limitations, me...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 36th birthday to the Boeing 757
Replies: 58
Views: 4975

Re: Happy 36th birthday to the Boeing 757

I've flown on 757's with one long Y class with bathrooms at the back (seems to be the standard), but I've also flown on one (I think it was NW back in the day) with mid-economy bathrooms creating a separation in the Y class. I preferred that option but it seems more rare. Do the airlines pick the co...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 13108

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

FA pay is extremely low. Send them to a fancy hotel with a pier diem at company expense, combined with being very young, and unfortunately sometimes that's what you get.

On the other hand, given how many FA's there are flying every day, not sure a few incidents should be made into a bigger story.

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by alan3
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change
Replies: 95
Views: 8787

Re: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change

Is DXB-YYZ really only 3x/week? I would have figured there would be a larger demand. There is. If it were up to EK they would serve YYZ daily, as well as YUL and YVR. The Canadian government won't allow it, BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH CANADIANS WANT TO GO TO DUBAI as required by Canadian Bi-laterals without...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change
Replies: 95
Views: 8787

Re: Emirates Toronto Schedule Change

jubguy3 wrote:
Is DXB-YYZ really only 3x/week? I would have figured there would be a larger demand.


There is. If it were up to EK they would serve YYZ daily, as well as YUL and YVR. The Canadian government won't allow it, to protect AC.

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by alan3
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa starts PrivatAir to JED and ADD
Replies: 13
Views: 4829

Re: Lufthansa starts PrivatAir to JED and ADD

What is the point of LH using Privatair? I am not familiar with why they don't just fly their own aircraft.

For example, they fly from Frankfurt to Pune, India on a 737? That's a helluva distance on a 737.

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by alan3
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay
Replies: 69
Views: 11218

Re: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay

I really feel for those people who had to wait so long without support. But "you get what you pay for" hasn't been a saying for decades for no reason. If you buy a pair of hiking boots from Walmart becuase you can't afford the $600 ones from LL Bean, that's fine, but if you get wet socks a...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 100
Views: 15517

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

[twoid][/twoid] French Bee has to win the 2018 Worst Airline Name Award. Why would they go through all of this effort to brand, launch, paint an aircraft and then realize, oh maybe we should change our name. French Bee? Mais, non! My first thought as well. Isn't the name change in response to jetBlu...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market
Replies: 100
Views: 15517

Re: RUMOR : French Blue on ORY - SFO - PPT market

French Bee has to win the 2018 Worst Airline Name Award.

Why would they go through all of this effort to brand, launch, paint an aircraft and then realize, oh maybe we should change our name.

French Bee? Mais, non!

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by alan3
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?
Replies: 21
Views: 2246

Plus Ultra vs UX & IB...oversupply on Spain to Latam?

I was just wondering about Plus Ultra and their long haul flights to Latin America. Where do those pax come from (business or leisure) is there really a market for 3 long haul Spanish airlines to Latam.....? (actually 5 if you include Level and Wamos) And that's not even including competition from L...

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by alan3
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the stupid spelling of "Ravn" Alaska?
Replies: 26
Views: 3706

Re: Why the stupid spelling of "Ravn" Alaska?

Because vowels are SO your parent's generation.

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by alan3
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying
Replies: 37
Views: 4848

Re: Asiana celebrates 30th anniversary; refocus more on longhaul flying

Would OZ ever serve YVR? Given the explosion of Asian service to YVR, it seems like Asiana is the biggest missing Asian airline (along with SQ). Or, would that be saturation, given that KE and AC both already fly YVR-ICN? On the other hand, SEA-ICN is served by 3 airlines (DL, KE and OZ) and SEA is ...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11072

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

Flying to LHR is not like flying to other airports, the slots are to be respected for the rarity they are. Flights from America to LHR should have airplanes comensorate with a slot's economic value, they are reason why airlines like Air Transat and Norwegian use Gatwick. They fill the slot, which i...

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by alan3
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11072

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

Because Newark, NJ is a very small city :banghead: No it's not a "very small city". Newark is the 70th largest city in the US with 280,000 people, smaller than even LEX, BFL, and SCK. I’m sure you already know EWR is not there specifically to serve residents of Newark but rather the metro...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL
Replies: 70
Views: 7421

Re: Rumor: AI to increase frequency on SFO, SYD, MEL

Slightly off topic (but in the same general world region)......would there ever be a need for an India to Fiji service, given the large Indian population in Fiji?

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by alan3
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11072

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

As it stands now, in mid-February, which is about the lowest of the low season, I'm only seeing 1x 757 on EWR-LHR during the week, with mostly 764s on the other frequencies, which would be a reasonable capacity increase over past winters. This seems to be much ado about nothing. As for the original...

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by alan3
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11072

Re: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

And why just ask this question for UA (or DL or just TATL to LHR)? Shouldn’t the question apply to any airline serving LHR since the slot are so expensive, wheather it’s intraEuropean or intercontinental? It’s just a matter of right sizing, same reason LH doesn’t fly A380s to LHR is the same Reason...

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by alan3
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?
Replies: 64
Views: 11072

Why does UA fly the 757 to LHR?

Can anyone help me understand UA flies the 757 from EWR to LHR (UA16)? I can understand flying the 757 to a secondary European city, but since LHR gate slots are among the most expensive and difficult to acquire in the world, why would an airline "waste" such a valuable gate slot on a narr...

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by alan3
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline companies with similar liveries
Replies: 45
Views: 3353

Re: Airline companies with similar liveries

The new Lufthansa [cargo] and FedEx? Copa and United aren’t similar, they’re virtually identical. There’s a good reason for that, though, so I’m not sure it counts. There is a good reason why Allegiant and Jet2Holidays is similar as well (hint if you are curious: look up source of first Jet2Holiday...

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by alan3
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline companies with similar liveries
Replies: 45
Views: 3353

Re: Airline companies with similar liveries

Allegiant and Jet2Holidays have to win the award for similar liveries, hands down

Beijing Capital, Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines are all very similar

Tarom and LOT

COPA and United

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by alan3
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC
Replies: 146
Views: 20666

Re: Lufthansa fires Brussels Airlines CEO & CFO since they didn't want to change SN into an LCC

Do they expect a Eurowings type airline to fly those African routes, or do they not care if that African business goes to AF and KL?

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by alan3
Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333
Replies: 53
Views: 8629

Re: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333

Which begs the question: how come do they lose money on JNB-LHR? Well when they dropped CPT-LHR their chief complaint was a continual erosion in market pricing and lots of competition (such as ME3 options). While UK-SA is certainly not a small market, there is indeed dozens of options to get betwee...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333
Replies: 53
Views: 8629

Re: SAA only one daily JNB-LHR with new A333

South Africa's geographic position gives SAA a disadvantage. Its success is dependent on how well its country's economy is doing, and is dependent on the strength of O&D traffic. It does not have the advantage of being a hub beyond southern Africa. I don't know how much value SAA brings to Star...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.
Replies: 55
Views: 5794

Re: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.

Do any international airlines fly into Amritsar India? Most Indians living in Canada are from the Punjab area.. I wonder if AC has ever considered flights to Amritsar. AI used to do direct Toronto-Amritsar flights. Not sure about YVR. It's certainly not out of the question for AC as there's plenty ...

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by alan3
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?

Unlike Beijing and Shanghai, CAN is not a significant world city when financial, cultural and political metrics factored. For comparison, Guangzhou is considered a Beta city, in the same category as Lima, Cape Town, Lisbon, Hamburg, Santiago, Philadelphia, etc, Perfectly true, although British Airw...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 93
Views: 6099

Re: Canadian Aviation Thread

By the time WS develops a semi decent network to Asia and Europe, AC will be miles ahead of them. They already are. Basically WestJet is trying to bring their hard product up to AC standards. And AC is trying to improve their customer service to WestJet levels. We live in interesting times. Indeed ...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Canadian Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 93
Views: 6099

Re: Canadian Aviation Thread

By the time WS develops a semi decent network to Asia and Europe, AC will be miles ahead of them. They already are. Agreed. AC is a large airline by now ( historically everything was done to make Canadian Pacific's life difficult ( not unlike what the UK did to British Caledonian in that time ), fl...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?
Replies: 143
Views: 10114

Re: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?

So amidst all of these high tech answers, from a purely shallow and aesthetic point of view, the 737 to me looks fat and bulky and less modern.

Personally from looks alone I tend to prefer aircraft with shapely curves... (hence 747 > A380, and A320 family/C Series > 737).

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter
Replies: 59
Views: 12015

Re: Indigo to start low-cost flights to Europe from next winter

I just hope IndiGo stops requiring their flight attendants to wear those bob-cut wigs. Rather silly.

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Re: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?

Pretty amazing to see the amount of African carriers serving CAN. EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Air Mauritius, and Air Madagascar I believe all serve can, for a total of 5. Along with that, China Southern also serves CAN-NBO alongside Kenya Airways. So the CAN-Africa market is no dou...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?
Replies: 14
Views: 1699

Why don't more western airlines fly to CAN?

CAN is the 3rd busiest airport in China and Guangzhou is one of the largest cities in the world. Yet it seems only AF and AY fly there. No US airline, no Canadian airline, no other major European airline ( BA, LH or KL), no airline from Australia or New Zealand either. In fact more airlines from Afr...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't Air Transat fly to Hawaii & Australia/NZL ?
Replies: 18
Views: 1605

Re: Why doesn't Air Transat fly to Hawaii & Australia/NZL ?

C3000 were doing so well, they were unable to withstand the post 9/11 landscape for more than a couple of weeks. That pretty much tells you they were a cash flow business. All it took was a few weeks without cash flow and they failed. Trying to operate that flight, without local traffic, guaranteed...

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by alan3
Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.
Replies: 55
Views: 5794

Re: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.

Does this route fly westbound over Europe or Eastbound over Asia? And why?

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by alan3
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.
Replies: 55
Views: 5794

Re: Air Canada expands seasonal YVR-DEL to year round.

Agreed, everything I have heard (from an AC F/A I know) is that these YVR-DEL flights are extremely full. I don't think adding this will take away much India traffic from any Star Alliance partners.

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by alan3
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA is going to 3 daily Madrid-Mexico this summer
Replies: 52
Views: 8509

Re: IBERIA is going to 3 daily Madrid-Mexico this summer

The A340-600 has fallen dramatically out of favor With whom? It's an extremely comfortable plane and passengers love it because of its 2x4x2 configuration. It might not be the most efficient aircraft but as many people have pointed out it's great for Hot and High airports, as is the case with Madri...

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by alan3
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IBERIA is going to 3 daily Madrid-Mexico this summer
Replies: 52
Views: 8509

Re: IBERIA is going to 3 daily Madrid-Mexico this summer

I would propose to modify the title to include the EZE frequency increase as well, and continue to discuss both. It smells like A380 routes :) Given this, I assume the A350's in 2018 will be for growth, not A346 replacement (+the 2x A332's to compensate for the ones flying under LVL). Otherwise I h...

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by alan3
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?
Replies: 248
Views: 17393

Re: Why doesn't US have more holiday leisure airlines?

People forget that the USA has such diverse geography, even in the lower 48. You've got tropical beaches and high mountain ski resorts. You have lush forests, large lakes and wide rivers, as well as cultural urban centers. For many Americans (most?) there's just no reason to leave the country. I gu...

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by alan3
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?
Replies: 21
Views: 2743

Re: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?

I would have thought the LCC model was cheap basic paintjobs, so the way F9 and DY have a variety of photograph pictures on their tails surprises me.

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by alan3
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?
Replies: 21
Views: 2743

Re: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?

These answers are interesting. There's always such a lavish roll out of the new livery, I was naive and thought it was a big project that rolled out across the fleet fairly quickly, I guess based on some answers above I didn't realize how hodgepodge and haphazard the process really is!

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by alan3
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?
Replies: 21
Views: 2743

How long to repaint a fleet in new livery?

1. How long does it or should it take an airline to repaint their fleet in a new livery? 2. Does it come with the regularly scheduled washing or repainting job, given that the average repainting schedule is only about every 4 years isn't it? 3. Finally, do airlines bother repainting aircraft that ar...

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by alan3
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AI to start twice weekly direct Amritsar - Birmingham flight
Replies: 25
Views: 3246

Re: AI to start twice weekly direct Amritsar - Birmingham flight

rj777 wrote:
Might want to change the name to Birmingham (UK) when I saw Birmingham, I thought Alabama US


Why? Birmingham UK is by far the larger city and had the name first. Air India launching flights to Birmingham Alabama would indeed be one of the most bizarre business decisions in airline history!

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 161
Views: 11505

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Still wondering at what point someone at SCAT Airlines will finally come to their senses. Or Taiwan's FAT for that matter. I wonder who at China's "Okay Airlines" decided not to go for being great or good or amazing but rather just "okay". Vanilla Air.....yes it's a plant but acc...

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 93341

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

Why are there 2 discussion threads about the same thing... ?

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 356
Views: 38588

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

So how soon until we hear Boeing announce some sort of new 737-500 or something small like that in order to compete?

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier
Replies: 1424
Views: 93341

Re: U.S. Dept of Commerce backs Boeing in dispute with Bombardier

I don't know if it's more sad or alarming that dumping below manufacturing cost is not only accepted but celebrated. Celebrated I guess. You are incompetent builting a program, you almost get urself bankrupt, then the Government brings u back with subsidy, after that u cant sell the goddamm plane w...

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery
Replies: 99
Views: 6722

Re: Airlines in need of a new or revised livery

First, I am not fan of the "throw any colors together" method of Flybe (Purple, Orange, Red and White) or Southwest (Blue, Red, Gold). Second, I really am not a fan of Alaska Airlines tail image. It just feels politically incorrect somehow. Although I guess in that case I have to dislike H...

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by alan3
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: American Airlines Announces an Aggressive New Way to Stop Passengers From Stealing Overhead Bin Space
Replies: 43
Views: 4979

Re: American Airlines Announces an Aggressive New Way to Stop Passengers From Stealing Overhead Bin Space

Why don't US airlines just police the amount of luggage taken onboard? The amount of stuff people take onboard is ridiculous. If the ground staff demanded one compliantly sized bag per pax, this angst would be avoided. Other countries do it but US airlines ignore it and instead end up with boarding...

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