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by Flighty
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you in the middle class?
Replies: 30
Views: 742

Re: Are you in the middle class?

Upper but the threshold for upper in my city(San Francisco) is unimaginably low($88k). I couldn't fathom living an "upper class" lifestyle earning that each quarter. California is like 5 million rich people and 34 million poor people. We all tend to forget those 34 million. Like they don'...

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit ranked best connection hub in America by J. D. Power
Replies: 55
Views: 4914

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

N649DL wrote:
DL's DTW hub really is amazing. The terminal hasn't aged at all since 2002.


They were really smart to build it when they did. Detroit still has some semblance of being a world class city, which is largely due to the airport.

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should dueling make a comeback?
Replies: 31
Views: 755

Re: Should dueling make a comeback?

A duel is much better than people just yelling at each other. Say Ted Nugent. Lena Dunham. Alec Baldwin. Paul Ryan. I think the possibility of a duel led to more civilized behavior and a sense of camaraderie. Let's bring it back. I would love to see people really think before they talk. And stand st...

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you in the middle class?
Replies: 30
Views: 742

Re: Are you in the middle class?

As a dual income household where both adults are college educated engineers I am classified as upper income. I own a consulting business so I adjusted my earnings down to account for the extra taxes i have to pay that aren't normally associated with a typical salary or hourly worker. We live what I...

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expanding Premium Economy, reducing J, in 788 fleet
Replies: 19
Views: 2751

Re: AA expanding Premium Economy, reducing J, in 788 fleet

Why is it a "dangerous game?" If today's version of business class completely disappears because no one is willing to pay for it, so what? Lots of other consumer products have evolved in the same way where downmarket products have evolved to the point of cannibalizing their upmarket sibli...

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA expanding Premium Economy, reducing J, in 788 fleet
Replies: 19
Views: 2751

Re: AA expanding Premium Economy, reducing J, in 788 fleet

I think the airlines are playing a dangerous game, though. Long-haul First Class has either vanished or become a niche product as a result of airlines improving their Business Class products to be virtually indistinguishable from (or better than) the First Class of years past, while Premium Economy...

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?
Replies: 82
Views: 10548

Re: Why did DL/UA cut NRT-JFK-NRT?

Delta never made a dime in JFK-TYO. And, judging by the capacity offered by JAL and ANA, they don't make much either. "Prestige" don't equal "Profits" in the airline business. I refuse to believe that no one makes money between two of the world's largest cities and largest metro...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Routes for Sun Country from SFO
Replies: 25
Views: 3905

Re: New Routes for Sun Country from SFO

Suppose there's always a chance other carriers will be intimidated and leave the market.

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Philadelphia (PHL) Hub
Replies: 75
Views: 11810

Re: American Airlines Philadelphia (PHL) Hub

American reduces its international capacity in PHL, major markets such as Munich (MUC) and Frankfurt (FRA) are lost. I feel that it is very bad to leave these markets. Lufthansa may respond to this exit from PHL to Germany, maybe LH will return the Boeing 747-400 on the FRA-PHL route or start PHL-M...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Cold war turning hot: What would happen to bombers?
Replies: 55
Views: 3483

Re: Cold war turning hot: What would happen to bombers?

People overestimate the power of nuclear weapons. The blast radius does not double when a bomb has twice the power. I think you understate the situation. A Delta IV class submarine can carry 16 ballistic missiles, each of them with 4 MIRV. So 48 warheads. One submarine. It's not enough to defeat th...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your I Had a Bad Day Kit
Replies: 20
Views: 530

Re: Your I Had a Bad Day Kit

Post angrily on a.net, make even more of a fool of myself, take a sauna, take some melatonin or Benadryl, have a brewed beverage, watch youtube in the backyard (no pool though).

Extreme version: visit McDonald's

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ARJ21s to enter African market via Ghana’s Africa World Airlines as part of HNA-COMAC MoU
Replies: 25
Views: 3130

Re: ARJ21s to enter African market via Ghana’s Africa World Airlines as part of HNA-COMAC MoU

Ohhh, I can so see some sun-baked ARJ-21s with faded titles gathering dust in some remote and forgotten corner of some African airport in a few short years from now... they will make for an interesting and exotic subject for photographers! caption under the photo will read " this rare Chinese ...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What China Can Learn From the US-Mexico Deal
Replies: 54
Views: 1339

Re: What China Can Learn From the US-Mexico Deal

Trump does this in part to win the midterms. China could logically respond in kind and hurt Trump voters with retaliatory tariffs. It seems they're incoming : https://www.ft.com/content/a12104b6-bb14-11e8-94b2-17176fbf93f5 That is an effort to interfere in US political elections by a hostile power....

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buffalo Bills Vontae Davis retires mid game
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Buffalo Bills Vontae Davis retires mid game

They say he listened to the phrase "Just Do It."

Good for him. All these people questioning his decision, I suppose you are tougher men than he is, correct?

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?
Replies: 42
Views: 5829

Re: Why isn’t there a 50 seater replacement?

The reason no 50 seater is for sale is because the existing 50 seaters have adequate performance and have much cheaper capital cost than a new build aircraft. The reason excess 50 seaters are available is because there was innovation in the 65-100 seat aircraft space, replacing many of the 50 seat a...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 44
Views: 1098

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

Banks paid back the bailout cost in full. That is different from paying people’s medical bills or house bills that will not be paid back ever. It’s just not the same thing. The government steps in every 75 years or so to stabilize a bank crisis. It’s just what they do - when other policies fail. For...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes
Replies: 44
Views: 1098

Re: Between 2006 and 2014, nearly 10 million homeowners in America saw the foreclosure sale of their homes

We are headed that way again, Banks and Wall Street are right back at it again, trying to load us up on debt, flat wages to pay that debt. Buying back stock with the tax break money. Some got twenty bucks a week, the banks, corporations and the wealthy got billions. The Buffoon in the White House a...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/16/2018:3M Scales Back;KE to BOS;F9 Drops BOI-DEN;DL Drops MSP-PBI
Replies: 56
Views: 8234

Re: OAG Changes 9/16/2018:3M Scales Back;KE to BOS;F9 Drops BOI-DEN;DL Drops MSP-PBI

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Yeah, it’s always a depressing Sunday when I grab the schedules and the file is exactly the same size as the prior week as was the case today. I guess somebody was asleep at the switch. I’m shocked ANC-ORD 3x is Real and all red eyes. That’s nuts. Where does Delt...

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by Flighty
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Replies: 63
Views: 1443

Re: Emergency Preparedness

My kit consists of several credit cards and i carry it with me always.

Some people prepare for a deeper problem / more comprehensive disaster when people become a threat. The supply you need in that case is ammo.

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by Flighty
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If the USSR were still around...
Replies: 31
Views: 1452

Re: If the USSR were still around...

The USSR would have a completely different internet, based not on electrons but neutrons. The USSR would have the highest budget action movies. There would still be bread lines. It would still take three years to get a telephone.

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by Flighty
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL return to HKG again?
Replies: 79
Views: 8089

Re: Will DL return to HKG again?

HKG economy class yield is certainly trash, at least DL's low pricing at SEA is. What we are hearing is DL cannot compete with CX for the discerning, paid J and F class customer. So there is no way to make a flight to HKG pay for itself.

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by Flighty
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Administration Threatens International Criminal Court
Replies: 28
Views: 1221

Re: US Administration Threatens International Criminal Court

Justice only works if both the big fish and the small minnows are held accountable for their actions. At the end of the day this is one of the many "nothing to fear if you've done nothing wrong" kind of situations. Speaking of accountability, when will the US hold John Bolton, Dick Cheney...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6689

Re: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017

Interesting is the position of Icelandair, flying mainly old 757 and 767, and only 3 737-8. Still they manage to be right on the industry average. AFAIK optimum fuel efficiency occurs in the mid haul region. The fact Iceland is closer to NA than rest of Europe may allow them to haul less fuel. Sing...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A333s
Replies: 100
Views: 16088

Re: American A333s

So there is nothing untenable about the operating model. The A333 are not so old that they are a dispatch problem, nor are they fuel guzzlers. They plug along doing their job. On economies... If anything, retiring A333 harms the overall A330 economy of scale (crew scheduling). This is more similar ...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A333s
Replies: 100
Views: 16088

Re: American A333s

To be fair though, the -300 fits their European routes pretty nicely. The 3000nm-4000nm operations between JFK/PHL/MIA and Europe/South America seems more viable with A330-300 or B767-300ER. It also probably doesn't hurt that the A333 seats 13 less pax than the 77W. Must have quite a good casm. Tha...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6689

Re: Trans-Atlantic Fuel Efficiency by Airline 2017

Cool. 44 passenger km per liter is by my calculation 103 passenger miles per gallon. That is off the charts, especially passenger (meaning performed RPK?). 30 on the chart equals about 70 passenger miles per gallon, still quite good. Fuel efficiency per passenger isn't the most important metric, but...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 9733

Re: Unconfirmed: EI to MSP

Weird, but not impossible. Obviously we are talking summer only. All confirmed year round on Aer Lingus website I guess I missed the year around part. Their phrase "two new destinations for summer 2019" confused me, but the 250k annual confirms these are both daily year round. Cool, thanks.

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 9733

Re: Unconfirmed: EI to MSP

The schedule appears to be summer daily. YUL and MSP would be the coldest cities of their size or larger in North America (They are tied with Moscow for average daily temperature in January). Yet this attractive feature does not appear among the Aer Lingus destination sales points. Edit: They are de...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tax reform win.
Replies: 486
Views: 22304

Re: Tax reform win.

What happened in Washington with the tax cut is exactly what the country did not need, nor was it prepared for. Instead of a stable growing strong economy with tax receipts to support current programs combined with Republican fiscal restraint, we instead have the mess we have now, no wage growth, i...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American A333s
Replies: 100
Views: 16088

Re: American A333s

They have not really changed the A333 routings since US Airways days. So there is nothing untenable about the operating model. The A333 are not so old that they are a dispatch problem, nor are they fuel guzzlers. They plug along doing their job. On economies... If anything, retiring A333 harms the o...

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by Flighty
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?
Replies: 66
Views: 11804

Re: Is ATL really within a 2hr flight of 80% of the US population?

All numbers in millions population of usa 325.7 Alaska 0.74 Hawaii - 1.43 California - 39.5 Oregon - 4.1 Washington - 7.4 Nevada - 3.0 Arizona - 7.0 Those states are combined are 20.3% Thanks for playing ATL! Are you saying ATL is incorrect, or correct? To me it looks like you confirmed what ATL wa...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: EI to MSP and YUL in 2019
Replies: 173
Views: 9733

Re: Unconfirmed: EI to MSP

Weird, but not impossible. Obviously we are talking summer only.

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor
Replies: 96
Views: 3455

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor

The reason it seems like there is a bad cop problem in America is because you never see the good stories. I think the reason America has a bad cop problem is that the good cops don't do enough to stop the bad cops from making them look bad. When police officers know that when they shoot someone, th...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor
Replies: 96
Views: 3455

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor

I can see the manslaughter,. but does Texas have negligent homicide? This officer was trained and trusted with a deadly weapon, and to be aware of her surroundings at all time when exercising that power. This weapon was designed to kill, and her unawareness of her surroundings seems like negligence...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 Engine Fix Won't Come for Months, Lufthansa Says
Replies: 84
Views: 16249

Re: Airbus A320 Engine Fix Won't Come for Months, Lufthansa Says

That is kind of harsh, don't you think. They probably rushed it into service to soon, but these things happen, Compensation will probably be granted, one way or another. Just like with the RR engines right now. You know, if the problem were with the gearbox, I'd say it was kind of harsh. But humans...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Obama vs Trump
Replies: 37
Views: 1314

Re: Obama vs Trump

I think it is too early to render a decision on who is the best lets have this discussion after Trump has 8 years go at it...One thing they both have in common especially after watching Obamas speeches as of late they both have hyper inflated egos and like to blow their own horn. There is certainly...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Russian luxury sedan goes on sale (pics)
Replies: 52
Views: 1811

Re: New Russian luxury sedan goes on sale ( pics)

For those who think this isn't going to work think again, the Russia govt has a fleet of thousands of Mercedes S class and Audi A8's, they buy hundreds of new cars in this class every year, all of these will now changed over to the Aurus, all the body guard vehicles will be changed over to Aurus, t...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: U.S. Space Force - What could it look like?
Replies: 72
Views: 4883

Re: U.S. Space Force - What could it look like?

I was not thinking about protecting satellites from existing debris floating about. Though that is of concern! Fortunately there are already commercial ventures that are working on that exact problem. I am more concerned about the weaponizing of space and what that could mean for our own, extremely...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds
Replies: 53
Views: 2145

Re: Poor Americans, huge problem for Wendy's, McDonalds

The mystery of US prices and wages versus those in France, who can explain it? Maybe corporate greed? Maybe a culture of worker exploitation? Maybe our government has failed us over and over and over when it comes to worker protections? Everywhere but in the US are the workers and owners able to ma...

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by Flighty
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Area difference between 748i and 779x?
Replies: 6
Views: 3501

Re: Cabin Area difference between 748i and 779x?

The upper deck is wider than an A320 at 3.9m and is 17m long. They have had 3-3 economy seats on the upper deck before. 414m2 is way too low that would make the lower deck of the 747-8 nearly 20m2 smaller than the 777-9. The 747-8 has a cabin 2m longer and is 16cm wider for the majority of its leng...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Obama vs Trump
Replies: 37
Views: 1314

Re: Obama vs Trump

If a barking dog as president gets a better result than a man, then I vote for the barking dog to be president. I don't think it is a coherent argument that Obama is a cool guy, therefore he was a better president. That's not a complete argument at all.

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Obama vs Trump
Replies: 37
Views: 1314

Re: Obama vs Trump

Hey, so who do you guys think is the better president, Obama or Trump? Let's have a real discussion. What criteria do you propose to use for this analysis? I propose the following 5 criteria: 1) budget deficit (lower is better) 2) unemployment rate (lower is better) 3) number of Americans killed in...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor
Replies: 96
Views: 3455

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor

If he had had a weapon, he could have prevented his own tragic manslaughter by eliminating this threat. And if he had done so, it would not be manslaughter, it would be defending his home. Just something to think about. True but how well would that hold up given she was in uniform? Phil FlyingColou...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Burt Reynolds has passed away
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: Burt Reynolds has passed away

I’ll remember him for his movies but more so for the PlayGirl spread. We have this boat brochure for Regal Boats 1993... a company that builds boats in Florida. We got one that year. The treat for readers is this photo spread of a very toned and tanned Burt Reynolds endorsing their boats. He probab...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/9/2018:AA Adds PHX-MSN/GRR;DL Drops CVG-PHX,DTW-PIA;F9 Drops CLT-AUS/SAT;LA Drops LIM-MCO;UA Adds LAX-RDD
Replies: 90
Views: 11295

Re: OAG Changes 9/9/2018:AA Adds PHX-MSN/GRR;DL Drops CVG-PHX,DTW-PIA;F9 Drops CLT-AUS/SAT;LA Drops LIM-MCO;UA Adds LAX-

Taking a page out of the NW playbook..... Shocking to see frequency fall so low even with EWR/HPN-TPA and SRQ nearby. B6 will be operating more TPA-BOS flights at 4x, but how long can that sustain with DL growing in BOS? Rather anemic for summer VFR traffic, and it would be almost 2 years after Hur...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bedlam at the US Open
Replies: 33
Views: 1180

Re: Bedlam at the US Open

Whether Serena Williams could have come back and won, we shall never know, but let's not pretend she was leading and headed for victory until the thief I mean referee stole the win from her. A player that was losing a match lost her composure and focus, and lost the game... Serena Williams lost the...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor
Replies: 96
Views: 3455

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor

I think it was a case of she being stressed and overtired after a long day, and had gone to the wrong apartment. But unless he had a weapon then it's a really tragedy! If he had had a weapon, he could have prevented his own tragic manslaughter by eliminating this threat. And if he had done so, it w...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration
Replies: 95
Views: 3776

Re: President Trump is being undermined from within the administration

You got the OP-ED writer saying he wants Trumps policies to succeed but he then goes and has the NY Times release a story that not only gives the left ammunition but risks his job even though he is anonyomus, there is always a chance. If he loses his job and Trump doesn't get thrown out of office t...

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by Flighty
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions
Replies: 165
Views: 26634

Re: EK looks to grow US network; considers smaller 787/777 versions

He also says they are considering secondary US cities - and could access them using smaller 787-9 or 777-8 aircraft Sooooo, ATL/DEN feel safe. Those are secondary cities, right? Maybe AUS or PHL, but they might be too close to other locations. Anything else crazy like MSY or BNA or RDU or PHX or SA...

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