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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 203
Views: 16636

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

SurfandSnow wrote:
Call me crazy, but this could set a precedent for something like LHR-EGE. Vail has gotten so expensive that most Americans could never afford to go. Europeans, however, still find it to be relatively affordable...


You're crazy. Europeans generally have WAY less disposable income than Americans.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nonstop to Italy from SFO
Replies: 35
Views: 4696

Re: Nonstop to Italy from SFO

In comparision with recently announced SFO-AMS by UA(with no feed on AMS end), it will start daily year round, considering KL has already served this route for long times. So, I think the demand for SFO to Italy is absolutely more than SFO-AMS. UA can try a summer seasonal first. Yeah, both BA and ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian drop LAX
Replies: 71
Views: 11021

Re: Ethiopian drop LAX

Is DUB-MAD even considered fifth freedom? Especially for new services, it's considered part of the single aviation market so would be cabotaje in that case.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms
Replies: 122
Views: 13018

Re: Airlines leasing houses instead of booking hotel rooms

There are lots of easier ways to save. I was at the Air Berlin hotel for JFK last year (before they went away). It was a La Quinta out in Long Island and the rack rate was $120 or so, I imagine they got quite a steep discount on that. So even in the most expensive cities there are options. The only ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 20050

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

Thank you for this further explanation. What is a dongle exactly in this case? From my search of the internet this morning, it generically means some type of software that controls functionality. If the aircraft is built a certain way, what cost difference does it make to Bombardier to control how ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100
Replies: 84
Views: 20050

Re: Interior pics of Delta's first A220-100

In flight entertainment... hmmm. Would it not be cheaper to just supply in-flight internet access, USB charging ports and let the passengers use their own devices? I mean after going through the cost of wiring all that up, the cost of the tablet itself really isn't that big of a deal anymore. I'm s...

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections
Replies: 27
Views: 937

Re: Multi-airport cities: Best and worst airport-to-airport connections

I've done a LTN-LHR connection with the mrs. and found a one way car hire that was cheaper than two tickets on the national express bus. Also not particularly hard logistically but BKK - DMK has a free bus if you have a ticket at the other airport but Bangkok traffic is something else. Though it wil...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL
Replies: 8
Views: 3100

Re: Iberia A332 operating for LEVEL

So would people who book the premium economy seats on Level end up in a real J seat?

Seems like quite a pleasant upgrade.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018
Replies: 158
Views: 36177

Re: Inaugural SQ SIN-EWR A359ULR 11 October 2018

I wonder if they will be conservative with loads initially. As far as I can tell the ULR has never flown this distance even in test. Yes I know they have lots of tests and can extrapolate for the ULR’s on known A350 performance but still interesting. Didn't they test on the delivery flight by takin...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6835

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

Too complicated and too many terminals involved. You would have to rearrange all of Heathrow airport. Who is going to pay for this fantasy project ? People who say this should happen have no clue how many flights go from LHR to the USA. Rearrange Heathrow you say? https://www.heathrowexpansion.com/...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?
Replies: 15
Views: 2276

Re: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?

It is not just one flight, or a random sale, it seems to be most of the upcoming ones I can see between BCN and the USA at least. People here talk about Norwegian being in a bad situation financially but from what I can see the fares of Level are substantially lower than Norwegian consistently, so ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6835

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows. That's what I think, it's easier to have 1-2 pier specifically designed for US flights. I dou...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Pre-clearance in LHR?
Replies: 44
Views: 6835

Re: US Pre-clearance in LHR?

I think maybe in the long term once the toast rack is complete it might be possible to have 1 pier shared between airlines and dedicated to US flights. But that'd be many years in the future and who knows.

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by LupineChemist
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16336

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

FWIW, I don't wish any harm to Norwegian. I'm actually rather annoyed that they are in the position they are in since DY is my favorite short haul airline in Europe. I'm not all that bothered with BA either. The people that complain about being upsold things like seat selection in Club are not BA's ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16336

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

The fierce reactions are a surprise. Not really. People on this site are very attached to their favorite and/or employer airline so it's understandable even when it's irrational. The article is saying that Norwegian is now the largest foreign transatlantic carrier. BA previously held that spot. Who...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rethinking LGA Airport
Replies: 72
Views: 7210

Re: Rethinking LGA Airport

A+ for creativity and quality of whatever you're smoking. F for reality. TBH - it should be JFK that gets the major expansion, not LGA. It's already bigger than LGA so there will be less land to acquire/fill. Plus the closing of LGA would free up air traffic around JFK/EWR to better utilize their r...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16336

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

Sorry but IB, EI, LV , AA, AY is not BA and it is BA and Norwegian we are talking about here. No reason to argue With me, argue with Reuters Fine, but then you need to split DI, DU and DY. Again, I am simply referring to an article here. We know how well the press gets nuance in aviation. The thing...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse
Replies: 309
Views: 45997

Re: Bloomberg: A380-Saving Emirates Deal Is Stalled Due to Engine Impasse

I mean there has to be an agreement here somewhere. At some point if EK runs a 20 year lifecycle, they will be almost at replacement rate for a slow moving 380 line all on their own. Airbus is going to have to take the accounting loss, but assuming they can keep the line cash flow positive, no reaso...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian
Replies: 98
Views: 16336

Re: British Airways loses New York crown to low cost rival Norwegian

I think BA has poor service and product also and that it is proabably not helping either against it's rivals. Not even Norwegian. BA's focus has always been yield, on a CASM basis you can't compare DY vs BA. Plus the figures given don't include IAG carriers IB, EI or LV and don't include JV partner...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 453
Views: 133089

Re: Airbus A220 (CSeries) Production/Delivery Thread 2018

Not sure about Chicago but definitely in Seattle.....this aircraft can open a lot of options in that city...but the biggest change will be in Laguardia and Boston where they seem to want to build a trans Atlantic jumping point....interesting times ahead There is weeping in Seattle and Chicago. It's...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 98
Views: 3884

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

The Airport Express in HKG might take the cake. Not only is it a super easy one seat ride from Hong Kong & Kowloon, with a short walk from the station into the terminal, but you can actually check your bag at the train station in town and then you don't have to drag it on the train - not sure i...

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by LupineChemist
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??
Replies: 98
Views: 3884

Re: Airports with the best one-seat ride to downtown??

Surprised BKK hasn't been mentioned yet. Great connection from the airport and reasonable transfers to lots of desirable areas, but as it's Bangkok, plenty of areas where you have to get a taxi from the station and Bangkok traffic is something else.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA's future at JFK
Replies: 42
Views: 9324

Re: BA's future at JFK

There is the interesting point that as wifi becomes more prevalent, that day flights may become more common as people can work during the flight. So maybe more morning departures and late departures from London.

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by LupineChemist
Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 7422

Re: Cathay cancels CPH in 2019

I would think they might use the OW hub in HEL to connect to the Nordics. Suppose it would depend on how nice AY wants to play with competition on the route.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: $10 Billion JFK Airport Renovation
Replies: 121
Views: 17268

Re: B6 selected to rebuilt T6/T7 at JFK

I would say this pretty much confirms B6's TATL plans. Now I wonder if they'd ever consider widebodies.

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EAS program extended for another 5 years.
Replies: 46
Views: 2925

Re: EAS program extended for another 5 years.

Yea, the US can't figure it out for some reason Because we don’t need it? Perhaps due to the relative inexpense of flying here? I don’t think we need to spend hundreds of billions on a train system that we don’t need simply to try and win a d*** measuring contest with Europe and China. Baloney. HSR...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes
Replies: 19
Views: 6864

Re: Kuwait Airways to Order New Airbus Airplanes

I'm assuming they will have deliveries to coincide with the opening of KWI T2.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy discussion thread
Replies: 74
Views: 12536

Re: Air Italy discussion thread

I agree that they need feed. They may be able to grow short and long haul together, but it's kind of insane to me that they aren't actively trying to get in on an alliance and also flying to ZRH, FRA, GVA, LYS, MRS, VIE, and particularly TXL as there is the old oneworld FF base there, on top of what...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4988

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

From a pax POV, the 767s are way, way worse. The 772s were refreshed and had updated seats, IFE and are just a clearly better experience. I don't care about the age of the frame, I care about the age of the interior.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air bankruptcy
Replies: 185
Views: 35937

Re: Primera Air bankruptcy

Welp...there goes that startup.

If they ran out of cash in September, that just seems particularly bad and they never even had a shot at making it through the winter.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights
Replies: 32
Views: 3499

Re: Air Astana looking at Madrid flights

With oil prices going up, I could see there being a growing business need between Repsol/Cepsa and the big engineering firms trying to get in on work in the area.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4988

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

The 777 isn't, but AA is using the 767, at least this summer. Hence my post and its relevance in the thread.

Feel free to look up AA94/95 yourself

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements
Replies: 25
Views: 4988

Re: AA JFK to CDG, MAD, and MIA 767 Replacements

Considering the options on JFK-MAD, I'm kind of shocked they stick with it on a route that competitive. Even on the JV, IB is so far superior of an experience compared to those old, tired birds.

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18
Replies: 37
Views: 5532

Re: Norwegian suspends FLL-BCN/MAD during W18

I think this is a simple example of connecting a somewhat "sun city" to another "sun city" in winter, whereas they can connect another more predominately cold city to a warmer city and drive more traffic. BCN-JFK/OAK/LAX remain bookable through winter, offering onward connection...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 11525

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL returns to SEA
Replies: 80
Views: 11525

Re: JAL returns to SEA

Should work well with the AS feed. It will be interesting to see if JAL tries to eventually move this route from NRT to HND should additional USA-HND slots become available for the 2020 Olympics. Considering the JV, it's a rather creative way for AA to get around having to distance themselves from ...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.
Replies: 62
Views: 8931

Re: United's IAH-SYD flight progress.

LAXintl wrote:
I would say with rising fuel cost, uneven loads, and reduced frequency for several months would point to not doing well.


Doesn't rising fuel generally help for Houston? Kind of a special case because the demand there goes up way more than the costs when oil is high.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12147

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

I do wonder if those replacement arrangements will be comparable to todays agreements. I believe most are open-skies treaties. Isn't the default reverting back to previous agreements? For the US, it could go back to Bermuda II and have that statement be true. Would still be a massive mess. Though c...

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 189
Views: 12147

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

The government has posted some more guidance relating to aviation specifically. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/flights-to-and-from-the-uk-if-theres-no-brexit-deal https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aviation-safety-if-theres-no-b...

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 5412

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

Actually, believe it or not, CLT isn’t a bad airport to make connection in. Although, this is anet so anything CLT related is a goes up in flames with negativity. Always seemless for me. Compared to the disastrous MSP airport. I mean, I don't mind it so much on domestic connections but the security...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds
Replies: 28
Views: 3459

Re: Jet Airways flight turns back to BOM after cabin pressure loss causes nosebleeds

neomax wrote:
Why does such a switch even exist in the first place? I assume this would only be used when descending below a certain altitude instead of ascending above it.


Would this have anything to do with pressurization for high altitude airports?

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 57
Views: 5412

Re: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power

I believe you're incorrect about no security rescreening when connecting international to domestic, unless you're talking about a flight which precleared at its origin (DUB for instance). I was talking about TSA screening after you clear customs. Once you clear customs you are cleared onto your con...

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by LupineChemist
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad
Replies: 78
Views: 14356

Re: Emirates is exploring to take over Etihad

This just makes too much sense to not happen eventually. And yeah, concentrate operations in DWC, new terminal may be a mistake in retrospect...Though a high speed rail line from AUH to Dubai could easily make it viable as a secondary option for Dubai as well. That could future proof capacity for de...

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by LupineChemist
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)
Replies: 21
Views: 3776

Re: Refinery Burnoff Near LAX (17 Sept 2018)

Used to be a tech for a hydrogen system. When starting up we had to run to flare until we were at steady state. That was always a show when at night, but the hydrogen meant no smoke since it's can't combust incompletely.

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by LupineChemist
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018
Replies: 23
Views: 5620

Re: Qatar Airways reveals loss for 2017/2018

Do we know how IG is doing as part of this. I would assume they are losing money as part of the expansion for now as well.

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by LupineChemist
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3260

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

I don't have the numbers, and I didn't mean to say there was no O/D demand. What I was trying to say was that the O/D demand is so much less than the connecting demand that locals have to deal with inconvenient schedules. And yes, when I was talking about inconvenient times for local connections. If...

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?
Replies: 196
Views: 30238

Re: What the heck is going on with American Airlines?

So I have a question about PHL. How much does trucking the fuel, rather than having a distributed system add to the cost of operating?

If AA wants to really grow there, will they eventually just have to bite the bullet and fund installation of a central distribution system?

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by LupineChemist
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 3260

Re: Non-US and non-European Airline hubs

The things that make US hub really stands out for me is the fact that airports like ATL or DFW are not exactly located in "1st tier" city (Think NYC, LA, Chicago), yet they're the largest hub for DL and AA, respectively. It's one thing to have a hub in secondary cities (PRC carriers does ...

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