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by vatveng
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations
Replies: 21
Views: 2946

Re: Denver International Airport Fined $33.5M For Noise Violations

The NIMBYs complaining about the "noise" from DEN should be forced to spend 30 minutes within 10 miles of any military airfield.

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by vatveng
Sun May 10, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin
Replies: 97
Views: 25332

Re: Person killed by plane on runway at Austin

Airport spokesman Bryce Dubee told the Associated Press that officials do not believe the man was supposed to be on the runway when he was hit. Do these jounos really HAVE to ask these sort of questions?. Unless he was an airport employee, then it is most unlikely that he is supposed to be there. I...

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by vatveng
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled
Replies: 49
Views: 2370

Re: Your last trip and the next trip you cancelled

It's been two years since my last flight, and 10 months since my last trip anywhere via any mode of transport. Last flight was in late January - early February 2018, when I flew to JAX to visit friends. June 2019 was an Amtrak trip. I had a trip scheduled this July to Rome. I was due to fly TAP IAD-...

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by vatveng
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I'm glad I was able to get one flight on the MD90, back in 2014. I didn't know at the time that would be my only MD-90 flight ever :cry2:

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by vatveng
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?
Replies: 111
Views: 6699

Re: What in Your Opinion has been the Ugliest Commercial Jet?

Preparing to get stoned here... :duck:

The L1011. It's just... :ill: :crazy:

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by vatveng
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?
Replies: 142
Views: 20749

Re: Why Is DL More Profitable Than UA and AA?

AA is somewhat of a mess. Without MIA and their Latin America strength they would be in trouble. They have not leveraged DFW as well as DL has leveraged ATL. DFW needs flights to more secondary cities that are not served, bypassing ATL. Some examples.....CHO, ROA, SYR, ROC, Harrisburg Pa. Etc. DL c...

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by vatveng
Thu Feb 06, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What former airports have you flown into?
Replies: 45
Views: 2146

Re: What former airports have you flown into?

Stapleton is the only airport I've flown into that no longer exists.

I did once fly into Winston Salem, NC (Smith Reynolds Airport) when Piedmont still served it. It no longer has any commercial service so I guess it counts?

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by vatveng
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Best value across the Atlantic? TAP's A330-900neo: JFK-LIS-OSL
Replies: 4
Views: 15484

Re: Best value across the Atlantic? TAP's A330-900neo: JFK-LIS-OSL

I came across this trip report just in time, as I'm pricing July 2020 flights from Dulles to Rome and TAP keeps coming up as far and away the best value. Their onboard product looks impressive, and the meals you had in Economy look like things I can actually eat. Once the dates are set in stone and ...

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by vatveng
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of Virginia Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2692

Re: Rest of Virginia Aviation Thread - 2020

Looks like the MD-88 retirement at DL is starting to take effect in Virginia. Only 1 of 9 frequencies to ATL from RIC will be on an MD-88, as of March 1st. The rest of the frequencies will be 3 MD-90s, 1 B717, and 4 Boeing 737s. ORF is also showing mostly 737 and 717 in March. But it's highly varia...

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by vatveng
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Retro Livery: Error in Painting?
Replies: 16
Views: 4722

Re: Garuda Retro Livery: Error in Painting?

Maybe they are expecting a percentage of their passengers to balk at boarding "an ancient plane" due to the retro paint job so they added an explanation that it's a retro paint job and that was the most succinct way they could be obvious about it :confused:

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by vatveng
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?
Replies: 37
Views: 2060

Re: Why are US airport display screens so different from everywhere else?

The US does things differently because it works for us. Even the busiest domestic routes don't have 50 flights a day, and outside of the Boston-New York-Washington corridor there really aren't any shuttle routes either. Most cities have at most 5-7 daily flights to a particular hub, some really big ...

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by vatveng
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of Virginia Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2692

Re: Rest of Virginia Aviation Thread - 2020

December 2019 was the busiest December ever for ORF, and 2019 was the busiest year ever according to airport press release. https://www.norfolkairport.com/sites/default/files/December%202019%20Media%20Release.pdf https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/over-339k-passengers-traveled-through-norf...

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by vatveng
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rest of Virginia Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2692

Re: Virginia Aviation Thread (RIC, ORF, ROA, CHO) - 2020

Southwest isn't so much expanding as restoring what they cut in the wake of the AirTran merger. Post-merger Southwest was smaller at ORF than pre-merger Southwest without even adding in AirTran at PHF and later when they moved to ORF during the merger. For example, ORF-BNA was a daily year-round fli...

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by vatveng
Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why does Southwest still not charge for baggage?
Replies: 20
Views: 1380

Re: Why does Southwest still not charge for baggage?

As much as I personally dislike Southwest due to personal experience with them, I give them a lot of credit for knowing their target audience. They actively market their services to people who are typically brand-loyal people: regular NFL viewers. TV commercials during football games is probably the...

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by vatveng
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?
Replies: 53
Views: 7484

Re: Should Boeing extend 737 NG production to cover over the MAX?

How easily it's done aside, didn't Boeing deliver some 767s to 787 customers during that program's delay?

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by vatveng
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 84
Views: 12130

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

Eastwind Flew them PIT-BOS-PIT back when they existed, week before Easter 1999. Arrived at BOS at 5:30 AM for a 7:00 flight. No desk agent, line 30 people deep. We did eventually get service and left somewhat on time. Nice new 737 NG. Return trip, Saturday night before Easter, no plane, no desk age...

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by vatveng
Fri Dec 20, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Car crash at SRQ
Replies: 25
Views: 5114

Re: Car crash at SRQ

$100 says alcohol was a factor.

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by vatveng
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Retro liveries we’ll (likely) never see
Replies: 42
Views: 3473

Re: Retro liveries we’ll (likely) never see

Gulfstream500 wrote:
- AirTran heritage


Southwest is never going to do anything to acknowledge that AirTran (or ATA or Morris or Muse) ever existed.

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by vatveng
Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 296
Views: 81451

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

This is going to be the first year since 2003 that I have not flown even once in a calendar year :cry2:

(Yes, I know there is still time but I have no more time off from work this year.)

I did take the Amtrak AutoTrain for the first time this year, so that's some consolation I guess :spin:

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by vatveng
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Downgraded by Stifle based on aquisition speculation
Replies: 157
Views: 30537

Re: WN Downgraded based on aquisition speculation

airplaneboy wrote:
If that were the case, then WN would place an order with Airbus ASAP (although I understand delivery slots aren’t available within the next couple years at least).


Somehow I think if Southwest showed up in Toulouse with a big wad of cash, Airbus would find a way to make airplanes appear.

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by vatveng
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread
Replies: 652
Views: 132499

Re: American Airlines MD-80 Retirement Discussion Thread

DeltaRules wrote:
How was AA able to park ~12 planes on the same day with no impact on their network?


It's the week after Labor Day. Air travel demand drops sharply this month and stays down until the run-up to Thanksgiving.

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by vatveng
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 5895

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I've never had someone take my seat, but I have had the person already sitting in the aisle seat refuse to allow me to sit in the window seat. He decided he wanted the entire row to himself and nobody was going to tell him otherwise. The FA caved to him and made me sit somewhere else. Then that some...

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by vatveng
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 23768

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

According to Wikipedia, runway 32L is almost 11,500 feet long. How on earth did a B737NG almost run off the end?. From the blog post: The cause of this incident is not yet confirmed; some Russian Aviation websites report that the crew computed takeoff performance using a takeoff weight 15 tons belo...

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by vatveng
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virginia Aviation Thread (RIC, ORF, ROA, CHO) - 2019
Replies: 71
Views: 8408

Re: Virginia Aviation Thread. RIC, ORF, ROA, CHO

While PHF is struggling on the commercial passenger side, it is a relatively busy GA/bizjet airfield and the USAF uses the airfield for practice for the Air Force One/Two pilots and fleet. The airport has fallen far from their 2000s heyday, but I'm not writing them off just yet.

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by vatveng
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont..............gone 30 years
Replies: 78
Views: 10652

Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Piedmont was the airline that got me interested in aviation as a little kid :airplane: :biggrin:
It was the airline that took us to Grandma's house every Christmas :santahat:

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by vatveng
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 18548

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Never underestimate the power of marketing to build a loyal customer base... I was booking a flight for my mother and I to go visit her sister (my aunt) for Christmas one year. At the time, I had status on Delta and was immune to bag and change fees, and this was before Delta launched their "Ba...

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by vatveng
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2338

UPDATED: Re: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/25/former-head ... ds-guilty/
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Today (July 25) Michael Morisi pleaded guilty in federal court in Newport News to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. Sentencing is scheduled for November.

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/25/former-head ... ds-guilty/

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by vatveng
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 9997

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

They've mostly been retired, thankfully, but I regularly went out of my way to avoid a flight on The Wretched Dash-8. As a passenger, those things SUCKED!

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by vatveng
Wed May 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2338

Re: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

wjcandee wrote:
Oh the NEW so-called PeoplExpress. I was thinking, "Geez, that was 35 years ago..."

Did they even ever carry passengers? I guess I could look, but I don't care enough...


They operated for just under 3 months in 2014.

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by vatveng
Wed May 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2338

Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

The PeoplExpress fallout continues... On Monday, former PHF director Ken Spirito was indicted in Norfolk federal court on 18 counts of violating all kinds of federal financial laws involving the airport's secret loan to PeoplExpress. https://www.dailypress.com/news/airport/dp-nws-newport-news-airpor...

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by vatveng
Fri May 17, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LCC Feeder Service: Is it possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1826

Re: LCC Feeder Service: Is it possible?

AirTran briefly had a feeder service, AirTran JetConnect, using CR2s operated by Air Wisconsin. It lasted just under 2 years, from November 2002 until August 2004. They had another 2-year feeder service from 2009-2011 in Milwaukee, but it was not under the AirTran brand. Flights were operated by Sky...

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by vatveng
Thu May 16, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 2402

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

The DC9 series, especially the MD88 and the 717. I also really love the 757. The E-jets have been 50/50. My first couple of flights on them were terrible, but the last few were some of the best flights I've ever taken. I can't comment on widebodies as I've only ever flown on two, and none in the las...

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by vatveng
Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 88
Views: 9410

Re: JFK Finally has its own Hotel!

Cheesy web site. I think it goes quite nicely with the retro ambiance of the facility. Its supposed to be sorta cheesy. Looking forward to my visit there in October. I think it's really well done. There's lots of info and not links to nowhere or to information copied and pasted from Wikipedia. It t...

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by vatveng
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14884

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

I've been the only revenue passenger on a CR2 half-full of nonrevs commuting to PHL for their flights. It was the first flight in the morning (5:30am).

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by vatveng
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining DC-9 operators (DC-9-14 to DC-9-51)
Replies: 32
Views: 5152

Re: Remaining DC-9 operators (DC-9-14 to DC-9-51)

But, of course, MD-80/MD-90, and even 717's have the same type certificate. True, but not really the point of this discussion. The JT8D supply chain has almost been shutdown for 4 years. How much longer are the Canadian niche 732 operators going to be able to keep their JT8Ds going? There's only so...

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by vatveng
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 65706

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

In a surprise move, Allegiant just announced flights from ORF to CLE. I would not be surprised to see F9 do a similar thing in RIC, with flights from DEN/CLE/LAS to RIC, or restart flights over at PHF. Frontier has a decent-sized presence at ORF (much larger than it previously had at PHF) so don't ...

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by vatveng
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 15447

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Flew on several of them in Piedmont colors in the 1980s. They took us to Grandma's house for Christmas and/or Summer vacation.

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by vatveng
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 456
Views: 65706

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

2019 predictions: ORF Government shutdown causes local non-military federal workers (of which there are a lot) to reconsider travel plans. It won't be as bad as sequestration was, which affected the military, but it'll be enough to make F9 and G4 jittery. They won't make any changes directly because...

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by vatveng
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)
Replies: 43
Views: 5792

Re: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)

Nice piece of airline history! Thanks for sharing.

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by vatveng
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4746

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

Every time I've connected at LGA the last several years I've had to ride a bus to a remote stand to board a CRJ.

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by vatveng
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)

East Texas Regional Airport (Longview, TX), gets its code from the fact that it's in Gregg County: KGGG. Served by AA. That's the only "triple code" assigned to a US airport with commercial service, although there are a couple of GA and military airfields that have triples.

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by vatveng
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?
Replies: 150
Views: 15855

Re: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?

They found a design that works, and works well, and have spent the last 50 or so years refining that design. When Boeing was designing the 787, remember the shark fin tail on the first version of the drawings? Engineers thought it would be a better design, but when they did physical wind tunnel test...

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by vatveng
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first experiences in aviation
Replies: 27
Views: 4072

Re: Your first experiences in aviation

1st flight ... RIC-DEN via an unknown hub but probably ORD 1st airline ... United 1st type ... Unknown, may have been a B720 (UA) 1st twin ... Unknown, may have been a B732 (UA) 1st 3-holer ...either a UA DC-10 or a Piedmont 727 1st quad ... B720 (UA) 1st turboprop ... The wretched Dash-8 (US) 1st h...

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by vatveng
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?
Replies: 57
Views: 6022

Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

The two A380 prototypes were msn001 F-WWOW and msn002 F-WXXL

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by vatveng
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

Re: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?

A lot of visitors often start their vacation in Orlando and then head out to explore other areas of Florida via a rental car and drop off the rental car at another Florida airport. I know that car rental companies during certain times of the year have to ship cars back by truck to Orlando because o...

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by vatveng
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1107
Views: 182317

Re: Icelandair taking over WOW

Wow. Once Icelandair takes a full peak under the kilt and has a full picture of the mess that is WOW, my bet is the sale price will be at the lowest end of the range, meaning not much more than $25m for an airline with 20 tails. Even the most obtuse observer can do the math here. The question becom...

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by vatveng
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst aspects of the carriers you fly
Replies: 29
Views: 3413

Re: Best and worst aspects of the carriers you fly

DL: Best: By far the most service at my home airport. Even if most of it is to ATL, I can still find an itinerary that's convenient to my schedule. The Boeing 717 :cloudnine: Economy Comfort+ seats are actually worth paying for when you're 5'6". They're really more comfortable than standard Y ...

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by vatveng
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 6015

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

Reading the various posts on this thread has anyone been charged by a hotel (on their credit card) for "missing" items? No, but I have seen a disturbing trend of hotels charging an upfront fee of between $50-100 per stay as a "security deposit" that is supposed to be refunded af...

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by vatveng
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 6015

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

Reading the various posts on this thread has anyone been charged by a hotel (on their credit card) for "missing" items? No, but I have seen a disturbing trend of hotels charging an upfront fee of between $50-100 per stay as a "security deposit" that is supposed to be refunded af...

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by vatveng
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4518

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

From ORF the longest scheduled commercial flight is DEN. Being a military town, we do get charter flights from far off places.

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