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by usdcaguy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CASM numbers
Replies: 27
Views: 2728

Re: CASM numbers

It's important to remember that the LH Group, Singapore Airlines, IAG, AFKL and the like are going to have lower CASM than US carriers because they fly more long-haul lights as a percentage of total trips than the US4. It can be hard to compare US airlines to European ones as each region has its gol...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SY adds MSN-LAS/MCO
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

Re: SY adds MSN-LAS/MCO

Smart move, though I would be hesitant to book. In the event of an IROP, you would have little recourse as there would not be any later flights for rebooking. Same goes for flat tire situations.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bobby Brown kicked off Jetblue flight...cops called to the gate
Replies: 11
Views: 3796

Re: Bobby Brown kicked off Jetblue flight...cops called to the gate

Heard there was a flight attendant onboard named Roni who was a sweet little girl. He tried to treat her real nice, but this went down anyway. Didn't sound like he was in control.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 1019
Views: 246087

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

> Fleet reduced from current 117 to 102 in 2020 > Lease 3 777 and 13 additional Airbus family craft These are two most interesting parts. I wonder what 15 aircraft they plan of retiring, or that is 18 if they plan on adding 3 B777. I see they have 15 E75 in their fleet, maybe they plan on removing ...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1
Replies: 164
Views: 21554

Re: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1

Because with the 2x2 config of the 190s, no one will be able to tell the difference between that and a CRJ-200. Huge difference in terms of cabin height and seat comfort. The E190s also have bigger bins. Even KL flies them, and I find them to be just fine and definitely better than the Fokkers. Agr...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will AF or KL enter DEN?
Replies: 5
Views: 649

Re: Will AF or KL enter DEN?

I would venture to say that if DEN-CDG were to happen, it would be seasonal and run on a DL 767. I say CDG, because there’s not enough business demand from DEN itself to support DEN-AMS. SLC is also up the street with its own flights.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1
Replies: 164
Views: 21554

Re: MINT and other Service Cuts to JetBlue, starting 9/1

I’m surprised B6 doesn’t run an advertisement saying “All we fly are mainline jets.” The more RJs DL throws at BOS, the more that difference stands out. Because with the 2x2 config of the 190s, no one will be able to tell the difference between that and a CRJ-200. Huge difference in terms of cabin ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers

Sad, but I guess it’s time to move on. I still remember KLM telling passengers to call the 4747 number upon landing.

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Re: Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers

Sad, but I guess it’s time to move on. I still remember KLM telling passengers to call the 4747 number upon landing.

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread
Replies: 190
Views: 28400

Re: HURRICANE DORIAN Cancellations, Deviations, and Aftereffects Thread

flyiguy wrote:
GOAA has announced MCO will be closing at 0200 on Monday morning.

FLY


You know analysts at Disney will be crunching numbers to size all the lost revenue from people leaving early.

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by usdcaguy
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EL AL launches TLV-NRT from March 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 993

Re: EL AL announces NRT service

EL AL has announced that it will start service to NRT from 11 March 2020. The flight will operate 3x weekly onboard a 787-9 aircraft: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/286071/el-al-opens-tokyo-reservations-for-march-2020-launch/ Your thoughts? I wonder how much of the flight will be...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Frontier F9 Announces 15 destinations from EWR
Replies: 95
Views: 12463

Re: Frontier F9 Announces 15 destinations from EWR

Glad to see them show ATL some love with a new destination. F9 is trying, slowly, to become a relevant carrier, and the flying public is better off for it.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week
Replies: 158
Views: 28391

Re: Unconfirmed: BA to make major 2020 TATL expansion later this week

My guesses, if said rumors are true: LGW-RSW Seasonal LGW-PVR LHR-PDX LHR-BDL One potential route that is never discussed is LHR-SAT, which could be run 2x/wk paired with year-round LHR-CHS 2x/wk. In fact, SAT doesn’t have any TATL service at all, which is a surprise given its tourism and military b...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion
Replies: 40
Views: 6489

Re: Mexico's president suggests his government may resucitate Mexicana de Aviacion

There's no reason at this point to resuscitate a dead carrier. The best thing Obrador could do is get the employees their residual wages back and pay out pensions to former employees. MX's bankruptcy was incredibly messy compared to that of American carriers, and the lack of government support hurt ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Further cuts at Avianca
Replies: 30
Views: 5169

Re: Further cuts at Avianca

Not a good situation. How much is AV currently benefiting from its participation in Star? Do they need a closer relationship with UA?

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland
Replies: 68
Views: 10041

Re: AA's advertising causes controversy in Poland

The video is pretty lame and unsophisticated, not to mention cringey. They use stereotypes for every place, not just Krakow. Although I don’t think the mention of vodka merits complaint, AA had the choice to produce a video that would make you want to fly them, but they decided to create one that wa...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14306

Re: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020

Virgin are part of worldwide by easyJet . Could we see delta joining this ? Maybe if we’re talking UK domestic/Irish connections out of LGW, but that would be it. DL would rather send the continental transfers over AMS/CDG to support AF/KL flying. I think it is worth remembering that the purpose of...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020
Replies: 69
Views: 14306

Re: Updated: DL, VS boost summer flying between U.S. and U.K. in 2020

f4f3a wrote:
Virgin are part of worldwide by easyJet . Could we see delta joining this ?


Maybe if we’re talking UK domestic/Irish connections out of LGW, but that would be it. DL would rather send the continental transfers over AMS/CDG to support AF/KL flying.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes
Replies: 128
Views: 21500

Re: Air Canada A220 launch - Interior Picture and New routes

RJ masquerading as a mainline aircraft. Three-abreast on one side with tiny armrests and very narrow seats. Way too uncomfortable for YUL-SEA.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont..............gone 30 years
Replies: 78
Views: 8596

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

This makes me wonder what happened to service to Winston-Salem and Hickory. Once Piedmont pulled out, was that the end, or did other carriers fly there?

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by usdcaguy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34644

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Amazing how many A.netter still don't understand a Market is point A to B only and that is a Unique market. Each one is a Unique and is priced according by passenger demand. If you don't notice this is an extremely price sensitive business. All produced at the store is not priced the same Avocados ...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 54
Views: 4637

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

I never cared much for the old Cyprus Airways. They had smoky flights with dour flight attendants and uncomfortable seating. These days, Arkia is pretty mediocre. Old planes and lackluster service. United Airlines is also pretty lame with insufficiently trained and empowered staff, an inability to t...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34644

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Amazing how many A.netter still don't understand a Market is point A to B only and that is a Unique market. Each one is a Unique and is priced according by passenger demand. If you don't notice this is an extremely price sensitive business. All produced at the store is not priced the same Avocados ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs
Replies: 90
Views: 11718

Re: Lufthansa Group posts 1H loss on LCC competition, fuel costs

You really have to wonder why LHG cannot make up for their losses in domestic markets with their broad international network. Still, I find it amazing that they've done as well as they have offering long-haul flights to the same destinations out of FRA/ZRH/VIE. At some point, you'd think they would ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34644

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Of all the carriers, UA is the most likely to create a police state. Their puny carry-on allowance (personal-item-only allowance) for basic economy is unreal, and you can't even get your boarding pass until an agent has looked at your personal item BEFORE you go through security. So unless you have...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Report Q2 Results / Record Q2 Revenues
Replies: 16
Views: 2889

Re: AC Report Q2 Results / Record Q2 Revenues

Would anyone have an update on how well AC’s international network performed in 2Q? Their overseas network out of YYZ is more vast than that of any US carrier out of NYC, and YYZ is a far smaller market.

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 316
Views: 54688

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

Is Delta going to reinstate NW’s old Seoul hub by launching routes like ICN-PEK/PVG/HKG/TPE/BKK/SIN/MNL/GUM/SPN/ROR/HNL/SFO/LAX/PDX Letting KE take some of that business also makes KE a stronger partner that is more dependent on DL feed, so there are multiple ways that DL can win here at the expens...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 34644

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Of all the carriers, UA is the most likely to create a police state. Their puny carry-on allowance (personal-item-only allowance) for basic economy is unreal, and you can't even get your boarding pass until an agent has looked at your personal item BEFORE you go through security. So unless you have ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 316
Views: 54688

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

DL wants to fly as little as possible with its own metal and instead use partners to fly beyond only the largest business markets. That seems to be the idea, but are not HKG and SIN considered to be a couple of the world's largest business markets? You’re very right about that, but business demand ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL closing NRT. Suspends NRT-SIN, Announces ICN-MNL
Replies: 316
Views: 54688

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

Not surprising at all. KE will function for DL in Asia like AF/KL/VS function in Europe. DL wants to fly as little as possible with its own metal and instead use partners to fly beyond only the largest business markets. Not sexy as far as route maps are concerned but more lucrative I suppose. Feel s...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 15016

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

WN does currently have the best margin, but their revenue growth is also currently the lowest, and Wall Street likes to see growth. Their grounded MAXes aren’t helping, either. That said, their willingness to expand to new cities domestically and try new routes has helped them, as has their willingn...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities
Replies: 60
Views: 10668

Re: KML/Air France Eyeing Delta focus cities

The writer of this article needs to understand how those decisions are made. As part of the JV, DL/AF/KL coordinate all their flights to North America. It's not just that AF/KL are looking to expand to those cities, it's that AF/KL, along with DL, are looking to expand to Delta's focus cities. They ...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler
Replies: 179
Views: 23297

Re: “Dear American Airlines, I Hate You With My Whole Heart.” writes disgruntled traveler

What this guy didn't do that he should have is book separate one-way journeys for his trip. In this day and age, in markets such as WAS-DFW, DFW-ATL and ATL-WAS, you don't necessarily need to book a roundtrip ticket to get the lowest price. In fact, I now buy most of my tickets one-way if it is the ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7632

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

That is true. WN is definitely very widespread. But, it lacks sufficient frequency on many of its routes. For example, BOS-ATL is only 1 daily (Even during summer) while B6 and DL have several flights a day throughout the year. If you look at it that way, then there is still plenty of room for WN t...

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by usdcaguy
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM calls for people to fly less
Replies: 237
Views: 23391

Re: KLM calls for people to fly less

People do not use video conferencing when making sales, because they cannot entertain customers as they would like. They must also travel to conferences, network and feel a connection with others. Air travel makes that happen. Sure, you can take the train from AMS to Brussels, but taking the train e...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19561

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

I remember that on NB 757s, there was a constant problem with toilet smell because of the higher use of each toilet and the closer proximity of the seats to the lavs. Personally, I avoid the 767 and the 757 in coach on long-haul flights and go for a 777/787 or at least an A330. There’s something abo...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ANY update on Southwest to Canada
Replies: 52
Views: 7632

Re: ANY update on Southwest to Canada

That is true. WN is definitely very widespread. But, it lacks sufficient frequency on many of its routes. For example, BOS-ATL is only 1 daily (Even during summer) while B6 and DL have several flights a day throughout the year. If you look at it that way, then there is still plenty of room for WN t...

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by usdcaguy
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA EWR-NAP and EWR-PRG, Performance
Replies: 32
Views: 6693

Re: UA EWR-NAP and EWR-PRG, PeUNrformance

Wasn't SVQ just a rumor? I know it would just be a pipe dream but Spain-wise, BIO (Bilbao) would really be fantastic and not sure there's any transatlantic service to any city nearby. LYS -- a very beautiful, overlooked city (or maybe just overshadowed by Paris) with a good financial sector. I wond...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience
Replies: 156
Views: 21259

Re: Delta improves intl Main Cabin experience

Interesting changes implemented by DL. It’s too bad the first bar service has been downgraded to bellinis served en masse, but limiting drink choices is the trend. I was shocked that BA only serves coffee, tea, juice and still water for its second meal service, which I suppose makes up their afterno...

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by usdcaguy
Fri Jun 28, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 to move from HOU (Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th
Replies: 55
Views: 8258

Re: B6 to move from HOU(Hobby) to IAH on Oct. 27th

This was in a leaked post a while back that was deleted. I’m assuming B6 would rather compete with UA fares than WN fares. B6 has no problem competing with WN in many other routes and WN doesn't even fly from NYC so I don't think your assumption is correct. My suspicion is that IAH attracts higher ...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.
Replies: 23
Views: 5426

Re: LH chooses new Premium Economy Product.

One feature that bothers me about this seat is that they will be using a hard armrest instead of a cushioned or molded one. With a cushioned or molded armrest, the ride can be much more relaxing. I'm undecided on the hard shell concept. I've ridden AF W, and I will say that the seat was very nice wi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways named Skytrax airline of the year
Replies: 99
Views: 11632

Re: And the Skytrax airline of the year is ..

xwb777 wrote:
27. Turkish Airways (18)
/


Seems like a huge a.net faux-pas to call THY Turkish Airways and not Turkish Airlines, which has been in use for decades. Meanwhile, I'm not sure what RJ did to get #97. They're a perfectly fine carrier to me, and they run on time.

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax
Replies: 33
Views: 7549

Re: Airline Reviewer exposes Skytrax

Although the stars Skytrax award carriers may seem suspect, the reviews that people leave are generally believable, as Skytrax will publish what they say. As far as TK are concerned, I know that many people have complained about transiting at Istanbul and about staff that seem disinterested. If you ...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?
Replies: 83
Views: 12631

Re: Because Delta (DL) has not canceled NRT-SIN?

I would not be surprised if DL dropped SIN in the near future and let KE take over the route from ICN. DL's primary goal is to accommodate passengers from the US, not Japan, so it only matters that they have some way of getting them there. That said, SIN has always been an important part of DL's Asi...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 29, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award
Replies: 86
Views: 6422

Re: AS wins 12th straight JD Power award

All the rankings are basically as expected, though the two surprises are AC ranked as "the rest" (same as UA) and AA ranked "about average". Seems like AC was once ranked the best carrier in North America. What has happened that would cause it to be ranked so low? That AA bested ...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 23, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL launches TPA-AMS, its 21st service to AMS
Replies: 99
Views: 16468

Re: DL launches TPA-AMS today, its 21st service to AMS

Why do certain cities only have CDG (CVG, IND & RDU) while others have AMS!? Is it related to the traffic mixture (The Dutch like to go to Florida, French not so much...). While they're at it they should have launched RDU-AMS also as there's actual business traffic in RDU due to tech. Companies...

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by usdcaguy
Wed May 15, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23140

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

As a BA flyer from the US, I would definitely expect tea with my afternoon “tea”. People are already used to having to pay extra for BA, so anything they advertise should be truthful and not give you the impression you’re flying with Easyjet.

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How big can SWA get in ATL
Replies: 51
Views: 6080

Re: How big can SWA get in ATL

It would be great to see WN expand in ATL, but I don't believe WN's costs are significantly lower than those of DL anymore, so they will continue to limit themselves to markets that are low-hanging fruit (LGA/DCA/LAX/MCO/BNA/HOU, etc.) from a city that has frequent flights to every major market in t...

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by usdcaguy
Thu May 02, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Launches EWR/CPT
Replies: 107
Views: 19675

Re: UA Launches EWR/CPT

Great add from UA, though they’ll have trouble getting high fares up front. Corporate traffic to CPT is near zero. One of DL’s problems with CPT in my mind was that the stop in DKR and service from JFK really added to the overall elapsed time from cities besides NYC. Even out of Chicago, it may have...

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by usdcaguy
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops
Replies: 73
Views: 7661

Re: Alaska earns top spot in passenger satisfaction; Southwest drops

AS is a niche carrier compared to the majors. It’s a no frills airline but the staff have that PNW charm and friendliness. I can see how they are at the top. "PNW charm and friendliness" reminds me of the friendliness of the Northwest flight attendants that I used to experience years ago....

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