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by piedmontf284000
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Record number of US passengers in 2017, as airline satisfaction falls
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Record number of US passengers in 2017, as airline satisfaction falls

The annual Air Travelers in America Survey by an industry trade group found 81 percent of those questioned were satisfied with their overall travel experience. That is down from 85 percent in 2016. Overall still very good and I would say and the level of service is still strong despite the very full...

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11
Replies: 42
Views: 4941

Re: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11

Well, the past 7-8 days for Chicago and Detroit has been one of the snowiest weeks we've seen in several years. Not so much the amount, but it literally snowed every day and sometimes for 12-18 hours at a time. They've probably had to apply Type IV on 75% of their departures in the past week. Not a...

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11
Replies: 42
Views: 4941

Re: Southwest has suspended ops at MDW -2/11

Sounds penny wise and dollar foolish to me. Heads should roll for that. Totally agree. No excuse. It's the middle of winter. This isn't a small airline ops that could be forgiven for running out. This is the 2nd largest airline in the world in terms of passengers. This is the one of the largest sta...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 15105

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

What's interesting is that the city press release hints at 8 new international destinations coming this year. So far we know ADD, LGW, BUD, and VCE. Have I missed a few others recently, or is this referring to yet-to-be announced routes? ... AA added YYC and YVR in addition to VCE for 2018. VB star...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 15105

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

What's interesting is that the city press release hints at 8 new international destinations coming this year. So far we know ADD, LGW, BUD, and VCE. Have I missed a few others recently, or is this referring to yet-to-be announced routes? Seems like AKL and MEL both are well-rumored, but they are ju...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24148

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

It sounds like UPS is very happy with the 748F, as they just received their first one only 6 months ago. To exercise this option that quickly, means they like what they have and there could be a potential for a lot more down the road. They currently have 37 MD-11 in their fleet, with the oldest bei...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 24148

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

It sounds like UPS is very happy with the 748F, as they just received their first one only 6 months ago. To exercise this option that quickly, means they like what they have and there could be a potential for a lot more down the road. They currently have 37 MD-11 in their fleet, with the oldest bein...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated October 2017 Loads
Replies: 10
Views: 1159

Re: DFW Foreign Carrier Estimated October 2017 Loads

Interjet struggling yet again with half-empty planes, continuing what is becoming a long-term trend. 150 seats is just too much for DFW, but recent reports indicate their Sukhoi SSJ fleet is having all sorts of issues, with some planes cannibalized for parts... which is perhaps why DFW persists wit...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar
Replies: 84
Views: 14419

Re: Delta eyes return to Persian Gulf region after US strikes deal with Qatar

They'll restart service. Lose more money. Complain again that the ME3 have an unfair advantage over them and ask for a 'level' playing field. Rinse. Repeat. Recycle.

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Blue to change its name
Replies: 68
Views: 18033

Re: French Blue to change its name

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
KarelXWB wrote:
New name will be French Bee.

If they don't settle down to proper identity fast, pretty soon they will be French Toast....


Nicely done :lol:

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ethiopian Airlines adds Chicago
Replies: 82
Views: 10148

Re: Updated: Ethiopian Airlines adds Chicago

I'm very surprised. I thought for sure ET would pick IAH over ORD and do a stop over in LOS. With oil doing well again it seemed like a no brainer. I will say the schedule is very good though for connections on both ends. Hopefully UA will be a big benefactor for making this flight work.

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?
Replies: 104
Views: 10281

Re: Why is PHX underserved by long haul routes?

LAXintl wrote:
Maybe one day it might attract a Far East flight like Tokyo but that would be heavily reliant on OW connections itself as the local demand is barely 30 pax/day.


Ironically as I was reading this quote, I noted that this flight is currently in the air...NH9409. It is PHX-NRT on ANA 787-9.

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 72yr old man 'beaten' on board EK flight to ORD
Replies: 10
Views: 3311

72yr old man 'beaten' on board EK flight to ORD

Shortly after leaving Dubai after a layover, the man claims said he ran into a problem on the plane. Seems to me that he isn't revealing the 'problem' because he was the aggressor. The man said he was restrained for eight hours without food or water. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance afte...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 404
Views: 23203

Re: Indianapolis Aviation Thread - 2018

This is huge news! I heard FEDEX could end up making IND a mega hub!!! With IND already FedEx's second largest hub, I think that this amount of $$$ will make it on par with Memphis. This is a substantial amount of investment in IND. A new runway, taxiways, sorting facilities, offices, road access, ...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Volaris Looking at RFD
Replies: 16
Views: 2119

Re: Volaris Looking at RFD

"Volaris executives recently visited RFD for a tour/meeting. Various organizations in the surrounding area were in attendance for this meeting to show support for Mexico destinations from RFD" That's all. While I would love to see RFD get some love, it just makes zero sense. ORD is literal...

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by piedmontf284000
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC
Replies: 356
Views: 38589

Re: Bombardier Wins C-Series Case at ITC

Boeing went all in and lost. They not only are humiliated but their long term business is forever altered by their decision to go forward with this nasty squabble. They lose far more down the road then what they claimed to have lost to a 75 plane deal to Delta. They also lost a great deal of respect...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 84 Diversion to YWG
Replies: 3
Views: 1027

Re: BA 84 DIVERSION TO YWG

It's back in the air and on it's way to LHR. Medical event sent it to YWG.

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United posts 2017 net-income 2.1 billion
Replies: 58
Views: 8760

Re: United posts 2017 net-income 2.1 billion

They are definitely seeing rising costs along with increased debt. They have they 3rd highest debt-equity ratio of US airlines only behind AA and G4. Total operating expense was $8.7 billion in the fourth quarter, up 8.2 percent year-over-year. CASM increased 4 percent compared to the fourth quarter...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Seychelles to axe flights to Paris, announces business transformation plan
Replies: 39
Views: 7096

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

What's the point? JNB, MRU, BOM, and AUH are all that's left. Just shut it down and put it out of it's misery. This is just prolonging the inevitable. Death by a thousand cuts,

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: U.S. TSA Requires Tougher Cargo Screening from Certain Middle East Airports
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: U.S. TSA Requires Tougher Cargo Screening from Certain Middle East Airports

"All cargo originating from those airports will have to be screened and secured under Air Cargo Advance Screening protocols. The TSA said most of the requirements were already being voluntarily applied by airlines around the world." So is the screening occurring at the origin airports or d...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s
Replies: 494
Views: 58078

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

I look at this as "Emirates is willing to take 36 A380s if Airbus is willing to sell them at or below cost." For strategic reasons, Airbus would like to keep the pipeline primed. Emirates knows this. So Emirates would have extracted the maximum value from their position as sole prospectiv...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 15105

Re: Chicago Aviation News

Curious to see where you heard TXL-ORD. I think its a decent add, but surprised seasonal DUS on LH or EW is not in the cards too. I was told by someone at Willis Tower. Again, take it with a grain of salt, not sure how reliable third/fourth/fifth party information is. They just stated that LF has e...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 15105

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

AA said Thursday that it will run 15 shuttle flights each weekday between Chicago's O'Hare Airport and LaGuardia Airport. The flights are scheduled to start April 4 using dedicated gates at the two airports The airline also promises free beer and wine in the main cabin. http://www.chicagotribune.com...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago aviation news - 2018
Replies: 161
Views: 15105

Re: Chicago aviation news - 2018

Hear that Lufthansa will start sending the A350 to ORD from Munich in March. I believe this would be the first scheduled A350 service to ORD, and would be replacing an A346. Bummer. I will really miss seeing their A346. At least IB will still be bringing them in. On a side not, take it with a grain...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet
Replies: 57
Views: 13481

Re: Etihad to retire A330 freighter fleet

EY is taking it on the chin right now...some bad business decisions have come back to bite them. Investing in AZ and AB wasn't the wisest decision and they are definitely paying the price now. IMO however they are doing the right thing. They are being honest with themselves and being proactive. They...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ethiopian Airlines adds Chicago
Replies: 82
Views: 10148

Re: Ethiopian Airlines comparing/deciding between Houston and Chicago

ET's services at IAD, EWR and YYZ are well positioned to connect to eastern US, midwest and the northern US as well as the West. Re: YYZ, why would ET undercut its own service? BTW it's increasing service to YYZ to 5x per week as of this summer. Agreed. I think the fact they have increased service ...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Afriqiyah planes damaged after Tripoli Airport attack
Replies: 19
Views: 6708

Re: Afriqiyah planes damaged after Tripoli Airport attack

Afriqiyah better hope those A350s show up sooner them later...although I doubt there is any money to actually pay for them. This same thing happened to them in 2011 and 2014. Tripoli must be one of the most dangerous airports to operate out of.

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kenya Airways announces daily non-stop flights to JFK
Replies: 100
Views: 15975

Re: Kenya Airways to announce US route on Wednesday January 10

One might ask if Ethiopian will look at going nonstop to IAD or even EWR now that there's direct competition. I feel that this is why KQ announced JFK. In the last few years, they have lost a lot of market share for eastern Africa traffic to ET, and it was only a matter of time before ET went into ...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing sets record for deliveries in 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Boeing sets record for deliveries in 2017

Boeing posted a huge year in 2017. They delivered 763 planes, one more than its previous high set in 2015. For the year, they delivered the following: Type / 4th Qtr /2017 737 / 148 / 529 747 / 6 / 14 (1) 767 / 3 / 10 777 / 16 / 74 787 / 36 / 136 Total / 209 / 763 http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-01...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week
Replies: 108
Views: 20187

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

"Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said in October Ocean Infinity would be paid between $US20 and $US70 million if they find the aircraft within 90 days of beginning the search" While I don't ever believe this aircraft will ever be found (broke up IMO), I think that it ...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCI announcement 1/9-Icelandair announces KEF-MCI
Replies: 136
Views: 11538

Re: MCI announcement 1/9-Icelandair announces KEF-MCI

Well done, with the growth in flights to the USA is there a chance KEF will operate a pre-clearence CBP any time soon? Hopefully for everyone using KEF they do. That airport is going to be an absolute zoo this summer. With all this added traffic PLUS the influx of tourists to the country there is j...

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: O'Hare terminal expansion design options
Replies: 20
Views: 4771

Re: O'Hare terminal expansion design options

The former design is the better option IMO. The two concourse approach is much simpler then the 4 or 5 and it allows for more accessibility by passengers. From what I have seen, it will also have a pedestrian tunnel similar to the one in place now at T1 between B & C. It gives those that want/li...

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by piedmontf284000
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 1/7/2018:HA Adds LGB; UA adds DEN-ATW/ORF,IAH-CAK/DAY,LAX-ACV,ORD-BIS/SLN,SFO-MSN; AM Drops DEN-MEX
Replies: 133
Views: 15020

Re: OAG Changes 1/7/2018:HA Adds LGB; UA adds DEN-ATW/ORF,IAH-CAK/DAY,LAX-ACV,ORD-BIS/SLN,SFO-MSN; AM Drops DEN-MEX

UA BIS-ORD? Wow, this one surprises me a bit. And twice daily. I wonder what the equipment is? Not to mention the AA flight and you have 3x daily to BIS from ORD Looks like RJ DTW-YUL Is just suspended for the month of June. Perhaps an earlier start for the DTW-AMN Nonstop AMM nonstop is starting e...

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by piedmontf284000
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 29162

Re: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread

With what is seemingly the end of the US Holiday season with most returning to work/school tomorrow, this is typically one of the busiest flying days of the year. With the last four days of cancellations/delays and now the flooding of T4, it just couldn't get any worse for those using JFK...

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by piedmontf284000
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Terminal 4 Water Line break
Replies: 13
Views: 3769

Re: JFK Terminal 4 Water Line break

The hits just keep on coming.... - No international arrivals at this time - International departures not affected - AirTrainJFK operating normally - Taxis rerouted to departure level - Traffic heavy into T4 - Passengers advised to contact their airline for flight status https://twitter.com/JFKairpor...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big protest in Saudi Arabia: 11 arrested
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: Big protest in Saudi Arabia: 11 arrested

bradyj23 wrote:
What does this have to do with aviation? Just curious.


And since when is 11 considered BIG?

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al will launch flights to San Francisco Q4 2018
Replies: 74
Views: 10444

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

The mayor of Chicago has asked LY repeatedly to fly into ORD. So far, he has been rebuked each and every time. I just don't see LY starting service to ORD. It would not be a money maker without having some interline agreement with another airline. El Al CEO David Maimon stated just that... “In the p...

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by piedmontf284000
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week
Replies: 108
Views: 20187

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

"Malaysia’s Deputy Transport Minister Ab Aziz Kaprawi said in October Ocean Infinity would be paid between $US20 and $US70 million if they find the aircraft within 90 days of beginning the search" While I don't ever believe this aircraft will ever be found (broke up IMO), I think that it i...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos
Replies: 44
Views: 5224

Re: VietJet converts 42 A320neo orders to A321neos

To go from an A320 to A321 would require re-opening negotiations on the contract or their is a pre-arranged price for the A321. Airbus may not want to sell a previous fixed lower price on a hot selling aircraft that can fetch close to full price (depending on customer). Either way, nice problem to ...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US
Replies: 69
Views: 7797

Re: Which major US hub has the shortest average flight time to any point in the mainland US

Going with Chicago. Hence why three airlines have hubs there. Just imagine what it could accomplish without the delays and infrastructure issues.

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal
Replies: 695
Views: 85718

Re: Reuters:Airbus ready to phase out A380 if fails to win Emirates deal

I suspect that a 380 could fly for a long time, some airlines have used planes for 25 years. Is there any reason why a 380 could not do the same? 12 years and out always struck me as not all that sensible (in most cases). Is 25 years even possible? I don't much about fatigue or stress on aluminum a...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman
Replies: 112
Views: 20051

Re: UA accused of bumping F passenger for congresswoman

Now the race card comes into play. Seems the congresswoman realizes that she is in a bit of a pickle for accepting the 1st class seat to begin with and not paying for it. Some are calling for an congressional ethics investigation. Hearing that, the congresswoman has decided to make herself the victi...

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 377
Views: 83358

Re: CNN: Delta to order 100+ Airbus A321neo Aircraft

I'm absolutely shocked that Delta ordered the A321NEO...said no one ever. It's comical reading some of these posts on here. Do you honestly think Boeing thought they had a snowballs chance in he!! Of convincing DL to pick the Max over the A321NEO. If you do, I have some nice swamp land to sell you. ...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone
Replies: 188
Views: 22321

Re: Trump Admin wont punish ME3; opts to leave open-skies alone

Maybe Delta should have bought a few more Boeing aircraft....

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by piedmontf284000
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV
Replies: 153
Views: 22206

Re: Delta and Westjet agree to form US-Canada JV

Delta currently flies to YYZ, YUL, YYC, YVR, YWG, YHZ, YOW, YEA, YXE, and YEG. Most are regional service with a couple of mainline thrown. With the exception of YYZ, YUL, and YVR, the rest are one to two flights a day. With this new JV, this gives DL a much bigger share of the Canadian pie, which fo...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350-1000 at MKE
Replies: 3
Views: 1879

Re: A350-1000 at MKE

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cold weather engine testing...picked a good week for it too

http://fox6now.com/2017/12/04/airbus-te ... l-airport/

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by piedmontf284000
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network
Replies: 93
Views: 21780

Re: Ukraine International will introduce B777 in 2018 and expend network

PS officially announced YYZ as their next long haul destination this afternoon. Service will begin on June 6th using a 763. I guess the 777's will be for JFK and Asia. The schedule is flight PS 241 which will depart KBP at 1110 arriving in YYZ at 1435. The return is PS 242 departing YYZ at 2315 and ...

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by piedmontf284000
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American, United settle 9/11 Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 8662

Re: American, United settle 9/11 Claims

The equivalent of you getting car jacked at gun point and then the person that stole your car crashing into someone and killing them. Your insurance company would still be liable under state and federal laws for wrongful death. Just like in this case, the insurance companies would just pay out becau...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 153
Views: 26094

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

In the meantime, SA needs to park their entire A340 fleet, drop all long haul routes except LHR and focus on flying regionallywithin the bottom half of Africa. Parking the A340s will do nothing to fix the governance problems. Also, why keep LHR, it's one of the worst performing long-haul routes for...

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by piedmontf284000
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 153
Views: 26094

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

SA as a nation is in deep financial trouble. Nine of South Africa’s state-owned entities have racked up debt of close to R700bn in the 2015-’16 financial year on which they had to pay R51bn worth of interest. That number is surely to be even higher for the 2016-17 financial year. As for SAA, they ac...

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