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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC
Replies: 245
Views: 22288

Re: BA to Start London Heathrow to Charleston, SC

How about BA consider SAF or ABQ for its next North American destination? Santa Fe has a profile similar to CHS.

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats
Replies: 120
Views: 18955

Re: Thai Airways pilot on ZRH-BKK refuses to fly because his friends couldn't get First Class seats

It sounds like it might have been a deadheading pilot or crew member in rest contractually obligated to an F seat. Ah the end titled airline staff. Deadheading employee more important than a paying passenger :roll: Um, yes, they're entitled -- it's part of their compensation, which they airline fai...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst
Replies: 109
Views: 23354

Re: Etihad to cancel a "significant amount" of A350 Order according to Aviation Analyst

Swadian wrote:
ACCS300 wrote:
ME3 quickly becoming ME2


What about TK? I guess they're not really in the ME?.


Turkey is not the Middle East!

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian drop LAX
Replies: 71
Views: 11094

Re: Ethiopian drop LAX

lightsaber wrote:
I'm sad LAX lost its one Africa flight, but there are just too many other options.


Doesn't Egyptair fly to LAX?

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17445

Re: LH closing SJC

you do realize that EK 330s are long gone? :confused: and unless you are talking about the 340- 600 , LH's 340-300 and 330-300 have more or less the same layout when it comes to galleys and lavs.in all variations the galley (for eco) is in the back and there are lavs in the L/R3 door area behind th...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17445

Re: LH closing SJC

I don’t know about you, but I go to an airport to get someplace, not to have great places to relax or great lounges and restaurants. I disagree. If I can show up an hour or two early and get good lounge access, I can get a lot of real work done, often without people interrupting me for extraneous m...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17445

Re: LH closing SJC

2. The A380 to FRA, and the A340 to MUC, are both significantly roomier and more comfortable than the A330 out of SJC. Though the A340 is a little longer, doesn't the A340 and A330 have the same cabin size. How is the A340 significantly roomier and more comfortable than an A330? Without going too f...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17445

Re: LH closing SJC

I think, for many years, people in the Bay Area viewed SFO as the region's sole international airport. I guess SJC is finding it hard to overcome the more 'domestic' brand people had applied to it for many years. Given its smaller size and its proximity to many large companies in Silicon Valley, pe...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH closing SJC
Replies: 116
Views: 17445

Re: LH closing SJC

Apparently, at least during the first year of service, SFO LH frequent flyers were often unaware of the SJC flight unless IROPS saw them rebooked on it!( I fly LH from SFO about 4-5 times per year, and it's my preferred carrier internationally. I live on one of the towns on the mid-Peninsula, and &...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

Delta does not charge $800 to fly EWR to MSP because it is their cost... they do it because there is enough people willing to pay that price to get from EWR to MSP in 2 hours and being there quick is more important than comfort for a few hours. Exactly. This is the "cost-based pricing" fa...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

dz09 wrote:
Milk producers or retailers would charge $10/gal if they could, but they can't....


I am not sure who is bringing up the point of milk to argue against regulation -- but for the record, the price of milk is highly regulated in the US. As in "price caps imposed by the government."

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual airline routes
Replies: 62
Views: 3611

Re: Unusual airline routes

IAH-SVO-DXB was always weird to me. I think you're mistaking this for IAH-DME-SIN on Singapore Airlines. And the rationale for it was easy: connect three cities that were very important to the energy industry and more-or-less lay on the great circle route. (The fact that NASA has some traffic from ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

Actually, I'm quite aware of such a concept. What you may be unaware of is the DC Metro does not equate to airlines, i.e. air carriers aren't public transportation services. A fundamental argument in this issue is that too often, folks like to compare air carriers to public transport systems when t...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

All of you that said it won't get out of committee, you're right; if you understand how Congress worked funding bills they don't go to a normal committee at all. This is a must pass bill, and the house and senate members have already agreed to this.. I thought this was an authorization bill (and th...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

Back to pre-1978 we go... Just remember: airlines will do all these things if the public is willing to pay appropriately. You're apparently unaware of the idea of "collective action problems." There are plenty of regulatory outcomes that obtain if, absent regulation, people would pay for ...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size
Replies: 138
Views: 10583

Re: US Congress working on a bill that would force FAA to mandate minimum seat size

Many people here know how things were before deregulation. We also know just how expensive it was to fly back then. Before deregulation, the CAB allocated routes to carriers. An airline couldn't fly just anywhere it wanted; it had to get CAB permission. In practice this often meant a duopoly on rou...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation September 2018
Replies: 176
Views: 16081

Re: Turkish Aviation September 2018

LAXintl wrote:
(SFO was largest and launched in 2016).


That can't be. I flew TK SFO-IST in November 2015. And it was not a hot-off-the-presses route then.

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7179

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

There is huge potential here. MAD-WAW-NRT is 1,482nm shorter than via Dubai. It's also about 60 miles longer than MAD-FRA-NRT, and 10 miles longer than MAD-MUC-NRT. So what this plan rests on is basically creating an "EU4+TK" rather than an EU3+TK. Why do the existing hubs not suffice? If...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg
Replies: 239
Views: 16081

Re: AA May End Ticket Changes If Congress Limits Fees - Bloomberg

I see many arguments here about what a 'reasonable' change fee is, whether they are justified with 21st century technology, whether they are justified because Southwest profits without them, and under what circumstances they 'should' or 'should not' apply. My question: Does the answer to all of the...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7179

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

This is an opportunity to put Warsaw on the map a la Singapore, Hong Kong, or Dubai. Lightsaber You are being far too aviation-centric if you think that opening an airport, in and of itself, put any of those cities "on the map." Singapore and Hong Kong were major financial centers thanks ...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia
Replies: 63
Views: 7179

Re: Bloomberg: Poland Wants Its Planned Airport to Be a European Gateway to Asia

Another vanity project triggered by national pride rather than a business case, reminds me of that airport near Madrid that never saw a single aircraft. Ultimately, yes, it's ambitious, and yes, it has white elephant written all over it. But for an aviation market to take the next step, they have t...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?
Replies: 44
Views: 2870

Re: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?

Any background on this? No demand. Hmmm. The Bay Area, the 5th most populous metro area of the United States and home to almost 9 million people including the world's primary tech hub and a major UA fortress hub, doesn't have any demand, yet you can fly to Costa Rica from Baltimore? Exactly. Color ...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumours about Air France US expansion
Replies: 82
Views: 10314

Re: Air France Us expansion

compensateme wrote:
I think your “friend” made this “rumor” up. KLM ended service to DFW in 2015, and DFW is not a slotted airport.


Compensateme needs to change his name to "egg on face, shoulders, and upper half of body."

Quit being so rude.

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 176
Views: 10655

Re: Aer Lingus rumor - announcement 9/12

If MSP is indeed one of the cities why would IAG send EI from DUB first instead of BA from LHR when there has to be more O&D to London. I understand DL already has flights to LHR, but BA would have so many connection options that EI @ DUB doesn’t. Plus wouldn’t a 788 be a better plane to open a...

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by SurlyBonds
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 176
Views: 10655

Re: Aer Lingus rumor - announcement 9/12

Ireland is a country of 4.7 million people. That's about the size of Alabama in terms of population. Why would they need routes to those destinations, especially when a connection in London is half an hour flight time away? In case you're unfamiliar with Ireland, I'd highlight two points which easi...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub
Replies: 44
Views: 5738

Re: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub

BREECH wrote:
Oligarchs are not government. Gosh, will westerers EVER understand as much about Russia as they talk about it?


Are you being deliberately obtuse? There are plenty of oligarchs deeply connected to the government, such as Potanin, Usmanov, etc.

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub
Replies: 44
Views: 5738

Re: Aeroflot seeks to capitalize on Moscow as sixth-freedom hub

Also, the airline and/or airport staff will need to manage any racist tendencies to avoid an incident like the one that occured recently with the American/Indian pax transiting Moscow... I’m sure that can match US and India levels of racism pretty quickly ,,,, should not be a problem You'd be very,...

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by SurlyBonds
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rename PHX
Replies: 53
Views: 4644

Re: Rename PHX

dfw-man wrote:
McCain intl sounds good to me


As a Democrat, I fully endorse this proposal. The man is a patriot and this would be a fitting honor.

And so what if it sounds a little like "McCarren"? All those pesky Irish names, they're so damn alike...

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by SurlyBonds
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pax urinates on other pax on ANA flight
Replies: 39
Views: 9298

Re: Pax urinates on other pax on ANA flight

I was recently on a 4-hour night flight (LH from Frankfurt to Beirut) and could not sleep five minutes because of two drunk young ladies in the row just in front, who kept moving, laughing and trying to talk to me, and yet getting more wine from the f/a every time they asked. But they were doing no...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SKG Proposed new routes
Replies: 58
Views: 4922

Re: SKG Proposed new routes

Freshside3 wrote:
And US carriers are generally ignorant and narrow-minded, when it comes to assessing the USA-Greece market.


Also known as "they don't want to lose money."

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Berlin
Replies: 96
Views: 11684

Re: Trans-Atlantic Berlin

In any case, Berlin is not that bad as many posters point it here. I.e. Berlin has the strongest population growth in Germany, and that is partially due to tech companies establishing in the city, government jobs and also more non-bank financial institution that are looking for a better lifestyle c...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?
Replies: 75
Views: 10405

Re: Why arent Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia popular with carriers?

No way to make sufficient yields period stop. All far to leisure price sensitive and only frequent flyers tend to be nannies and nurses . I'm skeptical of this. Malaysia surely has business traffic. It is the world's leading center for Islamic finance, which may not come close to eclipsing garden-v...

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by SurlyBonds
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Daytime west coast - Europe transatlantic flights.
Replies: 15
Views: 2628

Re: Daytime west coast - Europe transatlantic flights.

I can't imagine a logistical advantage to such a flight. Passengers would have to arrive at the airport at 5am, and when you get to Europe, the day is over and there are certainly no connections to be made. To each their own. If you don't sleep well on an airplane would arrive go to bed and be grea...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter
Replies: 108
Views: 11506

Re: Video of Hawaiian Employee Chucking Bags Posted on Twitter

This is the Dumbest thread I've ever Seen! You bought the Cheapest Ticket you could find and you want somebody to treat your Bag like it's GOLD. If you didn't want your Bag Gate checked? Then you should have booked Sooner of carried LESS Crap so you could boars in group 3. Do we know for a fact tha...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?
Replies: 119
Views: 9980

Re: Will Boeing build its new mid-market aircraft in Washington?

I can't imagine why any company would choose to produce a product in such a business unfriendly region as the Pacific Northwest. High taxes, high costs for everything, polticians that hate business, and hostile labor unions all add up to a toxic mixture. I don't see any way that NMA production ends...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 225
Views: 12814

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

I used airstairs to deplane from a 748 on the apron at FRA (originating at LAX) - I think this was about three years ago.

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by SurlyBonds
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines
Replies: 97
Views: 15807

Re: Growth and future of Ethiopian airlines

Ethiopian Airlines launches Istanbul and Moscow! now there are 15 destinations in Europe without a doubt this 2018 has been a great growth, I hope that the arrival of the new airplanes continue opening much more and more destinations! I just want to see you soon in Australia https://twitter.com/Air...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United gets sued for refusing to land for sick passenger
Replies: 87
Views: 10546

Re: United gets sued for refusing to land for sick passenger

"Dr. Ramsey, a Dermatologist from Akron, answers the call. He's spent a decade aggressively treating juvenile facial acne and really knows how to operate under pressure." "a full meal of unwanted ravioli as "beef" was out - the first grave error made by United" "m...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United gets sued for refusing to land for sick passenger
Replies: 87
Views: 10546

Re: United gets sued for refusing to land for sick passenger

"Dr. Ramsey, a Dermatologist from Akron, answers the call. He's spent a decade aggressively treating juvenile facial acne and really knows how to operate under pressure." "a full meal of unwanted ravioli as "beef" was out - the first grave error made by United" "m...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?
Replies: 64
Views: 9284

Re: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?

But the new IST is going to change the playing field. The new SVO expansion could alter some connections, but only if Russia realizes the true cost of an undeclared war... Lightsaber Agreed on IST, but that's mostly a variation on the DXB/DOH/AUH theme. (The carriers that missed out on big opportun...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 26, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?
Replies: 64
Views: 9284

Re: Prelude to Middle East hubs losing clout as super connector in the wake of growing nonstop links bypassing them?

I've posted for over a decade the way to compete with the ME3 is to bypass them. But nonstop Europe-Asia flights have been common since Russian airspace opened up at the end of the Cold War. People have been able to "bypass" the ME3 for more than 25 years, and yet that is exactly when the...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 21, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 65
Views: 8000

Re: European expansion in SFO

- Silicon Valley is the key here. None of the cities you’ve listed have anything to do with tech. In that case I'm surprised there isn't a direct Berlin - San Francisco flight as Berlin is the largest tech city in Europe. But that's primarily a function of Berlin's anemic role in German aviation. I...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 21, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 65
Views: 8000

Re: European expansion in SFO

Hmmm. I’ve lived in SF for a while and had family there too. I think your statements are not entirely correct. - Important financial centre yes but not for Europeans. I would disagree, at least with respect to venture capital/technology finance and banking. A huge number of European startups choose...

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by SurlyBonds
Mon May 21, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 65
Views: 8000

Re: European expansion in SFO

As a 41 year resident of the San Francisco Bay Area I was interested in your post about SFO. However, your statement that SFO is “one of the best airports in the United States” is laughable. It is simply one of the worst—just above Newark. You are right that it has lots of airlines and lots of dest...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 12, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22274

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming cays

BTW there are still French people, not many but still, who hold a grudge against the allies (mainly the US) for having razed French cities in 1945. And there are many, many more, especially in Normandy, who are forever grateful to the US and UK and other allies for having liberated France from Nazi...

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by SurlyBonds
Sat May 12, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming days
Replies: 190
Views: 22274

Re: Airbus to announce decision on selling planes to Iran over the coming cays

BaconButty wrote:
Hopefully it will mean the end of the petrodollars protection racket, and we can de-couple ourselves from the bloodthirsty US, and align with more peaceful nations like China and Russia.


Can I get some of what you're smoking?

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 02, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing to buy aerospace parts maker KLX
Replies: 21
Views: 2459

Re: Boeing to buy aerospace parts maker KLX

Pardon my ignorance, but what is Spirit?

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by SurlyBonds
Wed May 02, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger
Replies: 256
Views: 18439

Re: Family Suing AA Over Death of Passenger

Two comments, here. First, tort law is mostly deeply rooted in English common law. Who said anything about English law? Since this didn't take place in England that has nothing to do with anything. This is factually incorrect, as in Sean Spicer-level factually incorrect. Tort law traces its roots d...

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by SurlyBonds
Tue May 01, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde: the substitute
Replies: 56
Views: 6034

Re: Concorde: the substitute

stlgph wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
The internet got rid of the need for Concorde.


Pretty much. The need for speed is now on the world wide web. Technology advancement and corporate consolidation is a big player in this.


So why is FedEx still in business?

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