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by SurlyBonds
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DXB Dubai Intl Airport 20 Years Ago! (1998 video)
Replies: 25
Views: 3890

Re: DXB DUBAI Int Airport 20 YEARS AGO! (1998) (video)

In 1998 it might have been relatively small but it was by no means, insignificant. Nearly every airline traveling between Europe and Asia, or Africa and Asia needed to stop in DXB because a) no long range aircraft; b) Russian airspace was closed. Seriously? No long-range aircraft. The 744 was well ...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates signs a commitment for 36 additional A380's
Replies: 380
Views: 41901

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

macc wrote:
Without the financial crisis, she would be there already I believe.

Bingo.

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Theoretical 777-based replacement for 747?
Replies: 83
Views: 8437

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

[quote="jubguy3"]All VLAs are performing horribly. Fuel burn or not, aircraft like the 787 and A350 are the future.

*Quads* may performing horribly, not VLAs. The 777 is the case in point.

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 60933

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Very boring, and as someone else said, very JOON... Well, yes, objectively it's a bit boring; it's certainly not the new AA livery (which I like). But then again, Lufthansa's current livery is boring -- the airline wants to evoke an "old faithful" kind of feeling -- and this is really jus...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 60933

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

Very boring, and as someone else said, very JOON... Well, yes, objectively it's a bit boring; it's certainly not the new AA livery (which I like). But then again, Lufthansa's current livery is boring -- the airline wants to evoke an "old faithful" kind of feeling -- and this is really jus...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 60933

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

[quote="Yunus747"Think of it, a silver crane instead of the blue yellow tail!!! What is this?[/quote]

Indeed. We should be morally outraged.

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018
Replies: 258
Views: 60933

Re: Rumor: LH might introduce a new/revised livery in 2018

abrelosojos wrote:
WHY would you get rid of the iconic yellow for a dull grey?

Saludos,
Alex


To match what the cabin interiors look like. LH has been doing this on it rear bulkheads (at least on short-haul aircraft) for a while already.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair To Announce KEF-SFO
Replies: 96
Views: 7796

Re: Icelandair To Announce KEF-SFO

Amazing for FI, what is this 17-18 US destinations? Well at least we here in Houston have been spared an invasion from those crazy Norsemen....so far... Off the top of my head: N-American dest. (incl. Canada): Is Canada generally not considered part of North America? Why does it need to be noted th...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15122

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

This video recording has to stop! Why? You're in a customer-facing position. How is this any different from a secret shopper in a grocery store? The amount of times I had to get pax to delete any pictures and recordings... How, by assuming the police will arrest them? All I can say is: try that wit...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15122

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

I was under the impression that If you tell someone thats recording you to stop and that you do not authorize your image in their pictures/videos they have to comply? Why wouldnt they blur out people on those hidden cams TV shows. That's very true. A woman in Ottawa recently successfully sued a com...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15122

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

I was under the impression that If you tell someone thats recording you to stop and that you do not authorize your image in their pictures/videos they have to comply? Why wouldnt they blur out people on those hidden cams TV shows. By and large, not true. There is no generalized expectation of priva...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 15122

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

Pity for them they WEREN'T arrested. In America, we have this funny thing called "free speech". I know it isn't for everyone I know, but it works, and is recognized by all of our courts. They could have made a hell of a lot of money on this one, and would never have to fly Porter again in...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman
Replies: 112
Views: 19911

Re: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman

flyguy84 wrote:
SATexan wrote:
Alias1024 wrote:
This is all about trying to demonize Sheila Jackson-Lee and politicians in general.


I mean, hasn't Sheila Jackson Lee done a pretty good job of that herself? This is the congresswoman who told a Capitol Police officer, "I am a queen, and I expect to be treated like a queen."

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Has Greece disappeared as a transatlantic destination?
Replies: 118
Views: 19241

Re: Has Greece disappeared as a destination?

I think ATH has the ability to become a *Alliance alternative to IST as a gateway to not only Turkey but the entire Middle East. If this were, say, 1995, and the USSR had just collapsed and the ME3 largely not around, I might agree with you. But today, the reality is that TK (itself a Star Alliance...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia Depressurization Incident
Replies: 28
Views: 6363

Re: Air Asia Depressurization Incident

I've read the story, tons of sensationalism (i.e. "plunge" when you're talking about 20k ft in 9 mins, or about 2200fpm, which sounds about right when there's a pressurization problem. Then some other news said it's "20000 feet in seconds" :banghead: :banghead: ) There's a reaso...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?
Replies: 37
Views: 4792

Re: Potential of a Boeing+Embraer j/v?

dtw2hyd wrote:
Boeing has already too much on its plate. Its focus should be mainly on 737MAX quality, 787 sales and MoM development. Also dealing with the not to be named new yuge plane. Selling Jungle/Barbie jets should be last on the list.


What is the "new yuge plane" you're referring to? 777-9?

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should United bring back the Tulip?
Replies: 103
Views: 9878

Re: Should United bring back the Tulip?

I'm a die hard lover of the tulip and would love to see it come back, but that ship has sailed. I keep hearing the assertion that the "the tulip's ship has sailed,", but I've got to ask: why? If JAL can bring back the crane, and Air Canada the rondel maple leaf (admittedly not wholly aban...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?
Replies: 35
Views: 3033

Re: Seasonal LCC Flights Between Europe and Hawaii?

Not a huge market from HNL to Europe. Hawaii is west coast centric and DFW mega-hub connections. Europeans have the Med., Azores, and Indian Ocean that are much closer and cheaper. Plus, they don’t have to deal with the 1% of American A-hole, know-it-all, tourists. Setting aside your stereotypes ab...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"
Replies: 136
Views: 26602

Re: MOL: "Norwegian 'gone' in 4-5 months"

Evidence of safety violations? The world is multi cultural as is US. No one complains about all the tech employees imported here to Seattle, but somehow air crews can't be sourced world wide? I think it's clear, however, that some cultures are more safety-conscious and detail-oriented than others. ...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 36332

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple

I'm not talking about Budweiser, Miller, Coors, or any of the other mass produced beers. They're terrible and I do not drink them. However, American craft beer is excellent and there are smaller breweries that now distribute nationwide and, I believe, internationally. Those beers absolutely approac...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 36332

Re: Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-C

I beg to differ. There are plenty of great beer cities in the US making excellent beers that are, by and large, superior to the ones the three announced destinations are most famous for. In Belgium you can walk into a cafe and see a 32 page beer menu. They are not craft beers, they are well establi...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent UPDATE: CX announces HKG-DUB, HKG-BRU and HKG-CPH
Replies: 264
Views: 36332

Re: Cathay Pacific multiple "beer related" new destinations imminent

raylee67 wrote:
Are there any destinations in North America you would think as "beer related"?


Denver.

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?
Replies: 56
Views: 9530

Re: Could Fiji Airways become the Icelandair in the South Pacific?

:banghead: Terrible idea. Take a look at a map. You'll see Fiji is hardly a convenient central point. Also go read those dozen threads about why Hawaii wont be a similar hub either. Huh? Without commenting on the other issues raised in this thread, NAN is almost exactly on the great circle route be...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?
Replies: 63
Views: 9409

Re: British Airways London to San Jose. How well ?

Maybe it would be more useful to compare these loads to LH, NH and HU. I assume part of the point of these routes is that some folks will pay a premium to avoid the knife fight that is a trip up the 101 and have a better airport experience. If that's the case for all of these carriers (except argua...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?
Replies: 39
Views: 6101

Re: Which has the better long-term strategy: Emirates or Norwegian?

Low Cost Long Haul is the future whether we like it or not I'm not yet convinced. People have been speaking about low cost long haul for a long time and there have been few successes. Even AirAsiaX ended up being more of a medium haul rather than long haul player, and only now reentering the long h...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?
Replies: 32
Views: 4210

Re: Is the ME3's expansion sustainable long-term?

What country would allow EK (since you mentioned DXB) to set up a hub on their soil at the expense of their own airlines? I can't think of a single country in any of those geographic regions that would allow for such a proposal, especially Europe and East/SouthEast Asia. 77H The profile would be (1...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 12741

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

bigjku wrote:

Anything beyond that is just government babying.


Also known as "something bigjku doesn't like."

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Seat size regulations in the US
Replies: 176
Views: 12741

Re: Seat size regulations in the US

I think it's time for regulation. It doesn't have to be overly onerous either. Minimum pitch should be 31" and 17" seats on wide-bodies shouldn't be permitted. DL does just fine with 9x 777s. 787s should be 8x instead of 9x. The airlines have received unlimited gravy from the Feds for yea...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA Seeking Money From Disruptive Passenger
Replies: 18
Views: 2636

Re: HA Seeking Money From Disruptive Passenger

Aloha All, $110,000 is a hefty chunk of change for your average citizen. I did a bit of quick research and it appears that restitution in this particular instance (criminal case) cannot be discharged should the defendant declare bankruptcy. Definitely an eye opener case for other would-be disruptiv...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter
Replies: 317
Views: 34399

Re: Delta moves seat of Ann Coulter

With all due respect, you are in Iceland, yet you are arguing American contract law with American lawyers. DL did not do anything wrong under the Contract of Carriage. Is there a reason why various state statutes based on the Uniform Commercial Code (which is largely open to rewriting form contract...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route
Replies: 46
Views: 11635

Re: China Airlines considers cancelling New York route

I also think that two major international carriers for Taiwan likely impacts yields for both BR and CI. I was under the impression that there is a political element to the fact that Taiwan has two carriers -- that Kuomintang supporters usually flew CI, and Democratic People's Party supporters fly B...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 797 factory location?
Replies: 35
Views: 5591

Re: 797 factory location?

Being that Tesla is one of the better example California has it kind of makes the point of major companies like Boeing getting the hell out. I'm afraid I don't follow. Tesla considered locations in South Carolina and New Mexico for its Model S and ultimately opted for Fremont. The California econom...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 797 factory location?
Replies: 35
Views: 5591

Re: 797 factory location?

Unlikely. Places like long beach only have a future as defense production facilties where the costs can be considered a 'favor' to politicians of a certain district. California as a whole has some of the highest labor costs and most burdensome labor regulations in the United States. A commercial pr...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 23, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PAX Accuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination
Replies: 35
Views: 6375

Re: PAX Acuse WN of Homophobic Discrimination

Story found here: A little pedantic on the ops agent's part? Maybe, but it is the policy. If the policy is being selectively enforced, it most certainly is discriminatory. (Also, I would think that pre-boarding an 83-year old grandmother is a textbook case of "when airlines should be flexible ...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 10, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute
Replies: 163
Views: 15490

Re: UA Agent Canceled His Reservation Because He Filmed Her in Bag Dispute

As a Customer Service Agent for a major airline, I have learned the flying public will not tell the truth. When they are wrong and the conversation is not on their side they then start recording. First off, how *dare* you? No one in the flying public tells the truth? Ever? That's incredibly presump...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 22372

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight

Good post. We can't assume anything about Dad quite yet. It may turn out he's an attention-seeking prick who understood perfectly the CoC and was willing to put his wife and two toddlers through this ordeal in a clandestine mission to get on TV and/or get DL to pay for his trip. This is the version...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 22372

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight

This is a business, highly regulated but a business nonetheless. I keep hearing some of the pro-FA posters here make this point, or its kissing cousin, "airlines aren't charities!" Yes, airlines are a business. Duh. So what? Is your point that as a consequence of being a business, anythin...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 08, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12229

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

If airlines are so keen about customers fully understanding CoC, do NOT allow them to purchase until they confirmed they read it. This sort of contract -- where the customer "has to" sign to function in daily life, and has no opportunity to negotiate terms -- is called a "contact of ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man seated next to obese pax sues AA
Replies: 88
Views: 12455

Re: Man seated next to obese pax sues AA

Go to a buffet and look at the size of the patrons, no salads for them, greasy fried foods, cakes, pies and several trips to the ice cream machine. For many its not an overactive thyroid, but an over overactive fork. Wow. Just, wow. Have you actually bothered to read any scientific research on the ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will an airport be named after Obama?
Replies: 70
Views: 9454

Re: Will an airport be named after Obama?

kiowa wrote:
We need a law/amendment in the US prohibiting naming any public building or place after any politician..


Of all the things we need in the US, we "need" this why, exactly?

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12229

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

This is a common misconception held by the public, the purchase of a ticket does not purchase a right to a seat on a particular flight.


Maybe that's one of the first things we ought to change when we re-regulate the airlines.

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 06, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest
Replies: 162
Views: 12229

Re: FAs should stop threatening people with arrest

727200 wrote:
. Listening to the 'customer is always right' crowd...


The "customer is always right" crowd? Nice. Then you wonder why the (international) travelling public prefers the likes of EK and SQ to crappy US airlines.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri May 05, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight
Replies: 204
Views: 22372

Re: Delta employees threaten and harass family; kicked off flight for overbooking

I've heard several stories about how other passengers treated the 4 staff members on UA3411 after the Dr. Dao incident. The four staff members deserve every bit of opprobium they got. As for the gate agents for telling the passengers that they would be arrested on federal charges and their children...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"
Replies: 274
Views: 22189

Re: AA Employee Allegedly Hit Mom with Stroller, Challeneges 2nd Passeneger to "Hit Me"

...airlines are going to have to adopt a "reason and then delay" policy for situations like this. Front-line employees will be told to calmly explain the policy, procedure or regulation needing to be enforced, and/or action needing to be taken, and if a passenger refuses, it will simply e...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.
Replies: 61
Views: 7187

Re: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.

I agree that the major brands, by which I basically mean BA/IB, AF/KL, and LH/LX are likely to survive for the foreseeable future. I do suspect, however, that we may see some rationalization of the more regional brands (Air Dolomiti, Edelweiss, etc.) into the parent companies. Branding also requires...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.
Replies: 61
Views: 7187

Re: Will any of the European big 3 (Lufthansa Group, AFKLM, IAG) unite under a single brand.

Just made a note in my calendar: October 21, 2036: check if LH is still around. If yes, log in on a.net and post "I told you!!!!"


Or just check out the Starfleet Museum. ;)

http://www.starfleet-museum.org/bison.htm

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