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by reality
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on
Replies: 39
Views: 8672

Re: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on

It does seem likely that someone will buy Norwegian, doesn't it? Rather than just fold into oblivion. They have great planes and good, established routes. Their labor costs are probably lower than most others. Bjorn Kjos has been brilliant in building the airline--though not the bottom line. Hard fo...

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Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Booking class letters (why is y economy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2204

Re: Booking class letters (why is y economy)

It might just be arbitrary, since there are so many fare codes these days: The Fare Codes Discount Economy: K,L,Q,V,W,U,T,X,N,O,S. Full Fare Economy: Y,B,M,H. Premium Economy: W,E. Discounted Business: D,I,Z. Full Fare Business: J,C,D. First: A,F. https://www.godsavethepoints.com/2015/09/29/bookingc...

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Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 5+ Hour delays into SFO
Replies: 95
Views: 17461

Re: 5+ Hour delays into SFO

AeroMexico SFO flight diverted to OAK because of weather on Thursday. After long delay, 2 passengers were escorted off the plane by police. "One man became upset and threatened to open the aircraft door and exit. Crews were concerned that it would activate emergency ramp system on an active tar...

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Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: California Pacific Airlines has a start date! November 1st
Replies: 396
Views: 75681

Re: Updated: California Pacific Airlines has a start date! November 1st

Yes, JetSuiteX seems to be doing a much better job--from the way their planes look and are configured, to their advertising, to their website--gives a much better impression than CA Pacific right off the bat. Maybe they should start flying to Carlsbad now from SJC, OAK, etc.

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Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 128 diverts to SYA (Shemya, Alaska)
Replies: 79
Views: 20867

Re: DL 128 diverts to SYA (Shemya, Alaska)

Eareckson Air Station "Eareckson's primary missions are the operation and maintenance of the 10,000 foot airfield supporting the northern Pacific air bridge, and the support of several differing tenant units and non-tenant activities located at Eareckson. "Its location in the middle of the...

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Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian moving LGW-OAK to LGW-SFO
Replies: 77
Views: 10567

Re: Norwegian moving LGW-OAK to LGW-SFO

Interesting and Confusing: I just noticed that Norwegian now uses the designation San Francisco-Oakland for Oakland flights. Since they began service they always used to use the term Oakland-San Francisco for the Oakland airport--much more accurate. All the more confusing since they are now starting...

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Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?
Replies: 27
Views: 5058

Re: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?

Yes...you are absolutely right. There is a walkway from the UA Domestic Terminal 3 that goes thru the International Terminal and then on to the BART station. That pathway would be blocked on the Departures Level if Boarding Areas A and G are connected. So there must be other ways for people to get t...

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Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?
Replies: 27
Views: 5058

Re: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?

" In 1849, as California’s Gold Rush was beginning, the Bay was 787 square miles in size. Today it is approximately 550 square miles. " http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/history.html In the '60s people became alarmed that the bay was 30% smaller than it was 100 years earlier. The general population, ...

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Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?
Replies: 27
Views: 5058

Re: Is SFO int'l terminal expandable?

It's hard to believe that when the International Terminal was completed in 2000, it was the biggest in the US with 24 gates, and nobody could even imagine it could reach capacity. Now, it's severely overcrowded between 10 AM-2 PM, and many terminals around the world (and even in the US) have surpas...

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Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes
Replies: 101
Views: 15633

Re: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes

Utter nonsense. Airport charges and navigation fees are higher TATL compared to domestic US routes. Staffing costs are higher since crew flying TATL need more downtime at the destination before returning. Aircraft costs are higher since larger aircraft are typically used TATL compared to domestic U...

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Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes
Replies: 101
Views: 15633

Re: Norwegian survival questioned-Forbes

As the Forbes article mentioned above points out . . "Naysayers on Norwegian were somewhat quieted in July when the airline actually reported a profit of NKr300m, (about $36 million USD) rebounding from a loss of NKr700m ($84 million) in the same period last year. “Despite being at the peak of ...

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Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?
Replies: 15
Views: 2745

Re: Is LEVEL Airlines A Failure?

Just a thought, maybe profitability isn't the goal of LEVEL, at least in the short run. Exactly. The only reason Level flies from BCN to OAK is to put Norwegian out of business on that route. Not to make money. Seems like they have failed. Apparently they are shifting to SFO soon hoping that will d...

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Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast
Replies: 76
Views: 9949

Re: Air Asia X looks at US West Coast

. . . and don't forget this . . . from 2009! “Undoubtedly when we picked the Raiders as the team we would feature, we obviously had Oakland on our mind,” said Tony Fernandes, chief executive of AirAsia Group. “Because this airport has lots of low-cost carriers, in our mind it’s a logical step to com...

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Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO to Europe
Replies: 26
Views: 6671

Re: SFO to Europe

Originally, Polar Route just meant going over the polar region. "A polar route is an aircraft route across the uninhabited polar ice cap regions. The term "polar route" was originally applied to great circle routes between Europe and the west coast of North America in the 1950s.[1]&qu...

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Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN
Replies: 124
Views: 22896

Re: United daily double SFO-SIN will cancel LAX-SIN

Many people don't sleep well on an aircraft, even in business class, and prefer daytime flights so that most of the flight will be during their normal waking hours. Others fall asleep as soon as they sit down in a plane--day or night. Choice is always good.

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Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA not resuming OAK
Replies: 61
Views: 9369

Re: BA not resuming OAK

It's actually good news that BA as well as Level are leaving OAK. They were only there to put Norwegian out of business--absolutely no other reason that BA and Level started flying to OAK.. Now the Norwegian routes to LHR and BCN will be more profitable. Of course everything may be lost if Norwegian...

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Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350 seat video
Replies: 11
Views: 1931

Re: SQ A350 seat video

https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/ ... 00-ULR.pdf

Their regular A350 has 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 regular economy.
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The seat map for this plane shows 67 business and 94 premium economy for a total of 161.

https://www.singaporeair.com/saar5/pdf/ ... 00-ULR.pdf

Their regular A350 has 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 regular economy.

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Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ A350 seat video
Replies: 11
Views: 1931

Re: SQ A350 seat video

When I try to book a flight from EWR to SIN round trip Oct 16/Oct 24 I get a premium economy price of $1297 return. Not a bad price for a more comfortable seat--8 across instead of 9; 36" pitch instead of 32". Cathy for the same dates is $838 in regular economy.. Some of the Chinese airlin...

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Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500
Replies: 20
Views: 4682

Re: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500

Based on several passenger reports from people who have actually been on this plane, it sounds like HiFly has reconfigured the plane for Norwegian since Norwegian will be using them daily for the next few months--or longer. Excerpts from passengers: "I did not notice a difference in [the seats ...

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Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500
Replies: 20
Views: 4682

Re: Norwegian OAK-BCN on a a340-500

For more information from actual passengers on these flights check out: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k11589452-Norwegian_changed_dreamliner_to_Hi_Fly_airbus_340_500-Air_Travel.html Start on page 12 or 13 or so for actual flight reviews from people who were on the HiFly planes. Acc...

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Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SAN/TIJ CBX-Cross Border Express Experiences
Replies: 10
Views: 1119

Re: SAN/TIJ CBX-Cross Border Express Experiences

From you initial post it sounds like the CBX supervisor did indeed allow you cross the bridge into the airport terminal (even though you had no boarding pass) and talk to Volaris directly who then got you on to a flight--after considerable confusion and frustration. I guess the moral of the story is...

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Thu May 31, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SFO Set to be Level 3 Slot Controlled
Replies: 50
Views: 7246

Re: SFO Set to be Level 3 Slot Controlled

Typical from here in CA. Look at the highway system. They knew many years in advance that there would be a population boom yet they sat on they’re hands for decades and in many cases have not upgraded the infrastructure accordingly. Look at Interstate 5 leaving downtown LA. 3 lanes between there an...

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Thu May 03, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air and LAS
Replies: 1
Views: 757

Re: Norwegian Air and LAS

The article does answer your question, though there may be additional reasons . . . "For Norwegian, however, the issue is compounded by the carrier’s high-density seating configurations that add extra weight to its planes. Norwegian packs 291 seats on to its Boeing 787 -8 models and 344 on to i...

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Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)
Replies: 101
Views: 19231

Re: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)

Thanks for the photos. The new building fits into the site well--if a little tight. Its minimal/modern design is a nice back drop to the Saarinen building. Here's an update on the twa hotel website that shows what the rooms will look like. https://www.twahotel.com/rooms "Ultra-Quiet Windows wit...

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Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reason for Hawaiian HA35 PHX-HNL diversion to OAK
Replies: 9
Views: 1878

Re: Reason for Hawaiian HA35 PHX-HNL diversion to OAK

Looks like this was a few days ago on Apr 10th. Flight time with the diversion to OAK was about 5 hours 12 minutes. Usual flight time to HNL from PHX on this flight is about 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 hours. So it looks like they got to OAK about an hour and a half sooner than they would have arrived in HNL if ...

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Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetSuiteX moving to DFW and growing to 100 RJs
Replies: 92
Views: 18600

Re: JetSuiteX moving to DFW and growing to 100 RJs

"At desert airports across the American west, scores of used Embraer E135s sit unattended, retired by American Eagle, United Express, and Delta Connection. Today, even regional airlines prefer airplanes twice as big as the 37-seat E135s." But that makes them cheap to buy. And for one compa...

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Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 4/1/2018: UA Ends CLE-MKE;BA Suspends OAK-LGW Until 4/19; AA Drops DFW-UIO, MIA-CNF
Replies: 60
Views: 11624

Re: OAG Changes 4/1/2018: UA Ends CLE-MKE;BA Suspends OAK-LGW Until 4/19; AA Drops DFW-UIO, MIA-CNF

I'm surprised BA OAK-LGW is still around. That route never made much sense to me considering BA's flights at SFO and SJC as well as OAK's less than ideal location. It makes sense because they are trying to put Norwegian out of business by competing on the OAK-LGW route.. That is the point of the ro...

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Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair Is Eliminating Economy Comfort
Replies: 22
Views: 5481

Re: Surprising: Icelandair Is Eliminating Economy Comfort

Maybe because it wasn't much different than regular economy. In most of their planes it looks like the same seat, same number of seats per row, plus 1" more leg room than regular economy. Not exactly "comfort."

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Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most interesting Mainland to Hawaii Aircraft
Replies: 33
Views: 2487

Re: Most interesting Mainland to Hawaii Aircraft

You are definitely not going to want to fly on the HA A321 Why? Please explain...have you flown on it yet? I'm a total Avgeek...flew on it in Y+ out of Oakland back in late January and enjoyed every minute of it. Just my experience...others mileage may vary. Moe Probably because he is 6'4" and...

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Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)
Replies: 101
Views: 19231

Re: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)

https://www.twahotel.com/
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website with a couple of pics pics and diagrams I hadn't seen. https://www.twahotel.com/

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Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii
Replies: 457
Views: 60654

Re: Southwest Finally Announces Intentions to Serve Hawaii

GK: "We're the largest airline serving America." at 3:44 in "thestreet" video. ???? I presume it means they carry more passengers domestically than any other airline. https://www.thestreet.com/story/14067843/1/which-u-s-airline-is-the-biggest-which-foreign-airline-has-the-most-u...

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Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expansion at OAK airport
Replies: 55
Views: 5411

Re: Expansion at OAK airport

Full international arrivals expansion is opening next month Thanks! I'm familiar with processing facility upgrades (welcome change), but what about gate space? As far as I can tell there are no plans at all for a 3rd international gate. I wrote to the Port of Oakland a few months ago and that was t...

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Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is JetSuite X doing?
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Re: How is JetSuite X doing?

I see they are starting BUR-OAK service mid-November. "(October 12, 2017) – Oakland International Airport (OAK) and JetSuiteX announce today commencement of new daily jet service between the heart of the Bay Area and Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport starting in mid-November. JetSuiteX will offer a pr...

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Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation October 2017
Replies: 194
Views: 19313

Re: Turkish Aviation October 2017

It seems that politics (not personal attacks or political innuendo, of course) may be pertinent when trying to understand the airline industry in Turkey. As the NYTimes article points out " the [dozen or so American] detainees are potential bargaining chips in a long-running effort by Turkey to...

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports
Replies: 546
Views: 68572

Re: Hurricane Harvey and Houston airports

I have some friends who are in Houston. They were suppose to fly out to Europe on Friday. That is not going to happen. My question is what does the airline, UA, I think, do in a case like this. Do they let them book anytime say next week with no fee or what. Why not? The airport will be open and th...

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Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14720

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

or just leave the Oakland off of the SFO title. Do you know what the "O" stands for in SFO? I believe it is or was officially the San Francisco-Oakland International Airport. Similarly speaking, do you know what "Sea-Tac" airport stands for? ;) San FranciscO That's where it come...

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Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"
Replies: 101
Views: 14720

Re: BA invents new airport. "San Francisco Oakland"

Oakland is kind of a dumpy looking airport, but they keep remodeling it and they keep it in as good shape as possible. (A new terminal might have been a better and less costly option.) It is definitely convenient to all of the Bay Area, however, and not prone to weather delays like SFO. Whether it i...

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Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO (July 2017)
Replies: 286
Views: 66622

Re: Potential accident involving AC 759 prevented at SFO.

"how about instead of an X, the runway number with L or R is illuminated? clearly the X was not sufficient in this case, perhaps seeing the numbers of both ruways would have helped.[/quote]


If a 20 foot wide LIGHTED FLASHING "X" doesn't do it for you, nothing will.

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Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA7 Diverting to SFO
Replies: 20
Views: 5254

Re: AA7 Diverting to SFO

What does it mean by "landing on the 10's or 19's"? "Runways are named by a number between 01 and 36, which is generally the magnetic azimuth of the runway's heading in decadegrees. This heading differs from true north by the local magnetic declination. A runway numbered 09 points ea...

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Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Record Year for SFO
Replies: 37
Views: 5591

Re: Record Year for SFO

Re OAK: "For the year, 12,070,967 passengers chose to fly to or from Oakland, a 7.7% increase over the 2015 total of 11,205,063. It is the busiest year for passenger traffic since 2007, when the airport saw 14.6 million passengers. The continued passenger growth at OAK follows the addition of s...

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Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation January 2017
Replies: 246
Views: 26238

Re: Turkish Aviation January 2017

I have a friend flying from KTM to SFO via IST on Jan 25. TK sent him an email a few days ago changing the IST-SFO flight to Jan 26, so he now has a 26 hour layover in IST. Why would they do this so far in advance? Assuming the weather cooperates, won't they be back on schedule by then...12 days fro...

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Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for SFO?
Replies: 83
Views: 12299

Re: What's next for SFO?

SFO will also be reconfiguring the International Terminal so that all gates can be accessed post-security. Not sure on the timing but it is in the works. I've heard of the plans for reconfiguring the arrivals level for a unified CBP area, but how on earth would they be able to reconfigure the depar...

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Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's next for SFO?
Replies: 83
Views: 12299

Re: What's next for SFO?

[quote="n471wn"]What's new at SFO? Well perhaps they will wake up to adding another runway with proper separation and doing something about their ridiculous delays. But probably not with the environmental whackos who run SF." In time they will fill the bay to to create more runway sep...

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Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LHR-PHX x10 weekly in summer 2017
Replies: 50
Views: 6145

Re: LHR-PHX x10 weekly in summer 2017

No, it's not O&D alone. California is a big deal for PHX, and would be for BA's flight... especially now that it is AA. SJC, SNA, ONT, SBA, SBP. LGB, OAK, SMF, FAT. These things add up. PHX is more or less the best way to get to them. The best way unless you go non-stop on BA to SJC and OAK fro...

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Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Female pax dragged from DL flight
Replies: 22
Views: 4287

Re: female pax dragged from DL flight

Hmm....looks like she was indeed dragged. v. dragged, drag·ging, drags 1. To pull along with difficulty or effort; haul: dragged the heavy box out of the way. See Synonyms at pull. "Removed" would be OK. "Escorted" is not correct. Apparently she was "asked to leave" but...

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Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation November 2016
Replies: 140
Views: 16130

Re: Turkish Aviation November 2016

TK has a Black Friday sale. 40% discount(applied to base fare, not taxes or other surcharges) including on business class fares. Offer good for travel from U.S. through April 15, 2017 http://viewfromthewing.img.boardingarea.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/tk.jpg = Seems to be about a 20% savings in ...

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Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA announces LGW-OAK service
Replies: 93
Views: 13204

Re: BA announces LGW-OAK service

When does the T1 renovation/customs expansion finish? "The international terminal expansion is focused on increasing passenger and baggage capacity, which will double when renovations are complete next year. Yes, the international gates will stay at two, although so far with intelligent schedu...

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Sat Oct 01, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor* Norwegian OAK- Rome,Paris,Madrid
Replies: 54
Views: 7292

Re: Rumor* Norwegian OAK- Rome,Paris,Madrid

Also remember that none of the Norwegian flight are daily. Currently there is only one Norwegian plane at a time at OAK and they don't seem to arrive or depart at the same time as the international flights to Mexico. Currently it looks like Monday is the only day with two flights: Stockholm MWF Osl...

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Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor* Norwegian OAK- Rome,Paris,Madrid
Replies: 54
Views: 7292

Re: Rumor* Norwegian OAK- Rome,Paris,Madrid

Will OAK have enough 787-capable gates to handle 3 or 4 planes at a time? "The international terminal expansion is focused on increasing passenger and baggage capacity, which will double when renovations are complete next year. Yes, the international gates will stay at two, although so far wit...

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Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAK Is Regaining Its Former Glory
Replies: 103
Views: 17516

Re: OAK Is Regaining Its Former Glory

Southwest Airlines to Fly Nonstop Between Oakland and Mexico 07/13/2016 Daily Service to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to begin Feb. 12, 2017, subject governmental approvals Oakland, CA: (July 13, 2016) — At a press conference at OAK today, Southwest Airlines Co. announced...

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