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by steex
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14335

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

...potentially having two passengers in order to exit/evacuate is unprecedented, and surely the safety implications would have been obvious? I don't mean to be flippant, but isn't that the case for twice as many people in a 3-3-3 configuration given that most people can't evacuate directly through ...

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by steex
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will Delta add new International routes from ATL
Replies: 63
Views: 8413

Re: When will Delta add new International routes from ATL

ATL-PEK & KIX would be decent adds and they could transfer NGO from DTW to ATL. DL has been less than daily with NGO at DTW, at least with ATL They can better utilize an aircraft with a daily frequency instead of wasting an aircraft on DTW. You realize that DTW is the only U.S. airport besides ...

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by steex
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bamboo Airways Plans To Buy 12 Boeing 777Xs Worth $5 Billion
Replies: 89
Views: 12653

Re: Bamboo Airways Is Interested In The 777X For Vietnam to U.S. Flights

Is any Vietnam-USA route other than LAX-SGN really going to be viable? It seems like blocking twenty seats on a 787-9 would be a much quicker and cheaper way of testing fares and viability. Definitely agree. It may not even perform that poorly much of the time - obviously the yield potential is muc...

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by steex
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: Pakistan to resume ORD in April 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 4319

Re: Pakistan to resume ORD in April 2020

2. It says it will be their longest route, so PIA's flight would be to ORD, not JFK, since PIA already flies to YYZ and JFK would be shorter than their existing YYZ route. LHE-YYZ is actually 60+ miles shorter than LHE-JFK, so I'm not sure we can take what the story says and firmly conclude this me...

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by steex
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34314

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

My point was that you weren’t describing an exculpatory argument, but rather one that will result in delta’s liability. Indeed, and perhaps not an unlikely outcome. I apologize as I've been playing devil's advocate a bit here, but some of the use by Delta (and, perhaps, arguably by other airlines) ...

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by steex
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34314

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

I'm not passing judgment on whether that defense holds water either way (and I most certainly am not an attorney), but seems a likely approach. It is not a defense. Delta isn’t using the word to describe their plane. They are systematically using the word to sell air travel services connected to a ...

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by steex
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34314

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

Google "flagship" and any major airline and see what results you get. :wink2: https://thepointsguy.co.uk/news/qantas-eyes-flagship-cabin-update-for-proposed-project-sunrise-routes/ Qantas eyes ‘flagship’ cabin update for proposed Project Sunrise routes https://www.emirates.com/media-centr...

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by steex
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”
Replies: 322
Views: 34314

Re: AA sues DL over the use of the term “Flagship”

Oh boy... This is REALLY problematic. https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Delta-A350-Flagship.png It actually says “flagship” on its booking engine. Yes folks, that is deliberate. I imagine a key point in DL's defense will be that one airplane (the A350) is indicated ...

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by steex
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO
Replies: 54
Views: 7659

Re: Norwegian Air to Consolidate All Routes in the Bay Area to SFO

I do not get those numbers for January 2020 from OAG. On USA-Europe one-way I get 13.1B ASMs and you have 17.9. Even if I included Canada I only get 14.8B to your 17.9B. So, already not sure what is different. 13.1B ASMs OneWorld 3.1B 23.6% Star 4.7B 35.8% SkyTeam 2.9B 22.4% That's 81.8% + VS 0.744...

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by steex
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 14571

Re: Air France Paris to Kinshasa to Brazzaville to Paris

My thought was why fly to both when you can just fly to one, second the el paso/juarez connection is being made as an example, it takes sometimes many hours for people to cross the border between juarez and el paso as well, thirdly, as I have never been to Kinshasa or Brazzaville, I have been unawa...

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by steex
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is SK negligible in Asia, whereas AY has a number of Asian routes?
Replies: 37
Views: 7816

Re: Why is SK negligible in Asia, whereas AY has a number of Asian routes?

SK has more rigorous profit making guidelines than AY has hence the former tends to focus more aggressively on the higher yielding and shorter trans-Atlantic flights whilst AY has marketed itself as more of an Asian focused airline out of EU to differentiate from the rest. Of course, part of the po...

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by steex
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Underserved US TATL Markets
Replies: 35
Views: 7479

Re: Most Underserved US TATL Markets

What's your point? I specifically included his name and title, because I knew people would ask why MCI is highlighted. The point is that data which show MCI most in need of more TATL service have been provided by the Kansas City Aviation Department - data have to be viewed through the correct prism...

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by steex
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Underserved US TATL Markets
Replies: 35
Views: 7479

Re: Most Underserved US TATL Markets

What's your point? I specifically included his name and title, because I knew people would ask why MCI is highlighted. The point is that data which show MCI most in need of more TATL service have been provided by the Kansas City Aviation Department - data have to be viewed through the correct prism...

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by steex
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Most Underserved US TATL Markets
Replies: 35
Views: 7479

Re: Most Underserved US TATL Markets

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EE2JfydU4AAtbZu?format=png&name=medium Justin Meyer of Deputy Director of Aviation - Marketing and Air Service Development provided an update about ratio of TATL seats to O&D. Very surprised CHS is so high on the list. Would like to see if this has any implicatio...

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by steex
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Starlux announces first flight date and routes
Replies: 66
Views: 21460

Re: Starlux announces first flight date and routes

As they are a Taiwanese venture am I correct to assume that they will fly these routes from TPE? It is not mentioned in the story or OP.

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by steex
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 9/8/2019:DL Adds PDX-LAS,SEA-BZN, Shifts NRT to HND;SY Exits PVD;UA Ends CHA-IAD,EWR-DAY/YOW,EGE-IAD
Replies: 114
Views: 17558

Re: OAG Changes 9/8/2019:DL Adds PDX-LAS,SEA-BZN, Shifts NRT to HND;SY Exits PVD;UA Ends CHA-IAD,EWR-DAY/YOW,EGE-IAD

Agreed. We have several threads about airlines switching from NRT to HND, so some definitely find the switching of airports interesting. I doubt anyone is questioning the starred DL switches from NRT to HND this week in this week’s list. I can see both sides of this one. Switching from NRT to HND i...

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by steex
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN
Replies: 85
Views: 9444

Re: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN

Horizon in one of their former lives actually Did fly to smaller California Cities, So? It would NOT be any stretch to see them fly there as well as MRY, SCK, SBA, FAT, BFL and PSP, and possibly0 ONT. Sure - I'm not sure anyone disagrees with this point, and I don't think AS is fencing QX or OO int...

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by steex
Thu Sep 05, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN
Replies: 85
Views: 9444

Re: AS announces San Luis Obispo from PDX & SAN

The SEA-SBP flight currently shows a 12:14pm arrival in SBP but the departure back up to SEA is moved to 5:55pm. That gap does not get filled by the new SAN-flight, nor PDX as that route doesn't begin until June 18 next year. SEA-SBP is also shown as QX, while SBP-SEA is shown as OO. Something coul...

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by steex
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taxiway Sierra project at SFO
Replies: 10
Views: 1967

Re: Taxiway Sierra project at SFO

Per the concept wasn't runway 10R suppose to be shortened? The diagram you're looking at is the temporary construction condition, not the final configuration. The Google Map link you posted is the finished product with taxiway realignment - if you use Google Earth and look back to 2017 or earlier, ...

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by steex
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How come Aeroflot doesn't fly to Singapore or Mumbai?
Replies: 20
Views: 4507

Re: How come Aeroflot doesn't fly to Singapore or Mumbai?

x1234 wrote:
...Aeroflot flies to LITERALLY every airport in Europe (both Western & Eastern).


They do not. No airline does or realistically could.

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by steex
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 11901

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

The only thing I learned is that the marketing expert who provided this commentary obviously does not also do business with the duty free shops in Poland. They certainly have no qualms with local pride when it comes to the selling opportunity - when you're flying out of WAW, after you make your way ...

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by steex
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 16528

Re: Delta international announcement later today

RDU/AUS-AMS :duck: Or SJC-AMS/KIX? I’m still waiting for DL to announce *anything* new after their “focus city” statement. No announcement, but DL is adding a second DTW-SJC-DTW rotation several days per week next summer. I expect SJC growth to look like that (as it has the last few years), not a b...

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by steex
Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 361
Views: 81991

Re: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL

The Philippines and South Korea had just signed a new ASA , increasing seats to 28,000 weekly. This is up from 20,000 weekly in the ASA signed between the two countries two years ago. I can't find the text of the PH-KR ASA but I imagine fifth freedom rights are covered as the Philippines has been k...

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by steex
Tue May 28, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 route additions
Replies: 350
Views: 29646

Re: Delta A220 route additions

I'd love for DL to open a hub at AUS, 75 flights a day, all A220. :-) Perfect plane for DL in that market, it can fly anywhere a new DL hub should fly to, excepting NRT and AMS... What routes besides the current DL line up (ATL, LAX, JFK, SEA, MSP, DTW, SLC, BOS)? RDU CLT SFO LAS PDX MCO BNA maybe ...

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by steex
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroflot flying to San Francisco soon (hint on instagram)!?
Replies: 11
Views: 2170

Re: Aeroflot flying to San Francisco soon (hint on instagram)!?

UALifer wrote:
Anyone from San Francisco would immediately tell you that is NOT the Golden Gate Bridge.


Indeed - different cable arrangement and different tower bracing. This bridge is in Lisbon, which already has Aeroflot service.

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by steex
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA82 and UA48 overfly Iranian airspace
Replies: 34
Views: 11096

Re: UA82 and UA48 overfly Iranian airspace

And because Russia and China don't hand off aircraft to one another, Mongolia acts as an intermediary on trans-Asian flights. Can you expand on this? A pretty good number of flights overfly the China-Russia border directly, are you suggesting some other aviation authority oversees ATC in this zone ...

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by steex
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

But how would they get slots for fifth freedom? US DOT is never going to choose a non-US destination for a slot award it controls if there is ANY other application, and neither Japan nor Singapore is going to provide a slot to a carrier from another country. At a minimum, this would require unfette...

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by steex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

WPvsMW wrote:
We disagree as to how USDOT may treat a future 5th Freedom request. Neither you nor I are USDOT, and the time is not yet 2020.


Fair enough. Apologies if I was making unfounded assumptions about your thought process.

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by steex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

IIRC, USDOT has never denied a US carrier beyond rights if the B and C authorities agree to it. A - B - C (DTW - HND - SIN) will have a single flight number, even if the equipment changes at B, as it now does on DL 166 /167. You're going back and forth between rights and slots. The competitive awar...

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by steex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

That's a slot problem, true, but not a 5th Freedom problem, and slots at HND are increasing. "Haneda's slots (total, not slot pairs) will increase by 39,000 per annum, from 447,000 to 486,000. The additional slots will all be for international flights. There are an existing 90,000 available sl...

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by steex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

DL is closing NRT regardless of what any other carrier does. Ideally, DL moves all ex-NRT flights to HND. Less ideally, the flights that don't move to HND are cut. I would be surprised if DL has any NRT ops left at the end of this year. If there's demand, KE will go 2x daily NRT/HNL. I also would n...

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by steex
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 29858

Re: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns

TUA555 seem to determined to complete the flight Uzbekistan Airways HY441 diverted back to TAS, then was dispatched again operating a TAS-ATQ via Turkmenistan/Iran/Sea/India. They ended up flying more than 2800 nm (6+ hours) on a route that is normally just over 630 nm (2+ hours). https://i.imgur.c...

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by steex
Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Parts of Indian and Pakistani airspace closed after multiple shootdowns
Replies: 323
Views: 29858

Re: Tensions in South Asia - Pakistani and North Indian Airspace Shut Down

As mentioned in the other thread, there have been boatloads of diversions or route adjustments. Uzbekistan Airways HY441 diverted back to TAS, then was dispatched again operating a TAS-ATQ via Turkmenistan/Iran/Sea/India. They ended up flying more than 2800 nm (6+ hours) on a route that is normally ...

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by steex
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: US DOT awards Haneda slots
Replies: 821
Views: 152627

Re: US-Japan agree on additional Haneda slots; DOT to allocate

Why is AA applying for LAS-HND as opposed to just having JL run the route? Would make much more sense. Seems kind of an insult to PHX if you ask me. I'm guessing it's because LAS has endless demand and is viewed as more of a sure thing. Since US carriers don't have flexibility, they're likely stuck...

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by steex
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic flights in the world
Replies: 37
Views: 5890

Re: Longest domestic flights in the world

Interesting that the OP mentions SVO-VVO given that others in Russia (such as SVO-PKC) are longer. No, SVO-VVO is the longest. Russian aircraft do not overfly China on domestic flights, thus they go all the way to KHV before turning South making this marginally longer than SVO-PKC. Fair enough. Tha...

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by steex
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest domestic flights in the world
Replies: 37
Views: 5890

Re: Longest domestic flights in the world

CDG-RUN is over 5800 statute miles, pretty sure that is deemed to be the longest.

Interesting that the OP mentions SVO-VVO given that others in Russia (such as SVO-PKC) are longer.

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by steex
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight
Replies: 134
Views: 11399

Re: Lufthansa wants to sue passenger for not taking booked flight

Whether one agrees with the airline's argument or not, it's important to remember here that their product is the transportation, not the seats. Using the example in the linked article, if one buys a ticket to fly SVO-CDG non-stop, it is quite a bit more expensive than booking SVO-CDG-LHR. However, i...

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by steex
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: OAG Changes 12/30/2018:DL Drops LAX-SAL and SEA-YEG;SY Adds PDX-HNL;UA EWR-POS to Daily,HDN-IAH Dropped for Summer
Replies: 103
Views: 14278

Re: OAG Changes 12/30/2018:DL Drops LAX-SAL and SEA-YEG;SY Adds PDX-HNL;UA EWR-POS to Daily,HDN-IAH Dropped for Summer

Thanks as always Enilria. Does DL dropping SEA-YEG clear the way for an eventual WS add? Probably not. Can't see why WS would do any better on the route then DL, even with their partnership/codeshare agreements. I don't know that WS will add it, but if they did, I assume the swap could be due to th...

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by steex
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made
Replies: 98
Views: 6667

Re: Weirdest Connections You've Ever Made

Ticket construction was obviously different, but earlier this summer I functionally connected in ICN to get to ICN (SFO-ICN-HKG-ICN) due to far lower fares to Hong Kong and allowable stopover in Seoul. I've also done a three-stop itinerary from Chicago to St. Louis with NW in the mid-2000s, ORD-MSP-...

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by steex
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Continues DEN Expansion - New Flights to SRQ/VPS/PBI/PNS/BRO
Replies: 41
Views: 5883

Re: UA Continues DEN Expansion - New Flights to SRQ/VPS/PBI/PNS/BRO

It's written just fine. You never put subtractions in your promotions. Nobody said anything about subtractions. The issue is that the release lacks any detail at all; for example, here's what it says about the Denver adds: Adding five new nonstop flights from Denver United's spring network expansio...

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by steex
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: No flights from SFO/SJC/SEA/PDX to all of South America? And just 1 to Central America?
Replies: 44
Views: 4930

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

As far as UA is concerned, you wont see routes like SFO-EZE/SCL for the same reason you wont see IAH-HKG/KIX. Youre overflying a hub and the markets dont generate very high fares to those destinations. Adding to that, the stage lengths are also fairly long into deep South America. SFO-EZE is at lea...

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by steex
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s PAH-CGI Route a First Foray Into P2P?
Replies: 3
Views: 949

Re: UA’s PAH-CGI Route a First Foray Into P2P?

Just saw on another website that UA intends to start PAH-CGI with daily flights operated with a CR2 on 07Jan. Is this a subsidized route, a tag-on or a very meager foray into P2P flying? It isn’t listed as a tag and both cities are small which doesn’t lend much to the subsidy theory unless there ar...

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by steex
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA and SFO widebodys!
Replies: 33
Views: 6469

Re: AA and SFO widebodys!

TWA1985 wrote:
I doubt ORD will see a widebody to SFO seeing as it’s a hub to hub route for UA. But a guy can dream. lol


No need to dream, the 788 will show up on SFO-ORD for a couple months in late fall.

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by steex
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ET To Start ADD-LIS-MAD
Replies: 41
Views: 6219

Re: ET To Start ADD-LIS

Plenty of connecting traffic to Luanda? What for? LIS-ADD is a longer flight than LIS-LAD. Why are people going to fly longer, only to go entirely out of the way and backtrack back to Luanda? I mean, yeah, somebody will do it, but in no significant numbers. Agreed, seems like you'd have to be offer...

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by steex
Mon May 21, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European expansion in SFO
Replies: 71
Views: 10999

Re: European expansion in SFO

All three airports are now (or soon to be connected) by BART, so it's possible to fly into one of the three and get to most corners of the Bay, which may explain why all three of them have been getting more and more flights to Asia and Europe. I wish that were true at SJC, but BART will not connect...

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by steex
Fri May 04, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12275

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

When HSR opens up to San Jose, I'd imagine that will also drive outsized growth at SJC vs. SFO....though to be fair that's far enough out (~10 yrs) so as to be pure conjecture at this point.... I wouldn't bet on that. Most versions of the HSR plans envision a consolidated train station with direct ...

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by steex
Thu May 03, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: OAG World busiest routes
Replies: 15
Views: 2393

Re: OAG World busiest routes

c933103 wrote:
Really, Top destination to connect to at KIX from ICN is to NOU?


Does seem surprising, but then the list of destinations served nonstop from KIX and not ICN is quite short.

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by steex
Wed May 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !
Replies: 59
Views: 12275

Re: British Airways LHR-SJC cancelled flights !

SJC isn't what BA was hoping it to be and loads aren't great. BA is forced reduce 787 flying programme so the choice of SJC indicates that it is the poorest performing 787 route. Also, GDS doesn't display SJC as an alternative for San Francisco just like it does display Baltimore for Washington DC....

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by steex
Tue May 01, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China to reduce Shanghai Pudong-San Jose frequency
Replies: 24
Views: 2898

Re: Air China to reduce Shanghai Pudong-San Jose frequency

I believe CA flying their only US-PVG flight was to keep HU off the route. Yes, the flight has struggled but Chinese carriers are not know for making big profits and often keep flights as a “reaction” to another carrier. As a side note. LH, for now, is flying SJC-FRA year round and is bookable in t...

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by steex
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?
Replies: 18
Views: 4170

Re: why is there so much air service between Italy and Albania?

Pretty simple. If you exclude Kosovo, the largest Albanian diaspora community is Italy. Also Italy is by far Albania's largest trade partner. I would add that "disproportionate" levels of air service are also relatively common in the scenario of markets being not especially distant by air...

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