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by Socrates17
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble
Replies: 138
Views: 43187

Re: Asiana Airlines in huge financial trouble

Very concerning. Asiana is one of my favorite long haul airlines, and always my choice from NYC to ICN even though it means schlepping out to JFK from NJ. KE is a good airline, but I just felt like I got slightly better service on OZ. And, all my miles are Star Alliance, which makes a difference. It...

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by Socrates17
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany
Replies: 115
Views: 24279

Re: BA plane flies to Scotland by mistake, should have been Germany

And still not as bad as "Wrong Way" Corrigan. Of course, he didn't have any pax.

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by Socrates17
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 4596

Re: Should airlines ditch AVODs for inflight internet?

Absolutely not. My laptop goes in my bag in the overhead bin and the last thing I want to do is hassle with the damn thing during the flight. I stash it because it's an irritant. The screens on phones are too small to be useful and I have no reason to own a tablet. Seatback IFE is just fine for me, ...

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by Socrates17
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline denies boarding to a fish
Replies: 102
Views: 12134

Re: Airline denies boarding to a fish

The poor fish had enough problems already having been named Cassie. Another name for the betta (with 2 "t"s) is the Siamese Fighting Fish. Xena, Warrior Fish might have been more appropriate.

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by Socrates17
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: New Weekly OAG Thread? Europe?
Replies: 7
Views: 2404

Re: New Weekly OAG Thread? Europe?

I think that's a terrific idea. I lack anything approaching the self-discipline or technical skills to do it myself, but if you (or anyone else) is game I'll be a regular reader.

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by Socrates17
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico city's new airport to be canceled
Replies: 97
Views: 23792

Re: Mexico city's new airport to be canceled

https://wolfstreet.com/2018/10/29/whiff ... n-project/
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I read this article about the "referendum" yesterday. It deals with the finance rather than the aviation ramifications, but in case anyone is interested:

https://wolfstreet.com/2018/10/29/whiff ... n-project/

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by Socrates17
Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Founder Reveals Details on His New Tech-Focused International Airline
Replies: 8
Views: 1782

Re: JetBlue Founder Reveals Details on His New Tech-Focused International Airline

I think he's been sharing too many doobies with Elon Musk.

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by Socrates17
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?
Replies: 193
Views: 14989

Re: What is the aviation impact of a no-deal Brexit?

EU nations and airports will be prevented BY LAW from receiving flights from the UK. It isn't a matter of choice. I've recommended before that interested parties follow Dr. Richard North's blog EU Referendum. Dr. North, as a Tory advisor, supported Leave, so he's hardly a "remoaner". But h...

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by Socrates17
Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New tv series: Manifest. 737-200 question
Replies: 6
Views: 2413

Re: New tv series: Manifest. 737-200 question

kjeld0d wrote:
Can't view it outside US. Must be too cheesy for an international audience!


They didn't want to cause a diplomatic incident.

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by Socrates17
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?
Replies: 106
Views: 12788

Re: TK to become casualty of USA-Turkey rhetoric?

The weak lira will hurt traffic and increase their costs (in lira). No US citizens will be going to turkey to take advatage of the weak lira. I do not see how it doesn't impact TK. I would, especially with a weaker lira. Istanbul is a lovely, cosmopolitan city. I might not go up country, or fulfill...

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by Socrates17
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?
Replies: 98
Views: 12048

Re: Why is BRU so underserved to major US hubs?

Trains. Also, I think that Schiphol is a great airport (I know there are those who disagree). Even when going on vacations solely to visit breweries in Belgium (where my favorite beers are brewed), I'd fly into Schiphol and take the Thalys. Fares also seem to be higher, at least at the times i check...

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by Socrates17
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Norwegian fly to Australia?
Replies: 36
Views: 7466

Re: Will Norwegian fly to Australia?

Given their history, I wouldn't be surprised to read of them announcing Gatwick to one of the moons of Saturn. That would be only slightly more illogical.

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by Socrates17
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit
Replies: 57
Views: 6429

Re: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit

I'm not in IT myself (if you are, I defer to your greater knowledge) but I have a LOT of friends who are and the consensus among them is that it was precisely because of the hysteria that IT professionals took it seriously and mitigated what could have been significant damage to many companies. Peo...

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by Socrates17
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit
Replies: 57
Views: 6429

Re: Airbus and Rolls-Royce to stockpile parts ahead of Brexit

This sounds a lot like the hysteria over Y2K. Afterward, everyone looked around saw what really happened (next to nothing) shrugged and went on with their lives. I'm not in IT myself (if you are, I defer to your greater knowledge) but I have a LOT of friends who are and the consensus among them is ...

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by Socrates17
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Official Picture and General Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 30966

Re: Farnborough Air Show 2018 - Official Picture and General Discussion Thread

The South China Morning Post is of the opinion that airlines (perhaps at their country's request, especially China's) are holding back announcing orders for fear of US trade retaliation. Hence so many, as we call them, UFOs. Since Boeing is also mentioned in the text, I didn't put this in the Airbus...

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by Socrates17
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Croatia in the final of the WC, what solo you think that Will occour to aviation?
Replies: 22
Views: 3091

Re: Croatia in the final of the WC, what solo you think that Will occour to aviation?

Does anyone know when TK started flying to ICN? I was in Seoul during the 2002 World Cup and TK crew were staying at the same hotel as I was. I seem to recall that this was a fairly New Thing at the time. Turkey and South Korea both made it to the semifinals. This is probably a coincidence though si...

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by Socrates17
Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Do you think airline company management post here for ideas?
Replies: 34
Views: 3642

Re: Do you think airline company management post here for ideas?

Only if they have a lot of time on their hands.

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by Socrates17
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK EWR Versus HPN ISP SWF for TATL low cost Flights
Replies: 39
Views: 3449

Re: JFK EWR Versus HPN ISP SWF for TATL low cost Flights

The difficulty in getting from one place to another in the NYC Metro area can't be discounted. While there is public transit, it's mostly designed for commuters and isn't very luggage-friendly. I currently live in northern NJ and it would take a lot (like a free J ticket to ICN on OZ or to Tokyo on ...

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by Socrates17
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR expect huge growth in regional/turboprop market
Replies: 36
Views: 4087

Re: ATR expecting growth in U.S. and China

I appear to be one of the few who genuinely enjoys flying turboprops, and I wish them well. Nevertheless, this seems in the nature of a Hail Mary pass.

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by Socrates17
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?
Replies: 63
Views: 8294

Re: Why are most colour schemes of Chinese airlines so ugly?

De gustibus non est disputandum. I've always loved Hainan's livery. Air China, China Southern & Xiamen are bland, but hardly ugly. China Eastern looks a bit old fashioned, but I wouldn't call it ugly either. Shandong is rather nice. For me, the only ugly livery from China is Beijing Capital. The...

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by Socrates17
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?
Replies: 47
Views: 6637

Re: E-175 rising, Q-400 declining?

Sad, but true. I'm an American who loves turboprops and who has always had a great time on the Q-400, but I know that I'm in a small minority. The E-175 is a fine airliner, and I understand that it delivers a more comfortable experience overall, but it feels less like "flying" to me than t...

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by Socrates17
Tue May 08, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A vs. B, in pictures
Replies: 29
Views: 6268

Re: A vs. B, in pictures

Great link. Thanks! Although I was never lucky enough to fly either, I fell in love with the Caravelle and the Trident from watching John Drake (Danger Man/Secret Agent) flying BEA Tridents and MEA Caravelles. There might have even been a BOAC Comet in there somewhere, maybe to the Caribbean. I'll h...

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by Socrates17
Sun May 06, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?
Replies: 50
Views: 8742

Re: LH Group - Why not operating all different group airlines under a single brand name?

I hear nationalism so much as a reason not to... yet in Belgium particularly no one cares about Brussels Airlines, only the newspapers made a fuss about LH potentially rebranding Brussels Airlines to EW, every other Belgian couldn't be bothered. The casual passenger (so not ff) can't recall correct...

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by Socrates17
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax
Replies: 52
Views: 8748

Re: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax

Jetty wrote:
Socrates17 wrote:
Does anyone really change their travel plans due to Skytrax?

I travel on 5-star Airlines whenever possible.


Actually, admittedly, so do I.

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by Socrates17
Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax
Replies: 52
Views: 8748

Re: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax

So much depends on whether or not you have to change terminals, if you use lounges or not, if you like duty free shopping, and just personal preference. In the US, I always rent a car or get picked up, so easy access by road is important. In Europe & Asia, easy access to public transit is impor...

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax
Replies: 52
Views: 8748

Re: World's best airports for 2018 named by Skytrax

So much depends on whether or not you have to change terminals, if you use lounges or not, if you like duty free shopping, and just personal preference. In the US, I always rent a car or get picked up, so easy access by road is important. In Europe & Asia, easy access to public transit is import...

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by Socrates17
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passengers fight on Southwest flight
Replies: 65
Views: 9110

Re: Passengers fight on Southwest flight

It's as if people haven't heard of this invention called a washing machine. Must have ten weeks worth of clothes for 7 day vacation! I have yet to find a country without laundries. I don't want to schlep stuff around on a 2 week Eurail vacation, let alone a 3 month round-the-world business trip. Us...

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by Socrates17
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI
Replies: 81
Views: 8583

Re: UA's newest gaffe: flew dog to NRT instead of MCI

Japan is rabies free. I assume Iago was in quarantine (a fate which presumably awaits the Great Dane).

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by Socrates17
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair protecting itself from a hard Brexit
Replies: 59
Views: 7579

Re: Ryanair protecting itself from a hard Brexit

I'm not competent to discuss if such a disclaimer has any legal validity, but regarding your 2nd question I think it can be both a publicity stunt and (assuming his legal staff told him it might be valid) an attempt to cover the airline in a worst case scenario. MOL is hardly publicity averse, but h...

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by Socrates17
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7774

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

The only time taking a connecting flight makes sense is if I can take a stop over of a few days, but it seems as if fewer airlines are offering this as an option. Actually, all the legacy carriers I know of offer this option...so I don't know why you have difficulties finding a few day stopover iti...

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by Socrates17
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7774

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

God, I certainly hope not! Yes, I know H&S is still hugely dominant, but it's been diluted somewhat as shown by all the US cities that are getting TATL service and all the secondary cities in China that are getting intercontinental service. That is still Hub & Spoke. For example, if someone...

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by Socrates17
Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can the duopoly broken?
Replies: 22
Views: 2956

Re: Can the duopoly broken?

Give China about fifty years, I could see them starting to make inroads I'm with DWC. I think 30 years, or even less, is more likely than 50 years. In addition to their ability to rapidly absorb technology, the massive amount of infrastructure that China is building in Europe, Australia & Asia ...

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by Socrates17
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?
Replies: 57
Views: 7774

Re: Can we see a return of the Hub and Spoke model?

God, I certainly hope not! Yes, I know H&S is still hugely dominant, but it's been diluted somewhat as shown by all the US cities that are getting TATL service and all the secondary cities in China that are getting intercontinental service. Even though I'm retired and consequently have to pay my...

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by Socrates17
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The ME3 and PHX
Replies: 51
Views: 5193

Re: The ME3 and PHX

I spent 3 months there for work in the early '70s and I still remember my time there with fondness. Yeah, it doesn't have any theme parks, but not everyone is into theme parks. I'm certainly not. There is some very nice scenery in the area and I still remember the beautiful view of the city at night...

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by Socrates17
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana - Big hole in their fleet?
Replies: 22
Views: 4916

Re: Asiana - Big hole in their fleet?

Asiana never really got 10 744 full pax version - they really only had three in total, which they still have two and the other one is - you may have guessed it - VH-OEB with Qantas. All other six pax 744s they had are Combis. Michael Exactly. I used to regularly commute between HKG & ICN in the...

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by Socrates17
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Suggestion to buy Helicopter
Replies: 14
Views: 1542

Re: Suggestion to buy Helicopter

Perhaps the OP lives in NJ and frequently has to get to JFK airport. Honestly, a helicopter is the only viable way of getting there from here. Or, to be honest, the opposite way. If I lived in Queens or Brooklyn (or, God help us, Nassau or Suffolk) the last thing I'd do is book a flight out of Newar...

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by Socrates17
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star
Replies: 86
Views: 19248

Re: Rumor: CX to leave OW for Star

Since it's been mentioned, I've done the HK <> Mainland border crossing dozens of times and it's always very easy. If coming from Dongguan or Guangzhou by train into Hung Holm Station, the lines can get a bit long, but they move much faster than, say, the dreaded lines at JFK. Coming by bus or hired...

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by Socrates17
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 6900

Re: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

Thanks for all the great suggestions, info and opinions, folks! I read all of them but didn't want to tie up the board replying individually. Yeah, I realized that I was being a bit arbitrary defining Southeast Asia (but not South Asia) as "East Asia", but my post was long enough already! ...

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 6900

Re: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

FWIW, UA's EWR-NRT flight number carried on to ICN when they still had the ICN-NRT tag. EWR-ICN may be in the cards for the near future. Yeah, I even took that in J one year. We had to offload at NRT, wait in the lounge for maybe 2 hours (this was a decade + ago, and my memory ain't great) and go b...

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by Socrates17
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty
Replies: 40
Views: 6900

East Asian Airlines at Newark Liberty

I guess this is as much of a kvetch (complaint) as it is a question, but it's really irritating that the only nonstop options from EWR to East Asia are CX to HKG, CA to PEK and UA to HKG & NRT. I know the reason: They don't think EWR will do the business for them. But, I have family in Seoul and...

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by Socrates17
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL's 757 cabin update
Replies: 52
Views: 6658

Re: DL's 757 cabin update

What's the point of flying if not to look out of the window? (Yeah, I know. You're here and you need to be there. Whatever.) I alternately read and look out the window. Unless the sun is right in my eyes, sunlight enhances reading. I keep the map up on the IFE (I don't enjoy watching movies on small...

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by Socrates17
Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK reconstruction update?
Replies: 27
Views: 4729

Re: JFK reconstruction update?

2. Most important part of plan could be done tomorrow by the state: a 4th lane on Van Wyck from Kew Gardens to the airport. Ah, the infamous Van Wyck Parking Lot! That's the main reason I dread picked up South Korean relatives who visit us in Northern New Jersey. (I can avoid the Cross Bronx Parkin...

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by Socrates17
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'
Replies: 108
Views: 16718

Re: Article: 'Flying the Unfriendly Skies'

Well, I must say that you got flamed far less than I expected from this board. The article is a pretty good history, imo, but the barn door was left open and the horse is 62 leagues away in the next parish by now. Regrettably, I can't think of much in the way of regulatory action which could bring b...

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by Socrates17
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?
Replies: 179
Views: 22185

Re: What distance is too short for a plane but too far by car?

As long as you don't have to cross water, there is literally no limit to what you can drive if you're crazy enough. I once circumnavigated the US in my Volvo 760, putting 10,000 miles on it in 3 weeks. There's a very funny travel book called Sean and Dave's Long Drive about 2 guys who circumnavigate...

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by Socrates17
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 5275

Re: New Russian Quad Jet For Decade of 2020

In the first place, thanks for posting the Wiki link. I found it very interesting despite my feeling that the prospects of this attaining reality are about equivalent to those of me driving my VW Jetta to the moon. 1/A third aisle is great for passengers, but demented in terms of maximizing revenue....

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by Socrates17
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UAL strands 15-year-old child in Hartford
Replies: 112
Views: 10963

Re: UAL strands 15-year-old child in Hartford

My first flights were unaccompanied at the age of 12: Idlewild to Denver and back on UA DC-8s. My mother dropped me off and picked me up at Idlewild and my aunt picked me up and dropped me off in Denver. AFAIK, no airline employee was involved at any time and no special arrangements were made. I see...

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by Socrates17
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hyperloop - Possible Implications for Aviation Industry?
Replies: 93
Views: 14518

Re: Hyperloop - Possible Implications for Aviation Industry?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_Must_Roll
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Sorry if this is off-topic, but I couldn't stop thinking about this story that I read almost 60 years ago. It was published originally in 1940, before affordable air travel or the Interstate Highway System. This technology didn't happen (either).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roads_Must_Roll

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by Socrates17
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?
Replies: 89
Views: 11727

Re: Is the Bay Area the only region in the US to have three Int'l airports?

Not only do AC & AC Express fly from LGA to YYZ and YUL (and WestJet & American Eagle to YYZ), but Norwegian flies out of Stewart to Europe. I live in northeastern NJ and LGA is technically slightly closer to home than EWR and at certain times of the day the traffic isn't any worse, so I've ...

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